Tag: Stonington Gray

Updated: Exterior Grays

June 12, 2018

I thought I would update this Exterior Gray post since gray is still a very popular choice to use for exteriors. I have added a few new photos of gray painted exteriors with the their color listed. Enjoy!

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

via     Ben Moore Copley Gray HC-104

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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.Read More

My Daughter’s Before & After Bedroom

July 31, 2013


Do you remember a little while ago when I shared my daughter’s (and son-in-law’s) bedroom in her new house? She had asked me for advice on helping her select paint colors and decorating advice.

This is a before picture when they first moved in:


And here is the after picture she sent me:


Isn’t it pretty?  What a lot of hard work they both put in. They did follow my advice on paint colors and chose Ben Moore Coventry Gray for the walls and  Cloud White for the cabinets.



And After:


They still have a few small projects they want to do but it already looks great. Did you notice her new pad on the window seat? I suggested she buy an extra window panel and make a new cover to coordinate.

They also repainted her old dresser in Ben Moore Stonington Gray:


Such a great job Meg and Ian! You should be so proud. I sure am! Thank you for taking after pictures and sharing. I love when people send me their after photos to share with everyone. What do you think everyone? Isn’t the room so pretty?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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.