Monday, May 24, 2010

The Final Choice

We have finally, FINALLY chosen a paint color for our living room. No more swatches, no more samples, no more stopping at the paint section every time we go to the store.

We're done.

And I think we've finally perfected the art of choosing colors for our home. Too bad we don't have to do it any more! After this, the only room we have left is the powder room, and I'm pretty set on Valspar's Coastal Jetty for that room. Regardless, it will be a much easier choice than this one.

We had a few requirements. Light, gray, and the toughest one: must match all of the other colors in the house. Shouldn't be too hard, right?

So we went to Home Depot, Lowe's, and dealers for Pratt and Lambert and various other paints, plus armed ourselves with our Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams fan decks. We picked up a swatch of every gray that caught our eye. We seriously ended up with over a hundred colors in mind.

Then we brought them into our dining room and started the selection process.

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We could immediately eliminate a ton because they were too dark

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or too light

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Or too blue or too green.

Then we brought in the fabric we're using for drapes, to make sure there were no clashing issues.

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And with the fabric, we were able to narrow it down to a few choices.

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After bringing them all in the kitchen, we settled tentatively on Valspar's Stony Path (middle bottom row in the above picture).

On the way home from work Friday, I picked up a sample of Stony Path and the second runner, Valspar Tempered Gray. After living with them all weekend, we finally admitted that they weren't doing it for us. Stony Path was WAY too blue, and Tempered Gray had a purple cast we just weren't digging.

So today, we made a trip to Sherwin Williams to pick up some samples of a color that we eliminated early because it was too dark. We just couldn't stop thinking about it, so we got a sample of the color, and a sample of that color at 50%. We got it home and before they were even drying, we knew we made the right choice. We found our color!

And we even like the darker version!

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It's on the bottom in this picture. I love it with the kitchen color!

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On the left in this picture (the right one is the lighter version). Bonus points to Brett for the beautiful flowers I got for our second anniversary today!

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The bottom color, with the china cabinet.

I am so in love with this color! I just can't wait to cover that HORRIBLE tan once and for all.