In pursuit of the perfect shade, I taped up 50 different paint chips, hemmed and hawed, bought a few different samples and tested swatches in different lighting (daylight, shade, evening, tungsten etc etc). So what color did we choose? Drum roll please.... we decided to go with Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray HC-173!
Here are a few snaps before our furniture was moved in...
One rule I like to stick by when choosing color, especially in older homes where each room is divided (vs an open living plan) is to use the same color story throughout. I don't believe dark colors make a space feel small, but I do believe that contrast does, ie: adjacent rooms with contrasting colors break up the space and therefore make the entire space feel smaller.
So to make our space feel larger, I'll also be painting the adjacent Dining Room the same gray color to visually create one cohesive living space rather than two distinct spaces.
How do you choose color?
PS: Since these photos were taken, a few changes have already been made including the front door and a new light fixture...