Thursday Ten {paint colors}

If there is one easy and cheap change that you can do in your house it is to paint your walls a new color. Nothing is more of a game changer for a room than a fresh coat of paint. I have no problem with painting a room in my house, often multiple times until I get the perfect color. Because here I admit, I have a really hard time picking the right color on the first try. I try painting little samples but once the whole color gets up on the wall 75% of the time it is a miss for me. This weekend was no exception, I spent Friday night painting my guest bathroom a shade of white thinking that it would be great for making the space feel light and airy. Mistake #1 there (and mistake #2 was that I turned down margaritas on Friday night to stay home and paint). The white was all wrong up against the off-white tile of the shower. Suddenly the trim in the room looked cream and the off-white tiles started to look more like a bisque color. It was bad, bad, bad. And I was stuck trying to figure out what color I should use next. The space was too small for a bold color and when I try and go for a light blue or light green it always ends up less muted than I like. You probably can guess what I ended up choosing- a shade of grey! In fact, probably one of the most true greiges that I’ve ever used. With all the multiple times I’ve painted I have come to find some colors that I really love and actually have used in multiple houses. Today I wanted to share 10 of my favorite colors with you- and as you can guess there are a lot of neutrals and muted colors.

1. Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore
This is the color I ended up using in my guest bathroom. A very true greige, with lots of warm undertones.

Edgecomb Gray

Edgecomb Gray

2. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
No your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This color is very close to Edgecomb Gray but reads more gray. This color really does change depending on the light it is in. In my house it reads as a true gray with little beige to it. Tricia tried it in her condo and was disappointed because it came out looking beige, and she was wanted a light gray for her space. A great light neutral to carry through an open floor plan.

Revere Pewter

Revere Pewter

3. Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore
I don’t know why they call this gray in the name because it really isn’t anywhere near a gray. It is a perfect blue green color which probably reads more dark green than blue. A great color for an accent wall or even all over a room for a dramatic effect (paired with lots of white though).

Knoxville Gray

Knoxville Gray

4. Elderflower by Martha Stewart
This is a very, very pale pink color and that’s what I like about it. It would be so pretty in a nursery where you want it to be serene yet girly.
Elderflower by Martha Stewart | Suburban Bitches

5. Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
Ah yes, another gray. But this one is a gray, not a greige. Nothing beige about this one. A light gray with cool undertones. Ryan Gosling totally digs it.

Gray Owl

Gray Owl

6. Backdrop by Sherwin Williams
A really, really good dark gray with lots of brown undertones. So pretty up against white or cream trim.

Backdrop

Backdrop

7. Sea Haze by Benjamin Moore
This guy is kind of like my first crush. One of the first colors I used when I made the switch to light, cool tone neutrals for wall colors and I can’t get enough of it. A greenish, bluish, grayish color that is a shade darker than Gray Owl on the swatches. It is definitely a bit deeper than the other grays I have on the list so best to use it in a confined space.

Sea Haze

Sea Haze

8. Black Bean Soup by Benjamin Moore
A color that is so representative of its name. This is almost black with purple undertones. I once painted a vanity cabinet this color and the walls were Sea Haze. How amazing with some gold hardware would that look now?!

Black bean soup

Black bean soup

9. Oystershell by Benjamin Moore
*Disclaimer- I haven’t used this color on my own. But Emily Henderson loves it and who’s to argue with that style genius (or Ryan Gosling for that matter!). I’m kind of thinking that this should have been the color I chose for my guest bathroom, and, it might become that!
Oystershell by Benjamin Moore | Suburban Bitches

10. ???

Y’all I couldn’t come up with a 10th color! Well sure, I could have put another gray on here because there are lots more that I love. But I thought, hey, smart readers out there, tell me what color I should be trying out and loving for #10! Comment below and let me know what color I should include on this list. I’ll update the list with the winner next week.

erin

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5 Responses to Thursday Ten {paint colors}

  1. Rebecca Herrera says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. Our living room will be painted soon and I’m looking for a silvery blue. Where do you buy Benjamin Moore around here? It’s my favorite paint!

  2. Meg says:

    Designer Gray should be #10. Because you need another gray. Also, thanks for the shout-out to BB soup. I WILL do a wall in that color someday.

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