Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray

Wickham Gray By Benjamin Moore

If you get frustrated looking at the thousands of different paint colours, wondering which hue is best for you, I’m here to help.

In this colour review video of Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore, I share:

  • The undertone of my featured colour
  • Colour comparisons in order to easily see the different colour tones
  • Best white paint colours for the trim and ceilings
  • Beautiful colour combinations to inspire you for your decorating project

After you watch the video, if you would like all this information conveniently laid out for you in one place and have even more paint colour combinations to use with Wickham Gray, take a look at my new Essential Colour Guides. A must have for any colour enthusiast or design professional to have easily to hand when needed.

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As a Certified True Colour Expert and an award-winning interior design professional, I’ve worked with many homeowners on various residential design projects. I want to give you the confidence to make educated decisions about your own paint choices. Let’s do this!

Watch the video below of my Wickham Gray Colour Review

We designed this living room below which is painted Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore. Such a soft and pretty colour, eh?!

Family Room
Design by Claire Jefford. Photo credit to Stephani Buchman.

 

Undertones: Blue/Green

Wickham Gray HC 171

This blue-green gray may appear more one colour than the other, depending on the lighting and what other decorative elements you pair with it in your interior decorating project.

Colour Comparisons: Coventry Gray & Edgecomb Gray

Coventry Gray & Wickham Gray & Edgecomb Gray

Notice from this graphic above that all 3 colours are called gray, but they are each very different from one another?  When you compare paint colours you can get a better reading of each one. I tell clients that ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ really is a thing! HA!

Best Whites To Pair With Wickham Gray

Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

Wickham Gray & Cloud White

Wickham Gray walls. Built-ins are Cloud White. Design by Claire Jefford. Photo by Stephani Buchman.

Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

 

Simply White by Benjamin Moore

You may have noticed that my best whites for trim and ceilings are always from the same 6 – 8 white paint colours.  (Did you recognize that or did I just let the cat outta the bag?)

The reason for this and similarly to many neutral tones, is that we don’t need all of the colours in a fan deck to get the right one.  There are a small percentage of paint colours that work time and time again and when you know what they are, you don’t need to continually try to introduce new neutrals or whites.

When I see people doing that or hear designers say, ‘I never pick the same colour twice because I want my clients to always have a unique paint colour and design.’, it means they don’t understand colour.

Think of all the other elements of a space that can be custom or one of a kind.  Why do you think Revere Pewter is so popular? Because most people are not creative or boring? No! It simply works with so many fixed elements such as stone and tile as well as coordinating beautifully with many fabrics.

Sorry, didn’t mean to yell. 🙂

Fabulous Colour Combinations with Wickham Gray

Kensington Blue, Burnt Ember, Pashmina

 

 

Accent Wall With Wallpaper. Walls Painted Pashmina. Designed By Claire Jefford. Photo By Stephani Buchman.

 

 

 

Kensington Blue, Tissue Pink, Woodlawn Blue

 

 

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All of these colour combinations shown above  are listed in my Essential Colour Guide of Wickham Gray. There are even two more colours in each guide, for a total of ten options to pair with Wickham Gray!

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Interiors By Claire Jefford With Wickham Gray Paint

Photo credit to Stephani Buchman

Living room

 

Grey Couch In Living Room

 

 

 

 

Which room would be your favourite to use Wickham Gray? Comment below, I always love hearing from you!

 

Best Gray Paint Colours by Benjamin Moore

the best gray paint colours

I’m reviewing eight different gray paint colours today that all from Benjamin Moore.

You’ll learn: the differences between each gray paint colour; what the undertones are; and how I’ve used some of them in different interior decorating projects.

But first, go grab my FREE download of 15 Shades of Gray with undertones revealed, subscribe to my Colour & Design updates here.

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Grays are still a very popular neutral that we’re seeing a lot of in Interior Design. This tone works great with pops of color. I know we hear that all the time, but it really is so true.

I’m starting with Titanium by Benjamin Moore.This gray paint colour has a blue-green undertone and is quite light in terms of the actual intensity of the colour.

 

TITANIUM OC-49 by Benjamin Moore

Wickham Gray is up next.  This gray paint colour has a blue-green undertone but can often look more green. Remember, the undertone that comes out and is more predominant is going to greatly depend upon the lighting that you have in your space & other decorative accessories you pair with it.

Wickham Gray HC 171 by Benjamin Moore

Below you can see where I used Wickham Gray in a fabulous living room design of my client’s. We used Cloud White by Benjamin Moore on the built ins. Cloud White goes well with most of these grays I’m sharing with you in this post. See more of my clients custom living and dining room in my portfolio here.

Design by Claire Jefford. Photography by Stephani Buchman.

Next up is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. Gray Owl is pretty similar to Wickham Gray and it too is a blue-green gray.

Gray Owl OC-52 by Benjamin Moore
Gray Owl OC-52 by Benjamin Moore

I used Gray Owl in a dental office and it really brightened up the waiting room.

Dental Office by Claire Jefford. Painted Gray Owl.

 

Gray Owl in the Reception Area

Moving on now to Stonington Gray.

Stonington Gray HC-170 Benjamin Moore

This is a blue gray, so we’re not seeing any green undertones here. Below you can see where we used Stonington Gray in a clients kitchen with orange accents.  Boy, how I still love this eat in kitchen design with the pillows and isn’t the base of that table we sourced for our clients super cute?!

