Picking Paint Colors

If you've been following along, you'll notice that I've been slowly redoing our dining room.  And by slowly, I mean indecisively.  A couple of weekends ago, I picked up some paint chip cards from Lowes and started to sift through them to see which colors I really liked for the walls in the dining and playroom  I think at this point I've narrowed it down to two, but first I'll share with you what I started with.

Just to remind you, this is what I'm envisioning for the dining room (one dark accent wall and the remainder of the walls a lighter neutral).

Most of the main floor of our house is Montpelier Ashlar Gray (it's a warm gray that takes on either a beige or gray hue depending on the lighting).  I love how versatile this color is.  For the lighter color in the dining and formal living room, I'm thinking that I want to use Woodlawn Bedroom white - the lightest color on the same color chip.  I'm not usually a white wall person, but I think that painting the whole room a deep blue/gray will make it feel too dark.  But we'll see once the color starts going up on the walls.

Here are some of the color swatches I came home with.  I know what you're thinking - these all look pretty much the same right?

Wrong.  After spending some time with these colors, I was able to weed out the ones that were too blue or had green undertones and ended up with my final two choices below.

I am planning to either go with Mark Twain Gray Brick or High Speed Steel.  After examining them in different lights and over a couple of days (to make sure I really did like them), I brought the chips into the dining room to make sure that they didn't clash with the art work or the curtains already in there.

To my surprise, I found that the artwork was the exact color scheme I was looking to implement in the house.

I guess that says I'm on the right track as to what colors I like. :)  I'm fairly certain that we'll end up with Mark Twain Gray Brick (the darkest color).  I think it will add a really nice rich accent against the white walls.

What do you think?  One extra dark accent wall, or one shade lighter and paint all of the walls that color?


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