Three Shades of Gray

Why bother with 50 when three shades of gray will do quite nicely?  We’re talking about paint color, of course.  🙂

My clients knew they wanted to lighten up their space.  For nine or so years, they enjoyed a home with rich colors, creamy cabinets and trim and lots of beige.  They were over it.

I gave them a  quiz to confirm their style preferences.   Turns out they lean more toward  industrial/contemporary/minimalists. No real surprise there. We talked and walked around.    It became clear they needed something on the cooler, lighter side.  Something that would zap those beiges and creams and that New Mexico look.

Three shades of gray to the rescue. 🙂

I chose a charcoal accent color on the backs of the built-ins and knee walls to add a little interest and keep all that light gray from feeling drowned out by all the natural light from this two-story room.   And because charcoal is dramatic, rich color.  Instant impact. Changing  all the trim from off-white to cool white completes the look.    A lighter gray hue in the common areas (kitchen, living rooms), a darker a slightly more greige in the bathrooms to work with those beige tiles and a darker accent color to bring some real interest to their space.

What was a beautiful house became even lovelier, fresher and more peaceful.

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2 thoughts on “Three Shades of Gray”

  1. Love those cooler tones in that space! I’m curious about the quiz….what kinds of questions do you ask to determine “style preference”? (And how much does it change over time? Thinking about the things that I thought were so very cool in my 20’s….some of which have been long abandoned, some of which are still around. LOL.)

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