The Perfect {Barely There} Gray

I've been searching for the perfect gray.

My first purchase was of Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl. I've seen it several places online and I was excited to give it a try.


Cozy.Cottage.Cute used Gray Owl and lightened  it by 50%.

I tried that color sample too.


That colored looked PERFECT on my computer.  I don't know if it's my eyes, or the lighting in my house, but my Gray Owl did NOT look like that in my house! I first sampled Home Depot's mix of the color. After finding the color a bit too green for me {yes, green!}, I went to Benjamin Moore.  Their color sample was the same! It did not look like the color above.

I sampled many, many colors.  The picture below is simply a small representation....


Through the process, I realized that I was looking for a 'barely there' gray. Not a deep, solid, rich gray that you may paint the outside of a house. But a nice subtle, almost-white-with-a-bit-of-gray type of gray.

Finally - yes finally - I found it!  It took some perseverance, but I did it.

the perfect barely there gray

Benjamin Moore's Shoreline looked great in my house.  Just a touch of gray. Not too green. Not too blue. Just right.

So I painted Emmie's room painted last week.  While I don't have any pictures to share of her room yet, here is a nursery I came across on Houzz that used BM Shoreline...

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I love it!

It took me awhile, but I persevered and found my perfect gray!

There is still plenty to be done in Emmie's room.  So stay tuned for progress pictures in the future!