You know the wall in the dining area I’ve been needing to paint for a year? Well, I’m finally taking the first step. How many shades of gray are there anyway? These are the ones I started with.  

Some of them were quickly eliminated either by me or hubby.

Then I found some more I really liked and added them in.

Then I eliminated the ones with a blue under tone (hubby didn’t like them). I sat with these colors for a week or so.

Then finally narrowed it down to these 2. I know, I’ve heard from everyone who comes over that they look the same, but they really don’t. The larger one is Graceful Gray by Behr and it has a brownish tone to it. The other one is Woodland Colonial Gray by Valspar and I think that’s the one I’m going with.  

I’m on my way to get a paint sample now. I guess I’ll be slapping some paint on the wall tomorrow to see if I still like it. Wish me luck!

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Lynn@ February 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I am fully in support of testing the grays. I just painted my son’s room gray, which looked gray on the card, gray in the can, then looks blue on the walls. I have no idea how that happens. I don’t mind the color, it just isn’t the gray I had in mind.

Amy February 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Oooh! I am so wanting to put some gray in my house too! I love how clean and crisp it looks without being white! I’ll be excited to see how you like the color- they both look great!
xoxo,
Amy

Chantel February 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I can see the difference. I was helping my sister look at paint a while back, and I too was surprised at how many different shades of gray there are. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product :-)

Amy February 10, 2011 at 6:43 am

Here’s a great bit of advice I learned a couple of years ago. Don’t paint your sample paint on the wall – paint it on a large piece of firm cardboard or foam core. Paint the whole board. The beauty of this is you can move it around the wall and around the room in different times of day and night to see how it looks. It also avoids ending up with the ugly paint smears on the walls for days while you’re trying to decide. It is such a great trick! I’ve done it several times and it makes a huge difference.

Teri February 10, 2011 at 7:38 am

I’ll be doing that excercise towards the end of the month… for FOUR rooms. One room will be a shade of grey, the rest will be in the grey-green tones.

jamie February 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Good Luck! I just painted our bathroom a very, very light grey which really ended up white. ;) Paint is so dang tricky! On another note, I passed up a $3 cheese plate at good will with a glass dome. I should have gotten it so I could have a white one and a brown one. It’s called “did not buy remorse”. :(

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