Does anybody have a room painted dark grey?

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BedHog Mon 31-Dec-12 09:42:54

Our bedroom needs painting, and I'm thinking about using a mid/dark grey. I've seen it used a lot on tv room sets, mainly for glossy American dramas and sitcoms, and when done right I think it looks dramatic and classy. Plus it's neutral so I'll be able to use all sorts of different colours for the bedding, pictures, accessories etc.

I suspect it's a tricky colour to get right though, so I'd like some advice about choosing which grey to use. I want to avoid the room looking like a battleship or a bleak cold-war-era Hungarian prison. I'd like white woodwork, but maybe a chalky white rather than brilliant. The floor is wooden and it's a Victorian house with high ceilings and fancy cornicing, if that makes any difference. I realise dark rooms need good lighting so I've bought an amazing large contemporary ceiling light for the room, and will add other lights as necessary.

Does anybody have any recommendations for grey paints that will give me the desired effect, or chalky whites, or recommendations about paint finishes - satin, matt, gloss etc., or any other advice?

Thanks! smile

TWvirgin Mon 31-Dec-12 10:02:51

Had a dark grey in dining room and in kitchen (with glossy white units, natural stone, wood work tops, and orange accessories).

They were different greys as the furnishings and lighting made the colours look completely different. Dining looked a chalky grey with purple undertones while kitchen looked deep blueish /purple undertones brought out with the stone/wood and orange accessories.

My suggestion is tester pots because the grey will look different depending not only on your lighting but your furnishings and curtains etc

BedHog Mon 31-Dec-12 10:07:30

I will use tester pots but I was hoping to narrow it down to about 3 greys to choose from rather than 20!! grin

Does a bluey/purpley grey work better than a browny grey or one with green, pink or yellow tones? I don't really know where to start!

AnnoyedAtWork Mon 31-Dec-12 10:12:44

Our bedroom is Farrow and Ball "down pipe" and I love love love it. Wooden floor and ceiling painted off white ("slipper satin")

It looks bold and smart.

AnnoyedAtWork Mon 31-Dec-12 10:13:14

I think the undertones in ours are green/blue

AnnoyedAtWork Mon 31-Dec-12 10:14:22

Oh and it looked terrible on a small patch of light coloured wall (out of a tester pot) cos it just looked so dark but once it was all over it looks amazing

GreatCongas Mon 31-Dec-12 10:19:09

I would have if I owned a house
I have a whole room designed in my mind
(I love Pinterest)

thekitchenfairy Mon 31-Dec-12 10:22:18

I have a grey bedroom, it's a Laura Ashley colour called French grey but farrow and ball do similar. Definitely try a tester, some are pink or brown undertones, some are blue and it will depend on what you are painting on top of iyswim. We have fired earth oak apple floor and woodwork, a pale grey, and white linen. I love it!,

thekitchenfairy Mon 31-Dec-12 10:22:30

I have a grey bedroom, it's a Laura Ashley colour called French grey but farrow and ball do similar. Definitely try a tester, some are pink or brown undertones, some are blue and it will depend on what you are painting on top of iyswim. We have fired earth oak apple floor and woodwork, a pale grey, and white linen. I love it!

Babsjansen Mon 31-Dec-12 10:23:31

I've used pavilion grey. But love the look of downpipe too. Agree re tester pots. Bit of a waste as the colours only look good in a whole wall or room. You are better off googling for pictures of rooms painted in those colours. Sorry, both the colours I mentioned were farrow and ball. My woodwork is Great white.

tipp2chicago Mon 31-Dec-12 10:34:58

My main bathroom is grey, white woodwork & ceiling, black tiles. I love it, it feels so warm. It's called Steel, from the bathroom paint range at Wicked.

BedHog Mon 31-Dec-12 10:40:21

Thanks - I've ordered a F&B colour chart (although I suspect I might have to get the local trade paint shop to match it, if their prices are as £££ as I've heard!). Downpipe looks like a good contender. Pavilion a bit pale I think but might look different on the wall.

BedHog Mon 31-Dec-12 10:42:56

Has anyone used any of the Dulux greys?

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 10:55:19

Fired earth mercury looks great with off white woodwork antimony also nice but not so deep.

bigTillyMincePie Mon 31-Dec-12 10:58:00

Ours is a greyeypurple and I love it - very relaxing colour!

It is just a Dulux mixed-up one - you can get just about any shade you want in them. And it's a Victorian house with white paintwork.

diddlediddledumpling Mon 31-Dec-12 11:02:27

I used a Homebase dark grey in our kitchen, one wall. I love it.

Not a dark grey but "clouded sky" by dulux authentic range in our bedroom.We love it with white ,wooden floors and white furniture.Good coverage and quality.

Gingersstuff Mon 31-Dec-12 13:58:51

Our bedroom is Plummet by F&B, a gorgeous dark grey tho not as dark as downpipe. I love the colour but really disappointed in the paint quality (we got the local paint shop to match the colour in Crown trade). Like yours, high ceilings, off-white woodwork and cornicing. Looks very dramatic and it's a south-west facing room but to be honest I'm now thinking I'd like to go a bit lighter, maybe a green-blue kinda stormy colour.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 31-Dec-12 14:00:20

My living room is a dark grey colour, I love it although it needed 3 coats to look right.

