A few days ago I asked via IG stories: “what’s a home design trend you’re not crazy about?” and I was surprised by some of the answers. A few responses were “the gray trend”, which, I’ll admit, was totally me about a year ago.
Our house needed to be painted 51 shades of gray and there was nothing stopping me from doing so (until my love for color and pattern began to flourish).
I’ve learned a ton about paint colors during my hunt for the perfect gray(s) last year after we bought our house. After a few weeks and 14 sleeves of cookies, I eventually found the perfect gray paint, which I recommend to clients when they’re also on the hunt for justtttt the right gray.
What an audacious statement to make. The perfect gray? What even makes up a perfect gray paint?
Using my powerful creative abilities, I wrote a poem for you to comprehend just how perfect this gray is:
Not too warm
Not too cool
Not too dark
Not too light.
It’s a gorgeous pale gray and I’ve never seen a photo I didn’t like with Repose on the walls.
These are the reasons why I believe Repose is the perfect gray…
LIGHT + NEUTRAL
We don’t get a lot of light in our house, so I had to factor in the Light Reflective Value of the paint I chose.
LRV is essentially how much light the color will reflect on the walls, and is crucial to understand in order to choose paint for your home. Shameless plug – if you want to learn more about LRV, download my free guide to choosing the perfect paint here.
Anyway, Repose has an LRV of 58, which is fairly light, but it can appear darker in rooms that don’t have a lot of light.
A good example of how Repose looks in rooms that get little light vs. a ton of light:
This photo of our living room is completely unedited and you can see that there’s little natural light coming through. The walls appear to be a neutral light-medium gray.
IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING.
Repose rarely ever looks too warm or too cool. But, I do want to note that the lightbulbs you use can drastically change the colors of your walls. To avoid the walls appearing too warm or cool, I always use neutral 3000K bulbs.
One of my biggest concerns when choosing the perfect gray was picking a color that looked too blue or too yellow, but Repose is as neutral as it gets, even with its slightly warm undertones.
I also want to note that if your floors and furnishings are on the warmer side, then your walls may appear warmer as well, but that goes for any color.
If you’ve been on the hunt for a beautiful, pale light gray that goes with nearly everything, this is the color for you.
How do you feel about choosing paint colors? Have you found that “perfect” color that you love to use throughout your home?
Have a fantastic week!