How to Choose the Perfect Gray For Your Home Interior?
You’re re-painting your home and you think gray might be nice. But there’s gray…and then there’s gray.
How do you find the perfect shade for your walls? Do you want a light grey or charcoal grey? A blue-ish grey or yellowish-ish grey? These are all the questions I found myself asking myself over and over again every time I visited Home Depot in search of the perfect gray paint for our home interior.
The “perfect gray” for me ended up being Behr Toasty Gray N320-2. We used this paint throughout our entire house and then used a flat white for accented baseboards, ceilings, window trim, and stairs.
When I was looking for the perfect gray I first started on Pinterest. I pinned about a billion rooms & homes that I liked and then I narrowed down my options. Then I considered things in our home such as our furnishings, the light, the ambiance I wanted to create, and the overall aesthetics of our home. All of these things helped minimize my options and then a couple trips to Home Depot picking up samples finalized my decision.
Tips to Help You Find the PERFECT Gray Paint for Your Home
- Consider your furnishings. The first step is to figure out the undertones of your room, so that the color you choose will complement, not clash, with your furnishings and textiles. Are there lots of warm hues in the furniture and fabrics – shades like brown or taupe, red, orange or yellow? If so, look for a gray with warm undertones, hints of tan or beige. But if there are more cool tones of green, blue and purple in the room, a cool gray will be best, one with a bluish or greenish tint.
- Watch the light. The light that enters the room, especially during the time of day you’re most often in it, makes a difference in the gray you choose. Rooms with little natural light – such as north- and west-facing rooms and rooms with few windows – can feel chilly. A warm gray makes a coldish room glow with coziness and calm. Rooms with a southern exposure and rooms with lots of windows get plenty of light. These sunny rooms look great with cooler grays that feel airy and fresh.
- Think of the ambiance. What kind of room are you painting? Bluish gray tones are stunning in ultramodern industrial lofts and these cool tints echo peaceful water in rooms with an ocean or lake view. Rooms designed for coziness and repose, like living rooms and master bedrooms, benefit more from the warmth and comfort of a “greige”, a gray with beige undertones.
- Experiment. Before investing in the paint for an entire room, do some research and experimentation. Check out photos of rooms online, on Pinterest and on paint company websites, remembering that the color may be somewhat distorted by the computer screen. At a paint store, choose several paint sample cards of varying tones and take them home. Tape them side by side on a wall and look at them – as well as at the room’s furniture and textiles – at different times of the day. When you’ve narrowed down the choice to two or three options, consider purchasing paint samples, small pots of paint that cost much less than a full gallon. Paint large squares on each wall of the room and again check them in the different light.
- Think outside the box. Gray doesn’t have to be light or even neutral. Dark grays work well as accent walls and can even be used to color an entire room, especially if paired with vivid fabrics in bright colors like citrus orange, cranberry red or canary yellow.
With so many great choices, there’s gray…and gray…and then there’s the gray that is perfect for your room!