Fifty Shades of Gray

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Not just the title of a racy novel, 50 (or more) shades of gray – from the palest silver to the darkest charcoal - have replaced beige as the neutral of choice over the past couple of years. 

But finding just the right shade can be a challenge because the undertones can make grays cool or warm, and a color that looks gray on a paint chip can be tinged with purple or blue when applied to a wall.  Too, natural light influences how a shade looks.

In this photo of one of our recently completed homes, the owner tried three different hues before choosing the perfect compliment to the pale gray cabinets and dark gray floor tiles.  The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s “Stone Harbor” (2111-50).  

If you’re going gray, we suggest that you buy a small sample of the color, paint it on poster board, and look at it in different lights.  You’ll be glad you did!

- Betsy de Parry, VP, Marketing and Sales,

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