This color rocks my world. As you can see, it is one shade darker than the famed 'Stonington Gray' which you can read about on the best design blogs, like Colour Me Happy, Apartment Therapy, and Young House Love. Stonington is very close to Behr's Dolphin Fin. I loved the color, but it just wasn't 'gray' enough for my taste. It was a little too beige. So I tried out a bunch of BM colors, including Cement Gray, Stonington Gray, Iced Cube Silver, and Coventry Gray. Here's a sneak peek at the winner:And, I actually did prime the doors. Not that you can tell. I love how this shade jives with my $5.00 fabric. My wallet is happy this fabric is working out, let me tell ya.
The color is not too light, too dark, too blue, or too purple, it is just lovely. Even Shaun loves it, and the only colors he cares about are green and gold (not to bring up the Pack's crushing loss on Sunday). Look how bad it makes that old color-matched swatch look!
I still have some touch-ups to do. I wanted the walls to have a velvety finish, so they recommended the BM Regal 'Matte' finish. It has a bit more sheen than a flat, and I do like it. However, the paint itself is kind of runny and didn't cover like I expected a $34 gallon of paint to cover after one coat. I also have to touch up all my baseboards because it splattered like crazy. I think Behr is much easier to work with because it is thicker, it hardly ever splatters the trim, and covers more in one coat. I think doing two coats of paint for lighter shades is lame. I guess in the end I'm happy because the color is perfect, and I know it wouldn't be if I'd had Home Desperate color-match it.Seriously, dig this color with my white trim. I die. So, I'm not going to prattle on about this room anymore until after the new year when I can hopefully reveal the 'after.' I'm waiting (very impatiently, #*%^$"!) for a rug to arrive, and Shaun is making the ultimate 'dude sacrifice' by taking me to Ikea the day after Christmas for some storage items. I know, he's crazy! Don't tell him, though.