Gray can be found in many decoration collections and even on furniture, but it is especially in the paint department that gray regularly reveals new variants.
Gray has a plethora of more or less intense shades to satisfy our desires, sometimes difficult to choose.
Still, improper use of gray paint immediately disorients the mood. So, to avoid any disappointment with this classic neutral color, here are some tips on how to choose your gray;
Identify the basic shade for your room in relation to your accessories and furniture.
Before entering the gray world, it is important to determine which shade best complements your furniture and textiles already present in the room.
You need to determine whether the shade of gray to use should be warm or cool.
Warm tones – Choose a gray paint with beige or tan as the basic shade if:
• Your room has brown, taupe, red or yellow accents or furniture; – your furniture is made of wood; – your floors are brown or beige.
Cold tones – Choose a cool gray paint with blue or green as the basic shade if:
• You have blue, purple, or green decorative elements; – you have a rather industrial style decor (beams, presence of bricks, steel, etc.); – you have a lot of white in your room, or you have painted some walls with white paint.
Buy your accessories and furniture BEFORE choosing your paint. It will be much easier to determine the ideal color to highlight your new products.
The room lighting is critical when choosing an interior paint color.
Choosing the right shade of gray is no exception.
What light does your room receive throughout the day? Do not forget to check several times, because the brightness can vary a lot during the same day.
Is your room facing north or west? If so, it receives little natural light.
Better to prioritize warm grays. The low light in your room could bring out your overly bluish or purple-gray.
If your room is facing south, it probably receives enough sunlight. In this case, it is possible (if it suits your decor) to opt for a cool gray.
Rooms facing east usually have a little more bluish natural light. The blue-grays and green grays are very pretty in these areas.
Yes, the function of your room is a factor to consider
A gray with warmer nuances is to be considered for the living room and the master bedroom.
Consider colder grays around water sources, such as in the bathroom.
For the kitchen, as you want a warm atmosphere and you spend a lot of time there, a warmer gray will be more inviting.
Several companies offer samples of several shades to apply to your wall.
You will save time and money. Paint small squares on your wall.
If the light is not the same everywhere, in the room, do not forget to do it in several places, where the light is different.
Write a number on each sample. Do the same for each painted square.
Remember, the paint may take several hours to dry before revealing its true color.
Be patient – wait and watch for 24 hours.
You will see how your color stands out throughout the day with different lighting.
Choosing the right paint finish for your gray paint will allow you easier maintenance and a look that suits you.
Gray paints with gloss or semi-gloss finishes bring a touch of luxury and a refined effect to your decor.
They are durable and easy to clean. Matt finishes are ideal for dark grays and places like the dining room or bedroom.
Ready to choose your gray paint and start your project? I hope you make the right choice from the start.
If you need a little help choosing your painting color, at Maller Painting Company, our painting crew has experienced specialists who know the latest trends in the market.
We have years of residential painting experience serving the areas of Beaverton, Sherwood, and Tigard, Oregon.