Stonington Gray HC-170 Benjamin Moore

In the same clients home, we also used Stonington Gray for the front foyer paint colour with Cloud White on the custom wainscoting.

Front Foyer painted Stonington Gray HC-170 by Benjamin Moore

Same client entry, but the opposite side.

I often refer to Stonington Gray and this next gray paint colour, Coventry Gray, as the two true grays. Obviously we’re always going to get undertones in neutrals, but when I’m comparing colour to show clients the differences in tones, I like to show these two colours as comparisons to other grays.

Coventry Gray HC-169 Benjamin Moore

The next gray paint colour from Benjamin Moore I’m highlighting is HC 165, Boothbay Gray. This gray is much more blue than a lot of the other ones.

Boothbay Gray HC-165

I used this Benjamin Moore paint colour in one of my favorite rooms that I’ve done to date, which is a secret Xbox room! We pulled this colour from the super cool graffiti tile which we used on one of the walls.  See more of that secret room here.

Graffiti Wall in Secret Xbox room. Photos by Stephani Buchman.

 

Here you can see Boothbay Gray on the back wall.

Now we’re getting a little more dark and we have this color here, which is Storm, AF-700 from the Benjamin Moore Affinity line.

Storm AF 700 Benjamin Moore

And lastly, we have HC – 166 Kendall Charcoal. This is really deep in tone, it’s intense and has more of a green undertone to it. This gray is  great for exteriors like a bold front door or garage doors. It’s also a wonderful way to add drama to any interior design space.

Kendall Charcoal HC-166 by Benjamin Moore

I featured this colour as a great pairing with White Dove by Benjamin Moore in my ‘Three Best Whites’ post here.

There you go! Those are just some of the best gray paint colours from Benjamin Moore. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and know that I do this because I want you to love where you live! I believe that when you love where you live, you live a better life.

Which is your favourite gray paint colour? Comment below to let me know!

 

Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

Although I’ve never used this neutral Benjamin Moore paint colour myself,  I’m dying to specify it for a project soon!

I’ve heard a lot of great feedback from those who have painted their walls in Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore. If you’ve used it, please comment below to share your experience.  Do you love it?

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Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore

As with each of my colour review posts, today about Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak I’ll be sharing:

  • What the undertone is
  • Paint colour comparisons so you can get a better sense of Pale Oak
  • The best whites for trim and ceilings
  • Fabulous colour combinations to pair with this Benjamin Moore paint colour

Below the colour review video, you’ll see exactly how all of these paint tones work with one another in graphics that are perfect for pinning to Pinterest.  Follow me on Pinterest here.

But first, let’s do this!

Where would you Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore in your home?

Best Whites to pair with Pale Oak:

Please note that all paint colours listed below are by Benjamin Moore.

(These are Perfect for Pinning by the way!)

White Dove by Benjamin Moore is always one of my favourites!

 

 

Cloud White works wonderfully with Pale Oak

 

Ivory White is the most creamy of the three and maybe even my favourite pairing.

Fabulous Colour Combinations

Healing Aloe by Benjamin Moore is so soothing!

 

Smoky Green is a slightly more intense colour & more blue than Healing Aloe.

 

Newburg Green, perhaps my most favourite combination with Pale Oak

The graphic below shows you all the colours together, plus Chelsea Gray thrown into the mix.  How gorgeous is this?!

Perfect Paint Palette!

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Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray Colour Review

Is This The Most Popular Neutral?

Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams is one of the most popular neutral colours out there just now for Interior Design and Decor.

While I haven’t had a project professionally photographed with this paint colour yet, I have specified it a fair amount to home owners in my local area of Burlington and Oakville Ontario.

Explore this Colour More!

In this video of Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams, and as always, in my colour review videos I share:

  • The undertone of my featured colour
  • Colour Comparisons in order to easily ‘SEE’ the different colour tones
  • Best White paints to pair for the trim & ceilings
  • Beautiful Colour Combinations to inspire you for your next decorating project

Comment below if you’ve used this colour and if you’ve had a space professionally photographed where you used Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.  Email me the image and your details & I may feature you in a future vlog!  Send to –> info@clairejefford.com

For future colour videos I’d like to feature inspiring spaces by talented designers. Seeing a colour in a space and how it varies with lighting, plus the many ways that it can be paired with other fabulous textures and finishes, is always fascinating to me. I know I’m not alone!

 

Colour Comparisons

In this colour comparison below, you can easily see the difference between the colours and their undertones.  The top colour is a blue-green gray; Agreeable Gray in the centre is a Green Gray and Wool Skein is a Green Beige.

 

Best Whites to Pair with Agreeable Gray

Of course there are many more whites that would work wonderfully with this colour, but I’ve pulled 3 of my favourites from Sherwin Williams.

 

 

Fabulous Colour Combinations with Agreeable Gray

All colours paired here with Agreeable Gray are also from Sherwin Williams.

 

 

My good friend Maria Killam designed this gorgeous living room that is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. How fabulous does it look with the blues and yellow accents?!

Room design by Maria Killam.

Speaking of Maria Killam, do you love my large painted colour boards and want your own set?

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Want to love where you live?

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Maria Killam’s VIP Colour Collection

Neutrals are great and they definitely have a place in interior design and decor, but bold colours are so much more exciting, aren’t they?

I’m doing another unboxing video, it’s becoming one of my favourite things to do!  This time I’m opening up a brand spanking new set of Maria Killam’s painted boards of her VIP Collection.

