One of the questions I am most often asked is “Is gray still on trend?” For years now, the design world has utilized gray in all of its hues from cool blue grays to warm greige tones. Couches, painted walls, decor, and clothing showcase gray colors in all their glory. So, back to the question, “Is gray still on trend?” The answer is yes, but the gray tone is changing. Before you go and repaint that 20 foot gray entry wall, hear me out. I see a shift from cool grays to warmer grays because our world is shifting right now into a place where people crave nature. Naturally, the interior will reflect that change. When I think of gray hues in nature, I think of mushrooms, fungi, tree bark, and the Rocky Mountains; warm gray tones. Therefore, when you decorate your home or paint a wall, consider a warm gray or a “greige” which is a mixture between a brown colored beige and gray.
These are my favorite gray paint colors by far. Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray are heavier on the gray scale, while Gossamer Veil is warmer and Accessible Beige is even warmer and borders on a brown. All four of these paint colors look amazing in kitchens, bedrooms, hallways and dining rooms. They are neutral enough so that your decorative pops of color really shine. Blues, greens, and even coral hues look fantastic with these gray colors.
From Left to Right: Toulouse Nightstand from Pottery Barn, Arhaus Avignon serving set, Anthropologie sectional, Divya Cabinet by Arhaus, and the Rhys Chair from Anthropologie.
Dark charcoal gray is also rising in popularity which is displayed in lava, earth’s soil, and the midnight sky. Deep hues such as charcoal gray look dramatic as an accent wall in a dining room. Pair this with board and batten and the dining room will be a show-stopper. Vases, frames, throw blankets and decorative candles look beautiful in charcoal gray tones.
The above dining room was designed by Nate Fischer Interiors and it showcases the drama created by a gorgeous board and batten wall in a dining room. Black vases look fantastic with wood hues against a neutral grey-white wall. And, there is nothing like a warm and cozy throw blanket like the charcoal throw by Pottery Barn.
If you are wondering how you can incorporate warm gray tones into your home and aren’t quite sure how, give me a call and we can schedule a Design Consultation!
Stepping into Fall and leading into 2021, green is a go-to color that is going to be seen in fashion and home interiors. Be on the lookout! We were made to be in and around nature, which soothes us and helps us feel more at peace. Even before the Pandemic, incorporating green into our homes has been vital. I love to bring nature indoors by adding faux or real plants, trees, and succulents. And now that green is taking off in the design world, more shades of green will be seen in furniture than ever before.
If you are looking for a gorgeous green to paint your home, I recommend Comfort Gray SW6205 (which is actually a green) or Sea Salt SW6204 by Sherwin Williams. They are beautiful “neutral” greens that give such a soft and luxurious effect to any space. Other stunning greens are Contented SW6191, Softened Green SW6177, Jade Dragon SW9129 and Quietude SW6212.
This is a bathroom I designed for a client where Sea Salt was painted above the chair rail and Comfort Gray below. The bathroom is bright with lots of natural sunlight. If your space has less natural light, rest assured that these paint colors look remarkable in many types of lighting.
Comfort Gray takes on a different look in this room where natural and artificial light merge together. As you can see, warm tans and neutrals pair well with Comfort Gray.
As we finish out this unique year, lets be sure to incorporate green into our lives whether we daily take a walk outside, add a few plants to our home, or paint a wall a soothing green! By doing so, we will create calmer, fresher and more beautiful rooms to enjoy.
Let’s talk paint. This 5 letter word sends many people into a state of being overwhelmed. We’ve all been there…at the paint store staring at all of those little paint chips in the fluorescent lighting wondering if the color we choose will look good in our room. What color? What sheen? Which brand? Do I brush or roll? You know how the story goes from there. I get so many questions about paint from my clients…great questions, in fact. I wanted to write a series of blogs on all aspects of paint so that you can be better informed the next time you step into a paint store.
*Of course, if you need extra help, selecting paint is one of my most favorite aspects of my job, so feel free to reach out to schedule a paint consultation.
