(Link to first overview of BM Gray Paint is HERE – reviews other grays not listed below!)
I have commitment issues with paint.
Waaaaaay back in January I got bored while Ian was working on electrical in the master bathroom, so I started to search for a bedroom wall color. That was EIGHT months ago. And sadly, I’m no closer to making a decision today. The only thing I have narrowed down is that I want gray.
This is not exactly helpful considering there are a thousand different variations of gray out there. In my determination to stick with only Benjamin Moore paints in our house, I’ve at least ruled out several hundred of them. But I can only pick one…and I’m currently looking at sixteen samples on my walls.
The first seven options were painted over the winter and I discuss them here. As I wasn’t swooning over any of them eight months later, I went back to the store and got nine more samples. Why nine? Because I originally picked out ten (a nice, round number) only to find that one of them was a repeat. #indecisionproblems
Since I have to have my final paint color decision made (no mind-changing, I’m told!) by the time my husband gets home – in about 4 hours – let’s break this thing down…
1) Misty Gray 2) Tundra 3) Silver Satin 4) Sea Haze 5) Gray Owl
6) Sidewalk Gray 7) Ozark Shadows 8) Harbor Gray 9) Galveston Gray
Disclaimer: I have absolutely no idea what I was thinking when I picked out the first three colors. Although lovely, they are way too light. I will briefly discuss them below, but I painted small samples because I knew immediately that I wasn’t going to use them.
This is a very nice white with hints of silver undertones. I really don’t have much to say about it since we’re not using it, but it is definitely on the cooler end of whites.
This is a bright snowy white (hence the name, I imagine). It hardly showed up on our primer, but it’s definitely a very pure white without the milky whiteout-like quality. It’s just a simple, natural version of white.
The name of this color is deceiving, Misty Gray is even more ‘bright white’ than Tundra. In a glossier finish, it would be a great trim color. In fact I had a really hard time finding a picture of it used on walls instead of trim.
This is definitely an ice blue kind of gray. It doesn’t so much remind me of a sidewalk, but a polar ice cap. It’s very pretty and definitely gray (not baby blue), but it’s on the gray-blue end of the spectrum. I think it would look beautiful in some applications, but I’m looking for a muddier color.
If popularity of color matters to you, Gray Owl is a fairly common choice among designers. It’s not in the rankings of Revere Pewter or Stonington Gray, but it’s definitely common. Of all the grays I got, I’d say this is the truest gray. I do worry that it is also too light, but it’s a good ‘safe’ choice for me.
Sea Haze was the first ‘dark’ gray I tried and it’s a lovely mix between gray, brown and green. It’s brown and green undertones are dark – giving it a stormy and moody look – rather than a soft and subtle look.
This is a super dark hue that borders on the intersection of gray and brown. Although I want a muddy gray, this color is too extreme. It is a popular color with designers, but it is too dark and masculine for my purpose.
I just realized that this is a repeat color too, and it’s a serious contender for our bedroom. It’s light enough that the it won’t clash with the dark floor, but it’s dark enough that the room’s white elements (all of my bed linens, a rug, curtains and crown molding) will pop. As I have been drawn to this color twice now, I think we might (!!) have a winner folks.
This is my second runner-up, I am definitely digging this color. I think it has the right amount of brown undertones and it doesn’t lean too green or blue. It’s only fault could be that it’s too dark. A larger sample closer to the floor might be in order. Otherwise, this is a beautiful muddy gray color that isn’t afraid to be a little bold.
And that’s where we are. I’m really digging Gray Owl, Harbor Gray, and Ozark Shadows if I want to go bold. As I only have a few more hours to finalize my decision, I’m going to paint larger samples of those three and then probably just flip a coin. Wish me luck – I’ll reveal my choice in the next post!