This is the question I have been asked by three different clients. Now that we are spending A LOT of time at home due to Covid 19, I believe people are looking at their walls and deciding to change the paint colors. What I find most interesting is that all three clients asked me to recommend a gray paint color. I find this interesting because there are so many other colors in the rainbow and my clients particularly asked me about gray paints. Really, I ask myself?
You want gray when the color experts at Pantone and Sherwin Williams both chose Classic and Navel Blue as the colors for 2020 and I even wrote a blog post about them?
OK – I admit that this makes the most sense in the spring of 2020. Everyone wants an affordable and easy ‘do it yourself project’ to pass the time. You want to limit your trips to the hardware store and at the end of your project you want to know it looks great because an interior designer like me recommended it. So the question is, what is the best gray paint color? Here in Chapel Hill, NC I suggest either Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #7029 or Repose Gray #7015. You cannot go wrong with either of these colors in 2020 and this is why it is next in my series of Design Trends for 2020.
This article is not really about a new and fabulous interior design trend but rather a design trend that is comfortable and relaxing. So let’s get down to the basics.
Agreeable Grey is not what I would consider a grey. IMO it is more of a Greige (meaning grey & beige) color or a warm French Grey if you want to use fancy design terms. It is neutral and I almost consider it a white color. If I were mixing paints I would take a gallon of basic white and add drops of brown and black. You cannot go wrong with this color. It works well with everything and if you want to update a beige room and keep all of your furniture then grab your paint brushes. Agreeable Gray looks great with bright white trim and looks good with all types of wood floors. It is also a great way to update a kitchen with white cabinets.
Now let’s talk about Repose Grey which is the most popular Sherwin Williams paint color. Compared to Agreeable Gray, Repose Gray is darker, cooler and just plain grayer. It has a few more drops of black with one drop of brown in the large gallon of basic white plus one single drop of purple. That one drop of purple means it works nicely with blues and black accents. I use Repose Grey when I want to brighten a simple white room and provide a contrast in a space. A great way to use Repose Gray is on kitchen or bath cabinets or in rooms with natural wood tones.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, I would love to help you with paint colors.
First Impressions by Julie Wagner
Chapel Hill, NC