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Design Dilemma: Shades of Gray

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 15, 2013 01:06 AM
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by Sarah Lonsdale last modified Mar 14, 2013

Desperately seeking countertop advice? Need assistance on choosing a paint shade? Agonizing over which wallpaper to use? We have the answers. When we launched Remodelista, it was partly in response to our friends asking us endless questions (we had all just completed remodels). Over the years, we have built up a wealth of knowledge and a coterie of contacts with whom we often confer. Have a dilemma? Send your queries to Design Dilemmas Solved . Here's our first conundrum. The Smiths in London asked the following: "We are looking to freshen up our front room and hallway in gray, but we want to avoid it looking cold. We have looked at not quite 50 shades but getting close. Any advice appreciated." We turned to our resident expert Eve Ashcraft, who, along with design writer and collaborator Heather Smith MacIsaac, advises us on paint palettes. Here's what they suggest: "We gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that the easiest answer is to use these three warm grays that Eve turns to on a regular basis." Above: In her summer house, Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, painted her entryway a warm shade of gray. Photo by Simon Upton for House Beautiful . Above L: Sandy Hook Gray HC-108 by Benjamin Moore. Above R: Revere Pewter HC-172 by Benjamin Moore. Above L: Charleston Gray 243 by Farrow & Ball. Above R: Dog's Ear from Eve Ashcraft's The Essential Palette, from Fine Paints of Europe. Not your shade of gray? Check out this Gray . Explore more Palette and Paints .






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