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ashmc1nash
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Hello!  I found this site via Houzz in all of my digging for assistance with my wall and trim color.  I just painted my master bathroom vanities in BM Gray Owl.  I wanted something that was very light and almost glowing (if that makes sense), but still had more color than plain white.  Our vanity tops are a white quartz with some (not much) gray veining and the floors are white tiles with gray/neutral veins and light gray grout.  The shower is large and all glass and it and the wall behind our floor tub (white tub) is carrara marble...white, grays, blues.  The marble goes to about 8 ft in the shower (10 ft ceilings) and it goes just over halfway up the tub wall (that wall has a large window over the tub).  No taupes or browns in the marble.  We have large, pretty doors and craftsman type trim. I think in order to make the gray owl show as a soft gray, we need to paint the walls a "white" color.  I had considered Decorators White and maybe leave the trim Extra white, but I think those may be too close.  Same with white wisp.  I feel like Paper White on the walls would be entirely too close to gray owl (the cabinets).  Does anyone ever recommend lightening the cabinet color by 50% and doing that on the walls?  I'm a bit scared of that approach.  The current walls are Nebulous white, which reads very icy to me, at times.  It is certainly much less neutral that Gray Owl, to my amateur eye.  I love Extra White, but is that going to be too much extra white on the walls and all of the trim/doors in that room?  I had a really crazy thought and considered doing the trim/doors in Gray owl with the walls in extra white, but I'm afraid that will looked dated.

You can see I am all over the place.  It took me forever to narrow down a good cabinet color and I'm very happy with it, but now I've moved on to my next struggle!  Thanks for any input.  I know this is a lot of info (and probably not very useful info, at that).

 


   
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Hi - When you say ‘in order to make Gray Owl show as a soft grey’ - how does it appear to you at the minute? Are you seeing green overtones to it, or does it shift more blue in your room?

putting something with more Chroma (colourfulness) on the wall would make Gray Owl appear more greyed and neutral by comparison.

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If you do decide to team Gray Owl with Decorator’s White, I would use that for the trim also as Decorator’s White doesn’t have enough difference in Chroma to be teamed with Extra White for the trim. (Minimum difference of 0.2 in Chroma really helps ) Otherwise you run the risk of Decorator’s White looking a bit dingy by comparison. 


   
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@colettetheglassroom Hi!  The gray owl cabinets look gray...I'm happy with the undertones, or lack thereof in this particular space.  What I'm trying to accomplish is that the cabinets look like a soft gray and don't just blend with the wall...which is currently Nebulous white and has always looked very icy and blue to me.  Maybe I'm nuts.  I'm thinking to get the look of the cabinets being really soft, but still showing their color, the walls may need to be a white color.  I just don't know if that much white in a bathroom is going to be stark or shocking.  Let me see if I can find a picture of kind of the look I was going for.  It inspired me and no matter how I tried, I kept coming back to it!  I'm a big fan of Extra white, but again...I'm afraid that would be too bright white.  Maybe not.  To my untrained eye, the walls in this pic look white, but maybe not quite as white as the trim.  I have no idea what I'm doing though!!!  ha


   
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There isn’t enough difference between Nebulous White and Gray Owl to offer any real sense of contrast for my eyes anyway and you find it too icy anyway. As you say, Paper White is also too close to Gray Owl for any real worthwhile contrast.

In the same way, whichever white paint you choose should be directed by the white in your marble. Too close in Chroma, will make one appear more grubby than the other. Some sense of contrast between them will keep it fresh.

Decorator’s White is lighter than Nebulous White and also sits at the start of the Green-Yellow Hue Family so it will appear less icy by comparison. 

Extra White is lighter again than both, but is a more colourful a white than either, as it has more Chroma. Decorator’s White is likely to read greyer by comparison to Extra White.

Depending on how it relates to the marble, I think I would choose Decorator’s White or BM Super White for walls & trim.

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@colettetheglassroom Great!!  Decorators White is actually the way I was leaning.  I just want everything to look very soft.  I didn't want much body at all on the cabinets for some reason.  Wanted something light.  Hope I didn't do the wrong thing!!  Thank you very much!


   
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@ashmc1nash just check a good sized swatch next to the white of your marble..


   
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@colettetheglassroom Thank you!!!


   
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I too am struggling with wall/trim colors and cabinet cabinets. 

I just purchased the house so I only have a few photos.  The struggle for me is that the current walls are extremely dirty. Moving across states while working, I have committed to myself to get painting done before I move in. I simply to not have the emotional capacity to move in, then have a painter come in; I want it done before I get there and get my stuff moved in. 

I like when trim makes the wall color pop and adds a nice contrast, but because my house feels super dark (it's in Vegas where everyone hides in the "dark"), I am thinking I need to have a light color.  I have been looking at Sherwin Williams Alabaster, but I am worried it will be too yellow and or BW White Dove, but I am worried it is too "gray".  I've also looked at adding a bit more white to it, but am a bit worried that that will eliminate the popping element of having a super white trim (no specific color picked out for that yet, just a very bright white). I have a friend with Accessible Beige, and I think it had too much taupe.  I have Agreeable Grey in my current house and that will not work with the new house's tile. 

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I plan to also paint the cabinets, but again, not sure on color. I don't want to wash the place out. 

I'm also not sure on sheen. Does sheen matter much with such a light color?  

 

Thanks in advance. 


   
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