Rookie Review: Our Paint Colors

A couple of months ago, we started a series called Rookie Review. For our first edition, we provided an honest review of each of our sectional couches, which you can read all about here!

valspar-paintIn this post we’re moving onto the 2nd most asked question around here….”How do you like the paint colors in your house?”  <–– Today is all about reviewing all of the paint colors on our walls without holding back…a.k.a. delivering some serious REAL TALK!

gray-paint-swatchesWhat is it about paint that makes it so dang hard to choose the perfect color? You can look at swatches until your eyes cross, and still not be completely confident that you chose the best color for your space. We totally get it and are in that same boat every single time we go to paint a room.

So let’s review the paint colors we each have in our spaces, and give you our honest thoughts on our choices.

Casey’s Bedroom/Family Room/Kitchen – Benjamin Moore “Gray Owl” (#2137-60)

Overall Grade: A-

A majority of our condo is painted in the color “Gray Owl,” and luckily I really like the paint color. It’s a nice light gray, with a very slight blue undertone (verrrry slight!). However, it doesn’t look too cool…which is good! Instead it has some warmth to it, which keeps all of our spaces feeling cozy.

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I originally painted our master bedroom a different gray color that ended up looking purple! After living with the color for 12 hours, we made a last-minute call to re-paint the room. I’m so happy that we decided to re-paint it with the color from the rest of our home. mirror-fireplace-mantle-living-room

Because we have large windows in the family room, we get a lot of light in the space. The sunshine warms up the this gray color and keeps it looking fresh during the daytime. family-room-wall-built-ins1-kitchen-condo-dinner-bell

Plus, it looks good paired with our dark wood cabinets and black countertops. All in all, a really nice light gray paint color that looks good next to just about anything!

Casey’s Bathrooms – Sherwin Williams “Repose Gray” (#7015)

Overall Grade: B

I’d have to give this color a solid “B.” It isn’t bad…but it isn’t amazing. Instead it just kinda does its job. bathroom-master-shelves

Because all of our tile is tan, I needed a paint color that would complement the warm, ruddy tones of the flooring & shower. This color pairs well with the tan, and doesn’t look too cool or stark next to it. 09-guest-bathroom-wide-shot-augusta-after09-bathroom-glass-shelf

Our guest bathroom doesn’t have a window, so I didn’t want anything too dark for the space. I think this color works pretty well in there and it looks okay next to the vanity lighting. Overall, a nice choice for a gray…but certainly not my absolute favorite.

Casey’s Guest Bedroom – Valspar “Dutch Licorice” (#4008-4C)

Overall Grade: A+

I can’t believe I’m giving such a dark color an A+ on the scale, but that’s how much I adore this color. The gray/white loving gal has converted to the dark side. I seriously love this navy we painted in our guest roomView More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom

It isn’t too blue, or too black. Instead it’s a nice mix of both. The navy makes the white trim and the light accessories of the room pop. View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom

And when the sconces and ceiling light are on…it is nice and moody in here. View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom

I know the space has only been painted for a couple of months now, but I am still absolutely obsessed with this dark color. It’s cozy & refreshing all at the same time, and every time I walk into the space it makes me feel like I’m in a luxury hotel.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomOf course I’m terrified to ever paint over this color (holy moley I would need 10,000 gallons of primer), but let’s just hope it can work for my “someday nursery.”

Bridget’s Family Room, Dining Room, Hallway, Bathroom – Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter” (HC-172)

Overall Grade: A+
Since this color is in almost every room in our house, it’s probably safe to say that I love it… maybe a bit too much actually.

family_room_couch_pillows_flowers_Bridget-005I love that Revere Pewter is a super warm gray and can work with browns and woods (like my kitchen and dining room table) but can also work well with cool grays (like my couch and rugs) at the same time. If a gorgeous pure gray paint color and a light tan paint color had a child — I swear it would be Revere Pewter.
Dining Room Board and Batten I feel like this color is a bit of a chameleon throughout the day (much like most paint colors, I guess) because it looks more tan and less gray with the sun streaming in during the morning, yet transitions to more of a warm gray and less of a tan without the sun. With paints I usually hate that the color looks so different all the time, but for some reason that’s one of my favorite parts of this color.
Frames Hallway Board and BattenSo the ultimate question to test how much you love something — would you use this paint color again?!  Honestly, if I had to paint my house all over again RIGHT NOW, I would choose the exact same color (I’m sure my dad, who is a painter by trade, just let out a huge sigh of relief after reading that… you’re off the hook dad!). There’s not many things in my house that I added right when we moved in that I would do exactly the same right now, so the fact that I can say that about this paint means I must really LOVE it!

