Saturday, May 23

mad about cliche' and shades of grey

So.. I had planned on titling this post "shades of grey" but because of all the pop culture rigamaroll over"50 Shades" .. I kept changing my mind.  I'm not a fan of the Twilight series, nor the 50 Shades series.. But I kept coming back to it... the post title.. because that's what we're really talking about here.. literally the different shades of grey in our house..

We met with the designer at Eagle Interiors back in February.  I've learned that our builder is a combination of production and custom builder, at least for our house.  He has a series of finishes that he knows will look great within our allowances, and it made the decision making that much easier for me.

I'm one of those people that can be paralyzed with too many options.. and staying on budget is always a challenge for me and Adam.  We are definitely champagne taste on a bottled water budget.  I'll talk about tile and finish selections later, for now.. let's talk paint.

In our last home, the main rooms were Glidden's Antique Silver (a light grey that read more pale blue), with variations on that same theme.  Our master was navy and we added in some teal and aqua in other rooms.  Click here to see

We both gravitate towards blues and grays, but for our new house -  we needed to choose two neutral colors for all the rooms.  Grey it is.

We selected two aptly named colors for the nerdy nest:  Software and Online.

Sherwin Williams Online and Software for the walls are the perfect cool complement to the warm wood and leather tones.

Online, the lighter color, will be throughout the main living space.  Software will be in the master bedroom and dining room, as well as the main living spaces down in the basement.

I've looked at them in different lights and I love how they read as a true grey without too much distortion.  And surprisingly, we are very on trend.  We went on the local Women's Council of Realtor's house tour recently and I would say that at least 60% of the houses had a grey or greige tone in the main spaces.

It's subtle, but I like it. 

Our exterior color needed to be a bit bolder.  I was torn between a grey and navy.  After a recruiting trip to Lowe's and Home Depot, I came home with about 100+ color options. 

Adam and I quickly worked through them and got it down to our final 20 or so.  Then we snuck over to the neighbor's house (thankfully they hadn't moved in yet) one sunny afternoon and compared swatches to the stone work.

The light changes the colors so much depending on what side of the house, how 
bright it is, and if the sun is direct or not.

The house we're comparing to looks anywhere from brown, to grey, to almost blue-ish.

It was a tough decision, but we chose the middle color.  I think it will be neutral enough for the neighborhood while still giving us the rich tones we want.  Our winner for the exterior -  Behr's Sled.

Maybe one day we'll have some walls to be painted.. for now, it's back to the build.

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