This is another fabulous set of 50 large colour boards, but this collection is a selection of Maria’s favourite neutrals, colours and darks from Benjamin Moore.

Love my large painted colour boards and want your own set?

See below for links to each specific set.

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VIP Collection

In this collection there are colours such as Hale Navy (a personal fav of mine!), Classic Gray and Flint.  Below are interior decorating projects where I’ve used all of these colours.

HALE NAVY

I did a colour review of Hale Navy that you can check out here.

Dining room with niche in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. See more of my Toronto clients home here. 

The dining room above was painted White Dove with the niche wall and ceiling painted Hale Navy.

HALE NAVY & CLASSIC GRAY

See more of our Burlington clients living room painted in Hale Navy here.
Classic Gray paint colour makes a beautiful backdrop in our clients living room.  See the full design here. 

The above photos were taken by Stephani Buchman Photography.

FLINT

These two rooms are both in my own home. The first is our living room and the second is my son’s bedroom.

Paint colour is Flint by Benjamin Moore. See more of my house here.
Flint wall colour in my casual yet eclectic living room.

 

Adley’s bedroom with Union Jack and Flint wall colour.

 

Boys bedroom with dark walls, trim and ceiling.  See Adley’s full bedroom here. 

To gain even more colour confidence, Maria also teaches her systems on understanding undertones all across North America. I attended her Colour workshop in 2012 for the first time and then again in 2018.

Not only is investing in this hands on workshop fabulous for gaining confidence in specifying colours, but the course is also a wonderful opportunity for networking and meeting other colour enthusiasts from all around the world.

I recently interviewed Maria about her colour course. If you are thinking about attending her class, watch the video here to learn more about what’s involved.

Follow Maria’s outstanding and always helpful colour blog here.

Do you already have these colour boards?  Comment below or ask me anything by sending me a DM on my Instagram account here.

Claire Jefford xox

// DISCLOSURE: Thank you for trusting me with my truthful and reliable opinion on any future purchase you may make. I always disclose affiliate or sponsored information when it is the case. If you purchase Maria’s boards, I will earn a small commission from the sale. This doesn’t affect you in any way, the price remains the same regardless.  Thank you for supporting me and entrusting me to be your go-to for all things Colour and Interior Design!

 

Unboxing Video Benjamin Moore Neutrals & Whites

Benjamin Moore painted boards

It’s like Christmas all over again today! There are two reasons for this:

1)  I’m sharing my very first (but definitely NOT my last) unboxing video with you.

2) Inside this box are tools for my business that I’m totally obsessed with!

There aren’t many things that give me more pleasure than colour and organization.

Well, I guess my family and new puppy bring me more happiness, but only marginally. HAHA!  #kiddingnotkidding 😉

Follow our new puppy on Instagram! @mylifeascooperthedog

Today I’m unboxing 50 large painted colour boards, also known as the ‘Core Collection’, from my good friend and THE True Colour Expert, Maria Killam.

Maria has picked her top 40 neutrals and top 10 whites from Benjamin Moore and had them painted on 11×14 inch boards.

You’ll know from watching my paint colour review videos, that I love using these boards to compare colours & explain undertones.

Watch the video by clicking the image below or go to the video here on YouTube.

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Whenever I meet with clients for a colour consultation, I always take my 125 large painted colour boards with me.  In fact, I rarely leave the house without my bag of boards any time I have an appointment related to  interior design or decorating.

I’ve been using Maria’s painted boards for 6 years and when I’m looking to coordinate a neutral with tiles or stone or fabrics, 95% of the time, I can find the best colour within these samples of her Benjamin Moore Core Collection.

Large painted boards with floor tile
Large painted boards with floor tile
Painted colour boards Benjamin Moore Core Collection
Painted colour boards Benjamin Moore Core Collection, get your set here

 

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To gain even more colour confidence, Maria also teaches her systems on understanding undertones all across North America. I attended her Colour workshop in 2012 for the first time and then again in 2018.  Not only is investing in this hands on workshop fabulous for gaining confidence in specifying colours, but the course is also a wonderful opportunity for networking and meeting other colour enthusiasts from all around the world.

I recently interviewed Maria about her colour course. If you are thinking about attending her class, watch the video here to learn more about what’s involved.

Maria Killam interview

Check out Maria’s schedule here to see when she may be coming to your area.

2018 Class From Maria’s Long Island Colour Workshop

Follow Maria’s outstanding and always helpful colour blog here.

Got a question for me? Comment below or DM me on my Instagram account here.

 

Claire Jefford xox

// DISCLOSURE: Thank you for trusting me with my truthful and reliable opinion on any future purchase you may make. I always disclose affiliate or sponsored information when it is the case. If you purchase Maria’s boards, I will earn a small commission from the sale. This doesn’t affect you in any way, the price remains the same regardless.  Thank you for supporting me and entrusting me to be your go-to for all things Colour and Interior Design!

 

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

With so many gray paint colours out there, it can be difficult to determine which is the best gray paint colour for your home renovation or interior decorating project.

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore is a go-to for many interior designers. But is it the best colour with the right undertone for your space?

This week in Episode #4 of my  paint colour reviews, I walk you through Gray Owl and show you a commercial project where we used it and you’ll see why it was the perfect choice.

