Benjamin Moore HC-146 Wedgewood Gray Question
October 21, 2012
Finally, after going thru 100's of paint swatches I have decided upon BM Wedgewood Gray HC-146 (seeing Michael Abrams Limited rooms painted with this color sold me). For a contrast, I also need this color in 2 shades darker - how do I correctly achieve this? Is there a formula I need to ask for? Thanks for your help.
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    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:05PM
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CASTLE Design Studio LLC
Hi S, BM or your paint expert should be able to accomplish your request easily. Just know that ”shade” means adding black, ”tone” means adding gray (and just fyi, ”tint” means adding white).
    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 8:55PM
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Thank you!! I never knew that - very good information for us "DIY"ers.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 8:49AM
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CASTLE Design Studio LLC
Morning, another quick thought: when you get a strip of paint samples from the store, you see what happens when the same color is made lighter or darker. Often this helps you see the paint color's undertones. For example, I'm sure that your search for the perfect grey resulted in seeing many that were too yellow or green or blue, etc which is often easier seen with the darker colors on the paint strip. Happy painting! Get good quality brushes, paint and prep super well.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 9:22AM
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@Inside - your right, the swatches offer a lot, I have purchased samples of so many colors that my walls look like a patchwork quilt. Just can't find the darker version of the wedgewood grey for a powder room. I want to avoid using to much of the same color in every room. ( I am redoing my kitchen, formal living room, formal dining room, family room, powder room, and hallway. I'll be painting forever!) Any suggestions for a color pallet? Greys, browns yelllows?? All my trim/cabinets/wainscoting is white. Furniture is cherry, floors throughout are light oak ( I I cant change the floors til the kids have stopped messing these ones up, they are laminate). Thank YOU!!
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 9:36AM
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This is my Inspiration fabric. I will use it for valances and pillows and maybe reupholstering chairs in my dining room.
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CASTLE Design Studio LLC
Oh, beautiful! Great job pulling that green-blue-gray out of your inspiration fabric. At BM's website you can search on your paint color where you will see how green-blue the darker colors go-definately not what is sounds like you want for the powder room. They also suggest pairing it with Providence Blue or Gray Shower. Regarding your traditional and youthful home, your fabric looks perfect so you might not need to add any more colors. Perhaps let the walls (and maybe even the ceiling) be consistent for your yellow and red based woods plus your crisp white wood elements. You're doing very well!
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:11AM
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Sharyn I just love your fabric! Painting my bedroom w hc146 and stumbled on your fabric, would love it for a bedding. May I ask how I can find this fabric, a swatch of the fabric? What brand? Thank you
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:56AM
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I bought this at Joann fabrics. It is a Christopher Lowell fabric. It's called Glacier. I believe you can order a swatch for $3, and also buy online if you don't have this store near you. It would make beautiful bedding!! It can a bit pricy, but I found coupons for 50% off regular price, so that helped a lot.
Also....The BM wedgewood grey I used was shaded with more grey to get a better match to the fabric. I have the formula if you would like it. I also used BM Atmospheric (AF-500) as an accent color to compliment this fabric. Still debating on which brown paint color to coordinate with. Thank you for your interest! Good Luck and let me know how it turns out.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 10:21AM
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