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?