There is a lot of information on this here interweb about how to choose paint colors. Here’s my little take on how I choose our new colors.
I actually needed to choose a color very quickly. I had two days to paint before my kids got out of school. Luckily, my trim was already done in SW Dover white. I am loving the grey trend on walls right now and wanted to jump on board. The colors that were on my wall were too much. They darkened the space and I couldn’t match accessories. I had browns and reds in the last house and I wanted a change. I am feeling grays and blues right now.
I decided to do a quick search on paint colors. I wanted to find a room I liked and just go with whatever grey they used. The problem was, most of the grey/white rooms have white couches. I can’t even pretend for one moment that I can have a white couch right now. Three dogs and two kids that all basically live outside in the mud, there is no way. So, my couches are brown. When I built the furniture for this room, I intentionally left browns and grays show through because I knew I wanted the walls grey and I wanted it to blend.
So, how to blend brown and grey? Enter the greige movement. I had never heard that word until I read THIS article by Tiny Sidekick. What great tips she has! She really did her research, which really paid off! Especially for me :).
So, in a desperate attempt to get this done before summer, I ran to Lowe’s and found the color, SW Requisite Grey, that she used. There is actually a whole section of SW paints titled “Griege”. I stood there for awhile. It doesn’t look grey in the store, it looked more tan. I almost didn’t buy it. Even when I got home and stirred it and poured it into the tray, still looked brown. But, I stuck with it. In her pics, it looked grey and she said over and over again that it goes with the blues in her house.
And I love it! It does exactly what she said! Turns out, when you do your research it works! The browns and blues and grays somehow all work. I also painted the exterior doors black (I had some leftover from the outside paint job). The room is so much brighter and open-feeling. Even Matt said I was right – he kept saying he didn’t mind the yellow and red.
Yes, I realize grey may be a trend. BUT, it took me two days and $100. If I change it in a few years, totally worth it. Right now I’m in love.
Up next – I can finally get some stuff on those walls!
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