Before we ever bought a house, I knew I wanted to have gray as the neutral color for our walls.
So, I pinned gray rooms like crazy.
Then we bought our first house in February…
and everything was tan…literally…everything.
Tan walls, tile, carpet…tan, tan, tan.
We live in Arizona – a world of brown and I did not want tan. The tile and carpet were brand new, so we knew we wouldn’t change those. We decided that painting the walls would break up the tan monotony.
I ran out and picked up tons of gray paint samples. I jumped online and googled “picking the perfect gray paint” and boy, was I surprised.
Gray is a hard color.
I read blog after blog of people saying their gray looked fine until they got it on their walls and then it turned periwinkle, or purple or green.
I researched my heart out trying to find a basic gray – no blue, green or purple. I asked the paint guys at Home Depot and they didn’t seem to be much help. But I picked what I thought was a neutral gray and bought the $4 sample to test a wall.
Thank God I did!
The color turned a bizarre color of stormy purple as soon as it dried.
It was not good.
So, I headed to Sherwin Williams and got some help. They definitely helped me and I came home with another $4 tester in “Pussywillow” and it was perfect!
I love the way it turned out and it definitely makes it so that you are not overwhelmed by the tan tile and carpet when you walk in!
All I can say is I am so glad I bought that test can and painted part of a wall before I committed to a color. My living room would currently be purple if I hadn’t!
Tips for Picking the Perfect Gray:
- Go to an actual paint store – they know what they are talking about.
- Find a nice sales person – if the guy/gal you end up with is a jerk, go to a different store. Find a person who seems to actually care that you get the right color.
- Ask to see the paint formula – you can see how much of the other colors go into the mixture. If there is more blue than the other colors, it’s going to have a blue tint. Check the formula.
- Buy the sample tester and paint part of a wall. Do it. Trust me. I’m a cheapskate and I hate spending $4 on something that I might waste, but it is so helpful. You will be glad you did it.
- And I highly recommend gray – it’s neutral, but not boring…classy, chic and so beautiful. I love it more everyday.
This post is not affiliated with Sherwin Williams – they didn’t give me anything…I just love my paint.