Bridget’s Bedroom – Valspar’s Filtered Shade (#4003-1B)

Overall Grade: A
We just replaced the paint in our bedroom from a sandy-tan color to this light gray, and I’m so glad we did.

gray_bedroom_paint2-001I love how CLEAN this light gray is, especially next to the white accent walls we have throughout our room. Filtered Shade is definitely not a paint color that steals the show but it is a paint color that could be recognized for “best supporting role” because of its ability to allow the other decor in the space to really shine without being too bold or too dull.bedroom_mirror_navy_headboard_bridget-3I feel like the pure, clean gray is the perfect match for our bold navy headboard and the gold, black, and neutral elements in this space. I actually liked the “supporting role” of this paint color so much that we used it in our recent Nursery Project.

nursery_gallery_wall_minted_frames_wallpaper-27In this space, it flattered the wallpaper we chose and was the perfect paint to let the artwork and colorful accents shine. If you’re looking for a clean, light gray that will support the other design choices in your space…. I would highly recommend Valspar’s filtered shade!

Bridget’s Office – Benjamin Moore’s “Moonshine” (#2140-60)

Overall Grade: C+ or B-
We painted our office Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine right when we moved in and it has definitely served its purpose since then. But if I’m being completely honest I don’t LOVEEEEE it like the other paint colors in our home. It is extremely light and casts a hint of blue under the gray. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn’t exactly the look I was going for. I do NOT hate it (not at all), but if I had to do it again I would probably pick a different gray. Sorry Moonshine, it’s not you… it’s me.

BridgetGold Office Makeover TrunkHowever, if you are looking for a VERY light gray color that has a very slight hint of light blue… Moonshine may be perfect for you!

Bridget’s Front Door – Benjamin Moore’s “Covington Blue” (HC-138)

Overall Grade: A+
Hands down one of my ALL TIME favorite design decisions I have made while in this house was to paint our front door Covington Blue. Not only did I paint the outside of the front door, but I also painted the interior of this door and still to this day, it is by far one of my favorite projects.

Fall Home Tour Family RoomThis “pop” of color in our small space makes me smile everyday and surprisingly fits in our decor all year round. I was nervous about painting our front door this bright blue because I wasn’t sure how it would look during the fall and winter (I painted it in the spring and knew it would look great paired with colorful flowers outside in the spring/summer but winter… was bright blue too much?!).

Christmas Wreath DoorBridget Matt 2nd AnniversaryI was pleasantly surprised to find out that I loved this color selection even when our house was covered in snow or when we were celebrating the holidays & sprinkling our home with festive colors.

Paint Color DoorWhen I think of our house and all of the great memories we have made in it so far, I think of this bright blue door, which is the first thing I see when I turn the corner of our block and spot our little house in the distance. So yes, I absolutely LOVE our Covington Blue door and the dose of “happy” it brings to our home each day. first anniversary

We know choosing paint colors feels so hard and overwhelming, and we wanted to share our honest feedback about our journey with paint. It’s important to know that although some of our paint decisions were spot-on, others were NOT (!!!). It’s hard to imagine what a paint color will look like in an entire space and even harder to predict how you will like it after living with it for a few months. But rest assured at the end of the day, it’s only paint and it can ALWAYS be changed to a color that you love!! <— but if you are changing your paint color, make sure you wait until the paint goes on sale because it’s expensive!! (More details on where/when to get paint on sale here).

Good luck, happy painting!

Bridget and Casey SignatureP.S. We doing some “spring cleaning” on the website over the next 2 days. So while we don’t expect anything to be wonky, please be patient if things are not 100% over the next couple days. Fingers crossed the updates go smoothly! 

 

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  • Brittney Fletcher

    It is so tricky to find the perfect gray paint. I am thinking of redoing our living room, but we have tan carpet. I am hoping that a light gray will look okay in the space. Thanks for the review!

    • It’s overwhelming isn’t it?! Good luck on your search for the perfect color, Brittney.

  • Brittney Fletcher

    It is so tricky to find the perfect gray paint. I am thinking of redoing our living room, but we have tan carpet. I am hoping that a light gray will look okay in the space. Thanks for the review!

    • It’s overwhelming isn’t it?! Good luck on your search for the perfect color, Brittney.

  • Kristen Ayotte

    I need to try Revere Pewter! I want to bring more grey into our house but we have a lot of tan belongings. Thanks for sharing your reviews!

  • Kristen Ayotte

    I need to try Revere Pewter! I want to bring more grey into our house but we have a lot of tan belongings. Thanks for sharing your reviews!

