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Posted by michoumonster
Sat, Mar 16, 13 at 16:25
|Hi everyone, I decided to paint my bath cabinets grey. The bath is 8x5, and gets a decent amount of light from 2 windows. |
The walls are painted linnean green. I picked out 3 mid-tone grays. Which of these grays looks best paired with the linnean green walls? I would be painting the gray on the cabinets and tub panel. Or do you think i should go darker or lighter on the gray? thank you for your suggestions!
here is a pic of the bathroom
|It is difficult to tell colors on a monitor. When you look at the BM web site they actually suggest Equestrian Gray which is #1553. |
Have you tried that or one shade lighter River Reflections?
|Hi localeater, i did look at equestrian gray, but on the website, it looked brown. not sure if it is like that in real life. i plan to buy samples, but just trying to narrow down the number of samples that I get to save money and time sitting around the paint store, lol!|
|Since everytime I see a picture of Fieldstone, I fall in love, that's what I would choose if it looks good next to your other colors.|
|It looks like the fieldstone has some green in it. Since you have green on your walls, it might be a good idea to incorporate some more even though the gray in your tile looks cool or neutral.|
|I know buying samples, really adds up. Before I buy the samples, I ask them for the big color swatches. In my shop they keep them in a binder in the back, they are free. The bigger swatch is very helpful and I can usually narrow down from there. I usually bring them back when I am ready to purchase which is unnecessary but it makes me feel less wasteful. |
As an FYI- I painted the exterior of my old house(5 houses ago) Fieldstone. I ended up being disappointed. It was much too light and on sunny days the house looked white.
|I think it will look more unified if you go with a dark gray that is closest to the color in the tile, rather than visually jumping over the countertop and tile wall to reintroduce the green. |
Then if you should decide to put a different color on the wall one day, you don't have to redo the cabinet.
|I'd go for the darkest gray that goes with your tile. However, I also have to say that on my monitor at least, the online BM colors are completely different (more so than SW) than IRL. Could you take a piece of the tile and go to the store to pick samples?|
|I agree that you should take your cabinet color directly from the tile. In my iPad it doesn't look like any of the colors you've chosen really do that--- but my screen does not always reflect reality :-) in fact, the green of the walls doesn't seem to really compliment your beautiful tile either. If I was painting, I would do the walls in a light gray and the cabinets darker, all in grays from the tile.|
|They are all too midtone. Either dark for some contrast, or keep the wood to warm up all of the the cold colors that everything else is.|
|Definitely fieldstone for me.|
|So hard to pick grays IRL, let alone on screen. I would go with a dark gray from your tile.|
|None are dark enough for a painted look. They all blend into each other. |
But, I'd also consider refacing the cabinets with something like walnut or carbonized bamboo to keep some warm wood tones in there. Along with a wooden shower bench and maybe wooden matchstick blinds.
|I know you said you'd like the cabinet to be gray, but between the gray walls, the gray in the stone and what appears to be a gray floor, I think the room will just have too much gray and it needs something more to add a little pop to the space. If it were me, I'd paint the cabinet and tub cover a charcoal black. It's still monochromatic but at least it will give the room some life.|
|That's what I was thinking. Too much of the same. I like the idea of keeping a natural wood tone of some sort.|
|wow, thanks everyone! great advice! |
there is an overwhelming number of votes for going darker. and it makes a lot of sense to pick the cabinet color based on the tile and not the wall colors.
greendesigns, thanks for all the beautiful pics. i think the wood looks really nice.
localeater, thanks for the tip on the larger paper samples. i never knew they had those. i will have to ask for them at the paint store.
i will look for a darker gray or maybe doing dark wood stain. i loved the Fieldstone color after seeing the Sally Wheat kitchen and always wanted to try having gray cabinets, but it sounds like it may not work for me. i will try out a sample just to see though.
thank you everyone!
|I am really late to this party but I was thinking charcoal (very dark, almost black) gray.|
|patricia, thanks for your input, every vote counts! your vote is reaffirmation that i need to look for new colors, lol!|
|I like the idea of a darker color gray. With all the white, a darker color would make for better contrast as well as making the cabinet a focal point. |
I used a RL paint in Bone Black which really wasn't black, but more of a dark charcoal.
Here is a link that might be useful: RL paint
|Agree with the others, darker than those grays would be better for some contrast especially if you're stuck on that wall color. Will be a beautiful bath. Please post when you finish the space.|
|RL Bone Black. Sometimes I wonder why they name colors what they do. Is bone black? I recently had to pick a color for our outdoor shutters on the house and looked through the SW deck and all the blacks looked black to me so I told them to do Domino Black. Well the shutters are sort of black with a red undertone. NOT what I wanted. Oh dear, this is the second time they have been painted so I will live with it. I didn't think you could go wrong with picking out black but I digress, Bone Black? I wonder what made RL choose that name for a black?|
|I can tell you that I sampled Fieldstone on my walls about a year ago and it wasn't really grey for me -- it was more of a grayish blue-green. Well, I can say at least that it was more blue than the other gray-greens I was sampling. I don't think it's the color you're looking for. |
I agree with some others that a charcoal would look nice. Or maybe just a hair lighter than charcoal. I know that's super helpful. I painted my TV stand a good dark gray color...if I can remember the name of it, I'll come back and tell you!
|I love the green on the wall. On my monitor it looks as though there is a green gray in your tile? I would try a greenish gray.|
|pattycakes, that RL bone black looks soo dark! I never really chose blacks or dark grays for anything before (except for slimming clothes!), but i agree that level of dark is what I need for more contrast. |
sueb, thanks! i will look at some charcoals tomorrow. i think one candidate is kendall gray..
mtnredux, yes the tile actually has green and greys in it.
thanks everyone! I am gonna go to the paint store tomorrow for some samples, but now after seeing greendesigns' photos, I am leaning towards staining again...arghh, such indecision!! I promise to post finished pics later.
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