I WILL SHOW YOU:

  • Undertones of Gray Owl
  • Colour Comparisons to this popular Benjamin Moore paint colour
  • Best Whites for Ceilings, Doors and Trim to pair with it
  • Fabulous Colour Combinations

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Colour Review of:

Gray Owl OC-52 or 2137-60 by Benjamin Moore.

Undertones:

This calming gray has undertones that are a blue-green.  Whether it goes more one way than the other, will depend on what you pair it with and your source of lighting.

Gray owl OC52
Gray Owl OC52

Colour Comparisons:

Take a look at the image below. Gray Owl is the painted colour board in the middle.

Stonington Gray HC-170 is on the left and Wickham Gray HC-171 is on the far right.

 

Colour comparisons to Gray Owl
Colour comparisons to Gray Owl

If there was a ‘true gray’, for me it would be Stonington Gray. In fact, that’s often how I refer to it when I’m showing colour comparisons with my interior design clients.

While it has a slight blue undertone, it’s not nearly as obvious as the other two grays. Check out these three popular gray paint colours used in our different home design projects  below.

Stonington Gray

Stonington Gray on walls in our clients custom kitchen banquette
Stonington Gray on walls in our clients custom kitchen banquette

Gray Owl 

I used Gray Owl here in a Dental office in my home town of Burlington, Ontario. There is a hint of blue within the strie of the carpet floor tiles we selected for this space, and Gray Owl complimented it beautifully.

Gray Owl in a Dentist waiting room
Gray Owl in a Dentist waiting room. The chair fabric we selected is also a very light gray, with the slightest hint of blue.

Wickham Gray

On the walls in my Grimsby clients living room, Wickham Gray took on a more of a blue-green tone. It’s very subtle, but you can see that right? As an FYI – the custom cabinetry I designed is painted Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.

See more of this project, including our clients elegant dining room painted Pashmina by BM, here in our portfolio.

Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore on the walls. The custom cabinetry is painted Cloud White.

Best White Paint For Ceiling and Trim

As mentioned above with Wickham gray in the interior decor of my clients living room, Cloud White by Benjamin Moore looks wonderful with Gray Owl too.  You can see them side by side here on my large painted boards.

Cloud White with Gray Owl. Creamy and dreamy.

Simply White by BM (below) also works wonderfully with this gray paint colour.

Simply White by Benjamin Moore with Gray Owl

Chantilly Lace is a bit brighter, but still looks lovely with this blue-green gray.  It looks quite blue in the graphic we created below my paint board comparisons.

Chantilly Lace – more than just a pretty face. haha!

FABULOUS COLOUR COMBINATIONS

Creating timeless colour palettes with Gray Owl is easy.  Below I’ve paired it with a fabric that we actually used in the clients living room shown earlier in this post where we painted the room Wickham Gray.

But as you can see here, the Gray Owl pairs nicely with it too and I pulled out the darker neutral in the fabric to show you what it looks like with Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams.  If you are looking for a Benjamin Moore colour that is similar to SW’s Anew Gray, you can try Revere Pewter or Pashmina.

Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams shown above here with Gray Owl

 

A more bold and fun colour palette shown here

As a side note, we actually used that fabric for a teen girls bedroom on her cascading roman blind window treatment -see below.

Peacock Blue Walls shown here in a teen girls bedroom

Okay, back to Gray Owl!

You can see below how you can warm it up and cool it down at the same time.

Edgecomb Gray, Gray Owl and Hale Navy
Edgecomb Gray, Gray Owl and Hale Navy

Inspiration Photo

My clients already had their bathroom done and painted in Gray Owl when I arrived on the scene to create the master bedroom of their dreams.  I also helped with the final decorating touches in their ensuite, by adding artwork and this custom window treatment which is a flat roman blind.

You can see that here the painted walls look more green than blue.

Ensuite bathroom in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
Ensuite bathroom in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore

HAVE YOU USED GRAY OWL IN YOUR HOME?

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I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!

If you’ve used a paint colour that I’ve reviewed or you;  want to ask a question: or even if you have a different point of view to mine, please comment below to let me know.

For colour advice, please note that I can’t always give advice based on simply reading about a scenario.  If it were that easy for me to recommend the perfect paint hue, without knowing more about the specific space; the lighting situation; what other fixed elements to consider etc, then I really would be even more magical than I already am. HAHA!

Nine times out of ten, I will always recommend that you either seek advice from a local Colour Professional or I might be able to hook you up with an online colour consultation.

Contact me here to see how I can help you transform your home.

Until then, follow me on Pinterest to see more colour combinations and inspiration for your home. See you there!

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is one of my absolute FAVOURITE colours for interior design and decor!

This week in Episode #3 of my TNT – THE NAKED TRUTH – colour reviews, I am super excited to share more details about this colour and a couple of client projects where I’ve used this sumptuous colour.

LET ME SHOW YOU:

  • Colour Comparisons to Hale Navy
  • Best Whites for Ceilings, Doors and Trim to pair with this dramatic and moody colour
  • Fabulous Colour Combinations
  • My Favourite Applications of Where To Use Hale Navy In Interior Design

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

 

Colour Review of:

Hale Navy HC-154 by Benjamin Moore

Hale Navy HC154 Benjamin Moore
Hale Navy HC154 Benjamin Moore

 

Colour Comparisons:

Forgive my tattered large colour boards, they have been very well used!

Below you can see comparisons between Black Pepper on the far right and Flint AF560 to the left. Both colours are a blue- gray with Black Pepper being lighter and more blue that the Flint.

