When we first moved in, I went on a painting frenzy throughout the main floor of the house. We choose a dark grey for the master bedroom – a striking colour. Both Dan and I loved it. However, after several months of searching and searching for the right curtain, accent pillow and headboard fabrics for that room, I started to love the charcoal grey less and less. Because it was such a dark colour, it was really difficult to match, unless you used white (which we have enough of already with all the white furniture). I found a few fabrics online that I thought would work nicely, but they were super expensive designer fabrics. Nothing was coming up in our “sale bin” budget. So, after spotting some curtains in IKEA that were a great price, I decided it was actually cheaper to re-paint than to leave the charcoal colour and buy the expensive fabric.

the bedroom BEFORE

the bedroom BEFORE

close-up of the charcoal grey colour

close-up of the charcoal grey colour

With paintbrush back in hand and paint clothes pulled out of the bottom drawer, I was ready to get down to painting (unfortunately this was a solo venture since Dan was away for work in sunny San Diego!). I chose what I thought was a perfect grey from Benjamin Moore, but once I had the first coat up on the walls, it looked more purple than anything.  Ick. I went back to the store for a second can and this time went for a more green-grey (called coventry grey, HC169). Luckily a few strokes in with this new colour and I knew it was just right. One coat and it was done – the perfect light grey tone I was hoping for.

the purple stage... thinking i'd made a big mistake in deciding to re-paint at this point!

the purple stage... thinking i'd made a big mistake in deciding to re-paint at this point!

the new grey on top of the purple grey.. phewww!

the new grey on top of the purple grey.. phewww!

master bedroom paint colour AFTER

master bedroom paint colour AFTER

Stay tuned to see how the bedroom mini-reno turns out!

  • Courtney

    Whoa! I had no idea you had painted so recently! Good on ya!

    You know how much I was loving that dark granite on your walls… I actually just went to the Behr website and used their colour-matching program, and guess what! It actually coordinates well with “Beach Towel” which is the colour we used in our living and dining rooms!

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  • jen

    Hi can you tell me what colour that dark grey colour is that you used initially and who makes it…thanks! Looks great!

  • Gia

    I gotta say, I loved the room before in that dark charcoal color!!!!!! So much better. Love that color!!!!

    • gemma

      Yeah – we really liked the deep charcoal colour in theory but once it was up on the walls it was just a bit too dark for our little house. Since all the rooms are on the one floor, we found it feels a lot more open and spacious if the colours are all light and in the same general scheme. We’re definitely keeping the charcoal colour in mind though for another future project!

      gem
      xo