Friday, January 16, 2015

Picking the Perfect Grey Paint

NOTE:  This post is not endorsed by any company or brand, this is simply my opinion of a great product! 

I will be the first to admit, that picking out paint, particularly when it comes to neutral colors, is really hard.  More than once I've gone to the store for samples or swatches only to end up having to return multiple times because I was unhappy with my selection.  Those whites, greys, tans, taupes and greiges all looks so similar when you see them in photos on Pinterest, but in reality the colors are completely different depending on the house, the room, the lighting, the time of day, and about a million other factors.

So, when I fell in love with Tinman by Kwal while on a Southern Living home tour with my mom and sister, I was afraid that the beauty of the color wouldn't translate in my home.   The room in the house tour that was painted that color was bright and airy, with lots of white furniture, whereas the room I was eye balling it for in my home had really awful natural lighting, and was full of dark, bulky furniture.  Nevertheless, I was determined to try it out.

 The two pictures above are of the room in the showcase home with Tinman walls. Swoon!!!

My hubby's man cave was the same neutral tan color as most of my house, but the walls in there were super dingy and really needed a refresh.  (SIDE NOTE:  When the old owners of our home put it on the market, they painted the entire house a fresh, clean neutral.  Sounds great, right?  Well, for some odd reason, they chose a matte (flat) finish paint, and it is impossible to clean and shows every single bit of dust and dirt.  Do yourselves a favor, and paint interior walls with a satin finish paint.  It is so much more durable and much easier to clean.)  

Okay, back to the man cave.  I've never shared this room on the blog before because it is the one room in the house that Reid has complete creative control over, and I'm not allowed to "girl it up".  It's decorated with surfing posters and his snowboard hangs above a massive television.  Not very blog worthy, but it makes him happy so its a good room :)  When I found the tinman paint color, I knew if would look great in that room and after weeks of me asking him, he finally gave me the go ahead to paint it! He trusted me that a fresh grey color would still look manly.

Guys, I am head over heels in love with this paint color! It looks great in all types of lighting, and is the perfect blend between neutral and fresh.  It's not too dark, and not too light and it doesn't have any hints of blue or purple in it. I'm convinced that it would be the perfect choice in any room! I only had to do one coat and a few touch ups, and I don't think there is a single drip mark.  It is by far the easiest paint I've ever worked with.  

On an unrelated note, I am dying to replace that window with a big huge window. This room honestly gets the worst natural light.  It's a big room and that is the only (tiny) window.  Does anybody have any experience with a project like this?  I wonder how much it would cost. Hmm...
So anyway.... If you've been toying with the idea of painting a room in your home a lovely neutral gray but haven't taken the plunge because it is difficult to pick a color, then your search is over!  Tinman by Kwal in a satin finish was the right choice for me, and I think it could be the right choice for you too!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. That's a very nice color Jesse! I have no idea about the cost of the window. Don't you hate poor design choices???

    1. Thanks Luisa! And yes, it makes me so sad. On the other hand, it truly feels like a man "cave".

  2. Gorgeous colour! I am obsessed with grey, so when I finally live in a house where I am allowed to paint the walls (hate living in rentals) at least one room will wind up grey!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

    1. Thanks Rachel, I'm so glad you like it! I can't wait until you will be able to paint your walls too!


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