Need help ASAP with grey color choice.

Brandywine72January 16, 2014

We are in the midst of painting my parents' new condo and are on a tight timeline with contractors and a move in date. The wall color went up yesterday and it is not what we thought. They chose Ben Moore sterling and it is way too blue. We need to get sample pots and try new colors within an hour. Any advice you have would be most helpful. Here is the situation:

* Ceilings and trim are a nice white
* One whole wall is windows and lets in a tremendous amount of light
* They have not liked my suggestion of revere pewter because they think it is too "greenish" - I think they do not want a greige but more of a real grey.
* They have been timid about saturation and wanted to go very light grey but I have convinced them - I think, that with all the light they could indeed go more saturated.

Some thoughts from the Ben Moore are pigeon grey, grey owl, coventry grey. I worry that coventry is going to be too blue also. Help!

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After trying multiple grey samples in my daughter's house, BM Stonington Grey turned out to be the right grey. She used it in the living room dining room and hallway. Those areas each have different lighting and Stonington looks good in each area. No blue, purple or green undertones that are noticeable.
Good luck. I once had to have a room repainted 3 times to get the right color.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 8:03AM
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Circus Peanut

I'm a huge fan of BM Weimaraner (an Aura color), it's on the slightly greenish/lavender end of the gray spectrum, no blue cast in it at all, and looks stunning with all shades of white.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 8:05AM
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Stonington Gray is on most of our walls on the first floor. I agree with badgergal - no undertones in any of the rooms, just a nice, true grey. It's not very saturated, though. I also like the next darker one up on the paint deck, Coventry Gray, but haven't used it yet. It'll probably go on the upstairs hallway when we get around to painting it.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 8:30AM
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We painted our family room, kitchen & laundry room BM La Paloma Gray & love it. It is a medium true gray. It was suggested to us. I was hesitant when I saw it in a color fan, thinking I wanted something lighter. We do have a good bit of sunlight.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 7:49PM
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Our dining room is Coventry Gray. I chose it because I wanted light blue. It is definitely very, very blue. So avoid that one.

My bedroom and sitting area are Gray Owl. It is very soft, almost "watery" warm gray. Not much saturation, no blue. I have used it elsewhere when I want a neutral, warm light gray.

Revere Pewter is tricky when looking at a fan deck or sample card. When you get it up on a wall, though, it almost always just reads "warm gray" with few undertone problems. It is a great default gray--I've NEVER seen it look bad.(I have that one in a stairwell.) It can look very dark in a north room, but it sounds like they have plenty of light.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 8:13PM
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Very helpful thread, thank you all very much! I'm smart and ethical enough to know that one must not choose pets on the basis of color, but I really love that Weimaraner color, so perhaps that is the right grey for me!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 9:00PM
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Thanks for your help. The stonington recommendations got me on the right path. We loved it and were going to select it because it looked great on the walls. But then when I turned around to face the windows, I realized it was the exact color of the stone churches and buildings across the street. The walls really needed more contrast to what is outside the windows, so we went one step darker with the conventry grey and it is fantastic. Great recommendations.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 3:24PM
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