When we built our house in early 2010, we opted to paint all the walls white. This seemed simplest, and a way to make our house our own over time. (It was also a cost-saving measure, as our builder would charge extra for painting as soon as added additional colors.)
The first room to get paint on the walls was the nursery (which Aaron’s dad painted while we were en route to Utah to get Harry), and then last summer we painted Harry’s big-boy room, as well as our bedroom.
I was always kind of on the fence about painting our great room, both because I genuinely like white walls, and because it’s one big room (kitchen, dining area, living), I was nervous about picking the right color that could go everywhere.
We got window treatments this winter (honeycomb shades), and it got my mind clicking about what it would be like to paint the downstairs.
So I started pinning a lot of paint swatches. I really wanted a griege, but I was nervous about gray walls with oak trim, since there are very few examples out there of that combo. The designer who helped us with our window treatments suggested a sage green, but that felt just much too 1990s to me. So I thought a gray with a green base might be the way to go.
I popped into our local Hirshfield’s to get some paint chips and sample paint.
We started with the colors on the third row down: Horizon Gray, Gray Horse, Revere Pewter, and Hazy Skies.
We could tell right away that Revere Pewter was much too brown in our space. (The first square.) I liked the blue undertones of Gray Horse (second square), but it was much too dark. We liked Hazy Skies (third square), but I wasn’t crazy about it. None of them felt right.
When I looked back at the swatches, I noticed Moonshine (one color up from Gray Horse), and I realized that I preferred a gray with a blue undertone over the green (or brown).
So we went back for more samples, and pretty soon our wall looked like this:
On a wall surrounded by white, you couldn’t see the blue in Moonshine at all. This made me a little nervous, but I knew it had to have blue in it, because of where it lived on the color spectrum. (You could really see the blue in the darker hue on its swatch, Gray Horse.)
So I painted it in a few different places (as well as a really blue blue gray [Feather Gray] and a super green gray [actually a color match of Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage]).
This is about when I entered the crazy stage and felt like nothing I was going to choose would be right, so I stepped back for a few days. And finally we decided: Moonshine it is.
I love it. It’s so beautiful, and is exactly the color I was hoping for. In the morning it is a lovely soft blue, and at night it’s a barely there gray. A true neutral. We get a lot of natural light, so the color shifts all day long. I adore it; truly.
I’m so glad we finally went for it!
See you can do gray paint with oak trim and oak cabinets. Hooray!
Next project: photo wall above our buffet. Hopefully it won’t take me three years.