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Grey Paint Colors



It looks crisp and clean next to the white painted baseboards and window trim. It makes the spaces look bigger and no dots on a white ceiling!

The contrast it provides with creamy white walls gives me all the heart eyes. We constantly have people stop by and ask advice on what paint we used and what they think might look great with their home.


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Each home is unique, and you can still see one of the campgrounds when you walk the neighborhood. Painting doors a color makes them feel special but more importantly hides dirt!

It is my absolute go to “greige” and it works great with everything. I now happily help my hubby flip houses full time, while documenting our adventures on the blog. It took almost a year but fixing up this house was definitely a lesson in patience and perseverance!

So grab your notepad (old school) or your phone and jot down your favorite grey paint colors from the list, so you’ll have them ready to go when you visit the paint store.

It is light light gray with a brown base, but it is a very cool color. My entire townhouse is painted in this color and it provides the perfect backdrop to everything else. I recently saw it on built-ins and it looked amazing!

Truly a foolproof color, great for living rooms and bedrooms. I like this because it’s light enough to keep the room looking bright and is very versatile because it compliments lots of other shades. I have used it in my kitchen, breakfast and family room and absolutely love it!

It took me a long time to find a shade of grey that didn’t have blue under tones. By painting all of it this lovely grey it not only allowed me to keep the ceiling the original flat brown but it immediately gave it an updated look. In the bright sunlight it looks very light grey and in the evening it takes on a brown tone which feels very softened. Suggestions for every space and every style, love that we all had different suggestions too, gives a great variety! It is always so much fun to read everyone else favorite grey and then to see how similar we all are in our tastes.

10 Best Bathroom Paint Colors by architecturaldigest.com

Cool whites will create a crisp, clean look, while off-whites will warm up a dark space.

When choosing your paint color, keep the style of your space in mind. Think about how the moldings and ceiling will play into your color scheme. Painting the trim and ceiling the same color as the walls can give the bathroom an enveloping feel. Or embrace the darkness or lack of square footage with a rich, moody hue. Pair the dark shade with white for a graphic look that’s still bright, or go bold and create a moody space by pairing it with darker hues. This is a color that will help you wake up in the morning!

But why not save time and money by transforming your bathroom with a coat of paint? Is your bathroom sleek and modern with a clean-lined tub and vanity, or is it a traditional space with moldings and more ornate features?

Softer shades can create a calming environment, while brighter colors can make a statement. White trim is a classic look that can let darker colors stand out.

Light colors can help reflect light, making them a great choice for small or windowless spaces. Whether you’re making major changes to your space or just ready for a quick update, these paint colors will bring new life to your bathroom. Choose a hue that matches your tile and bath furnishings to keep the look cohesive.

Bathroom : Best Marble Bathrooms Ideas Designs and Colors Modern Creative To Interior Design Ideas by w-eland.com

Each implementation, obviously, can be achieved in various materials, whether it be in the classic subway tile or multicolored mosaics. You may allow tile to make a statement and canopy all walls, or apply it to make pseudo-wainscoting and paint the top 1 / 2 of the wall large of your liking. We’ve assembled a summary of bathroom tile ideas to help you start.

Understand that the grout between tiles can become grimy whether or not this%’s not cleaned properly, and regular maintenance is important in preserving a pleasing that appears fresh instead of grungy. Listed below are five general bathroom tile ideas to apply to your home.

The Best Interior Paint For Landlords by biggerpockets.com

Whether you are a buy-and-hold landlord, a house flipper, a commercial investor, or just starting out – paint is one of the expenses that come up time and time again. If you are dealing with million-dollar mansions, perhaps your opinion of quality will be different.



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I wanted to know – is there a difference between all the different paint brands out there? Each wall was the same color before – thus keeping as many factors the same before conducting my experiment. Sometimes it takes twenty minutes to track down a qualified person to shake the paint. The one thing my test could not determine was long-term durability. However, by using higher-sheen paint, often times those marks can simply be cleaned with soap and water.

Below is a photo of the way this paint turns out, specifically in a rental. Bathrooms and kitchen brighter colors makes them look and feel cleaner. Any advice on using other colors besides white on flips?

