I have to tell you about my recent experience with greys!
Eighty percent of the homes we paint have at least one grey feature wall. Grey is the new neutral and will be for some time to come.
Living in a climate with so much grey through the fall, winter and spring it is imperative to choose the right shade. All colours are greatly affected by flooring and the warmer the floor, the cooler the grey the walls can support.
It is the undertone that affects warmth or coolness of any colour, and for grey you get blue (cool) or yellow (warm).
There are other subtle undertones but we’ll keep it simple.
I recently had a client fuss heavily over which colour to choose, since their floor was brown/grey. However, this client desired a cool grey as the main colour.
Looking at small chips is always a challenge and I knew the colours being chosen would not work. I also knew sampling was a required part of the process. I find I do more education than selling and allow the client to decide what is best for them once they are educated.
So we sampled cement grey (client’s choice) and Edgecomb grey (my choice). Cement grey came off like a parking garage and was rejected altogether. Edgecomb was viewed as taupe and not grey at all.
Then we played around with all the grey chips and discussed undertones and what would work best with floor. We landed on classic grey. It definitely was lighter and more subtle, but was agreed upon by everyone. The whole family agreed, which is amazing as it happened to be my family!
To close the story I highly recommend warmer greys for the lower mainland area, and cooler greys can work with southern light and warm floors.
Northern lit homes need the taupe or brown greys to keep the house livable through the winter.
Investing in a designer to assist you with colour choices is a small investment, but one that you will be grateful for in the long run.
My favourite greys are (all Benjamin Moore colours):
- Warm – light – “Revere Pewter” – HC-172
- Warm – light – “Edgecomb Grey” – HC-173
- Warm – accent or powder room – “Metropolis”
- Warm – mid – “Thunder” – AF-685
- Mid – “Grey Owl” – OC-52
- Cool – “Coventry” – HC-169
These are just a few to get you started! I hope this helps you find the perfect grey for your home.