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Not So Silver Sage

More often than not, our projects go exactly as planned.  Or we can tweak it until it does.  Other times, it is a total failure before it really even starts.  Dead in the water.  Well, this is one of those times.  We’ve still got plenty of work in the family room, kitchen, and office before we can paint, but I thought I’d get a head start by testing my favorite sample.  You know, the one I had mentally painted the whole area with?  My ringer, as it were.  All along, I’d thought Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage would be perfect.

After using many RH colors at our first house, I grew to love their pretty, but muted colors.  Silver Sage is a nice greenish blue with enough gray to keep it calm.  Then, I made a startling discovery.  Okay, not startling, but a discovery none the less.  RH’s Silver Sage and Behr’s Silver Sage were nearly identical.

So I figured I’d give it a shot.  I bought a sample of Behr paint, planning to test it on the walls and use it for another project.  Because I have the patience of a two-year old, I walked in the door, set my stuff down, grabbed a paint brush, and make two swatches.  One in the family room, another behind the fridge in my office.  And I waited for it to dry.  And that’s when I made another startling discovery.  Truly, this one surprised me.  The color looked great in my sunny, south-facing office.

Just as I had imagined.  But in the dark, north facing family room, it looked baby blue.

Eeeek.  When Ben came home from work, I first asked what he thought of the color in the office.  He said he liked it.  So I told him to look at the family room swatch, to which he replied, “It’s so bright it hurts my eyes.”  Yes, it was that bad.  And here’s the kicker, he didn’t believe they were the same color.

Based on this side by side (with the same editing) I don’t think anyone would.  Which is sad, because now I’ve got to find a new sample that will look good in the bright office and dim family room.

After pouring over my Glidden, Dutch Boy, Martha Stewart, and Ben Moore swatch books, I’ve narrowed my selection to four colors.  So here are my new options, all from Ben Moore.  1.  Beach Glass, which looks even brighter thank Silver Sage.  2.  Duxbury Gray, considerably darker with more green.  3.  Iced Marble and Greyhound, more blue and less green.  4.  Heather Gray, seemingly a darker and more green/gray version of Silver Sage.  And my current front-runner, despite the darker hue.  I’ve also considered using Silver Sage, but toning it down in the family room with a gray wash over.  But that seems far more complicated and touching up any areas down the road will be impossible.  Oh, decisions.

I’ve picked out colors I didn’t like before, but not such a muted one.  Something I was so sure of before.  What would you do?  Do you have a favorite muted green/blue?    What was the worst color you chose?

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  1. kim

     /  October 10, 2012

    I had this exact thing happen to me except that I’d already purchased 5 gallons!!! We used a color from our old house, started painting one room in our new house and thought it looked funny but just plowed on. It was awful!! In our old house, obviously completely different light, it was this creamy beige/yellow/tan color. In our new house it looked like I had wallpapered with someone’s skin–all peachy and orangey and awful. And I’d already opened an started using that 5 gallons.

    About 20 paint samples later we have a color that we love that looks just like it looked in our old house. Nightmare!!

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hey Kim,

      Gah, that’s so not fun. And we’re dealing with peachy-orange paint in this house, so I know what you mean. Glad you found one that worked though!

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  2. I read an article suggesting to prime an area of the wall and then paint your test colors because the current paint color can also make a difference in how your samples look. Just wanted to pass along. : )

    And Ben Moore is my fav paint too. Good luck!

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hey Dierdra,

      I might have to do that. Just to be sure.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  3. I am an Interior Designer in Richmond VA and we actually tried using the RH Silver Sage for a client’s dining room and it turned out terribly. We ended up using Benjamin Moore Sea Salt and it turned out great! also trying the color on a primed white wall will make a difference! Hope this helps!

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Samantha!

      I’ll have to look into Sea Salt. Thanks for the tips!

