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Why Does My Gray Look So Blue?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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A reader wrote me the other day and said that she was so upset because her new gray paint looked like ‘blue’ on the walls. I asked which gray she used and she answered’, “Benjamin Moore Sterling 1591.”

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I told her that I think Sterling is a very pretty gray, but it reads more ‘blue’ than gray once on the walls:

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As I explained in previous posts, if the gray has a blue undertone, no matter how small, the ‘gray’ on your wall will look more blue than gray. A couple of other blue-gray colors are Coventry Gray HC-169 and Stonington Gray HC-170.

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If you were looking for a ‘grayer gray’ for your walls, take a look at Revere Pewter HC-172 or Thunder AF-685. They are more of a neutral, beige gray. No blue at all.

Revere Pewter:

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Be sure to always test your colors on a large poster board before you paint the walls. Good Luck!

I know this is a review for many of you, but it is good to keep in practice!

If you need help selecting paint colors, contact me today.

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Working With Existing Kitchen Tile

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

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Like many of us working on a room redesign, my friend Rosie from Texas has been updating her kitchen in steps as money and time allows. Here is the original kitchen where we started:

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Since Rosie has always dreamed of a white kitchen, her first project was to paint her dark cabinets with Benjamin Moore White Dove Int. Room in a semi-gloss finish:

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Rosie has never been too crazy about the color of her range hood:

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Until I showed her this beautiful picture :

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Rosie wants to maybe replace her existing tile to an all white subway tile (but not in the near future), so for now we need to pick a wall color that will work with the existing tile:

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Although Rosie would like to paint the walls white, the clean, bright whiteness of the existing tile made all of the white paint colors we tried next to it, look dirty. Below is a sample of Ben Moore Intense White:

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Another color we tried was gray. I suggested a couple grays with different undertones such as Grey Wisp 1570 (green undertones) and below is the tile with samples of Tranquility AF-490 (blue undertones), on the right, with Revere Pewter HC-172 (green undertones- but sometimes looks pink depending on the light) on the left:

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I was afraid the Tranquility color would look too baby blue once up on the entire wall. The Revere Pewter worked well with the tile, the hood,  the black granite countertops (black and Revere Pewter look great together!) and the white cabinets. She decided to go with Revere Pewter:

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But wait! :) She said that she liked it, but thought it looked a bit too beige and a little boring. She wanted something a little bolder with more personality. If you look at the tile, you will see that not many colors are going to work with it. Not yellow, red or green. The original kitchen had turquoise walls, which worked but Rosie wanted a change. What color is left? Neutral blue.

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I know that Rosie loves navy and white together so I suggested that since her kitchen is so open and bright, to try a sample of Hale Navy HC-154 (above). A beautiful color with personality!

Well, she loved it and went for it!:

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I think it is beautiful. I like how it toned down the blue in the tile and that it works well with the range hood. And navy with white- gorgeous!:

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Rosie is not sure if she loves it. She makes me laugh so hard with her stories about her husband getting mad at her for changing her mind! For now, I told her to try and live with it and see how she feels about it in a couple weeks.

What would you do?? I will keep you updated! Thank you Rosie for letting me share!

If you need help selecting the perfect paint color for your home, contact me today.

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Top Searched Paint Color

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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If you were to guess what is the number one searched color on my blog, which color would you guess? Navy Blue?

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A pretty emerald green maybe?:

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Those might be my top guesses. The number one color searched on my Restyling Home By Kelly Blog is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172:

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A soft greenish gray, Revere Pewter works well in any room of the home:

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I have been writing this blog for almost three years now, and today it is still the top searched paint color both daily and over all time:

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And then the other day, a reader wrote and asked if I would please post a few pictures of rooms painted with Revere Pewter. So these are for you Alexis!

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I love this gray paired with black:

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I am glad to have Revere Pewter as one of my large sample boards, because it still is a favorite neutral of mine and I find a lot of my clients are attracted to it. A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that works well with both contemporary and traditional design. I have found Revere Pewter is perfect for an open floor plan:

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So, if you are searching for Revere Pewter to see if this color will work in your home, I think you found a winner! Grab a sample and give it a try!

Have you used Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter in your home? Do you love it? Or not? Are you thinking of using it Please share your thoughts with us!

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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Benjamin Moore’s Top Searched Colors

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

This week on Benjamin Moore’s facebook page, they posted a collection of colors that are the most online searched. And the winner is…..

Shaker Beige HC-45:

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This list from Benjamin Moore is again a list full of neutrals. In my post Top 20 Selling BM Paint Colors for 2010, I noticed the list was all whites and neutrals. It really surprised me until someone pointed out that it probably was paint that was bought for trim and doors. That makes sense. I’ve also listed the entire list of runner up colors with photos below. Are any of them surprising to you?

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  • manchester tan HC-81:

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Don’t you love to be able to actually “see” photos of the rooms painted before you make your decision on which color to choose?

  • monroe bisque HC-26 :

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                white dove OC-17:

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  • bleeker beige HC-80:

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  • revere pewter HC-172:

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  • navajo white 947:

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  • lenox tan HC-44:

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  • hawthorne yellow HC-4:

Are these some of the colors you have searched lately? Just be aware of the undertones my decorating friends!

And Benjamin Moore’s 2012 Color of the Year:

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wythe blue HC-143.  Such a beautiful color.

If you need help with choosing paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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