Jo’s Colour’s: Gray Wisp
I have a lot of natural wood trim in this old house, which is a mixed blessing.
While the wood adds character and vintage charm to this 112 year old home, it is difficult finding the right paint colours that work with the orange undertones of the wood. Experience (aka lots of wrong paint choices) has shown that warm paint colours do not work with this trim.
My back door entry is a challenging space. It is small, a bit dark and has lots of medium orange toned wood. This wood trim was painstakingly built to match the existing trim on the main floor so I don’t have the heart to paint it white.
I painted the walls in this space, Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine a few years ago. I actually like this light neutral gray with a slight green undertone and it was not offensive (yes! some colours are offensive, trust me!) but, it was a bit blah and lifeless.
Since I know that white paint does not make a dark room lighter – click on this post by Maria Killam, the colour expert – for a great explanation, I decided that I needed a new paint colour which would enhance the orange toned wood and flow with the blues, blue-greens and grays in the rest of the house.
Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp to the rescue!
Depending on the lighting, this medium gray reads as a quiet, muted blue-green or a warm gray with a green undertone.
Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp CC670
Gray Wisp creates a soothing backdrop in this relaxing bedroom. I like how the pink beige undertones of the headboard fabric, which looks like linen, relate to the lamps, curtains and bedding (although I see a slight yellow undertone in the duvet and shams). Carrying this sometimes challenging undertone throughout this room creates flow and purpose to the choice of furnishings for this space. And, the blue undertones of Gray Wisp provide a perfect background. Check out the gorgeous ceiling fixture.
In this stunning living room, the white woodwork – that ceiling! – and bright daylight highlight the green undertones of this chameleon colour and here it appears as a very soft and muted blue-green that does not scream turquoise! Notice again how well this colour works with the orangey tones of the wood floor.
The white paneling and accents in this bedroom create a fresh contrast to the Gray Wisp painted walls, despite the dark brown tones of the large wooden bed and curtains. Again, notice how blue-green this colour appears in this space.
Finally, after numerous paint fails in this back entry, a colour I am enjoying. What do you think of my $20 thrift shop mirror on the wall. I am debating painting it white, but the patina and grain of the wood is lovely. I just can’t decide right now!