      Amanda

      Reply
  4. CCS

     /  October 10, 2012

    We used BM 1563 “Quiet Moments” in our master, which has a very high, peaked white ceiling. The curtains are usually drawn in the room, but I like the color in natural or electric light and at all times of day. It’s a lovely soothing color – a little grayish, mostly blue, but definitely not bright.

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi CCS,

      I’ll have to take a look at that.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
    • sallie

       /  October 11, 2012

      I second BM’s “Quiet Moments”!! LOVE that color. It’s such a good neutral/bluey/greeny/grayish. ;) We have it in our main hall, dinning room and kitchen.

      Reply
  5. I love our Siberian Husky from BM. It is pretty light but it goes deeper at night in our living room.

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hey Nora!

      I’ve checked that one out, too. A little too blue for what I’m looking for. But very pretty.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  6. I was startled by how much more complicated picking paint colors became when we moved from our dark little house in the woods to one that gets a ton of natural light. The light just changes so much more over the course of the day here! I used to be so casual about picking paint colors; now I obsess over them and paint swatches on the wall for weeks before I can decide.

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Gretchen,

      Isn’t it crazy? And annoying?!? You’d think paint would be simple, but there are so many colors and lighting can change everything.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  7. OMG that happened to us once. The (first) time we painted our family room the color was horrendous! We were going for a muted, costal green color, however it ended up something similar to nuclear power plant green! I was NOT the bisnezz!! Needless to say that was a hard Learned lesson to paint swatches, live with it for a few days, THEN paint the entire room! Great post!

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hey Shavonda!

      Yep, been there. I think green, blue, and pink are the most difficult to pick out if you’re looking for something soft and muted. On the chip they might be perfect, but crazy bright on the walls.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  8. Been there. Done that. Hahaha. So frustrating…but I mean…kinda fun, too. Hahaha. As Chris says, “Any excuse to paint!” I really love Valspar’s Notre Dame. I think we might use it in our laundry room. :)

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hey Julia,

      Ha, it does make it easier to paint over it, right? Ugly color = fire under butt. :) Gotta check out Notre Dame, too now. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  9. we have RH silver sage in several rooms in our house. i have noticed it looks different in different lights (especially rainy days), but thankfully they are all lovely shades. i’m so surprised by your result. i always thought it was a can’t-go-wrong color choice. wow. maybe it is an optical illusion up next to the wall color currently on your wall. i’d love for you to give it another chance, but not if it looks all lightbright like your swatch. keep us posted! (i know you will!! ;) )

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Shootingallens!

      Exactly! We had Sea Green in the guest bedroom and I loved it. So I thought Silver Sage would be perfect. Guess not. Before I completely decide on that, I think I will prime and area, then paint over to be sure. :) I’ll definitely keep you posted.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  10. If you’re keeping the same color for flow purposes, I’d suggest using two slightly different colors. That’s what I did with my kitchen and living room, and it’s worked out great! Since the kitchen is darker I went with a slightly more saturated aqua/sky blue, and in our very much windowed living room I went one shade lighter and I think maybe one tiny step more green. The kitchen color is saturated enough to deal with bright overhead lighting, and the living room is muted enough to be pleasantly sky like and not like a boy’s nursery hiccuped on our walls. It’s basically your final suggestion, but, since they’re actual paint colors, touch ups aren’t a problem.

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  11. Wow that is crazy different! I painted our basement (which has some natural light) a lovely tan color (can’t remember the name), but was having a heck of a time with our open main level floor plan (tons of natural light). We left it builder white for seven years b/c I couldn’t settle on a color. Finally DH suggested we paint the main level the same as the basement. So, I got that gallon out and painted a bit on the walls and it looked just horrible! Nasty, dirty, muddy tan/stone color that was awful upstairs. My DH didn’t believe me until I painted more on the wall right in front of him. Lighting differences sure make things a challenge sometimes. I love the greenish color we added to our bathroom. It is called Fisherman’s Net by Olympic at Lowe’s. I even love the name. I don’t really know if it is blueish at all though. Good luck finding a color! Can’t wait to see what you end up with.

