Monday, October 11, 2010

of a color between white and black; having a neutral hue

The dictionary doesn't explain just how many neutral hues gray can be.
Gray is tricky...
even the spelling is tricky
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My dining room has been waiting patiently for a new coat of gray.  Like I said, it's tricky. I had the perfect gray all picked out. I painted an entire wall with my color of choice just to see... It went blue. I don't want blue/gray. I just want gray/gray!

Fortunately for me, my friends Diana and Donna from Annie, Fannie and Abigail were at Monticello last week and noticed Debbie and I with our paint chips fanned out like a deck of cards pondering the right choice of gray... two seconds later Diana whipped out her deck of paint chips and layed them out.  Right on her heels was Donna with a single color... slate... it was becoming a high stakes game of paint chip poker.  Was slate the ace in the hole? Was Donna's card the only one needed?  Should I scrap the gray and go for the warmer palette?

Donna's slate kept calling me... It was from Restoration Hardware.
  The cement I had painted on my wall wasn't going the right direction. I just wanted to decide on a color and get the thing done! It was 4:00 on Sunday, Restoration closes at 6:00 on Sundays.  Just enough time to grab my good friend Tami (moral support and good taste) and make the 30 minute drive to NW Portland...

 I left half the wall cement and painted the other half slate.
Here are the results.

The winner is on the right.....
I will post pics of the finished product when the room is put back together...
Hope your home improvement projects are going well! And, thanks Donna!


Chelsea said...

Yay, I'm so glad I can finally see pictures. I agree, the slate looks awesome. I stumbled upon this yesterday and thought of you:

Susan S. said...

It's funny how many different shades of Gray (grey) there are! bROWNY GREYS....GREEN GREYS, BLUE GREYS.....I like the slate one you choose and with the white woodwork it really pops! Happy Fall Ya'll!

Little Cottage said...

Looking good!

My Shabby Roses said...

Wow Laurie, I'm just admiring your talent painting around the pretty molding. It looks gorgeous, can't wait to see the big picture!

kimberly at mimicharmante said...

Love it! I am having a bit of a love affair with gray myself lately... Can't wait to see your final photos!

Amber said...

Oooh! Can't wait to see your room all dressed up! I love that color. Good choice!
;) Amber

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie
Ok , you can have the gorgeous slate color 'cause I am having a painting affair with cement this week. :)
I Love them both

Tracey said...

Oh Laurie it's going to be amazing!!! Gray/grey is a tricky color...sometimes it can even take on a lavender hue {yikes}, but when you find the right shade it is such a great color to work with! Can't wait to see the full room!

Hugs ~

:) T

Anonymous said...

High stakes poker, huh... LOL! Love the color choice, Laurie! Can't wait to see the room when your done... :)
~ Jo

Janean said...

it is a much better color...more natural.

i painted our new master mountain gray which has that warm, natural stone color - except it is very light. i adore it.

glad you found the shade you were looking for because lighting from the sun can make a huge difference too!

Room to Inspire said...

Gray (or grey) is such a tricky color, the slate looks great. My next room I paint will have to be some shade of gray for sure. Have a great weekend!


Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Gray is tricky...but looks like you found a great shade...can't wait to see more.

Teri said...

Great to meet you today at the shop! I'm looking for that gray and white blog still. Thanks for coming in and we are looking forward to another visit! I added your blog to my favs...the dining room looks velvety.

Lisa said...

I have a bunch of gray swatches taped up on my front entry way right now! Couldn't decide either but now I'm going with the one closest to your slate - it looks wonderful and I have white trim, too. Awesome!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love this.

Nice to meet someone else who deliberates over shades of grey! My friends laugh at me when I'm choosing between two colours that they say are essentially the same.

SOOOOOOOOO not the same!!

I wish we had Restoration Hardware in England. They seem to have lots of gorgeous colours.

Thanks so much for your visit. It bought me here!! I love your blog.


A Perfect Gray said...

great choice. it's going to look so good. aren't grays hard to pick? believe me, I know!