There are so many colors that are tried and true, sheens I love, and brands I trust. My next several blogs will focus on specific color groups, so this one is all about the basics. Let me break it down…
There are several brands that I’ve used personally and have had professional painters recommend. Big names such as Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore are my favorites. These brands have excellent coverage that is also true to color. One of my biggest pet peeves is when the paint doesn’t match the paint chip. With these brands, you don’t have to worry about that.
TYPES OF PAINT
I always go with a paint and primer in one for the best coverage.
Latex- Latex is a water based paint that has notoriously been used on interior walls due to its easy coverage and lower price point when compared to acrylic paints. Latex is easy to clean with soap and water and comes in a variety of sheens ranging from flat to high gloss. My favorite latex paint is Emerald by Sherwin Williams.
Acrylic Latex- This type of paint is my favorite for so many applications. Acrylic Latex is water based and is very similar to latex paint. It is often self-leveling and goes on smoothly. Many paint brands offer acrylic latex as an excellent option for interior walls. Sherwin Williams Cashmere is my go-to choice for a buttery finish. For exterior doors, I love Snap-Dry by Sherwin Williams because it dries in an hour and has an almost indestructible finish.
Acrylic- Acrylic paints are durable and bode well on interior trim. A great choice is the ProClassic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel.
Enamel – For an area that requires a solid oil based finish, Sherwin Williams’ Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel paint is a wonderful pick. Benjamin Moore’s Advance Interior Paint is another excellent choice. Both offer self-leveling qualities that enhance trim, cabinetry, or any surface that needs extra durability and care.
Each paint company carries its own version of the various sheens, but this will serve as a general guide for your next painting project.
Flat/Matte – Many new construction homes are sprayed with flat paint. The benefit is that flaws are barely visible with a flat sheen because light is not easily reflected from the surface. If you have a wall that is “wavy” or that has a lot of imperfections, then flat is a great choice. The downside is that it scuffs easily, looks dull and is not easy to clean.
Where to paint with a flat sheen? Ceilings, any walls with imperfections
Where not to paint with a flat sheen? High traffic/high touch walls, bathroom walls, walls that need to be cleaned.
Eggshell/Low-Lustre– Eggshell is a very popular sheen. The benefits of a flat sheen are combined with cleanability in an eggshell finish.
Where to paint with an Eggshell sheen? Any interior wall surface.
Where not to paint with an Eggshell sheen? A high traffic wall or high touch wall that needs to be cleaned often. Cleaning often could dull the surface.
Satin– Satin is a step between Eggshell and Semi-Gloss. Textured walls look great in Satin as well as any surface that you want to allow light to bounce off of.
Where to paint with a Satin sheen? Bathrooms, hallways, any interior wall surface.
Where not to paint with a Satin sheen? Ceilings.
Semi-Gloss– For areas that may become easily scuffed, a semi-gloss finish is ideal because it is extremely easy to clean. Imperfections will radiate from the surface of a semi-gloss sheen so it isn’t advisable to paint interior walls with a semi-gloss finish. On the flip side, semi-gloss walls will reflect more light allowing the room to “radiate.”
Where to paint with a Semi-Gloss sheen? Trim, window moulding, crown moulding, chair rail, and wainscoting.
Where not to paint with a Semi-Gloss sheen? Most interior walls, ceilings.
High-Gloss– Very similar to semi-gloss in application, High-Gloss will highlight the surface it is painted on.
Where to paint with a High-Gloss sheen? Trim, window moulding, crown moulding, chair rail, wainscoting, an area you want highlighted.
Where not to paint a High-Gloss sheen? Most interior walls, ceilings.
LIGHT REFLECTIVE VALUE
On a scale from 0 (black) to 100 (white), Light Reflective Value refers to how light or dark a paint color will look. The higher the LRV number, the lighter the color, the lower the LRV number, the darker the color. Pastels have a higher LRV number while dark/deep colors have a lower LRV.
I hope that this helps you as you work on your painting project! There are so many things to consider to get it just right and with the right paint product and sheen, you will have a gorgeous result!