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10 Rooms: Choosing The Right Grey..



Our great room has a high ceiling paneled in pine, a timberframe, and yellow light from stained glass windows (formerly a church sanctuary). My other thought is to use grey with a light/ice blue color?

It gets decent natural light but it doesn’t reach the whole room. I thought with my mix of neutral stuff a pale cool grey wall would be a good ground.


Painting Wall Outlets For Granite Surfaces Painting A Wall Outlet For Granite Choosing Colors | Duration 1 Minutes 45 Seconds

These rooms don’t get the extreme bright light in the morning since there are trees that block some of the light. I am not sure because wouldnt a cool shade help balance the room more?

I am moving from brown tone walls and furniture to light gray furniture and area carpets. I pick accent walls to use darker grays and the rest are the lighter grays. But in the kitchen more just grays and whites with dark cherry cabinets. Grey makes a good backdrop for multiple colors in your decor! I love your picture of cool gray, camel, warm white and black!

I have some soft black furniture too but far more dark, warm timber items. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs keep it up. Considering going with gloss as it is a somewhat dark space and there are young children running amok. I am thinking of using a warm grey on the walls but want to use a darker grey as the carpet. I am stuck with cheap tan carpet, a camel orangish tan couch, very orange tan piano, black entertainment center and white/light wood butcher top farmhouse style dinning table. I want grey based neutrals and your post very helpful in understanding what grey to choose. I have a 2 shades of cool gray in my house on almost every wall with the exception of the wainscoting that is approx. I am usually one that loves color, but you can put so much with gray. You mentioned above the photo that you had done your living room in these colors?



How To Paint Wall To Look Like Granite | Paint Techniques | Duration 1 Minutes 42 Seconds

Now when choosing the flooring for a room like this what would be the deciding factor between wood and carpet?

Which grey colours would be good for walls, window treatments, upholstery with these?

When you’re tired, you want to relax after a stressful working hours, you need to have time to take care of the kids active.

I think that you could do with a few percent to pressure the message home a bit, but other than that, that is excellent blog.

Choosing Natural Stone Tile Granite Marble Travertine by builddirect.com

But, it should be noted that not all natural stone can be treated in exactly the same way. It’s these sundry materials that give granite an incredible density and stability. It’s also pretty heavy, which is another reason to get professional advice, and to make room in your budget for a professional installation. Slate demonstrates a rough-hewn beauty, that is also helpfully naturally slip-resistant too. You have a number of finishes to choose from with slate, from a flat finish to a high sheen finish for that classic ‘wet’ look.

These streams gather materials like calcite and dolomite as they their flow over a long period of time. Marble is known to have an artistic beauty, favoured by those with a similar artistic flair. Yet, because travertine is formed at a different stage of the process, it has characteristics that are different from the veining patterns common to marble.

Often, travertine is ‘honed and filled’ for those who love the color range travertine offers, but want to get a more refined look without its distinctive pores. What’s left is a smooth, and durable natural stone that offers a wide color range, too. Grains of sand are bonded while under tremendous heat and pressure to form a solid, striated and decorative natural stone. First, with all of the above, you should absolutely expect there to be color variations. Second, all natural stone surfaces need to be sealed, without exception. Seek advice about how often to seal your stone, and which products make the most sense for your choice of material. As mentioned earlier, not all natural stone will thrive in outdoor conditions where extreme weather conditions are the norm.

First, the use and popularity of natural stone surfaces has been consistent for thousands of years, and across many cultures and traditions. This is a contradiction that you can really appreciate, proving that sometimes it’s the materials we’ve counted on all along that make the most sense in the spaces which are the most important to us. Indeed, granite offers subtle blues, greens, and grays that are commonly popular selections for all kinds of surfaces in residential and commercial settings. Color variation in slate is a big theme you’ll notice, even from batch to batch. This process creates a build-up of of these materials, as well as other random materials, which eventually becomes solid.



How To Marble Paint A Wall | Duration 3 Minutes 47 Seconds

These vein patterns have a sort of appealing “liquid” appearance, which makes sense seeing how they were formed.

This gives travertine its distinct character, along with its creamy to chocolaty color range. In the case of sansdstone, the key element is in the name: sand. These are natural surfaces, and the colors and patterns are the result of random occurrences as the stone is formed. This is important for a number of reasons having to do with moisture.

Third, when installing natural stone outside, have a talk with your vendor about how suitable your choice is according to your climate.

How To Choose The Right White For Your Walls by homestolove.com.au

But, there’s a fine line between introducing a white palette into your home that conjures a mood of relaxation or refinement, and one that has you thinking you’ve woken up in the middle of a science laboratory. There is a crispness to these whites that suits a home with modern lines and minimal schemes. Warm whites have yellow, brown or red undertones and ‘project’ into a room, creating a cosy atmosphere. These paint colours add depth to interiors yet contain a harmonious presence of their own. Play with texture, such as matt finishes and limewashes, and add either soft accents like blue or pink, or lively accents like acid yellow and chartreuse. Just be wary of opting for greys that are very pale – they can come up looking like dirty white. When it comes to neutrals, the key is in selecting what shade of paint works best for you and your surroundings. However, to prevent a dated feel, avoid biscuit-coloured paints with heavy yellow or pink bases.

