A historical warm grey of medium dark depth ideal for linking items in a large room rather than being a neutral backdrop. This color is especially appreciated in rooms with large trim and tall ceilings. Moderate sunlight is all that is needed. Ashely Gray Benjamin Moore HC-87
Coordinates best with cool stain and painted finishes with some aging effect. May coordinate with dark cherry and some mahogany. Oak stains, perfect surfaces, and brown leather sofas are not recommended.Color groups:
Pewter, champagne, and smoke
: Gorgeous layered tones of natural origin all in a medium-light tonal range. May be punctuated with any rich color, but do not add more than one color, or the richness of this effect will be lost. Use smoked cocoa bean or charcoal for darks. No pure black or chocolate.Silver and Smoke
: a monochromatic scheme of every tone of smoke and silver is a beautiful palette for this paint. The chandelier shown is made of silver leaf for timeless value. (Do not include blue grey or the layering of this approach will lose its allure.)Modern Earth
: Ashley grey can be used with high end transitional and modern furnishings provided there are surfaces with layered intrigue or an organic feel such as the lamp shade here. (For very clean, sleek rooms, we would recommend a different grey).Nostalgic Colors
: Burgundy, brick red, sage, slate, olive, bronze, maroon, and all muted traditional colors tend to be enhanced by Ashley Grey. (This group can accept blue- grey.) Notice in the bedding photo, a grey blue wall provides a fascinating mood for the bedding. Ashely Gray will provide a similar effect but will not read as blue.
*To test this color, paint a 2ftx2ft sample and try in all areas of the room holding board next to trim, floors, and furniture, not in the middle of your existing paint. (It isn't as dark as you think.)About Paint Companies and testing paint samples
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