BM gray that doesn't read blue? Help!!

artemis78November 19, 2010

We had picked out Coventry Gray for our kitchen cabinets, but when we got the sample door---it has hugely blue undertones in our space, which I hadn't anticipated! We picked it because it looked like a true gray on the 8" swatch.

Now I'm scrambling to find some viable alternatives. We are looking for something without blue/purple undertones for lower cabinets. Either a true gray or something with taupe/green undertones would work. We like the grayness of Coventry (i.e., it's not too dark or light---just the wrong tone!) Could go a bit darker for the right color, but not any lighter as we need to maintain a contrast with the Acadia White trim.

Other colors in play in the space:

- Acadia White for trim and a separate wall of cabinets

- Stem Green, probably with 20% white so a little lighter, on the walls

- Flooring is Marmoleum in three gray shades, some of which also read a little blue---so we don't want to accentuate this by drawing more blue into the equation.

- Red accent color.

- Charcoal-ish (slight green undertone) soapstone counters.

- Natural fir wood (a bit orange-y) on tables/furniture

Any suggestions?? Thanks!

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I could get my doctorate in gray paint, I think. I have sampled 30 colors. Really. Just had the foyer painted finally in Baltic Gray. No blue undertones to me. No green undertones either.

Check this color out. If you notice on the color strip, it goes towards the browns. It is a warm color, I was so afraid that even with all of my research, including my thesis paper on gray (kidding) I was still going to feel that this gray was cold. I mean it's a 2 story foyer. But it was such a warm gray when I came home to see it.

So check it out.

Good luck! And remember you must sample the gray in your space, just don't go by those paint chips. (Lowe's can make any sample for about 2.50 for you)

    Bookmark   November 23, 2010 at 3:03PM
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I found BM Metropolitan was great in my living room but was too blue in other rooms. It'll very much be a trial and error because your room will dictate how much it reads blue. Get lots of samples!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2010 at 1:30PM
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Thanks---we ended up choosing BM Sea Haze, which is a gray with some green undertones. We'll see how it turns out! We'll probably hold off on committing to a wall color till we see the cabinets in person.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2010 at 3:02PM
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