The Perfect Gray for Your Living Room

DIY Blogger Stefanie Schiada of Brooklyn Limestone tells Glidden® how her hunt to find the perfect shade of grey was totally worth the wait.

There was no paint color choice I agonized more about than the one I made with my own living room. I knew I wanted a neutral because this room would be the backdrop of any parties or holiday bashes. I knew I didn’t want to go all white because I had mostly northern facing light, which would make it feel washed out and drab. And I wanted a color that would make the architectural details in the room pop. So I began a hunt for the perfect shade of gray that would feel warm without being brown.

The Long Road Ahead

I put more than 12 colors on the wall and agonized over it. I listened to everyone’s advice on what their favorite color was. I asked friends, neighbors and strangers; I had paint color nightmares—all before learning the important lesson that one person’s perfect shade is another person’s nightmare!

A Lasting Reward

Finally after a swatch hunt that took weeks, I finally selected a warm, medium-tone gray and bit my nails.
Once it was up, I was happy I had put in the time and stressed about it, because the shade totally makes the room. It’s a great neutral without being too timid. The best part is that this color seems to work with anything I throw at it—a teal blue accent color in the form of a sofa table? Check! Vivid yellow party decorations? Check! Halls decked out for Christmas? Check.

Stefanie Schiada

Stefanie Schiada is author of the lifestyle and design blog Brooklyn Limestone. Started to record the renovation of a 100-year-old home, her blog also includes DIY projects, travel and entertaining.