"Secret Passage" grey paint chip
Last week, my work wife, Gina, came to the office in a complete panic. Her daughter, Gracyn, had decided to redecorate her bedroom – complete with zebra prints, frogs, and peace signs. Tweens will be tweens... The problem: What color should they paint the walls in order to keep the room from becoming a total hot mess?
Grey to the rescue. It is a rather hot commodity right now… check out Architectural Digest this month featuring Brooke Shields on the cover.
Architectural Digest, March 2012
Since grey is becoming the new beige, perhaps a new color name is in order....Greige? Well, maybe not! Anyway, the problem with grey is that there are 52 kajillion choices. So, how do you make a decision.
Valspar paint choices, Lowes
As a start, we took all of Gina's paint swatches and placed them beside a brightly colored oil painting in the office. Hint, hint. It worked great…. super simple to see which ones were too brown, too blue, too black, and so forth.
Sarah Richardson paint colors
A few examples of grey rooms... and they picked just the right shade!
Grey and orange bedroom
Grey feature wall
Grey dining room from www.decorpad.com
If you don't want to paint the whole room grey, then grey can be a great accent in a room. A few examples:
Grey, yellow, and pale blue velvet and linen pillow
Grey and yellow wallpaper
Simone sofette, Williams Sonoma Home, in Platinum Glazed linen
Andalusia Dhurrie or
Safari Rug in grey. Both rugs from West Elm.
And, finally, greys and blacks are stunning additions to neutral rooms as seen in this San Francisco Victorian featured in House Beautiful, June 2011. Designer Ken Fulk.