I can’t believe this is coming to the side from my brain, but I have to admit that painting walls gray is gray so 2019 and honestly not a great idea anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, gray is a nice classic color, but there’s plenty of room for error. The problem is that even the most forgiving shades of gray are altered through no fault of their own by the light given to them.
Gray can look blue or purple or green or even more brown. If you wanted any of these colors, you wouldn’t have chosen gray at all.
Here is the problem with the “light”. Well, I’m not an electromagnetic physicist, but a simple explanation is this: Light are electromagnetic waves of energy that are altered by what they pass through and from which they bounce. The interior walls of your home will reflect the travel of light from its source through the prisms in between, and essentially everything is a light altering prism.
Not so easy? ok, try that. A good example of a light changing prism are leaves and trees. There are many trees with many leaves around my house. The interior light in my house is what is left after the outside light passes through the green leaves. In winter of course Since there are no leaves, the light is brighter, more cohesive indoors, and there is more white light.
Continuation of our Junior High Physics class … “White light” is actually all color wavelengths that move together and produce a clearer white to the eye.
Still confused? That’s all you need to know Gray is particularly prone to color shifts, meaning what you see in the Benjamin Moore store’s white overhead lighting is not what you will see on your walls at home. This is where frustration comes in. The paint can be a big shock after it dries on the walls of your own home.
The choice is yours, I just feel obliged to let you know what you’re really getting into when you turn gray. Just using a gray that you like in a friend’s house doesn’t guarantee it will look the same in your house.
- I recommend getting samples of your favorite shades of gray and hanging them on the wall before making a final decision. Notice how the light in your home changes color throughout the day.
- Notice how the gray works or not with your furniture and other decorative accents in the room.
- Use gray as the color for a statement wall rather than the entire room.
Gray has been a huge trend over the past few years, but it is exactly that. It’s a trend. Trends don’t last forever. It might be time to run this out from inside your home.
If you want a good neutral color, I’ve listed some of my favorites here.
At the end of the day, your home should be a source of peace and happiness … no irritation. Of course, color is color. You can change it at any time….
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