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Kelly’s Five Favorite Neutrals

February 29, 2016

I have finally narrowed my top list of neutral paint colors that I frequently use! I feel confident about my top choices, which are also my favorites, and I want to share my color advice with you.

My list of favorite neutrals, in no particular order:

Revere Pewter HC-172:

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I can’t seem to get enough of this color. It is a beautiful light gray in brightly lit rooms and a pretty soft beige in rooms with low light. Gorgeous and happy!

Grant Beige HC-83:

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Using Artwork For Color Inspiration

February 2, 2013

I have been working with a young couple who just moved into their first apartment. They already have an amazing collection of artwork for a couple so young:


They took this photo above while they were on vacation in Greece. They loved it so much, they had it blown up and then separated into three separate pieces of art to hang over the sofa.

They asked for help choosing a wall color that would work well with their artwork and other furnishings. Another key player in selecting a color for the living room was this vibrant colorful rug:


Which is bright and colorful (and happy!) and so we must work it with when selecting a color. Notice their sofa is neutral so it did not play much in the initial color selection process.


So where did I begin to search for a color for the walls? I started with the artwork that will be up against the wall.


What color comes to mind when you look at the photo? Blue water, right? But you do not want to pick a blue match for the walls because you do not want the picture to get lost and blend in with the walls. You want a color to be a background to the beautiful artwork which is the star of the room.

What color did I zero in on? The color that I suggested was a soft, blue gray. Gray is modern, clean and a great neutral. And it looks fabulous with all of her black picture frames:

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And then every gray I found that would work with the artwork, I would make sure it was also working with the rug:


I love the colors in this rug, don’t you? Many of the colors are too bold for the wall (and to work with the art), but great for choosing an accent color in the room!

These are the Benjamin Moore shades of gray, listed in no particular order, that I think will work well in their room:

Gray Owl OC-52:


Gentle Gray 1626:

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I love all of these shades of gray! They are all beautiful grays that will work in the room, they just have to choose which shade they love best. They are going to live with the samples a few days in their space until they make a decision. I will keep you updated!

Which would be your favorite color to use on the walls with their artwork?

If you need help selecting colors for your home, 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:

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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


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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!

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