I just go with a roller and hit whatever is dirty or spackled. I find tenants overlook many other minor flaws if you have a pleasing, fresh paint job on the walls. All those drywall imperfections show if you have even eggshell sheen. I also have transitioned from white walls to something with a little color. I think semi-gloss works well for trim, and flat for ceiling. I feel that every other rental out there is painted white or beige, and agree that with a bit of color it addes that homey feeling. Coverage is about the same, durability pretty good, and washable.

They get all white walls, same flat sheen and color as the ceilings. Often, even if the walls are trashed, the ceilings are in great shape. I also, usually do a combination of light green, light tan (crisp toast) and/or red wall or two in either a light green or red to accent the walls. It totally depends on the situation – but generally my sprayer is about 5 times faster!

Figure this out and it will save you some head scratches wondering why…it…just…doesn’t…look…quite…right. By shifting your trim away from white in these areas(which can look grimy in low or flourescent light) towards a richer, darker trim, your rental looks more luxe and inviting.

Beige and tan has such a bad rap, why not give a pale blue or light green a try with white trim?





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If you disagree with me – that’s okay, but let me know in the comments below. Renting your house is a great way to enter the world of real estate investing, but most first-timers (understandably) have a lot of questions.

I couldn’t tell a difference from room to room, and neither could anyone else who looked at it.

Sometimes it takes twenty minutes of standing in line to check out. This isn’t a guide to painting your own home – this is for rentals and flips!

When it’s time to paint – there is little-to-no taping required and no tough lines where the ceiling meets the walls. On ceilings a brighter color, use oil base, lets water leaks go through no bubbles. It always matches and saves a lot of time since the tops seldom get dirty. I sometimes paint everything white and do a color wall to give accent when needed. A light taupe-ish color on walls, bright white on trim if it was already painted, and a nice calming yellow in bathrooms. Navahoe white flat for the walls (slightly brown for warmth). The nice thing about flat (no sheen) is that it covers flaws. I so agree that egg shell or semi-gloss is better for rentals due to it’s ability to be cleaned.

I also think that my leases tend to be longer because of how comfortable the tenant feels in the property. Also, almost no white….trim is marble white, that’s about it. It’s a great taupe color, and using it in a flat sheen really hides the bumps and bruises on the walls in my old flip houses. I also keep a darker, complimentary taupe (also flat) color around for my rentals.

Also, in my area, many of the houses built in the 50’s and 60’s have a really fabulous, swirly texture on the ceilings. I use the off-white, which gives a tan with pinkish hues, so it does not look too institutional. I go back and forth between a roller, a gun, and my combination “roller attachment” for my spray gun. Otherwise, ventilate the whole house to help get rid of toxic fumes. The idea of automating paint colors for rental properties is a must, but it’s also an area where creative investors can have some fun. This has a major impact on whether your standard white is cool or warm.

For The Makers: Acrylic Paint Marbling by forthemakers.com

This tutorial will show you how to easily marble paper using acrylic paint and liquid cornstarch.

Put a pencil mark on one side of each of the recycled papers and archival papers. Try to avoid getting it on your skin and clothes and don’t go inhaling it for fun. Wet your foam brush and get ready to apply the alum to the paper we marked. With the papers laying marked side down brush on alum covering one whole side, don’t miss any spots!

Once dry we also recommend pressing them under some heavy books. It’s super simple to make your own starch but you can also buy liquid cornstarch at the store if you would like. Turn off the heat but keep the pot on the hot surface for an additional 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.

If you use something larger you might need to make more cornstarch to fully cover the bottom.

Allow the cornstarch to cool to room temperature before moving onto the rest of the steps. You want enough water to go up a few inches on the side. If it’s too thick the paint will sink to the bottom of the dish. Mix the red and blue into the violet until you achieve just the right shade of plum.



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If your paint is simply falling to the bottom without dispersing along the top it probably means your cornstarch mixture is too thin and you should boil it down a bit more to thicken it up. You can also try watering your paint down a little bit more to see if that helps. Set the paper, paint side up, on some newspapers or kraft paper to dry. Leave the cover in for a second and then pull it out and turn it over. Now that everything is marbled move onto the other tutorials and learn how to use the marbled paper in unique w ays. We like to flatten them by placing the pages under heavy books for a couple days.

