I am stumped. While I usually find it easy to help select paint colors for someone else, I’m having a hard time trying to decide what I’m doing for myself! I’ve always leaned toward earthy colors, but I’m trying to get away from them and move towards the gray palette. A cooler look, without being sterile. I started searching in my Sherwin Williams paint deck last week and happened upon several colors that I thought I could love. One of them was actually used by blogging friend, Pat, from Back Porch Musings. She used SW’s “Sticks and Stones” in her kitchen, hearth room, and breakfast room and it turned out just beautifully! After seeing her photos, I knew that had to be the color I would choose to paint my study.
What looked gorgeous gray in Pat’s lighting turned to warm chocolate in mine!
This is a shot of Pat’s hearth room. It appears to receive quite a bit of light, so the color looks true to the paint chip.
And this is the color in my room. It’s actually showing up lighter in this shot. I think that the color tends to go more brown with the lighting in here. In fact, I think it looks like a chocolate milkshake. Am I always thinking of food?!
So, just for kicks, I decided to try the color in the dining room, which is another space that desperately needs a color make-over. It’s been green for much too long. But, although the study and the dining room both face the very same direction, the lighting in here brings out a purple cast in the paint! aaaggghhhh…… Guess I won’t be using the paint in here!
I think I want a gray that’s more like this-
This is the second color from SW that I applied to the study walls. It’s called “Amazing Gray” and it stays pretty true to this color both day and night. After living with it for a few days, I’m thinking I really like it for the study.
Here are the two colors side by side in the study. Do you see what I mean about the one on the left looking more brown than the one on the right? Nice, but not quite what I had in mind. Why couldn’t I have Pat’s lighting?
So, in an effort to be absolutely sure that I’m going to get the gray that I truly like, I’ve selected two more colors to have made up. I’m off to the paint store this afternoon to see if I can come home with a color that’s exactly what I want. Do you recall that old adage about the cobbler’s children going without shoes? That’s kinda the way I feel- like the kid whose dad makes shoes and I’m going without! I’m working on a project for someone right now and it’s been a pretty easy job of selecting colors for her new house. So, why am I having such a difficult time for myself?