It's just OK. Nothing special. I want to make it flow better with the rest of the house, so I started by finding a fabric that I really loved that tied in the black and white tile with the golds in the rest of the house. The fabric has a few shades of gray in it, so when it came to wall color, I decided on a medium gray. Grays are so popular right now, and I thought finding a good gray color would be an easy task. Not quite. In fact, I went through about eight different gray samples until I found the right one.
I even asked the advice of fellow bloggers and came up with an overwhelming vote for Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. After driving 20 minutes to the nearest store that carries Benjamin Moore, I returned home to paint a swatch on the wall and was completely underwhelmed. It looked more like builder beige in my bathroom. Oh well.
It's so funny how colors can look completely different in various homes and spaces. Anyway, here is a list of the gray colors I tried that may interest you (all are pictured above):
- Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
- Classic French Gray by Sherwin Williams
- Storm by Valspar
- Light French Gray by Sherwin Williams
- Mountain Smoke by Valspar
- Hazy Stratus by Valspar
- A random gray that was on the clearance shelf at Lowe's for $1
In my research, I learned that gray paint lends itself to three different undertones: brown, purple, or green. There are very few true gray colors. Deciding what undertone you favor might help you decide where to start when choosing a sample or paint chip.
You MUST paint a swatch on the wall and preview it at different times of day in different kinds of light. Taping a paint chip to the wall just doesn't cut it when choosing a gray.
The winner? A custom mixture of Classic French Gray and Light French Gray by Sherwin Williams. I like to call it Medium French Gray. It was specially mixed and formulated by yours truly.
I think it turned out beautifully. I know you can't tell much from my lame picture, but I just finished painting last night and haven't put the room back together yet. I love how it looks against the white trim and the black and white tile.
My vision is starting to come together. Next on the list is tackling a custom shower curtain and wall art. I also need to find a new mirror for the vanity. Stay tuned...
Easier Than I Thought!
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