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Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Posted by torsade (My Page) on
Mon, May 23, 11 at 19:27

I'd put the bedroom "on hold" while I waited for our carpet to come in and be installed. DH decided to "surprise me" (!) and changed our order from a grayish sage to THIS gray, to "match" our paint.
Well......
I'm over it. I know we need to start from scratch. I'll have other questions later, but wondering where to start, in looking for wall colors. I'd LIKE to keep the same bedding and colors, but NONE of it looks any good in this room, now.
I'm so glad I didn't sew the drapes, choose bigger artwork for over the bed, reupholster the desk chair, etc. For now, can you brilliant decorators come up with a direction for wall color? Thank you so much, in advance, for any ideas. I think the carpet is a greenish gray and the walls a bluish gray, but I'm hoping the pics will ring true on someone's monitor. I'm feeling pretty discouraged and don't even know where to start. The paint brand will be Valspar.
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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Surrrrpriiiise!!!

Oh boy.

Well, what I can see on my monitor your brown sheets seems to go with the carpet. So, is the carpet a brown based gray? If so, I'll recommend the colors I've been using lately:

BM's Baltic Gray, Willow Creek, and even Eagle Rock (which is much more dark). The reason that I ended up with Baltic Gray originally in my foyer is that it worked really well with my chocolate brown foyer. And if you look at the strips near it, they are towards the tans/browns.

Obviously there are other lighter colors on the strip that might be closer to the lightness you are going for, so check them out!

Good Luck.


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Well bkw has looked at so many paint samples that I'd trust her judgement! My impulse was towards a light brown, maybe a shade from the bedspread? I'm so sorry you got such a hard-to-undo surprise! It'll get better; paint can make a world of difference. Just make sure DH has learned his lesson and doesn't attempt to decorate solo ever again!


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I wonder if anyone could photoshop some of the color you're ending up with, on one of my walls?
I have real trouble saying that an item is a ____ based _____ (But if you're having pain in your chest, look me up :)
I am not averse to color, but it needs to compliment this carpet, and I'd like to stick with the burnt orange /colorway if possible.
This is not at all what I envisioned....


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Grays quesitions with pics

Oh heck, I'd Take any reasonble suggstions. I need new direction :(


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

I don't really have any suggestions, other than don't bury DH under the carpet; it'll make a big lump, and be harder to decorate around.
Dee


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Honestly in the first and last pictures the Walls look greenish grey and the carpet looks blue grey.

In the 5th picture it looks like they go together ok.

The other pictures are in between.

How about a peachy tone from the bedding?


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

I should be painting my trim in my bathroom, or putting samples on the wall from my vast collection of cans of paint in the basement. But noooo, I'd rather play with your room. I figured out how to get a photo into BM's site, so here you go, it will give you an idea:

Baltic Gray:
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smoke embers:
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Eagle Rock:
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Graymount (strip next to the one with the ones above)
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Etruscan:
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Kona:
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solitude
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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

how about painting the walls the green from the flower pillow on the orange settee--i think it would look good with the bedding and get rid of the gray blahs


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

I love the Etruscan that BKW posted! Combined with the gray carpet it's a very rich look, lively but not loud. I was thinking of a tan with a pumpkin/terra cotta/orange undertone and this color has it. On my screen it also looks great with the bedding.


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Oh my! Well, at least the color is neutral, really it looks fine. I used to have gray carpet and it wasn't hard to decorate around.

I think green would look good but I also really like the Etruscan and Kona colors that were posted.


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

I am really liking the brown toned gray colors (on my monitor) that Bee did for you. Now you just need to decide how dark to go. They look great with your carpet, bedding and the orange accessories. No need to change


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

I actually like your current paint color with the new carpet! I thought it looks calming, and like the touch or orange as the accent color.

The only thing i'd change are (1) curtains (maybe longer ones in white/linen - not quite as yellowish as the ones you currently have? (2) and also change the smaller pictures into a bigger one.


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Thank you, thank you, Beekeeperswife! I'm going to try some of the grayish browns, I think. I really appreciate you taking the time to photoshop those for me. The carpet's been in for a month, and I've just been so discouraged by it that I couldn't even think of where to begin.
I know that the gray is "boring", but I need a really calm, serene backdrop because of sleep issues. I already have shades (hope they'll match!) and drapery rods, and thought I had drapery fabric. Will have to tackle the wall color first.


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Thanks!

Dee, you made me laugh! He meant well, and I'm not angry, just confused because I had a plan and it's changing. From a decorating standpoint, to someone else's eye, using a "real color" would make sense, but I need something really serene and sedate in this room.


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

I also think the current wall color looks ok in the room-- but for change, I do like the kona and graymount, eagle rock... I think the only thing that (to my eyes, on my monitor disclaimer) looks a bit off is the curtain color as well as the length.
I like the rust and turqoise touches you have going on. I wonder if things might look "friendlier" if you changed from the brown sheets (which I guess might look very rich in real life, but on my monitor they look kind of drab and not happy)...?


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

torsade, just thought you should know that I feel that gray is anything but boring. It's what you do with it that counts. I have a lot of gray in my house, in my opinion it's not boring. It's very calming to me.

Baltic Gray in my foyer
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My family room
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Gray is a great neutral that you can pair many things with.


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based on my monitor, i think i like eagle rock best........


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I agree with busybee3, Eagle Rock looks the best to me too. (Sorry about the surprise carpet switch.)


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I like Eagle Rock and Graymount. I was afraid that there wasn't a color in the world that would look ok with that pale gray carpet! Now I'll get some paint cards and samples, and then ask opinions again.

BKW, your home is stunning. I read this forum every day, as a lurker, and admire your talent and that of the other posters, so much! Gray has always been my favorite color, and makes up the majority of my wardrobe. It IS a very soothing color :)


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Eagle rock is also my favorite of those posted.I agree that gray is anything but bording. I recently painted my DS's room in Revere Pewter. When the walls were naked it did look a tab boring, but once I started hanging pictures on the wall, it became a marvelous backdrop. I've paired it with dropcloth curtains which are a greige color and work very well for a calming understated look. In his case, as his room is quite small I was looking for something to make it feel more expansive.


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I think the eagle rock or torsade are rich and luxurious with the carpet and bedding.
I think this will be a serendipitous "surprise" on your DHS part- I think it will be gorgeous!


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Check out the link to this quilt. It would look really nice in your bedroom

Here is a link that might be useful: MyFavoriteBedding


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

Isn't it great that mykingcomforter has posted again? I didn't know they made quilts out of SPAM!!!!!

today is SPAMAPALOOZA DAY on Garden Web!!


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RE: Starting over in bedroom.....Grays question

One more vote for Eagle Rock...or because I'm not that in tune with my surroundings...leave it be and just book a massage :-)


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