Start here to marble your notebook and paper at once before moving onto the rest of the tutorials. Marbling is a multi step process, read through the whole tutorial before starting so you can plan your time accordingly. The first step will be to apply alum solution to all of our papers and the notebook. This will help you remember what side you applied the alum to once it’s dried. Once it’s dry put the notebook under a heavy book to flatten out before marbling.

The flatter the paper the easier it will be to put it into the marbling paint. You want your cornstarch as silky as possible to create a smooth marble. This dish will be used to rinse off your paper once the paint is applied. Grab four cups and scoop out a little paint into each one (reserve one for the next step where we will combine all the colors to make deep plum). Add water and stir just as we did with the other colors, trying to keep the consistency like milk.

Gently graze it across the starch dropping little drops as you go. Ideally you want the cornstarch to be thicker than the paint. Make sure to keep stirring the paint in your cups as you go. Just lift up the dish and give the starch a gentle swirl in a circle. Do this until you’ve created a pattern you want on your paper. You don’t want to submerge the paper but just let it sit on top of the paint. Try not to touch the top with your fingers as it will wipe away the paint. Just make sure to apply the alum solution to any paper you’d like to marble. You can marble the back side too once the front has dried. They may never be completely flat but this will definitely help! It is also fun to look back through the projects and see what changes others have made.

Best Exterior House Color Schemes by bhg.com

Learn how to figure out what exterior colors go together and how to pick hues that work for your home’s style and architecture. This classic abode might look out of place with any palette other than warm beige for the siding and bright white around windows and on rails. These are wonderful for adding complementary materials or colors. While that’s a great solution, there are ways to update and modernize that choice, too. But very few of us would consider painting a home in red, yellow, and blue, as represented in the original color wheel. The key to color combinations is to select one color that pops—here, yellow—and another that’s used sparingly—in this case, red.

With a little know-how, you can create a color scheme that suits your home’s architecture and style and reflects your tastes. But if this cool-minded hue tops your preferred color list, consider warming it up.

A contrasting material, such as wood, can also be a good choice, particularly when stained a medium to dark color. In addition, choose one complementary color—here, red—for an unexpected highlight on a door. As with exterior wood paint colors, it’s best to stain a swath of exterior wall in different versions to see how the color looks and feels throughout the day. For more classically styled homes, white is a traditional accent for window trim, pillars, and doors. But modern-style homes offer inspiration for a diverse way to showcase color and pattern, even if the palette is fairly neutral. Here, the pattern on the brick section of the front facade is nearly mosaic-like. This home does the latter; its seafoam green exterior wood paint selection stands in contrast to the lush green backdrop of the tree canopy. The level of commitment is more intense than picking a wall color. But instead, the natural wood—which will weather to a warm gray if left unstained—adds warmth to the gray-green paint. What ties these three disparate tones together is the white trim around the door, pillars, and rails.

For example, a very large house in a very dark color might look too imposing; a very small house that’s painted too light might seem floaty in the landscape. To prevent the front door from getting lost, try painting or staining it in a warm, rich color. It works well with a variety of home styles, it minimizes the imposing facades of very large homes, and it allows the landscape to stand out with its texture and color variation. Test out several swatches in various shades of white, and view them at different times of day—when the sun hits and when it doesn’t—to see how the hue varies. Most homeowners assume those hues have to be distinctly different, but this monochromatic house proves otherwise. A deeper shade of gray around the windows and doors supplies the final accent. For example, brick exteriors tend to take on a warmer, red hue. This limestone facade offers a base that’s in tune with both the home’s architecture and the natural landscape. For a bit of warmth and as an accent, a medium-tone stain warms the front door. Pick a shade with undertones that match the rest of your exterior color scheme.

Each color in the trio is distinct, but their commonalities create a perfect harmony.

