Work is progressing in the kitchen and I finished painting the upper portion of the wall a very light greige (a cross between beige and gray.)
Our Kitchen Command Center – Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
With the abundance of light colors in the kitchen, I was craving a little dark paint for some drama. A small accent wall near the mudroom and pantry seemed like the perfect spot. I knew I wanted a chalkboard wall, but my sister (my interior design consultant) worried that black might be too dark. I filed her feedback in the back of my head as I headed to Lowe’s to buy primer. The paint gal tinted my primer with black to achieve a 50% shade of gray. (It is easier to paint dark colors if your primer isn’t a stark white.)
After applying the primer, I thought, “Hmmm, I kind of like this.” But decided to sleep on it. In the morning, that wall had a message for me:
The gray primer was a bit too blah for me. Simple black and white is like vanilla when there are more flavors of gray that have color undertones:
Our Home Office – Benjamin Moore Hot Spring Stones
Decor Chick’s Living Room – Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige
Our Bonus Room – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (at 75% strength)
Young House Love’s Living Room – Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Light Blue/Green Gray
Centsational Girl’s Master Bedroom – Custom Color mix of ½ Benjamin Moore ‘Camouflage’ and ½ Benjamin Moore ‘Misted Green’
Abby’s Kitchen via Two Story Cottage – Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray
Our Humble Abode Master Bedroom – Restoration Hardware Bay Laurel
Light Blue/Green Gray
Sand & Sisal’s Kitchen/Family Room – Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray
Traditional Kids by Kansas City Interior Designer McCroskey Interiors – Benjamin Moore James River Gray
Light Blue Gray
Bits of Splendor – Glidden Quiet Rain
Which gray did I end up using? Chalkboard gray! The color of a black chalkboard after it has been perfectly seasoned
It may not have any colored undertones, but I really like the texture and movement in the eraser marks. Plus, I can achieve a lighter gray by wiping more chalk dust on it.
Now, if you are looking for the perfect white, The Shabby Creek Cottage has you covered!
Do you have a perfect gray, grey or greige? I’m always looking for more “perfect” grays (and less gray hairs.) Have a great weekend! I’m in the final push to get the kitchen painted and install the flooring by the middle of next week. I either need a lot of good luck wishes or more caffeine.
Want more tips on how to pick the perfect color for your room? Read: Isn’t it Amazing What a Little Paint Can Do