Monday, August 17, 2009

Many (Many) Shades Of Gray

This past weekend I had grand plans to paint my bedroom...again, for the third time in as many months. Truth be told, I've become a bit of a paintaholic and tend to run into "issues" when choosing a shade or color. I don't necessarily think about the "after" phase of painting, the part when you actually have to live with whatever color you slap on the walls. Which is why this past weekend was a little different—I planned on playing it a bit safer for once, my walls were going to be a very pretty and calming gray. (A little background: The last color I choose was this completely sadistic sea foam green that made the walls glow much like kroptonite. Each morning, when I looked in the mirror, my complexion took on this sickly, greenish tint. Needless to say, it wasn't the place to go when I wanted to feel at all pretty or ready-to-conquer-the-world confident about myself.)

So, in need of a little gray direction, I asked Elizabeth for her shade-opinions—she is the pro at this after all! The colors she loved? Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White, or if I was looking for a shade with a bit more depth, their Pavillion Gray. Both beyond gorgeous, and both a tiny bit too light—sure, I was going to play it safe, but not too safe. In search of a slightly deeper gray, but not so gunmetal that I felt I was locked-up in some state prison each night, I got to searching design blogs for paint advice. The shade I came up with? Benjamin Moore's Silver Half Dollar—all thanks to Michelle Adams, the designer behind the eco-friendly textile line, Rubie Green. Michelle painted her adorable apartment this exact shade and it looked just my style:

Completely chic, right? I opted for the Benjamin Moore "Aura" line, it's paint with primer already built in and has a low VOC reading so I was being an eco-friendly DIY interior designer. Here's how the color looked on my walls (excuse the amateur photography skills and nosy dog):

Not bad, right? What are your favorite gray paints?

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