We finished painting the ceiling last week in our main living area (didn’t share any pics because the walls still looked terrifying from the primer and there was really nothing to see), so I finally had to choose a paint color! There are hundreds of neutral color choices ranging from contractor beige to a hundred shades of white to smokey grey, so this was not an easy process.
Before looking at any colors, we decided we wanted a nice greige (grey + beige): nothing too warm or yellow cause of our orangey-yellow wood floors, but not a strict grey. Don’t get me wrong. I love grey. Like in our guest bedroom, for example.
But because of the warmth of our floors, grey doesn’t really come off so neutral and maybe feels a little too cool for everyday living. And we really wanted something that would just fade into the background. So we collected every paint chip we could find that looked sort of greige and brought them home. A lot of them got tossed as soon I saw them with our floors and I really didn’t have any I just loved, so I turned to the internet. And I found 3 colors I HAD to see.
1. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
I loved this color on the paint chip and I was sure it was THE ONE. I even loved the name.
What’s not to like about Agreeable Gray? I was encouraged by this picture of the color next to warm wood floors similar to ours.
2. Benjamin Moore Abalone
But then there’s Abalone…I LOVE this color, too!
According to Andrew, Abalone and Agreeable Gray looked the same on the paint chips and he thought I was crazy for considering both. I’m pretty sure I saw a slight difference. I was worried, though, that it might look more beige in our house than in these pictures since we don’t have dark floors. Or insanely thick white trim and molding like in this gorgeous house.
via Decor Pad
3. Benjamin Moore Intense White
Definitely in the “white” color family (it looks even lighter on the paint chip), but still a possibility.
Though it’s not quite as greige as I had originally thought I wanted, I loved this color as soon as I came across this picture. It’s definitely a neutral, not too yellow, feels very fresh, and looks great with the warm wood floors and white trim.
via CNB Homes
I tried really hard to narrow down the choice to 2 colors because I told Andrew initially that I’d get 2 samples. (Normally we only buy one sample, so I had to clarify.) When I said “I’ll probably get 2 samples” he interpreted it as, “I’m getting 2 samples.” Really, I meant, “I’m going to get as many samples as it takes, so don’t be surprised when I end up with a bunch.” Luckily, it was only 1 extra, so he got over it. 🙂
We had all the colors matched at Sherwin Williams. Their samples are like $6, but it’s a whole quart so we were able to paint pretty big sections. I painted one large section of each on one main wall in the living room, and then painted small squares on several different walls in both the living room and kitchen. I probably had sample squares in 9 or 10 different locations, which was amazing, by the way. Don’t think I can ever go back to those teeny, tiny samples. After evaluating them during the day and at night, we finally made our choice.
And the winner is…
Intense White was just too light for us, and Agreeable Gray was neither agreeable, nor gray. In fact, it looked quite beige, especially compared to Abalone. Oh, the nerve! But Abalone was a perfect combo of gray and beige. As you can kind of see in that picture, I think the warmth in this color comes from a slightly pink base rather than yellow like a lot of neutral colors.
We have one coat up and we’re mostly loving the color. Problem is, I think our light bulbs draw out the pinkness of it (Or maybe I’m crazy? Andrew claims it’s not pink at all.) We might try switching the bulbs to reveal ones to see if that helps. Ultimately, though, I think we just need to wait until trim is up and furniture is back before judging completely, and then decide we love it regardless. Because we are NOT repainting!