It is so difficult to pick the right gray paint color… but the hardest part for me is to know how it will actually look in my home! Well, I have good news. I am going to show you how to take the guess work out and get the right paint color the first time.
How to Pick the Right Gray Paint Color
First, I searched through Pinterest and blogs.
Doing this helps me to see a paint color in a room and next to white moldings. It is always hard to tell the true color of paint from a picture. If you compare the molding to the wall color it can give you a good idea of the tones and how dark the paint color is.
Pick a brand and make a list.
I really like Sherwin Williams and they have a store right by my home so I searched for Sherwin Williams colors. As I found a gray paint color I thought I liked I made a list. When at Sherwin Williams, I could find the paint swatches on my list and compare them in the store.
Pick 3 colors and a color for moldings.
Gray can be tricky. You can get all different hues within gray, some leaning towards taupe, others leaning more towards white. Once I got into the store I narrowed it down to my 3 favorite gray colors:
- Reposed Gray
- Agreeable Gray
- Crushed Ice
- and one molding color – Snowbound. I didn’t want to go bright white on my moldings but I didn’t want to be too creamy. Snowbound was the perfect in-between color.
Buy samples and small wall
I got a sample size of each color and I also bought small walls. These are thick boards you can paint and then stick to the wall. I love this idea because it allows you to create a larger sample area of paint color that can move around to see how it looks in different light and rooms. I cut my small walls in half so I had 4 instead of 2.
Paint and stick to the wall
I painted each small wall with 2 coats of the different paints I got and let them dry. Once they were dry I taped them to various areas in my home to make sure I really liked the color. I also painted one with the molding color so I could see the contrast and to make sure I liked it. Paint can appear to be different based on what it is up against.
I picked Crushed Ice and Snowbound for the moldings.
For our new home I am wanting a very light paint color on the grey side. We are currently remodeling our master bedroom so I figured I would pick a grey color and paint my master bedroom with it to make sure I like it before I paint an entire house.
Here is what my master looks like today. I am excited to create a calming retreat for my husband and I!
Stay tuned for my final reveal with my gray paint color. Happy Painting!