Home Remodel Questions Answered - Paint Colors?

I don't think I really knew what I was getting into! We close in just 5 days and are starting to make some of the 10,494 decisions that are soon to come. I will show pictures of the house after we close, but the living room, kitchen, and dining area are open into one space. I need to pick a paint color.

We will have white cabinets, black counter tops, and hardwood floors(they need to be refinished and I have yet to pick a stain color). I am planning on going with a gray color for the walls in all three of those rooms and going down the hallway towards the kids' rooms. Here are three samples that we got. I want it to be a true gray. I don't want it to look blue or green once I put it on the walls.  We did a light gray at the condo and it turned out looking a little blue.  The picture looks a little different than it does in person...

Here they are outside-

What do you think of these? Have you tried gray and know one that doesn't have any blue, brown, or green tints to it? Help!!


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17 comments:

Coupon Clippin Mommy said...

I like the 2nd and 3rd! Good luck with choosing.

Brandy said...

I think the middle one as well but # 1 and # 2 look very very similar to me.

dannyscotland said...

#1 and #2 look the same to me on my screen, and they all look kind of tan. But I like the lighter one.

Audrey, Bump to Baby Gear said...

Hi, I prefer #3. I LOVE gray on the walls. So chic. I actually just did a post about Gray Nurseries (although I didn't call out paint colors used): http://www.bumptobabygear.com/2012/07/gray-nurseries-inspiration.html.

I'll try to find my color wheel from Benjamin Moore today and come back to post with some suggestions. We have a gray bathroom and it is definitely a true gray - no hints of other colors. But I can't remember off the top of my head what the color is. Stay tuned!

Kandi said...

#1 or #2 if it looks dark in low light you will want to use a lighter shade. Darker shades tend to make the rooms look smaller where as the lighter shades reflect light and give the appearance of a large space.

ann maddix said...

I like # 3. It is much lighter and i think it will make the rooms alot bigger.Good Luck!

Kim @ The Bird's Nest said...

I like the third and I think it looks closest to true grey in both lights. But it's a tough call. We put a grey on our walls that looks almost purple-y in daytime. It's an awesome colour but not quite what we'd expected.

Mudpiesandtiaras said...

I would choose #3 for sure!!!

Jenny said...

That's hard to say, since each screen will be different. Here's a favorite blog of mine that might help you:

http://www.favoritepaintcolorsblog.com/search/label/gray

Diane said...

Coming from the world of printing I can tell you that gray is one of the HARDEST colors to print (at least on digital presses). Its hard to print for the same reasons you mentioned - it can easily look to cool or too warm and it is hard to keep it looking consistent, but then again in printing our gray is a 4 color gray since it is made up of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.

Picking paint is THE HARDEST thing for me! It always looks so different on the little cards in the store than it does when it dries on your walls! I saw this post about other people trying to find a true gray paint!

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/decor/msg120132046115.html

dannyscotland said...

So glad you added the outside photo. They look much grayer in that one. I still think I like the lighter one, personally. Gray is definitely hard to choose. I think it also depends on what you put next to it. I think if it were me, I'd go to a good paint store and get some advice from the pros.

JulieD said...

Wow, it must be my screen! The bottom one looks so blue to me. I'm on a mac. I agree with Danny, gray is haard to choose. We have a gray color in our office that is a little brown-based. I'm sorry I can't help you!

http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

definitely depends on your lighting in the room. I painted my kitchen gray and one wall looks gray and one looked lavender so I had to go different.

I'm no help I like #3 in the first picture and #2 on the second. Good Luck!

Candace said...

The third one.. but are you painting that gray on wood like that? if you are starting on a white wall per se, the colors will look even more different.. Good Luck!

alissa apel said...

In my opinion I'd pick the darker tan and lighter blue or the lighter tan and darker blue. I'm all about contrast!

There's a site that may be helpful to you. I use it for my Color and Design Theory class. It's called Kuler. You can upload pictures of your things and it pulls out key colors that will work with those things. You can also select colors and it gives colors that works well with them. You can save your combinations if you set up an account.

http://kuler.adobe.com/

jmerenberg said...

I used cumulous cloud Benjamin Moore Aura paint in my boys room it is a true grey LOVE it!

Simply Being Mommy said...

The outside pic makes them all look blue. I hate choosing paint colors LOL!

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