From left to righ: Flint AF 560 Hale Navy & Black Pepper 2130-40
From left to right: Flint AF 560,  Hale Navy & Black Pepper 2130-40  All colours are from Benjamin Moore.

See these three paint colours used in different designs that I did below.

Dining room with Hale Navy niche and ceiling. Photo by Stephani Buchman.

I used Black Pepper in one of my most exciting and largest projects to date!  The image below shows our clients secret Xbox room with this blue gray colour on the ceiling. The walls are an even lighter blue gray tone, painted in Boothbay Gray by BM.

Secret Xbox room, walls Black Pepper by BM.Photo by Stephani Buchman
Graffiti wall and shag rug with blue velvet couch
Graffiti wall and shag rug with blue velvet couch

To check out that incredible 3000 square foot contemporary basement design, click here.

As I mentioned in my Hale Navy colour review video, here’s my own living room (shown below) painted Flint by BM. You can see how much darker it is and also, how much more gray it is when compared to Hale Navy.

Living Room Painted Flint by Benjamin Moore. Click here to see more of my house.

Best White Paint Colours

So many whites work well with this sensuous dark blue tone. You’ll see below how you can use it with either a creamy white or a more crisp white depending on the direction you wish to go and, of course, being guided by the fixed elements within the space.

Hale Navy with White Dove. Both Benjamin Moore Colours.

White Dove (shown on the baseboard in the above image) is a creamy white. This white works wonderfully with Hale Navy, offering a soft, yet rich feel. Check out my colour review of White Dove in this post.

Colour combination of White Dove with Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.

Here are some other great whites you can use for ceiling and trim in your next interior design project with Hale Navy:

Cloud White by Benjamin Moore
Simply white by Benjamin Moore

For a more crisp pairing, you can use Chantilly Lace or White Diamond, of which the latter has a slight blue undertone.

FABULOUS COLOUR COMBINATIONS

Creating striking colour palettes with Hale Navy is limitless really.

Think about it, what doesn’t go with dark blue jeans???  That’s what’s so great about dark blues like this, they can essentially work with pretty much any colour.

Hale Navy and Fawn Brindle by Sherwin Williams
Gray Wisp by BM with Hale Navy

Here’s a couple of gorgeous paint colour palettes…

Hale Navy with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
Listed paint colours shown here with this beautiful geode patterned fabric

Hale Navy with Classic Gray OC23 is a sumptuous pairing that we used in a clients exquisite living room re-design shown here.

See more of this clients living room here. Photos by Stephani Buchman.

Can you guess what that black square is above those fabulous patterned chairs & fireplace?

It’s a water fountain feature!!

Before my clients hired me, this stuck out so much that this ‘black square’ was the focal point of the room. By painting the wall Hale Navy & adding some beautifully patterned chairs in front of the stainless steel fireplace, the frame of the fountain was less ‘in your face’ and not so much the focus of the room. Here’s a before…

Here’s the before photo

Okay, I digress. Back to paint colour combinations with Hale Navy.

When decorating a space, in order to have flow, you need to repeat some key colours from room to room.

For example, in our clients dining room where we painted the niche wall & ceiling Hale Navy, we repeated the dark blue in the accent pillows and the custom window seat.

Custom bench seat with soft accents in dark blue tones.

 

This colour palette graphic shows you how flawlessly all these hues look together.

White Dove and Hale Navy pairs nicely with Classic Gray and Sea Haze..
White Dove and Hale Navy pairs nicely with Classic Gray and Sea Haze..

HAVE YOU USED HALE NAVY OR WOULD YOU USE THIS COLOUR IN YOUR HOME?

Here’s a video where I share much more about the thought process behind the design for my Toronto clients living and dining room.

My Favourite Places to Use Hale Navy

As you can see from the professional photography of my work, I love using Hale Navy as an accent wall or for a bold ceiling. We are also finishing up another clients dining room where we used this dark blue on all the walls and it really is striking and dramatic.

I also ADORE Hale Navy for cabinetry in kitchens, bathrooms or on an antique piece of furniture.  And did I mention that I love to see it on other millwork such as wainscoting and stairs?

To see some of my favourite inspirational photos, check out my Pinterest board ‘Best Navy & Dark Blue Paint Colours’ here.

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// DISCLOSURE: Thank you for trusting me with my truthful and reliable opinion on any future purchase you may make. I always disclose affiliate or sponsored information when it is the case. If you purchase Maria’s boards, I will earn a small commission from the sale. This doesn’t affect you in any way, the price remains the same regardless.  Thank you for supporting me and entrusting me to be your go-to for all things Colour and Interior Design!

 I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!

If you’ve used a paint colour that I’ve reviewed or you;  want to ask a question: or even if you have a different point of view to mine, please do share with us here.

For colour advice, please note that I can’t always give advice based on simply reading about a scenario.  If it were that easy for me to recommend the perfect paint hue, without knowing more about the specific space; the lighting situation; what other fixed elements to consider etc, then I really would be even more magical than I already am. HAHA!

Nine times out of ten, I will always recommend that you either seek advice from a local Colour Professional or I might be able to hook you up with an online colour consultation.

Contact me here to see how I can help you transform your home.

Until then, follow me on Pinterest to see more colour combinations and inspiration for your home. See you there!

White Dove by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

This week in my colour review, I share with you one of my favourite white paint colours: White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

Walls painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Niche & ceiling are Hale Navy.
Walls are White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Niche & ceiling are Hale Navy. Photography by Stephani Buchman.