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Stephanie!

      Aw, sorry! I think it’s so annoying when that happens. Something you think is a sure thing because you loved it somewhere, then terrible. I’ll check out Fisherman’s Net next time I’m at Lowe’s. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  12. Kate

     /  October 10, 2012

    can you not just use two different colors, one in the family room and another in the office?

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Kate!

      For now, no because the rooms all flow together. But when we remodel the kitchen, I think we could because we plan to extend the cabinet to the ceiling. That would give a nice break point. We’ll see what I find.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  13. We went through this with our living room. I could take 50 shades of Grey to another level in home decor. Just trying to match a shade to go along with the camel coloured couch was nuts. We said to hell with this, painted everything white and said let’s sit on it for a year (when we first moved in). It’s been 2 years and we love the white now better than if we had done the grey. I hate it when you love a colour like the blues above and the light changes every single thing about it.

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Alex!

      Ahh, yes. The grey debate. If you change your mind, I really love Wood Smoke by Glidden.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  14. The worst I picked was a beautiful light sage green for my living room. It looked perfect on the swatch but after I painted MY ENTIRE LIVING ROOM, I stood back and realized it looked MINT green (ugh). Not the look I was going for…but I was so tired I did not have the energy to change it.

    My favorite color was FOG (don’t remember the brand). I wanted a light, beachy blue and this color, although grey, read as the beachy blue-grey I was going for.

    As far as your choices, I like the Heather Grey. Have you considered doing something like a 50% in the living room and the full color in the office?
    ~Thanks

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Chris!

      Oh man! I’ve done the same thing. I was thinking about a 50% tint, but I don’t know if that will look just like the Silver Sage. I’m not in a rush, so we’ll see what I find between now and then. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  15. megan e.

     /  October 10, 2012

    We just painted out family room First Star (a light gray) by Sherwin Williams. The swatch on the wall looked slightly lavender, but we moved forward with it anyway (lucky for me I was correct that it was just the original wall color mucking it up). The room faces south, but our yard is soo shady we don’t get much for light in the room. As a result, the walls are almost a kaleidoscope throughout the day. It’s the gray I love during the evening, which is when I’m home, and blueish during the day. Even each wall looks slightly different from the adjacent because of how the light shines on it. I know this would bother some people, but it was a blank canvas for us, so now it’s fun to watch it changing. Should be even more interesting to watch as the trees start losing their leaves and we start getting more daylight through.

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hey Megan,

      I’ll have to check out Sherwin Williams because I don’t have any of their samples. I actually like when colors look different in various light, as long as it doesn’t look baby blue. ;)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  16. May I suggest a tip? I’m a graphic designer and the background color can make the accent color a different shade, just like it did in picture two. I design wedding stationary and when the brides pick a dark beige with a bright orange, it changes the color of the orange.

    Try painting a white patch in the office as the background color vs the darker beige color. Then you’ll truly see the color of the swatch. :)

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Autumn,

      I think I’ll do that. I held a piece of white trim up to it and it still wasn’t good, but to be completely fair I think I’ll have to prime a whole wall first. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  17. I can sooo relate to painting woes. I just re-did my daughters bedroom and while we were going for very light grey, her walls ended up looking like either a light cornflower blue or light lilac depending on the time of day. I was so disappointed I cried. Literally.
    We went ahead and put the 2nd coat on, thinking it would help. I also painted her trim a crisp white. Those two things did help it appear more grey but its still not what I wanted/what the paint chip looked like(and yes…we even did the swatches on the wall thing too).
    Sometimes ya win, sometimes not so much:)

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Sarah!

      Oh no. So sorry for you. Such a bummer!

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  18. marketa

     /  October 10, 2012

    We used Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Lovely blue-green! I highly recommend it! It is muted and beautiful in any light. : )

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hi Marketa!