If a full exterior remodel isn’t in the cards but you’re looking to switch up your exterior color scheme, a new front door color is one of the easiest makeover ideas. For example, this slightly cooler red, rather than one that leans orange, plays nicely with the cool undertones of the beige brick and siding. This small home commands a presence, thanks to its charcoal gray brick siding and similar-tone metal roof. The tones of the roof shingles play off the stone colors for a cohesive yet simple exterior.

Another good accent piece to pay attention to: exterior light fixtures. On this exterior, the lantern-type fixtures balance the home’s symmetry, with a pair flanking the doors on all three floors. The accent shades chosen here—a dusty lavender-gray and a bright turquoise—would normally not be used in the same color scheme. Plus, if you’re looking for easy exterior paint ideas, adding color to just your shutters and front door is the way to go. However, when given rich depth or startling brightness, the hues provide an exterior color scheme that’s at once distinctive and deeply satisfying.

That can be done in a number of ways, such as a bright accent color like orange that’s on the warm end of the color scheme. In this contemporary scheme, a rich gray provides a good bridge between the two hues. Some—particularly midrange hues—work well on a variety of home styles. If you’re building new or remodeling your exterior, consider all the shapes and sizes of brick as a way to create an accent feature, rather than relying solely on paint for adding color. Functional features can be a wonderful way to include different colors or materials, too, such as the copper drain pipes, which add richness and sheen to this exterior palette. Or you can choose a standout color that calls attention to the style of your space. When it comes to pastel shades, white is a successful accent color that adds contrast without being too jarring. See how to play up your home’s best features and pick the right hues with these simple exterior color rules. Here, the first impulse might be to paint the section of the front facade above the door line the same color as the bottom half. For contrast, bright robin’s-egg blue accents the front door.

This midsize house is a good example of using a single midrange hue in a way that’s complementary without being overpowering. Here, light gray is the dominant color, while a medium tone accents the wood archway over the front door. To keep the color vibe low-key and minimalist, shutters and windows were painted a neutral yellow shade that nearly blends in with the stonework. On this home, white trim with green undertones melds gracefully with grayed teal siding and a celadon green door and gable.

When working with an existing color palette, consider the undertones and color family already used within the facade. Plenty of lush greenery and a handsome weathered wood door ensure the exterior is stylish, not foreboding. White stucco and white shutters create a clean plane, while a section of stone above the front stoop draws the eye to the front door.

What Type Of Floor Looks Good With A Carrara Marble Vanity Top? by homeguides.sfgate.com

If your marble has a cool base, stick to colors that have a cool base as well. Depending on the type of finish you have, avoid using a floor that has a similar one.

Choose a slightly matte wood or tile or use low-pile carpet instead to really set off the sparkle of the finish. Stick to small mosaic tile or subway tiles, or thin planks of wood instead. Finding the right combination is a matter of identifying the traits of your marble and finding a floor that best sets off those traits. For instance, if your marble is cool white with cool gray veins, a stained red oak floor may look mismatched. To make things easier, you can always get a few paint chips in a variety of grays, taupes, tans and yellows from the store and use the chips to match subtle colors in the marble itself. For instance, a shiny, polished marble top and a polished tile floor make the room look almost sterile. On the other hand, honed marble would look striking next to a highly lacquered wood floor. On the other hand, if your marbling is very tight or small, feel free to use big tiles or planks of wood as a contrast.

How To Make A Dated Fireplace Fabulous and Then Some by thedecorologist.com

Also wanted variation so that it would look as natural as possible.

I think the so called ‘country” look waning and in it’s place a “nature” feel, for those so inclined. When painting the stones it got on the grout so we have to do something about it. Can you tell me if you mixed all three colors and did you add water?

There shouldn’t be any reason it would get scratched up, but it could easily to touched up if it did!

Very outdated, very orange, gold and brown, and remarkably similar to the before pictures of this fireplace. The difference you see in the photos probably has to do with the effect of the new surrounding colors – that can change your perception of the grout color. Then came back over dabbing on one or two additional colors just on the stone (not the grout) to give it variation and make it look more natural? So can exterior latex be used for an outdoor stone facing on my house?

How To Paint Rocks With A Marbleized Finish by creativegreenliving.com

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