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TOP TIP:

Don’t be fooled into thinking that when you hear the name of a paint colour, then that specific paint colour, must be that colour. Confused? LOL

What I mean is, just because White Dove is called ‘WHITE’ Dove, doesn’t mean to say that it’s a true white.

As an example, I’ve noticed that some clients can get put off when I show them a colour that has the word ‘Gray’ in it, if they are not a fan of Gray.  However, because all grays have undertones, what one perceives as ‘Gray’ in their own mind, can be completely different than the actual ‘Gray’ colour I’m specifying .

You can see what I mean about Grays in this video.

As for the whites, stick with me and you’ll understand what I’m talking about when you look at the my white paint colour comparisons.

Here’s what I’ll be sharing with you about White Dove in Episode #2:

  • The Undertone of White Dove
  • Colour Comparisons to other whites
  • Best Whites for Ceilings, Doors and Trim
  • Fabulous Colour Combinations
  • Favourite Applications In Interior Design

Another view of my Toronto clients dining room. Notice how the White Dove paint colour on the walls match perfectly with the custom ripplefold drapery?  That’s not a coincidence. 😉

Photography by Stephani Buchman.

Okay, are you ready? Let’s do this! Watch my video review by clicking the image below.

White Dove OC- 17 by Benjamin Moore

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Undertones:

White Dove is not a true white. They rarely are!  It has a creamy undertone that makes it a soft, rich white paint colour to work with for your interior decorating projects.

 

Colour Comparisons:

Despite what my husband thinks (that all whites are created equal and look the same) this is so not the case!  When you begin to compare whites, you will start to notice how very different they all are from one another.

This is why it really bothers me when contractors or kitchen companies recommend a cabinetry colour, without even factoring in the counter tops, the back splash or any other fixed elements in a space. That’s a totally backwards way of thinking!!

Below are comparisons between White Dove and Chantilly Lace by BM. As you can see, the White Dove is creamier than the Chantilly Lace. Chantilly Lace is what I like to refer to as one of the rare ‘true whites’.

White Dove shown here with Chantilly Lace. Both are Benjamin Moore paint colours.

 

If you prefer a white that is less stark that Chantilly Lace, but more creamy than White Dove, Benjamin Moore’s Ivory White is a good alternative to consider.

Shown here is Ivory White, CC 130 by BM next to White Dove OC 17.

Best White Paint Colours

You could use either of the whites mentioned above as trim colours to pair with White Dove on the walls, or you could just continue using White Dove!

In my Toronto clients dining room, we chose to keep the natural stain of the wood trim, as it was also the finish on their gorgeous, warm toned interior doors, as well as part of the charm and character of their home.

Colour combination of White Dove with Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.

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Fabulous Colour Combinations

Here you can see my large painted board Hale Navy, tucked behind a baseboard painted in White Dove.

White Dove baseboard shown with painted colour board, Hale Navy HC-154.

Below you can see the paint colour combination together that I used in my clients main floor decorating project.

In my previous blog post where I reviewed Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams,  I recommended White Dove as one of the best whites to pair with it.

Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams is a great combination with White Dove.

 

Anew Gray SW 730 by Sherwin Williams is a rich, neutral colour that looks fab too!

 

Kendall Charcoal HC -164 from Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection is one of my favourites!

The image below is the work of a good friend of mine, the extremely talented Kristie Barnett, AKA The Decorologist. I love how Kristie painted Kendall Charcoal on the  ceiling.

I always find the painted ‘fifth wall’ to be so dramatic, unexpected and exciting in a space.  I also included Krities’s work in my video about the Best White Paint colours. 

Walls – White Dove / Ceiling – Kendall Charcoal. Design by Kristie Barnett.

If you are looking for a lighter contrast, White Dove also looks great when paired with the classic greige tone of Revere Pewter HC-172 by Benjamin Moore.

Revere Pewter next to White Dove.

As shown above in the colour palette of the three colours used in my clients home, Sea Haze 2137-50 by BM also works wonderfully with White Dove.

Sea Haze is a light sage green colour by Benjamin Moore – 2137 -50.

 

Here I’ve added Classic Gray into the colour combination, if you want to bring in a fourth colour.

The walls in the image below are painted Sea Haze and this is the same clients living room, as the industrial styled dining room shown earlier in this post.

Walls are Sea Haze 2137-50 by BM, fireplace, trim and ceiling are White Dove.

This fun fireplace floor tile that we used has warm tones that pair beautifully with White Dove.

Fabulous Colour Palettes – Perfect for Pinning!

The pretty inspirational photos below (and many more!) can be found here on my Pinterest board titled ‘Colour Palettes.‘ You can see in this colour palette just how flawlessly all of these hues look together.

White Dove and Hale Navy pairs nicely with Classic Gray and Sea Haze..
White Dove and Hale Navy pairs nicely with Classic Gray and Sea Haze..

 

This pattern below shows a more masculine colour combination in various tones by Benjamin Moore.

A simple stitched looking pattern here shows a more masculine colour combination in tones by Benjamin Moore.

 

A QUICK STORY

For this particular interior decorating project, it was quite tricky to choose a colour for the walls in the living room. Normally, specifying colour comes very easy to me.

In this case however, I was initially a little unsure about using Sea Haze. Mainly because the colours that we used for many of the accents in the room such as pillow fabrics and in the area rug are what I like to refer to as ‘clean’ colours.

