Oops… couldn’t help myself.
Anyway, I’d posted yesterday about how I made the blunder of painting our living room the wrong color of grey. That is not going to happen to me a second time around, so I’ve invested many hours since Saturday into researching grey paint colors.
You may remember that I already did quite a bit of legwork on the topic of grey paint last year when I painted the dining room of our last apartment – I’m almost an expert on this topic at this point.
My requisites for the perfect grey:
1. It must be a very light grey
*I don’t want to make our living room that gets great light feel like a dark hole.
2. It cannot have ANY blue undertones
*I already made that mistake – blue undertones = cold
With that list of requirements, I have narrowed it down to two options:
– Option 1: Benjamin Moore Grey Owl 2137-60 (but with half-strength tint)
– Option 2: Benjamin Moore Intense White OC-51
Grey Owl was actually the color that I used in our last dining room (per the recommendation of Emily Henderson), and to put things mildly, I LOVED it. It was a very pale, true grey, and it reflected light beautifully. Intense white is a color I recently discovered on several designers’ lists of no-fail paint colors.
Is there another light grey color that I’m missing and should consider as well?
Thank you for this post!! We JUST closed on our first home and I have been racking my brain and dreading the possibility of using the wrong grey for our new home. I am IN LOVE with the grey owl paint with half tint! Funny that I am noticing this post was posted exactly a year ago today. haha! It's fate!
Which one did you choose?
We went with Intense White!! It's now in every single room of our apartment (except the bedroom that I got too lazy to paint) and we LOVE it. It's really just a shade lighter than Grey Owl, but it is definitely grey. NOT white (though the name implies otherwise).
Thanks for sharing. I'm also looking to paint our main floor in intense white. Like you, I'm looking for some colour that's non-colour lol. Why are we so “particular”? The perfect light light-grey is just hard to find, and I'm glad you chose and love intense white!
I know!! I loved this color so much we are painting the walls in our new house this color too (I think!) It really is the perfect grey 🙂