Brown- and red-undertoned paints are a more contemporary approach to biscuit. There are many ways grey can be played with and the result can look casual and relaxed, or chic and elegant. A mid-toned grey is still soft and works as a neutral backdrop.

Your Granite Counter by natural-stone-interiors.com

Look at the stone and paint color in different lighting conditions. Place sample color charts next to your little flecks to make sure they match.

Most granites have little flecks of color if you look closely.



Marbling How To Faux Finish Painting By The Woolie (How To Paint Walls) #Fauxpainting | Duration 6 Minutes 31 Seconds

Look at counter top pictures and background colors to get more ideas.

6 Ways To Choose The Perfect Neutral Paint Colour by mariakillam.com

Start with the living room because that’s where the entire colour scheme for the house is usually determined.

The biggest pieces in the room will heavily dictate the neutral you end up with. Take the colour chips and place them on your furniture, tile or drapery until you find the ones that match. The other day my client had a green beige sofa/carpet and green beige marble around her fireplace mantle. I responded that going with yellow walls would work much better than a yellow beige. The living room is very dark and now painted a dark gold, with an emerald/black needlepoint look fabric sofa. The ceiling now appears a dirty white which makes it darker. If the wall to wall carpet or tile in your house is not cream or white or apple green (in other words, a colour) then it’s a neutral and usually that’s the one that should be on the walls so your space looks pulled together. Or if your bathroom (below) has pink beige tile and blue gray wainscotting (or cabinets, or countertop), chose blue gray for the walls instead of pink beige. All undertones can be combined except pink beige with yellow and orange beige. Don’t combine more than 2 neutral undertones in any colour scheme, it could start to look like you don’t know what you’re doing.

A strong enough colour on the walls would make her green beige undertones read more neutral, however simply choosing a yellow beige would look like the wrong neutral had been selected. When your space bugs you and you don’t know why, it’s more upsetting than knowing what the problem is and then choosing to ignore it until you have the money to replace it. Doesn’t it feel better to know why you’re upset about something?

I am thinking of painting the ceiling a semi gloss white for added reflection.



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Paint Colours and LRV: The Ultimate Guide You Need To Read by kylieminteriors.ca

So, grab a bottle glass of wine and settle down for a bit of a read!

Actually, it is in my genes as my mother and sister have the same issue. As for the actual percentage, in my experience, 25% lifts it approx. I think this is in part because professional photographers have gotten really good at brightening up photos, which makes for a more beautiful photograph, but not necessarily for helping those of us trying to find the perfect color. Thanks for the insight you’ve provided in this article and any you might be able to provide for my particular color concern.

In some rooms, my clients find it too cold blueish toned whereas in other rooms it gets some green mixed in there. I could never understand why it always looked so dark with a beige color.

I can wipe the dirt off of them when my grandson gets his hands on them!

I have made so many mistakes with wall paint over the years resulting in a lot of repainting. The biggest one though is falling in love with a magazine photo. In a poorly lit room, these colours can fall flat and drab, and won’t come to life. It takes us four to eight quarts of samples to attempt to get the right color and still sometimes we have to live with the decision. Their colour matching isn’t perfect, but darned near close enough to get the idea!

Unfortunately it has taken me about a dozen cans of paint, hours of labor and lets not mention the cost to figure out that not all paints, brushes, rollers etc are created equal.

I don’t have to spend money on 5 different sample paints that don’t look right! I am trying to select a wall color that would compliment the trim and not blend in with it.

Faux Painting Finish Techniques and Colours by howtobuildahouseblog.com

However, today’s faux paint finishing products and innovative techniques allow beginners to the highly skilled to create visual interest. Applying the diluted glaze mixture to a wall, will then give you the viewer, the impression of layers.



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More skillful applications can create realistic imitations, like marble, stone or bamboo that’s difficult to tell from the real thing. If you don’t have a good, smooth surface to work on, then minor bumps or nicks on the walls can be exaggerated by some faux painting techniques. They owe their popularity to being not only among the first do-it-yourself faux finishing techniques but easy as well. You can buy alkyd (oil) paint and glaze for a sponging project if you would like. This can be accomplished by brushing across a mesh screen or flicking the paint off the brush with your fingers among others. Preparing the paint so that the edges stay wet and workable, giving you time to employ the brush stroke that we’ll teach you and that guarantees success.

Manufacturers have specialty finishes that add texture, dimension, light-reflecting abilities and depth to the paint that may need a more skillful hand. When painting indoors take precautions to ensure the indoor air quality of the home does not decline. In fact, faux finish painting, or using techniques and materials on one surface to imitate or suggest another surface, has been around for thousands of years. No matter which technique you apply, it is always best to practice on a surface that you do not mind messing up. Faux finishing is also, a process that involves adding water or glaze to a latex or alkyd paint.

