Jo’s Colours: Gray Owl
Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl is a classic neutral which is on many designer’s lists of favourite paint colours – and I mean many!
Finding a paint colour that works for my heritage dining room filled with warm orange-toned natural wood trim and yellow-toned Birch floors has been challenging. (I know, I know – first world problems!)
I was concerned that Gray Owl – one of my favourite paint colours and one I have specified a few times during colour consultions – would be too cold for this room. But, actually it works because this neutral gray with subtle green and blue undertones tones down the orange tones of the wood. And there is enough colour and warm wood so that the room does not appear cold and lifeless.
It is important to remember that gray is still on trend but it needs colour to come alive. Read this post by International Colour Expert Maria Killam as she explains the gray trend in home decorating and why simply pairing gray with black and white can be dull and lifeless.
Used as a neutral backdrop, grey will be on trend for a long time yet…grey by itself is debilitating; it works best when used as a crisp backdrop for colour.
One of my favourite blogs, for the love of a house, uses Gray Owl in her very popular antique (and coveted) farmhouse kitchen. Notice how the charming accents, including natural woven blinds, wood features and the stone urns soften and warm up this gray and white space. Click here to read the details of this stunning room.
Emily Henderson is one of my favourite designers. Maybe because she loves blue as much as I do? In this recent living space she designed – click here for the details – the walls are painted of course, Gray Owl, one of Emily’s favourite colours.
Read this post about her favourite gray paint colours, including Gray Owl, which she describes thus:
This gray (Gray Owl) can do no wrong. Ever. It’s my favorite and best go-to gray of all time.
What I admire about Emily Henderson is that her living spaces are not only affordable but also attainable. She provides great tips for creating a similar look. And, she loves to scour thrift shops, on-line sources and even big-box stores for her designs.
What I love about this living room is the gallery wall of eclectic art, including thrift shop finds, the combination of blue and white furnishings, the wood accents, which add just enough warmth to keep this space from looking too cold and that lamp!
One of Emily’s tips is to update an old cloth lampshade by painting with watered down wall paint. Do you notice the similar lamp in my dining room above? I think a new DIY project is coming up! While I love the “Mid-century Modern” shape of the shade of my thrift shop lamp I am not crazy about the off-white colour.
What do you think about Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl? Have you used this colour or would you consider it for your space?