      That’s the second recommendation for Sea Salt. Looks like I’ve got to get my butt to Sherwin Williams to check it out. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  19. I love Martha Stewart’s sea glass.it is crazy how lighting changes a color…

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    • ourhumbleabowed

       /  October 10, 2012

      Hey Sara!

      I looked at that one, but it was crazy bright in here, too! I seriously can’t win with this room. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
    • And you already know how many greys I went through. With the lighting in my house try had to look almost tan in the can to be grey on my walls: fashion grey, perfect taupe and wheat bread (all behr) are in three areas o my house

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  20. We have Amazon Gray by Behr (lightened 50%) in our northern living room and we have Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray in our northern family room. We get compliments on the Templeton Gray all the time…not sure how you feel about dark, moody colors, but we like them. :)

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  21. Sara

     /  October 10, 2012

    We just had this problem. Our main living areas are in RH Silver Sage (actually BM Gray Wisp, which is very similar), and we love it! Actually I got the idea from your blog!! Anyway, I tried that swatch in the bedroom, and it was too blue. We wanted more of a warm gray in that room, so we picked BM Seattle Fog and it is lovely.

    In the bathroom, I tried some BM Gray Wisp on the wall, and it looked like a bright teal! So I tried BM Seattle Fog in there, and that looked like taupe! I finally tried Sherwin William’s Sea Salt, and finally got what I wanted. To the naked eye Sea Salt in that room looks like the same or very similar color to what Gray Wisp looks like in the rest of the house, but it is a shade or two lighter.

    So that’s three votes for Sea Salt!

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  22. I hate when this happens! I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen in love with a color in one room and absolutely hated it in another. My living room can look like five different colors depending on how the sun is shining. You should invent a line of paint colors that isn’t effected by sunlight or any other variables!

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  23. Cass

     /  October 11, 2012

    Funny – Many have had the same problem with Silver Sage. When we bought our house our hall bath was painted with Silver Sage. It had just been painted, and so I saw no reason to change it, but I order Silver Sage towels from RH to go with it (those puppies are expensive). Turns out, they don’t seem to match the walls at all!

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  24. Sarah

     /  October 11, 2012

    I learned not to eliminate any colour based on the swatch. For every room I’d start with one sample, then head greener/bluer/pinker until I found one that looked like my favourite swatch when it was on the walls. Our reddish wood floors had an amazing effect.

    Why don’t you paint the office silver sage and then find a colour that looks like silver sage on the walls in the family room?

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  25. Nicole

     /  October 13, 2012

    I actually recently painted my bathroom with Behr’s Silver Sage and I love it! In there it looks like the name says…silvery sage! No blue whatsoever comes through in there. But I know that light does change the colour and bring out different tints in the paint.
    I worked in the paint department at Home Depot and learned to take the customer outside with the swatch to see how it looked against an Ultra Pure White swatch, and it amazed me (and the customers) how often the colours would change.

    Hope you find the right colour soon!

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  26. Elisha M

     /  October 16, 2012

    We used Olympic’s Alpine Shadow (color matched it to Behr paint though) in our Master Bedroom and I really like it. It may be a bit too light for your taste but I painted a ton of swatches too before finally settling on this one and I really love it. It’s light but not too girly so my husband likes it too!

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  27. Kimber

     /  November 28, 2012

    Hey! I painted my living room BM Beach Glass and I LOVE it! We get a lot of light in that room though so the color changes during the day and looks great at night when the curtains are drawn. It took me so long to pick the color, everything kept changing once I put it on the wall, so annoying!! Hope your next try works out better!

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  28. Leila

     /  April 10, 2013

    Hi everyone!
    I could really really use some help- I love RH silver sage but am struggling with finding 2 coordinating colors. We have a complete open floor plan but am looking to use RH SS in mostly of the area including the entryway and kitchen. I was hoping to find a complimentary shade darker for the dining room where there is more light and a shade lighter for the living room where there is less light. I have samples of BM arctic grey, beach glass and Iced marble but they were matches from lowes and are off I think. Many advice would be great!

    Reply
    • Hi Leila!

