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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 18, 2012 01:07 AM
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by Brandy last modified Jan 17, 2012

Painting a portrait of Dorian Gray wouldn’t be as difficult as choosing a gray color in my house. I don’t know if it’s the light or if I am just learning that there are a million versions of gray ranging from purplish to greenish and every other -ish in the rainbow. But I am downright [...]




 

 

Painting a portrait of Dorian Gray wouldn’t be as difficult as choosing a gray color in my house. I don’t know if it’s the light or if I am just learning that there are a million versions of gray ranging from purplish to greenish and every other -ish in the rainbow. But I am downright confused.

After finishing the kitchen cabinets (finally!), the time has come to paint the kitchen. After much deliberation…green, orange, cream…we finally landed on the color.  And surprise surprise, guess what the inspiration was?  You guessed it.  The Orla containers. And I guess the title of the post is kind of a spoiler.  Yep, gray is our color.

We were also inspired by this palette from Design Seeds, which pairs green and gray so nicely.

For context, the kitchen and the family room are connected and very open, so the colors need to be complimentary and fit into the overall scheme of things. As you remember, we have already painted the family room Yolo Leaf 04.

Gray, it is. Now, which gray? I went and bought samples of all the non-bluish grays I could find. I put the ones I liked best on the wall next to the chalkboard and also to the green swatch we had on the wall when we temporarily considered painting the kitchen the same green as the family room. (And suddenly as I write that I start to think again that might be a good idea.)

So I am still at a loss as to which gray and I ask you dear readers for your advice. I know that color never translates well over a computer screen, but I will tell you my vote is with the bottom one next to the chalkboard, Behr Elephant Skin, the same gray that came to my rescue in the bathroom debacle. Other family members prefer the top one, which is a lighter gray. They are concerned the Elephant Skin will be too dark.

Again, I am flummoxed.  Help!  Please let me know your thoughts.  Green or gray?  And if gray, which gray?  Any of you have experience with gray you’d like to share?



 

 

 
 
 

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