Color me... Greige

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This is a story of a lot of bad choices, decorating woes and a few shades of grey. Four shades to be exact. I can talk about it now, but popping open the fourth can of paint for our teeny, tiny powder room was making me seriously doubt my judgement.

The original paint color was fine. Boring, but nice. It’s the same paint color that is on every single wall of our house. Neutral, comfortable and after striking out three times, it seemed much more…desireable.   

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Here’s what we were working with before painting. Beige. Beige. Beige. Off white. And beige. 

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I had my heart set on a bold grey paint color for the powder room. Why I thought that a shade of cool grey would be a good choice for a bathroom that’s floors are a warm tan, almost pink shade, makes me wish I could reach back into last week, smack my forehead “shoulda had a V8 style” and yell, “Hello! What are you thinking?!”

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But that didn’t happen and so I applied coat number one to the powder room which was “Timber Wolf Grey” and looked like this.

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Strike one. You may not be able to tell from this picture, but it was VERY blue. Not what I had in mind. At this point, I felt annoyed that I had bought an entire gallon of a paint that wasn’t going to work, but I went back to the store to look at more swatches. 

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After lining up my choices, I decided that I needed a lighter color. Something that was a “truer” grey and wouldn’t clash with the off white bead-board. After some consideration, I landed on a paint color called “Sidewalk Grey.”  Strike two. 

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Sidewalk Grey looked like a powder blue and I started to lose my cool, literally. I started to come to the realization that cool colors were not the answer in this room. For whatever reason, the lighting was turning everything blue and that color family didn’t blend well with the floors, the bead-board or the vanity and I certaintly wasn’t going to be switching any of those out anytime soon. Thinking that there was no way I could be wrong again, I decided to look for a “purple grey.” A mauve-grey. Maybe that was the answer. 

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It wasn’t. Add a “K” to the scoreboard. I’m out. 

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Panic ensued when I looked up at the corner of the bathroom wall and realized all of the mistakes I had made. Not to mention I had now spent over $75 on paint. 

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I learned a lot of lessons in this small bathroom (see below) but the main lesson I learned is that Timber Wolf grey, Sidewalk grey and Elephant grey…ARE NOT ACTUALLY GREY! 

I gave myself a couple of days to recover and to reconsider the direction of this project. I checked out Pinterest and Houzz for inspiration and started to make peace with the fact that sometimes you have to go with the color palate you’re given. In my case, I needed to embrace the beige and maximize it. 

I did just that with a Benjamin Moore color called Whitall Brown. I found it on Pinterest and immeditatly loved its sophistication. As a bonus, it was actually referenced as “grawn” and “greige” which is a cross between grey and brown and grey and beige. That was enough to have me excited about this project again. 

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Greige saves the day! I think the contrast between the bead-board and the paint color looks perfect. Before, when the walls were a lighter beige, the bead-board blended into the background. Now, it really stands out. 

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I hung the same framed art, as well as a mirror I had purchased at Target during their Threshold sale and the room took shape. I guess sometimes you have to rule some things out to figure out what you need.

In case you’re wondering, here are all the

mistakes I made

paint colors I used. 

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  1. Timber Wolf Grey
  2. Sidewalk Grey
  3. Elephant Grey
  4. Whitall Brown 

Lessons learned:

  1. I do not have an inate eye for the appropriate paint colors.
  2. Don’t rush. Give yourself time to make a well thought out decision.
  3. Buy the sample cans first. It will save you money in the long run.

There ya have it! Jay is going to slap some crown moulding on this tiny terror of a room and we’ll be able to put a fork in it!