Tag: edgecomb gray

Exterior Grays

May 14, 2015

One question I am asked often is if I have any good recommendations for an exterior gray paint color:

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via     Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

Gray for exteriors is very popular right now. And for good reason- gray is a classic color that works with any exterior color scheme and combination. I think gray works best with white trim or a lighter version of the color.

If you are trying to decide which gray to paint, a good way to start would be to decide which gray undertone do you think will work best with your exterior.

Grays with blue undertones:

stonington gray

via       Stonington Gray HC-170

storm

via    Ben Moore Storm AF-700 (yes, undertones are blue!)

smoke embers

via   Ben Moore Smoke Embers AC-28

* Remember that if you want blue exterior walls, you have to pick a blue-gray color to prevent it from looking like a baby blue.

Grays with green undertones:

Nantucket Gray

via   Nantucket Gray HC-111

Same color as above- Nantucket Gray HC-111:

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via    Nantucket Gray HC-111

Lighting makes such a huge difference- be sure to sample day and night!

sag harbor gray

via   Sag Harbor Gray

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via   Edgecomb Gray HC-173

sandy hook gray

via     Sandy Hook Gray HC-108

Charcoal grays are beautiful with white trim:

amherst gray

via  Ben Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

charcoal gray

via  Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166, Trim:Pure White OC-64

Ben Moore Chelsea Gray during the day in sunlight:

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via  Chelsea Gray HC-168

And here not in direct sunlight:

chelsea gray2

via    Ben Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168

Please don’t forget to sample the color day and night! If you need help choosing your exterior paint colors, contact me today.

Beautiful Gray Color Combinations

July 27, 2011

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I love gray and yellow together, don’t you?

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gray and yellow bedroom designsource

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

ashley gray hc-87                                                                                                                                                     da vinci’s canvas 208

 

Gorgeous Gray & Blue:

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Farrow & Ball parma gray and mahogany  HB

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edgecomb gray hc-168                                                                                                        hemlock 719

Gray and White:

small bathBetter Homes & Gardens

                                                        

hearthstone 1601                                                                                      swiss coffee oc-45

 

Gray and Beige:

Bathroom with paisley wallpaperBetter Homes & Gardens

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stonington gray hc-170                                                                                          raccoon hollow 978

Dark Gray and Rust/Orange:

gray loft living room with exposed duct work and orange accents

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butternut squash  1090

Revere Pewter and Brown:

brown and tan living roomBettter Homes and Gardens

One of my favorites! – Gray & Navy Blue:

Hooked on Houses.

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gray owl 2137-60                                                                            hale navy hc-154

And last but not least, Gray and Green combination:

Better Homes and Gardens

houzz

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balboa mist  1549                                               grasslands 502

These are just a few ideas and pictures to show you how great a gray neutral can be for your room. There are many more color combinations that can work with gray, including purples and reds.  Which is your favorite color combination with gray?  Comments?

If you need help selecting the perfect colors for your home, contact me today!

Related Posts:

Are Greige & Taupe the Same Color?

Finding the Undertones in Gray Stone

Choosing The Right White

Perfect, Neutral Gray

 

Working With the Stone Fireplace

May 23, 2011

Ever since we have moved into our New Hampshire home, I have not cared for this cutout of shelves in the fireplace below:

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Something was just not right. They always seem to be screaming ‘Look at me!’ Do you think you know why it is not working?

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Do you see how yellow the wood of the shelves are?  They are so bright and yellow, it is making them stick out like a sore thumb! The yellow is screaming. Plus, look at the stone:

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It is gray stone with an undertone of taupe.  I actually do see a little green too.  What do you think?  So now we have determined the problem. The yellow wood is not working with the gray stone.  Solution?  Can’t change the stone, going to have to paint the shelves.  Well, my husband is going to give me a hard time about painting the shelves because they are gasp! wood!  He’ll get over it!

So I choose a couple samples with taupe undertones (BM cedar key 982 and smokey taupe 983):

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And also a warm gray with a touch of green (edgecomb gray HC-173):

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The samples are just too small.  I did not have my cases with me to see a larger sample.  I am going to choose two of the three colors and paint on poster board to test. That is the best way to be sure to get it just right.

I will post pictures next week on which color I choose and hopefully get them painted pronto! 

Then I will get into why I have to change the wall color now too.  Never ends does it. 😉

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Comments?

If you need help choosing colors for your stone fireplace, contact me today!

Related Topics:

Understanding Beige Undertones

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Color

Using the 60-30-10 Color Rule