Perfect Shade of Gray

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - DoyleDispatch.com

 

We have lived in our lovely, quirky house for 5 years this October. For 5 years, we have been trying and trying and trying to get a gray room. We started in our master closet, when we had to do some emergency fixes the weekend that we moved in. Nope, it ended up being blue. Then, we redid our downstairs powder room and we tried to make it gray. Nope, blue again.

So, when we decided that we wanted to have a gray nursery, the anxiety started. Is it going to just be yet another shade of blue? No! We were going to fight the gray-turned-to-blue plague that had fallen on our house.

I used my Benjamin Moore color wheel for weeks (months?) looking and looking at the shades of gray. Did I want to err on the side of purple? No, Baby Boy would probably not like a purple room as he got older. Should we go for a more green tint of gray, therefore staying away from the inevitable blue? We loved those options, but it would be harder to match the rest of the room to a greenish-gray. No, better stay with a true gray.

I went on Pinterest to look for grays, but depending on the lighting and other colors in the rooms, each color looked different. Still, it did give me some ideas for additional colors I hadn’t thought of.

I then went to my favorite color blog (Favorite Paint Colors) to look up the different grays that they have. It helped, but I ran into the same problem as with Pinterest: the same color looked different depending on the picture and the room itself.

So, I went to the Benjamin Moore store in town and used my most pathetic pregnancy voice to beg to the woman working behind the counter. I explained that I wanted the perfect shade of gray. Which was the perfect shade of gray? She then proceeded to tell me that each gray had different tones, and it was really hard to pick out a true gray. Duh! I knew that!

So, I decided to be smart and I got some testers of some of our top picks. That night, we put some samples on the wall in two places: across from the windows and next to the windows. We did this because we wanted to really see what the color would look like in different lights. We weren’t taking any chances.

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

 

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

 

Here is a close-up of each of the colors, along with the label of the names:

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

 

We quickly realized that Nightengale and Stonington Gray would be too dark. They were absolutely GORGEOUS, but they weren’t perfect for what we wanted for our babies’ nursery.

We then decided to put a big section of our two favorites on another wall. Tim really liked Wickham Gray, and I really liked Gray Owl. In true competitive fashion, we decided that we should paint the one that we didn’t like. That way, it would give us the chance to “bond” with the un-liked color, thus giving each color the best shot at getting the Final Rose.

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

 

Being the Impatient Nellies that we are, I had to snap a quick picture of the paint before it dried. Ew! Yuck! Didn’t like! But then I remembered that we needed to wait and let it darken when it dried. It also needed a second coat.

That second coat really makes a big difference. Look at that second-coat patch in the middle of Gray Owl. Isn’t that a totally different color?


Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

 

Once they were completely dry, it was time to make a decision. I knew which one I liked, but I wanted to hear Tim’s opinion before I said anything. I didn’t want him to say what he thought I wanted to hear (because he is amazing like that and will do that just to make me happy). His pick: Gray Owl had won him over! As much as he still loved Wickham Gray, it had a different tone to it (he said green, I said blue), whereas Gray Owl really did appear like a true gray.

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

With that, our final decision was made: Gray Owl was our color! We still were smart about it, however, and we lived with these colors on our walls for the next 2 weeks to see them in all kinds of lights, times of the day, weather conditions, etc. Our choice was still just as perfect as on Day 1. Gray Owl really did look like a true gray in our room!

Find the Perfect Shade of Gray - Doyle Dispatch

You can see in the pictures above, we also played around with materials that we would use for the curtains. Stay tuned for more on that!

We had our painter (Brent Lilly) come in and paint the room. Let me just rave about his work (and prices). If you are in the RVA area, you MUST contact him!

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - DoyleDispatch.com

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - DoyleDispatch.com

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - DoyleDispatch.com

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - DoyleDispatch.com

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - DoyleDispatch.com

Finding the Perfect Shade of Gray - DoyleDispatch.com

 

Wait until you see it with furniture. You will really be able to see the beauty of the color.

Linked up on The Pin Junkie’s Friday Link Party #34:
ThePinJunkie

Linked up on {what’s shakin’} Link Party #76: