Paint help

Posted on Fri, 13 Nov 2009 by KiM

Jack, a long-time co-worker of mine, and his wife Shannon are redoing their living room and Shannon is looking for paint help. She left a comment on Jo’s post earlier today but I thought I’d post it seperately in the hopes there are some good suggestions out there as I am not much help. Here’s her dilemma: “I am looking for a soft, silvery blue-grey (not grey-blue–I’ve found there’s a difference) paint for my living room. I recently painted with a soft grey-blue (i.e. blue was the base colour) and it just reads as ‘kid’s room baby blue’. I”m looking for something like the wall colours in the fourth and fifth rows down (the living room with the portrait of the woman over the mantle and the living room with the yellow/chartreuse chair and blue rug). Does anyone have any colour suggestions???
Here are the photos Shannon is talking about:


Tiffany says:

Hi, I just bought a house and painted my living room a beautiful pale blue-grey. Its from Behr (a Home Depot line) called "Pensive sky." Its only $26 a gallon. Good luck, it is so challenging to find the right shade, but it sure is fun!

j. says:

sherwin williams-
look at the paint ramp that has UPWARDS- a shade or 2 lighter from that should give you something with a little hint blue.
Or the ramp with ROCK CANDY- more of a gray cast.

Lorna says:

I’d suggest Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White – a definite grey with an ever so slight blue hue in it which changes with the light. I used it on kitchen cupboards recently and is lovely

Lindsey says:


We were looking for the same effect in our living room, and after 8 paint samples, we finally found our color! It is called Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray.

Good luck, it’s an elusive color!

jess says:

Metropolis by benjamin moore is beautiful, perhaps a bit darker than the pictures posted but it is truly beautiful, i couldn’t be happier with it. you could also lighten it with some white. Best of luck!

SmilingJudy says:

When I look at my living room then look at these photos, it looks pretty darn close — Sherwin Williams Argos. YMMV.

Sarah says:

I happened upon paint samples at Restoration Hardware a couple of years ago. I didn’t know they carried paint. They had a number of beautiful silver-tinged blues and greens at the time. I don’t know if they still carry those colors (or what their paint prices are), but it might be worth checking them out.

larissa says:

try Grey Wisp- Benjamin Moore color- it’s a great silvery/grey/blue— I have it in my livingroom.

raesfbay says:

A cheap version – Kelly Moore Heirloom Silver KM3786-1.

Stevie says:

I second the Farrow and Ball Cornforth Blue! I had same dilemma-and everything was looking nursery/baby blue. The cornforth blue was perfect-the F & B colors are just a cut above the rest, imo.

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