All three colours shown here with fabric swatches from my clients custom bench seat.

Sea Haze is a colour that I consider to be more ‘muddy’ or ‘dirty’. I almost never mix ‘clean and dirty’, but here it worked.

To double check though, I was able to see this paint colour in our 3D rendering software designs that we did for our clients. It’s not a perfect match because we are looking at it on a computer program, but it was enough to give me confidence to give it the thumbs up and move forward with this colour.

Ok, not perfectly matched with the after image shown below, but it gave me the confidence to go for it!

 

Click on the image to see more. Design by Claire Jefford. Professional photographs by Stephani Buchman.

 

Fireplace painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore.
Fireplace painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

As a matter of interest, check out the before photo of this room! Quite the transformation, eh?!

Living Room Before. See more of this transformation here.
Before. See more of the entire transformation of this clients home, here.

My Favourite Places to Use White Dove

As shown above, I love White Dove in either an entire room, or as trim colour and also for custom mill work.

Below are graphics I designed, I just love creating these! I think they are pretty, do you?

Magazine Cover Graphic White Dove and Hale Navy Benjamin Moore
Magazine Cover Graphic White Dove and Hale Navy Benjamin Moore
White Dove Magazine Cover Graphic

AND, I also love it in a kitchen!  See more beautifully painted rooms on my Instagram Highlight Reel of White Dove here.

 

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If you read my blog or watch my videos, you’ll know that I always recommend you use large painted boards before selecting a paint colour for any room.  If you only need a few colours, you can easily paint your own. But if you are specifying colour regularly or a design professional, having your own set in various neutrals and bold paint colours is an extremely helpful resource for your business.

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// DISCLOSURE: Thank you for trusting me with my truthful and reliable opinion on any future purchase you may make. I always disclose affiliate or sponsored information when it is the case. If you purchase Maria’s boards, I will earn a small commission from the sale. This doesn’t affect you in any way, the price remains the same regardless.  Thank you for supporting me and entrusting me to be your go-to for all things Colour and Interior Design!

 

I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!

If you’ve used a paint colour that I’ve reviewed or you want to ask a question, or even if you have a different point of view to mine, please do share!

For colour advice, please note that I can’t always give advice based on simply reading about a scenario.  If it were that easy for me to recommend the perfect paint hue, without knowing more about the specific space; the lighting situation; what other fixed elements to consider etc, then I really would be even more magical than I already am. HAHA!

Nine times out of ten, I will always recommend that you either seek advice from a local Colour Professional or I might be able to hook you up with an online colour consultation.

Until then, follow me on Pinterest to see more colour combinations and inspiration for your home.

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Today in my colour review vlog, I’m diving into the calming hue that is, Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, SW 6204.

SEA SALT SHERWIN WILLIAMS
SEA SALT SHERWIN WILLIAMS SW 6204

Be sure not to confuse this Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, with the Sea Salt by Benjamin Moore. Yes, both colours have the exact same name!

However, they are entirely different.  I’ll show you that in my comparisons of both colours a little later on in the post.

Here’s what we’ll be looking at in Episode #1.

  • Undertone/s
  • Colour Comparisons
  • Best White Paint Colours  For Ceilings, Doors and Trim
  • Fabulous Colour Combinations
  • Favourite Applications In Interior Design

By the way, if you are new to me and my blog, here’s something you should know.

I appreciate that you lead a busy life.  You don’t have time to waste.

You want factual and useful advice about interior design and paint colours. Well, at least that’s why I am guessing you’re here.

There is a reason why I use the phrase ‘THE NAKED TRUTH’ in some of my publications.

I want to strip down (yes, that pun was TOTALLY intentional) to the root of your Interior Design dilemmas and give you the information you NEED to know. I appreciate that decorating your home and selecting paint colours can be confusing and stressful. My goal is to make it as simple as possible and to have FUN in the process!

Yup, that’s me having fun. Life’s too short to be stressing over designing and decorating your home. It’s all good. I’ve got you covered.

But know this: I am not scientific about colour.

I do not concern myself with the LRV of a paint colour. Since starting my Interior Decorating business in 2011 and doing many colour consultations,  it’s never come back to bite me in the you know what.

I never make suggestions on lightening or darkening a paint colour by a certain percentage to make it more suitable for an application. I can always find the best paint colours for my clients.

All of my large boards have been painted in a matt finish and if you are interested in knowing where to get these boards, I’ll share a link to them at the end of the post.

I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!

If you’ve used a paint colour that I review or want to ask a question and even if you have a different point of view to mine, please do share with us here. Please know though, that I can’t always give colour advice based on simply reading about a ‘scenario’.  If it were that easy for me to recommend the perfect paint hue, without knowing more about the specific space; the lighting situation; what other fixed elements to consider etc, then I really would be even more magical than I already am. HAHA!

Nine times out of ten, I will always recommend that you either seek advice from a local Colour Professional or I might be able to hook you up with an online colour consultation.

Okay, onwards and upwards.

Are you ready? Let’s do this! Watch the video here or by clicking the play button on  the thumbnail below.

Colour Review of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, SW 6204

Undertones:

Blue/Green. In my office it appeared to be more green, but there is also a blue undertone. This is where your lighting and other elements paired within your own space, can alter the look of a hue like this.

 

Colour Comparisons:

Comparing colour is so important. When you do colour comparisons, it helps you to get a better read of your focus colour. I also like to put my large colour boards up against a white background. This way, I can see the colour more clearly.

