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d*s reader karen is in a paint bind- she needs a great color for this hallway. maybe we can help? see her note below for details:

"Hi D*S- Love the new site! I was wondering if you could pose to your readers this design question: I am looking for the ultimate color to paint our entryway/hallway, which continues up a set of stairs. The color must be a neutral, so no bold, bright, etc. and I am partial to grays/taupes/creams etc. It has to contrast well with white or slightly off-white trim. It is the last area we have left to paint and I am lost! Any advice? Thanks in advance for your help!"
so, we have our color range (gray/taupe/cream)- any great suggestions? my person fav is grey: "chelsea gray" by benny moore and "silvery moon" (my bedroom) by benny moore. d*s readers to the rescue!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also thinking something along the Payne's gray range, although that might be too cool for the wood flooring. Maybe something more like Winter Calm or Blackstrap from American Tradition? They're the folks who make the paints for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous alitris said...

I love Wedgewood Gray or Van Courtland Blue from the Benjamin Moore Historic Colors collection:


(You have to scroll - they are numbers HC-146 & 145)

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My personal favorite in the grey category is Loft by Ralph Lauren. It's understated with the grey but has enough blue undertones to give it some oomph.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

Check out "Bleu Passe" from Pratt & Lambert. Inspired by a room on Apartment Therapy, we're painting our hallway this color and it's gorgeous!


12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

be adventurous. deep red would be nice.

12:40 PM  
Blogger mk said...

'Mercury Glass' a lavender-grey color by Martha Stewart Everyday Paints is my favorite, its cool, clean, light and warm all at the same time.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Mercury Glass or some other gray lavender...
Looks different at different times of day/different light. And neutral enough for the color challanged. I think hallways are such a great place to actually experiment with color and push your comfort zone.

1:04 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i cant find mercury glass online- if anyone has it in their home, can you please send a photo? im dying to see it. im looking for a good grey purple

d*s :)

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtesy of colorcharts.org here's Mercury Glass They indicate that the color is from "Martha Stewart Living - Harmonies."

A color that was mentionend in the LA Times a few weeks back (sadly, the article seems to have expired) that I've fallen in love with is Boucle. It's from Pratt & Lambert.

Sherwin-Williams has the Martha Stewart Signature colors and a nifty "Color Visualizer" online. "Mercury Glass" is missing but searching for "Glass" led to some lovely greys.

I used the S-W Color Visualizer to select the colors Zest and Silk Brocade for my new office. It's scary to basically paint a room Pumpkin Pie with a Cafe Au Lait ceiling but the result is very warm and nice.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A purplish grey that I really liked in my last apartment was called Elephant Grey, BM. I was not expecting it to be as purple as it was, ended up really liking it though.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out ralph lauren paint. There's a huge color range and los of greyish greens!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Restoration Hardware sells a great greyish-green color called Silver Sage. It's totally neutral—just adds a splash of vintage-inspired color. Best in an area with some natural light.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been a Benjamin Moore devotee for awhile, but recently discovered Martha Stewart's signature line of paints (not sold at Kmart) by Sherwin Williams when I couldnt find the right shades of beige and gray for my place (lots of BM beiges I tested were too yellowy/peach). I'm loving Sharkey Gray by MS, which is a gorgeous neutral. It looks a little muddy in rooms with lots of direct sunlight, but I adore it in my bathroom. It is kinda greige, but very soothing. Milk Pail is another lovely color. It's in the green/blue family, but very muted and elegant. I'm in the midst of repainting other rooms as well and am very excited that MS has a ton of grey/beige/taupey neutrals.

8:45 PM  
Blogger månbarn said...

I'd pick a cold, sohpisticated, rather light grey.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used Cliffside Gray by BM in my dining room and I love it. Looks very crisp and sophisticated. That said, I wish I had discovered the Martha Stewart line of signature paints by Sherwin-Williams before I committed to BM. Check out MS's Sharkey Gray, which is a lovely neutral, a beige with gray undertones as opposed to yellowy-peach. In my home I didnt like it as much when I tested it in a room that gets a lot of direct sunlight, but I adore it in the bathroom. MS also has Milk Pail, which I think is prettier, more muted than the bluey-greens in BM's Historic Colors line. If you get stuck finding the right beige/gray/taupe at BM like I did, definitely check out MS.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I recommend the citron paint line. I'm especially partial to either the 'san francisco' or maybe even the 'big city girl' colors for that hall.


8:00 AM  
Anonymous NotMartha said...

You can send the same pictures to designers at Benjamin Moore through their website and they can give you additional recommendations.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recommend you check this site out:
It's a color consultant that does remote work, recommending colors for interiors and exteriors. Helped me with my bathroom and the results were great. Can do e-mail or by phone, reasonable pricing and easier than guessing yourself.Save some time! Most people's ideas are useless, hire a professional.

11:11 PM  

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