No, not that kind of Grey … I’m talking paint.
I’m looking for the perfect shade of gray for my dining room. Something light with a little bit of blue in it. There are lots of options. I thought it would be easy.
But blue-gray can be tricky.
Or so I’m learning.
I narrowed it down to 3 by Benjamin Moore.
Feather Gray, Metallic Silver and Pelican Gray.
They all look fairly similar, don’t they? I thought one of them had to be perfect.
Here’s what they look like in the can.
Almost white! What?
But then on the wall …
… they all look blue … powder blue, baby blue and periwinkle blue.
I want a tinge of blue … but not a blue room.
So, I had also brought home a bunch of gray paint squares from Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Collection … but I didn’t really think any of them would work. They were too dark gray or green gray or blah-gray. None of them seemed to have my blue “tinge.”
But I taped the Eternity square up on the wall …
… and you know what? I think it might be perfect!
In the store, in my car, laying on my table … I just wasn’t feelin’ it. But on my wall, in that room … it somehow transforms into the perfect shade of blue-gray.
I think I have a winner!
So, the moral of this story:
1. Always, always, test a color in the room you plan to paint.
2. A little blue goes a long way … in my experience with this and other blue paints … the shade of blue always is more intense on the wall.
3. Unless you are you’ve got a gray with warm undertones, grays can take on a bluish-tinge in certain light.
4.If you’re looking for a pale blue … check out some of the gray swatches. You might be surprised to find a perfect blue that’s not too bright.
Unfortunately, my dear hubby, who was going to paint this room, broke a rib last week.
Poor guy … my painting project may be on hold for a little while.