See below where I show you Kittery Point Green by Benjamin Moore (BM) on the left and Palladian Blue by BM on the right. It’s interesting how much of a light ‘gray’ the Sea Salt takes on now, when you compare it with colours that are more saturated in tone.

Best White Paint Colours

There are always going to be more than one option for a best white to use for ceilings, doors and trims.  Pictured below is one of my favourite which is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

Sea Salt by SW shown here with White Dove by BM.

However, other great white paints that would work are Cloud White, Simply White and Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore as well.

From left to right: Simply White by BM; Sea Salt; White Dove

If you want to pair it with another Sherwin Williams colour, you could use Greek Villa SW 7551 or Westhighland White 7566. The latter is more on the creamy side, so be careful if other white elements in your home like counters are more crisp.

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Fabulous Colour Combinations 

 

Shown here with HC – 164 Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore.

 

Shown here in very similar tone, Silver Strand by Sherwin Willimas

 

Pairs perfectly with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy HC 154

 

Paired with Sea Haze by Benjamin Moore

 

Left to Right: Wedgewood Gray & Sea Haze by BM; Silver Strand by SW; Hale Navy & White Dove by BM; Sea Salt.

Fabulous Colour Palettes – Perfect for Pinning!

 

Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams paired with Benjamin Moore's: Lucerne; Newport Green & Agave
Sea Salt by SW paired with BM’s: Lucerne; Newport Green & Agave

 

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt with Benjamin Moore's Pink Blossom; Caribbean Blue Water & Pink Ruffle
SW Sea Salt with BM’s Pink Blossom; Caribbean Blue Water & Pink Ruffle

 

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt paired in a monochromatic colour palette with Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy; Early Morning & Montepellier
SW Sea Salt paired in a monochromatic colour palette with BM’s Hale Navy; Early Morning & Montepellier

These colour palettes can also be seen on my Instagram page, but formatted slightly different to fit in a square. Follow me on IG here to see more of those for inspiration.

Interesting Colour Fact

As already mentioned in the beginning of the post, there are two colours of Sea Salt. One is from Sherwin Williams and the other is from Benjamin Moore.

To ensure you avoid any mistakes of either picking up the wrong colour for yourself or for your client, (if you are an interior design professional or colour consultant) is to always write down the name AND the code once you select a paint colour.

As you can see in the photo below, these two colours are very different. The Sea Salt by Benjamin Moore is a ‘Greige’ colour and the other Sea Salt…well, you know all about it now because we’ve just reviewed it!

By the way, want your own large painted colour boards?

You can get your own set! See below.

Click here to shop the large colour boards now!

// DISCLOSURE: Thank you for trusting me with my truthful and reliable opinion on any future purchase you may make. I always disclose affiliate or sponsored information when it is the case. If you purchase Maria’s boards, I will earn a small commission from the sale. This doesn’t affect you in any way, the price remains the same regardless.  Thank you for supporting me and entrusting me to be your go-to for all things Colour and Interior Design!

BEST PLACES TO USE SEA SALT FOR YOUR INTERIOR DECOR

My recommendation for one of the best rooms to use Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, is for a tranquil and calming bathroom.

Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams is the perfect, tranquil colour for a 'spa like' bathroom. Design by Carolyn and Co.
Design by Carolyn and Co.

This paint colour provides a ‘spa like’ feel and I especially love the detailed mill work of the high wainscoting shown above in this bathroom by Carolyn and Co.

Do you notice the rug to the left side, where you can see hints of a similar colour to Sea Salt?  This type of soft treatment provides an opportunity to bring in other decorative accessories such as towels, candles and flowers to tie it all together beautifully with your preferred colour palette.

 

Walls painted Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Room decor by Lori Bailey Designs
Walls painted Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Room decor by Lori Bailey Designs

Another room in the house where I love to specify this colour is in a bedroom. Lori Bailey Design kindly shared this bedroom design (above) with me which is one of their designs. How peaceful would it be to cozy up and read a book here before settling in for a good nights’ sleep?

On a side note, the colours in the bedding appear to be similar to tones of the rug in the bathroom above, but they are not in the same home.

This is a great example however, to show how you could connect and flow rooms such as a master bedroom to an ensuite bathroom through thoughtful accessorizing.

While the master bedroom should be our sanctuary, our escape from the business of day to day life, for many it is often the one room left to last when it comes to decorating our homes.

Similar Paint Colours to Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore is also a blue-green. Here we used it in a clients custom living room design.

Professional photos by Stephani Buchman Photography.

Wickham Gray HC 171 by BM shown here in our clients living room design. Photograph by Stephani Buchman.
Wickham Gray HC 171 by BM shown here in our clients living room design.

 

Our clients custom drapery looks fabulous with the backdrop of Wickham Gray.
Our clients custom drapery looks fabulous with the backdrop of Wickham Gray.

See a video of how I put together this Interior Decorating Project.
Watch a video here to see how I put together this space for our clients.

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore is also a colour with a blue-green undertone. We used it here in a dental office.

Wall colour is Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
Wall colour is Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore

Now it’s your turn! Would you use Sea Salt by SW for a room in your home or have you already used this colour for a project? Do tell!

Until then, see my Pinterest board here for more ideas of how and where you can use blue-green paint colours in your home or next client project.

Are you in need of more personalized help for choosing colour in your home?  Contact me here and let’s create something beautiful today!

 

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