Greige Week – Ben Moore On My Wall

I talked about greiges all week and ended the week with a list of go-to greiges from various design bloggers.  The colors are listed alphabetically by brand.

I thought I would sacrifice our office wall in order to show you some of the suggested choices.  Nah, really I needed to choose a greige for that room anyway and thought I’d try some of these.  And, since I am not as familiar with Benjamin Moore colors being that the closest store that sells Benjamin Moore is half an hour away, I thought I’d try some Benjamin Moore paint suggestions out.

I went to Ace and got 1 free quart of Clark Kensington paint (it’s a special today, so go get your free quart if you haven’t), then I used a coupon for two free pint sizes of Benjamin Moore paint.    Yay.

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I had the quart mixed as Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter since that had been recommended so many times lately.  You also see the white acrylic craft paint there because they can’t do 50% mixtures in the pint size.  So, I made my own 50% mixture of one of these.

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Thought you may want to see some Benjamin Moore colors together on a wall, right next to each other.

Paint colors don’t always look just like the swatch does in the store (with the flourescent lighting there), of course.  They vary from home to home, room to room.   It depends on lighting (how much and cool or warm), surrounding colors, and even what color you are painting over.  Are you priming or painting over an existing color?

What did we think about these colors?

All were good greiges.  None were bad.  But, it depends on what you are looking for in your space.  So, we had to determine which was right for us.

We thought Gray Owl read a little blue in person, though you cannot tell here.

Revere Pewter didn’t have any obvious undertones showing, but it read cooler and grayer than we wanted.  It was nice, though.

Edgecomb Gray actually read almost white in person.  Darn it, I cannot get the photo colors just right, but if you look close, it’s not too far from the chair rail molding.

Rockport Gray was nice and very warm, almost brown.  A slight hint of a purple undertone, but not much.  Very nice, but too dark.

So, we tried Rockport Gray at 50% or approximated that by mixing in white.  Better, but still a tad of a purplish undertone to it and a little cooler than we wanted.

Senora Gray has a slight green undertone, but read as a nice warm gray.  Still very neutral.  Remember, we talked about in the first post on greiges how green grays tend to read best in rooms (it’s under the summary numbered 1-3, gray, beige and greige).

We like Senora Gray the best out of these.  Thank you, Dana (Make Them Wonder), for the great suggestion.

What do you think of these Benjamin Moore colors?   Of the Behr color?  Have you already tried some of the great suggestions?  If you haven’t, check the list out here.

kristysig

5 Comments :

  1. Kristy! What a great series! So much helpful information. I just painted my basement Edgecomb Gray, because I wanted a soft, light, warm greige…. and it’s definitely all of those things. However… I’m wishing I would have used something with a cooler undertone. It looks a little too beige and not enough gray in my basement. Oh well. Maybe I’ll add some stripes or something.

    • I love this comment because colors certainly look different in different spaces for so many reasons (how much light, warm or cool light, surrounding tones, what color it was painted on top of, etc). On my wall, it read fairly cool and very light. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Kristy! What a great series on greiges! I’m happy to hear that you finally had a chance to sample some Benjamin Moore color. There are so many colors to choose from which is why I loved your post that helped narrow them down. I agree, I like the Senora Gray but I also like the purple undertone in the 50% Rockport Gray. thanks!

  3. Love your blog and I also love this color greige. Check out Grant Beige by Ben Moore . It reminds me of french linen. I used this on my living room and foyer. Love how it changes color during the day. I used Ashwood in a bedroom (also by ben moore). It’s a light color.

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