Between Hurricane Sandy and our own dreary weather, it's been pretty gray out there. Plus, I'm in the smack middle of a master bath renovation—the space is currently gutted and rewired and now I've got a clawfoot tub resting and waiting by my side of the bed. For those who read my earlier post, I decided to paint it Benjamin Moore Graphite, which came out dreamy—not too black and certainly not too light.
One lesson I've learned is even a narrow color search is tough. I knew I needed a dark gray for the tub and a light shade for the walls. After a good dose of scouting I honed in on a paler wall color, Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray, to give enough contrast against the tub and the floor which will be a black and white basketweave pattern.
[caption id="attachment_678" align="aligncenter" width="322" caption="I knew Coventry Gray would work when I saw stumbled on this image from Domino of Jenna Lyon's living room."]
[/caption] For a long time I steered away from grays that weren't in the blue-green family, but now I find them super soothing and a nice alternative to the tan and beige world. Another hot one that my friend a colleague Elizabeth Dehn used in her home is Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. Check how fab it is in Brooke Shield's place! [caption id="attachment_679" align="aligncenter" width="670" caption="Brooke Shield's NYC brownstone as seen in Architectural Digest"]
[/caption] In our October issue of Home, designer Brooke Voss used Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, which is a perfect case of designer brains. It looks taupe-ish on paper but gave her loft such a cool coat of industrial gray.
Another good ones out there is Sherwin-William's Magnetic Gray:
And, finally, two more to ponder from Pratt & Lambert's wonderful gray palette, which includes Timeless Gray and Gig's Grey.