      If you want to stay in the blue family, you could try RH’s lighter and darker colors in the set; Pale Silver and Sea Green. Or try samples of a 50% tint and 150% or 200% colorant of Silver Sage. I have a fan deck that I use to get the colors color matched, which has typically worked really well. Hope that helps!

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  29. Carla Marie

     /  May 10, 2013

    I used benjamin moore gray wisp

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  30. I have most of the swatches mentioned at our house. I’m about to paint our little bathroom for the third time in a week but I want to finally find the right color! Soooooo frustrating!

    Reply
    • Hi Kari!

      Gah, three times in a week?! I feel your pain. Fingers super crossed you find the perfect color on your next try. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  31. Linda

     /  May 21, 2013

    Glidden’s Dusty Miller.

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  32. Lorraine

     /  January 28, 2014

    I loved the RH Silver Sage we had in one of our guest bedrooms so decided to try it in our open concept living area. As soon as the sun went down, the color made you feel like you were in the hospital. It was positively aweful. Paint an entire wall, sleep on it for a few days and then decide if it works.

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  33. I have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM! Every single grayish blue we put on our walls ended up BABY BLUE in our living room due to the bluish light (and maybe lack thereof!). What did you end up choosing?

    Thanks!
    Jessica

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    • Hey Jessica!

      I went a completely different route, but I believe it was Heather Gray from Benjamin Moore that I really liked. It’s on the dark side, but they should be able to do a 50% tint to get the color, but lighter. Let me know if you use it and what you think. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply
  34. Amy Keffer

     /  June 8, 2014

    I imagine this question has been settled, and I would love to know how things ultimately worked out!

    It’s also a huge comfort to know that I’m not the only one who has gone through this (much to my husband’s chagrin). We lived in our new house with all builder beige for two years so I could be sure of how the light changed throughout the day and the seasons. I painted large foam boards, and then large swatches of the finalists, so I really thought I had it!

    I’d picked Revere Pewter as our main house color in the common areas, as the house has an open concept plan. Fail-safe—it’s all over Pinterest, I’d seen it in a ton of houses and loved it, a designer favorite.

    YUCK. YUCK YUCK YUCK. Because the ceilings are still that builder beige and the house doesn’t get a ton of natural light, it washed out into this ugly khaki taupey color. I had a friend who happens to be a designer visiting last week and she didn’t believe me when I told her the paint color. We had to hold up actual chips about 10 times before she finally believed me. (The annoying thing is that, since we painted, I’ve been to at least 7 or 8 houses where I’ve loved the color, thought I found the perfect one, and asked the owners what it was. Revere Pewter. SMH)

    ************************

    All of that to say that I found the most gorgeous color by accident: Sherwin-Williams Comfort Gray. I didn’t realize it was popular on Pinterest or anything, but it was the most beautiful color in our kitchen. It was so pretty that I put it at 75% in our master bedroom. It’s supposedly gray, but in our house it turns into a watery aqua with greens. Natural light makes it glow. Sea Salt looked completely washed out and awful in our master bed and bath, but Comfort Gray was gorgeous and I used Oyster Bay in the master bath. Only later did I realize they were from the same strip. LOL

    Now I may be using Sea Salt at 50% for our common area color. I’m getting a sample of Silver Sage to try it out since I hear they’re very similar, though I may have to dilute that one as well to keep from getting too dark. I’m dying to know what you finally chose just to see how it worked out! LOL

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    • Hey Amy!

      I really hate when a ‘sure pick’ doesn’t work out. In our last house, we used colors similar to Silver Sage and loved it. Here, they’re bright baby blue. Instead, I took a completely different route and chose a light beige and a warm gray. Couldn’t get my light blues to work. :( But, if you’re looking for a nice dark blue/green, Benjamin Moore’s Heather Gray was my second choice.

      Best of luck on your paint selections! Glad they’re starting to play nicely. :)

      Thanks!
      Amanda

      Reply

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