  • Trang

    Oh no – I didn’t like what I read about your review of SW Repose Gray. Only because I just bought a gallon of it to paint my new kitchen in (during the 40% off sale at SW of course!). I thought since it’s a greige color, it would go with my natural wood cabinets, black granite, and gray (with slight beige) wood grain looking tiles. Plus, it would compliment with my mint green accent color? Idk…we’ll see how it all turns out. It’s only paint, it can be changed – with some work – ha!
    Grays are so hard to buy and visualize!
    I bought a sample of BM San Antonio Gray to see how it would look in my north facing living room/dinning room. Boy, I’m glad it was only a sample because on some walls, depending on how the light hit the room, the paint looked blue – not verrrry slight blue undertone like your owl gray, but BLUE. Not my liking for the space. It looks gorgeous in Maggie’s condo! I ended up with SW Light French Gray. Wish me luck.
    Inspired by your guest room color selection Casey, I choose a color I normally wouldn’t for an accent wall for my new bedroom also – SW Oceanside. I have never even done an accent wall before so this is really going outside of my comfort zone. Fingers crossing.
    Bridget – I love your front door also. In fact, I used it as a starting point for my current house’s front door. My brick is orange there so I went with Valspar Lake Azure. It looks quite nice and gives the house a pop of color and curb appeal (the house is currently listed so let’s hope potential buyers feel the same way). For my new house, the brick is red like your house, so I chose SW Mariner (only because SW was having their awesome sale).
    Thanks for the review ladies. As always, so inspirational!

    • Trang you are so sweet! The Repose Gray will hopefully look amazing, and you’re right…if it doesn’t, it’s just paint!

      Excited to hear how the accent wall goes. And we are obsessed with the door color choice. So bold & fantastic!

  • Trang

    Oh no – I didn’t like what I read about your review of SW Repose Gray. Only because I just bought a gallon of it to paint my new kitchen in (during the 40% off sale at SW of course!). I thought since it’s a greige color, it would go with my natural wood cabinets, black granite, and gray (with slight beige) wood grain looking tiles. Plus, it would compliment with my mint green accent color? Idk…we’ll see how it all turns out. It’s only paint, it can be changed – with some work – ha!
    Grays are so hard to buy and visualize!
    I bought a sample of BM San Antonio Gray to see how it would look in my north facing living room/dinning room. Boy, I’m glad it was only a sample because on some walls, depending on how the light hit the room, the paint looked blue – not verrrry slight blue undertone like your owl gray, but BLUE. Not my liking for the space. It looks gorgeous in Maggie’s condo! I ended up with SW Light French Gray. Wish me luck.
    Inspired by your guest room color selection Casey, I choose a color I normally wouldn’t for an accent wall for my new bedroom also – SW Oceanside. I have never even done an accent wall before so this is really going outside of my comfort zone. Fingers crossing.
    Bridget – I love your front door also. In fact, I used it as a starting point for my current house’s front door. My brick is orange there so I went with Valspar Lake Azure. It looks quite nice and gives the house a pop of color and curb appeal (the house is currently listed so let’s hope potential buyers feel the same way). For my new house, the brick is red like your house, so I chose SW Mariner (only because SW was having their awesome sale).
    Thanks for the review ladies. As always, so inspirational!

    • Trang you are so sweet! The Repose Gray will hopefully look amazing, and you’re right…if it doesn’t, it’s just paint!

      Excited to hear how the accent wall goes. And we are obsessed with the door color choice. So bold & fantastic!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I need to remember some of these colors for the bathroom I want to paint! I totally regret my kitchen color. I’d probably give it a C-…not bad enough for me to NEED to redo the whole thing, but I wish over and over again I’d have studied colors harder 🙂 It’s only been one year since we’ve painted it, I’m hoping soon to get the hubs on board with re-painting it!

    • You are too funny Alysia! C-..not the best grade, but we feel ya..not bad enough to repaint! haha

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I need to remember some of these colors for the bathroom I want to paint! I totally regret my kitchen color. I’d probably give it a C-…not bad enough for me to NEED to redo the whole thing, but I wish over and over again I’d have studied colors harder 🙂 It’s only been one year since we’ve painted it, I’m hoping soon to get the hubs on board with re-painting it!

    • You are too funny Alysia! C-..not the best grade, but we feel ya..not bad enough to repaint! haha

  • I hate when grey colors do that!! I’m so sorry that happened to you! =(

    Revere Pewter is not AT ALL blue… not even a little. Because it’s a greige, the color is far more warm and not at all in the cool color family. And honestly I don’t think any other color bleeds through Revere Pewter, which is why I love the color so much. It’s a true greige in my opinion and I love that it looks so different at different parts of the day. <— In a great way!

    • Olympia

      Thanks so much for the reply and feedback!! On your suggestion I just bought a sample of Revere Pewter and a color called Monterey White to pick one! I have dark wood trim but I am hoping that RP comes out as beautiful as it did in your house! Thanks again!

  • Colleen Howard Mulcahy

    Thank you so much! I put samples of most of the grays you mentioned and settled on Filtered Shade. It looks amazing and I never would have found it without your help!

    • Yay! Happy to help Colleen! Hope you love your new color 🙂