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For about a year after we moved in I was totally fine with our gray walls. Gray is *everywhere* in our house--the entire family room, up the stairs, the entire upstairs hallway. You simply can't look anywhere without seeing it. Well, after about a year, I was D-O-N-E.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with gray generally, not even gray walls. In High School I even designed an all-gray house in my interior design class, which clearly proves that I am a prescient genius when it comes to color trends. I am absolutely thrilled to my core that people are using more gray. But like any color, it has a million different personalities depending on the room it's in, the shade of gray, the light, the other elements of the room, and a bazillion other factors. It can be dark and moody or light and airy, or even earthy.
Or, as in my house, gray can have all the personality of a cinder-block prison cell. This particular color makes me feel like I live in Arkham Asylum. I must change it. I just need to find the perfect beige and start painting. Easy breezy. Except I cannot find the perfect beige, and after weeks (okay, months) of looking at patchwork walls I am really getting tired of this process. I have tried no fewer than 15 colors. But everything I try is too light...too dark...too pink..too yellow...too gray...sigh. Am I just super picky?
|Have your walls ever looked like this? For six months? |
Oh...well, guess it's just me then.
The good news: I think I finally found the color. This room has been my inspiration for the last two years:
|Photo: Rachel Reider Interiors|
Out of sheer desperation I finally emailed the very talented woman who designed this room, Rachel Reider, who was kind enough to write me back and share the color she used: Pismo Dunes by Benjamin Moore. You likey? I am running out right now to get a sample. Cross your fingers for me and hope it looks as good in my room as it does in hers. Now, all I need is three more years and maybe I will get around to hanging some curtains.