Best suggestion is a light floor and light wood furniture to brighten it up.

FellatioNelson Mon 31-Dec-12 14:15:02

I think most pale grays are beautiful but you need to be very careful when choose deep/dark greys. It's hard to find one that is a true neutral - most of them will lean towards blue, brown, plum or green, and once on the wall in a big solid slab they can completely different to how you envisaged. Some of them look very 'battleship' which is harsh and depressing, and can sap all the life and light out of a room.

The ones that are blue/green and stormy really work better in a mid depth - too dark can look really depressing and gloomy, whereas plummy, smokey dark greys look more sumptuous and sexy. Ones with lots of brown are usually warm and easy on the eye. Think about which way your window faces. Your bedroom colour needs to look lovely first thing in the mornings and cosy and inviting and relaxing at night, and in artificial light. the way the light comes into the room will have a huge impact on the colour you choose.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 31-Dec-12 14:21:24

Mine is slightly plummy, you couldn't tell till it was up on the walls. Luckily it goes really well with my plummy curtains cushions and rug.

Littlefish Mon 31-Dec-12 14:25:33

Pavillion grey is definitely quite light. I've got it it my bedroom and it's beautiful, but not an intense colour. We've got Green Smoke in our dining room - I would say that the grey equivalent of that would look wonderful (I mean the same depth of colour equivalent if you see what I mean). I can't find my F&B colour chart at the moment, so I don't know what that would be.

EverybodysSnowyEyed Mon 31-Dec-12 14:26:02

We hae little green French grey with lead white wood and ceiling

The grey is lovely because it takes on different hues depending on the light - sometimes its pink and sometimes blue. Very happy with it

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 14:26:16

I think with dark you have to go for it and if you feel you need lots of light things to brighten it it almost loses its intensity. You have to go with it. I had it in a living room once and it was great at night with a fire lit. I have gone completely the other way now and am carrying around swatches of shell pink for my next bedroom grin

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 14:26:50

Brinjal is also lovely if you are after dark.

Littlefish Mon 31-Dec-12 14:27:49

Ooh yes. Brinjal is gorgeous! Noddy - do you think it would go as a contrast with Cinder Rose?

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 14:29:36

Ooh yes i love that!

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 31-Dec-12 14:29:51

Does anyone like the American type of look with dark grey skirting and doors?

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 14:30:34

yes brandy its great in the right house.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 31-Dec-12 14:32:54

I really really like it but I have a small flat with lots of doors for rooms and inbuilt cupboards but if I had a huge house with a lovely square hall I'd so have it.

wilkos Mon 31-Dec-12 14:37:45

My north facing bedroom is dove grey by Dulux, was the first room I have ever painted a dark colour and I did have a little wobble after the first coat but now I love it. Its really cosy!

The ceiling and cornicing are bright white with wooden floorboards and the contrast is great, I have dark grey textured curtains, a black metal bed and a black Hemnes chest of drawers from Ikea, and an oatmeal rug on the floor.

It looks mighty fine as far as I'm concerned grin

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 14:41:36

That sounds lovely

DameDoom Mon 31-Dec-12 15:08:54

My living room and kitchen are both downpipe by F&B - including all woodwork and ceilings. Go onto designer Abigail Ahern's website - she has a fantastic blog with amazing photos. I'm in process of painting hall and stairs in F&B railings. Come over to the dark side -it's so chic and cosy.

DameDoom Mon 31-Dec-12 15:12:09

By the way Downpipe looks different colours at different times of day. Sometimes it's petrol blue, others deep teal. It's very velvety and rich looking ... not at all battleship.

TheCatInTheHairnet Mon 31-Dec-12 15:22:16

I'm so bored of grey. It's everywhere at the moment and, even though I think it looks lovely, it always makes me sigh a bit. It's like the 2012 Magnolia.

noddyholder Mon 31-Dec-12 15:25:01

I have been house hunting and grey is everywhere you are right. It was hugely popular about 4 years ago but does look a bit magnolia. Thats interiors though.

MaitreKarlsson Mon 31-Dec-12 16:11:11

A friend had a beautiful dark room and said it was painted in 'bowler hat' - was amazing but very dark at night...hth

BedHog Mon 31-Dec-12 17:16:58

I'm going to have a look at all your suggestions on the colour charts and then get some tester pots I think. As a few of you have said, much depends on the room so best to see them in situ.

Really? Grey the new magnolia? I think I've only seen it in one house. Lots of white and magnolia round here, or whatever the middle class F&B equivalent of magnolia is! My own house is a mixture of reds, blues, gold, purple, with metallics and glitter, so neutrals are new to me!!

BedHog Mon 31-Dec-12 17:17:55

Thanks everybody! grin

FellatioNelson Mon 31-Dec-12 18:51:19

I find that all the F&B colours have a chameleon like quality and change depending on the time of day Damedoom.

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