Along with the look of layers, comes an added textured feel. Oil does have the advantage of setting up slower alkyd also has better transparency, giving alkyd colors a richer feel. Another brush is then used to flatten or pick up any over-application. Regardless of what you’ve observed in the past, or what you think you know about color-blending faux-finish, the technique in this book is unique and proven. By incorporating the 3 colors on the wall, it brought unity and sense to the existing features.

This works great, especially when you have solid color fixtures or furniture. When doing a faux finish, don’t be afraid to experiment with different things like.

Decorative Paint Technique: Furniture and Wall Marbling Instructions by hgtv.com

Reactivate technique is adding moisture so you rework an area that’s already dry. It’s helpful to have a visual aid, even if it’s just a picture of marble from a magazine. Repeat these two techniques (parchment and veining) until the entire piece is covered. Add more texture by applying paint directly to the sea sponge. Once satisfied with the finish, add varnish with a foam roller as directed for a durable finish. Crosshatching technique is brushing in diagonal or intersecting strokes. In separate containers, mix one part of each marble-like color with one part water and one part latex glaze (each should be the consistency of heavy cream).

To create depth in the marble, slowly dab a damp sea sponge over the parchment area to reactivate it, and then lightly crosshatch over the areas with a dry brush. Avoid overworking areas as they’ll lack the clarity and luster of real marble.

Dab it where desired onto the piece, and then soften it with a dry brush as above.

Help Choosing Bathroom Colors by houzz.com

Also there are no windows, the vanity light is the only light source. Here’s the bedroom seen from the doorway of the bathroom – sorry for the poor lighting, it is east facing. I do like traditional, transitional, and contemporary bathrooms. Save that detail for the real renovation when you can change the vanity.

I will also add hardware to the vanity and it may look a bit different with that. The colors that company has are too busy and/or dark for these bathrooms, especially with the existing floor.

Have you looked at these below, the ones with the white cabs?

That would tie in with your floors, and give you a coordinated pallette. The vanity in the power room is actually expresso brown, maybe the colors are not coming across in the photo/monitor. Either silver or plain white wood knobs on the vanity, new white shower curtain, and white trim around the mirror. I would have to replace the light fixture too- but with something pretty cheap so that when you remodel you can choose a new fixture. The tub and surround is fairly new, acrylic slightly off white, and not as pretty as tile but easy to clean and in great shape. It’s the effort of removing the toilet and doing the floor that puts me off even more than cost. The vanity is clearly contemporary and it will never look like anything else but a contemporary vanity and chair rail and bead board paper would be at odds with that. I get that it’s a waste of money to replace it if you’re going to change the bath’s footprint in the future. Which replacing the floor – and therefore removing the toilet – would entail! Let’s say you have to have this floor – what colors would you choose?

Guess it’s off to the paint store to grab handfuls of chips!

Then you could do the dark gray you did in your other bath for the vanity.

How To Choose Your Faux Painting Finish: 3 Steps With Pictures by wikihow.com

You might want to paint a couple of boards and place them on the wall and then stand back to get the full effect before you proceed to faux paint the wall. Sometimes it’s best to go with a simple color washing faux finish that incorporates all the main colors in the room and blends nicely in the background. Remember that some decorative finishes cannot be touched up and so are not suited for high traffic areas.

However, if you can’t fit a scaffold in the area, then you will have no choice, therefore get your climbing shoes on because you will go up and down that ladder a lot of times.

If the method you are going to use requires using 2 persons, make sure that both of you will be able to fit in the working area, especially if you have to fit a ladder in there, too. In choosing your faux finish and the faux painting tools you are going to use, keep in mind that in small sections or tight areas, the tools might not fit. Also always start with a base color and go over that with a different colored glaze usually in the same hues. A crumpled stiff piece of paper will make a rocky effect or dragging a rag will give you a marble look etc.

That’s why you should always practice on a large poster board first. Make sure if you are going with a patterned type of faux finish that it does not clash with the décor in your room. Therefore, it’s best to keep those patterned faux finishes to walls that don’t have too many fixtures on them. Then there is graining which is the art of making things look like they are made of wood using a series of comb’s & brush’s.

Need Help With Wall Color To Go With My Travertine Floor by houzz.com

We took it down and have been renoventing ever since. I tied the two colors with trim and a pencil edge that works together. Need a neutral accent wall paint color to go with my dark grey walls!

I went and picked up a sample today and painted a section on the wall. It appears to about the same color as the dark wood on the vanity. Take a sample of the tile to a wallpaper store and pick the lightest cream color to match. My vanity and floor has a peach tone to it that can only be picked up in bright lights. Its subtle and sophisticated, and will let the granite be the star. It would blend with the floor and not compete with your beautiful granite counters.

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