Feeling Edgy

Picking paint colors is such a fun part of the home renovation process – after floor refinishing and wall removal, this step definitely feels like progress. That being said, the fun factor is starting to wain a bit. I think I’ve tried over 10 samples at this point, and I’m having a hard time finding one that I like for our spaces. See what I mean? (this is just the dining room options…)

Best Greige Paint Colors

Yeah – lots of samples. Now, I have a general idea of the look and feel that I’m going for in each space, but testing the colors in the house has proven to me that I really have to buy the sample paint color, since the swatches have been looking so darn different once I get them up on the wall. Too purple, too gray, too meh.

Although I knew that I wanted the dining room/kitchen to be a bit darker this time, to balance out the white, bright cabinets, I also knew that I wanted something soft and neutral in our living space. Since this room is one of the first things you see when you walk in 2 out of 3 doors in the house, I thought a calming palette would be the perfect touch. As in the past, I also knew that my all time favorite color for that type of room, is tried and true Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.

This color is the best. It never reads too yellow and it never reads too gray. Perfection. Here it is against the fireplace we were edging in.

Edgecomb Gray

As soon as we started edging in with the color, I knew it was going to be night and day better once it was up.

Since I was struggling so much with picking a paint color for the kitchen/dining space – I also thought that it would be super helpful to have at least one color signed sealed and delivered, so that I could make sure that the adjacent rooms would play nicely together.

Jay rolled, I edged.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Even after one coat, I could tell that this was going to turn out beautiful.

Edgecomb Gray Paint

I had a few moments of concern early on, where it looked kinda purple in contrast to the yellowish white that was up there before. Like in this shot, you can see a bit of the cooler tones coming out.

Edgecomb Gray

After 2 houses and 3+ years of painting, I also decided to splurge and buy myself a new edging paint brush. I love it. It’s got a little flexible handle and it’s so easy to use (small). For the most part, this paint brush is so great that it allows me to edge without taping anything off, which is a ginormous time saver. For the few spots I did drip, I came back through with a rag to touch it up as I went along.

Best Paint Brush for Edging

Look how peachy keen everything came out when we were all done!

Edgecomb Gray in Living Room

Another shot, so you can see how it looks up against the newly finished wood floors.

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore

It feels amazingly good to have one room quasi done now, and I’m definitely ready to move some furniture back in. We decided that we’d like to replace our crown with some chunkier stuff right away as well, so we didn’t even bother edging out the top. All and all, this project only took us 2-hours, and now instead of this.

Yellow Paint in Living Room

We have this!

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore

Now tell me – do you guys have some favorite paint colors you can share? Help a girl out! 🙂

13 thoughts on “Feeling Edgy

  1. I love Edgecomb Gray. I also love Revere Pewter. It’s the perfect combination of beige/gray and goes with everything. I’m pretty much a fan of most Benjamin Moore paint colors. There is a color by Behr that I really love as well called Wheat Bread. It’s another great greige. 🙂

  2. I was doing a whole-house reno and wanted to pick one color to carry through the whole space and I went with BM’s Grey Owl, which is uber popular on the blogosphere. I tried 8 samples in every room in the house (12 spaces!!) and Grey Owl won hands down. Now that it’s done I’m SO happy with it. Every room looks fantastic and it doesn’t look clinical – like a hospital where every room is the same.

  3. Sherwin Williams Coastal Plain is one of my favorite non-gray colors 🙂 It’s a great shade of green that also has slight blue and gray undertones to it, so it’s a very calming green. I have it in my son’s room and have accents of orange and gray and navy blue. It goes with pretty much any accent color!

  4. Girl, I have been in a paint-a-palooza at our house for the last year! I love painting cause I love quick results 🙂 That color is gorgeous for that room!

    I too go for a darker hue in a dining room, just painted my mom’s SW “Perfect Greige” (we have it in our master bath too) and it looks perfect. Just dark enough to be cozy but not too dark. But on the lighter side, I really liked SW “Popular Gray” which we did in our guest bath. It is a very cool light beige, not really a gray, but keeps things super bright and clean with some color still. Then, on the other end of the spectrum, I am now painting our office SW “Outerspace”, a daaaark stormy navy, but I love it! Eeek!

  5. i am in the process of painting walls edgecomb grey and the woodworks back to white. What color stain is on your floor I am also going to sand and stain next!

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