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Thursday, November 17, 2011

I've spent the last 2 days priming and painting the hallways, dining room and kitchen on our main floor.  When we moved in the ENTIRE house was painted in a colour I've been referring to as butterscotch.  After a quick scan of my Benjamin Moore colour deck I think it's Toffee Cream CC-380

We have a fairly open main floor.  I knew I wanted the main areas to be grey and then I would add a pop of colour in the living room.  We have tiles in the entrance way that have quite a bit of blue so the grey we chose had to have a blue undertone.  I narrowed it down to these two.
Stonington Grey HC-170

because I loved this...

OR this
Coventry Grey HC-169

because I loved this...

I went with Stonington Grey.  The paint has only been up for a couple of hours but I'm having a hard time calling it grey.  It looks more like a light blue.  Something like this.

I know that the rooms all need art, fabrics and accessories before the colour will come to life so I'm being patient.  This fabric is definitely speaking to me and begging to be turned into curtains in my newly painted space.  I think this might pull the grey right out of the paint colour.

23 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see them. And I really love that fabric - the colors and pattern are awesome. That might be what you need to get the color where you want it. Sounds like you're a busy lady!

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  2. BOTH lovely colours, but I love the first because it is that perfect grey-blue-green colour. Can't wait to see what you do!!

    P.S. Yesterday was my first blogiversary & I hosted my first-ever giveaway. Come over and take a look . . .

    dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.com

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  3. I really hope the colour turns for you once you add more grey elements in the room. Which paint colour did you end up choosing?
    Have a lovely day, Carol!
    ~ Wendi ~

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  4. Good luck, Carol!!
    We're on a quest to irradicate the "wisp of mauve" BM 2098-60 from our main floor (like you, it was our best guess at the colour from paint chips). can't wait to see pics of the final result.

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  5. I Just painted my office a light grey and it too is looking blue. I haven't had the chance to do anything else to the space but I'm sure it will start looking more "grey" once everything is in place. Good luck with yours!

    Laura
    www.blogspot.happyroost.com

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  6. I love both colours - hopefully the one you chose will be fine once the other accents are in the room - it's always so hard to tell. Also, depending on how much light you get in there and if you're facing north or south can really affect how paint looks on the wall. Can't wait to see more! :)

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  7. That is a far cry from butterscotch! Hope the blue undertone gets worked out - hoping that fabulous fabric will do the trick for you!

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  8. I'm so bad at picking colors -- I'm going to bookmark this grey for future use.

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  9. It's probably reflecting a bit of the tile, as well, hon. The yellow in that scrumptious fabric will pull purple tones.... incandescent light's will help to warm it a little... Like this much better than the butterscotch :)

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  10. Carol, that fabric is gorgeous!!! Goes so well with gray. Save a tiny piece for me - so I can make a tiny pillow !(:

    Hugs,

    Mon

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  11. I bet that fabric will do the trick! Looking so forward to seeing some pics!

    How much painting do you have left to do overall?

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  12. Every gray paint I choose morphs into blue. Or purple. Sigh. Thanks for the reminder about accessories pulling out the gray!

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  13. Fantastic fabric, Sheila! Hurry up and get the room decorated so that you can share!! ;-)
    Victoria

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  14. LOL, I don't know why you bothered painting at all, that colour is totally the next "hot" thing! NOT kidding ... noticing it more and more and more :)
    Much much prefer your colours ... can't wait to see end results! xoxo

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  15. I've been coming home with swatch after swatch of grey for my foyer, and I'm so scared to pull the trigger because I keep reading of greys that read blue or whatever. Hope it evens out after you get your accessories in there.

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  16. Love the colors you have picked, and the pictures too. Can't wait to see the result.
    Happy sunday to you
    Axx

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  17. I had the HARDEST time picking a gray....tried 6 colours on the wall and NONE of them were what I wanted. (too blue, too brown etc). I ended up doing a custom blend with two of my samples. It turned out AMAZING!!!! A true warm gray with NO blue undertones. My final mix was B.M: wish combined with B.M: escarpment..LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I even named it........Blustery Day [cause it's November and that's all we've been having].

    Good Luck with your rooms....love your fabric.

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  18. The second photo of that living room is what I used as my inspiration for my own living room!!! Too funny:) Can't wait to see what you've done.

    Andrea

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  19. OH! The suspense!
    I'm dying to see the room. Although your inspiration pictures are providing the necessary eye candy. Loving your fabric choice.

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  20. I love the gray you chose, surprised that it can look blue at all but the light does change things. You're totally right, all the decor will play into it and give it a different take...all i know is its going to look great!

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  21. First, that FABRIC! Reminds of my New Mexican home. Second, I feel your pain when it comes to a whole house painted in a cream color. Glad you were able to change it. Third, don't you have nice friends! (From the newest post.)
    Camille

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  22. We have Stonington Gray in our office -- there are a bunch of pics on my blog. It really does change colors depending on the light. And I am sure it will look fabulous once the other pieces start coming together. Can't wait to see it!

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