We’re settling on our new house today! YAY! We are so excited to almost have the house-buying process behind us and get to work on making it our own. And making it our own means lots of decisions about things like paint colors, curtains, furniture placement, blah blah blah. I decided that we should start with paint colors first so we can hopefully get some of the painting out of the way before moving in.
However, I am not great at making a decision when I have a seemingly endless array of choices—I’m a serious paralysis by analysis person. So imagine my horror when I realized exactly how many black, white, and light gray paint colors I had to choose from. Isn’t black just…black? Well, I suppose you could just walk up to the paint kiosk and ask for straight black, but that’d just be making things too easy on myself. Instead, I picked up approximately 1 million black, light gray, and white paint swatches and examined them all with a friend (who has a much keener eye for slight color variations!).
Once we’d narrowed it down to a few favorites, I started researching the colors online to find some examples of how the colors looked in different lights. Because a paint swatch is never enough. And here are the ones we liked the best! (By the way, I just happened to pick up my swatches from Lowe’s while on my lunch break, so I’m only looking at brands that Lowe’s carries.)
I wanted a very deep black that was as neutral as possible. I didn’t want green undertones, a charcoal color, or a black that was too muted. Here were the four finalists:
1. Tricorn Black (Sherwin-Williams)
2. Black Magic (Sherwin-Williams)
3. Black Kettle (Valspar)
4. Cracked Pepper (Valspar)
Just like my black, I wanted my white to be as neutral as possible. I also wanted it to be extremely bright and crisp. Here were the three finalists:
1. Extra White (Sherwin-Williams)
2. Pure White (Sherwin-Williams)
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3. Marshmallow (Sherwin-Williams)
The light grays were, of course, 1,000 times harder to narrow down. There was SO many choices, so the first thing we did was weed out anything that had strong blue undertones. I hate it when blues pretend to be grays! Then we chucked anything with a brown undertone. We eventually ended up with these four finalists:
1. Repose Gray (Sherwin-Williams)
2. Icy Avalanche (Sherwin-Williams)
3. Blizzard Fog (Valspar)
4. Tempered Gray (Valspar)
So what are we going with? I settled on Tricorn Black and Extra White, but I got samples of all of the light grays listed here to test on the wall. Here’s to hoping they all look exactly the same and I can just flip a coin…but I have to say I am liking Blizzard Fog. Wish us luck!