Choosing the Perfect Gray

8.25.2010
Since we have so much color going on in the main living area of the H-Haus, we have decided to go very neutral for the sitting room. And since the sofa is going to be a dark gray, we know that neutral is going to be in the gray family.

The problem is that I always gravitate toward very light colors, while the Hubster likes colors that really contrast with our white trim (AKA dark). So whenever we choose a color it involves a lot of arguing discussion and a LOT of paint testers. Thank the Lord for paint testers! They've saved us from making a lot of mistakes and from wasting a lot of money. Because to be honest, who can choose a paint color from a tiny two inch by five inch piece of paper???

Here are the contenders:


From left to right:

Martha Stewart - Driftwood Gray (too dark/too blue)
Glidden Smooth Stone (too blah neutral/too light)
Glidden Canyon Echo (great color, a little too light)
Behr Dolphin Fin (great gray/great medium tone)
Behr Silver Drop (too light)
Behr Chocolate Froth (too beige/too light)

Obviously the winner was...Behr Dolphin Fin! Most of the time we've found that we have to go a shade or two lighter than the paint chip that we like to get the right color, but in this case we actually had to go a shade darker. I guess gray is its own animal! Stay tuned for the newly painted space.

10 comments:

  1. Very Nice color. I'm liking how the Marhta one looked too.

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  2. I love the color you chose! we went with a darker grey in our entryway - Behr's Sparrow. I love it though - Behr really does make the perfect grey paint!

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  3. Everyone seems to love Dolphin Fin! It's recommended on Apartment Therapy all the time.

    I actually painted the majority of an apartment Dolphin Fin (with a long darker gray accent wall). And... I hated it! It was just too cold. I wish I had gone a bit beige-ier, towards a "greige."

    Part of it might have been the apartment itself: it was very cold and industrial, and not in a good way. The gray walls looked cool with my hunter-green couch, but if I had to do it again, I would have done something one shade warmer.

    (And as I type this I'm sitting in my gold-beige living room looking into my warm green dining room, so it may just be my taste...!)

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  4. I painted our son's nursery Dolphin Fin (after a lot of agonizing) and it is absolutely beautiful. It's just right, not too dark, not too light, and no weird undertones. Good luck with your hunt!

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  5. so funny that you are painting the room gray because im doing the same thing with our guest room. thanks for posting. definitely going to get out dolphin fin.

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  6. I went through a similar experience trying to find the perfect shade of blue for our nursery: http://www.harvestingkale.com/?p=200

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  7. I am currently working on picking out a gray for our master bedroom. I was leaning towards Sherwin Williams Popular Gray (based only on the paint chip), but I do like that Dolphin Fin. I might have to check it out. Thanks for posting all your testers, it was really helpful.

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  8. We painted our living/dining area Behr's Pewter Mug a year ago... I LOVE it. It's my favorite color out of all the rooms in our house. It's a soft gray with slight blue undertones. The blue only shows up in the late evening, and makes the room feel so calm and welcoming. Love it.

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  9. Awesome! Thanks for posting this. We've tried canyon echo, chocolate froth, and are still on the hunt. I just googled dolphin fin and your post came up. Very helpful.

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