The Rugh Design Color Wheel
To recap, we have been working on adding ALL of the Sherwin-Williams paint colors to the Rugh Design Color Wheel. We plan to have all 1700 colors up by the end of 2018 and each week we will release 25 new colors with my hand picked color schemes. In addition to the new 25 colors a week I will hightlight 1 color from Sherwin-Williams that I personally love or stands out.
Going forward you can find all of our Color Wheel Update posts here.
Featured Color: Perfect Greige SW 6073
I have been highlighting a lot of grays, greiges and whites/off-whites in my Color Wheel Featured Color posts. I know I keep saying this, but it’s true: this is not on accident! These are the colors that I get the most questions on and the colors that are currently highly sought after for interior (and exterior) paint colors. My heart is to help empower you (my readers!) to understand color and to help you make the best choices for your homes. I feel that I can do this through writing posts that feature colors that give the tools and information needed to get started. Of course, if you are still stuck or need help, I do offer Color Consultations!
So, this week, I wanted to focus on Perfect Greige SW 6073. I’ll be perfectly (ha!) transparent here. I have not used this color much (if at all) in my Color Consultations. I was sitting here wondering why. Then, I realized that most colors that I choose accomplish what I need them to without having to try a ton of other colors.
I have my go-to warm greiges that I know will look good and I pretty much stick to them. If you are wondering what they are, keep reading! Perfect Greige is even warmer than my go-to’s and is just one of those colors that must work in the right space. It has a slight mauve undertone that in some lights and interiors, could start looking kinda pinky-purpleish (new word, here). However, don’t let that scare you. The inspiration pictures that I found showcase this color beautifully!
Perfect Greige is two shades darker than Popular Gray and one shade darker than Versatile Gray on the paint swatch, just for some reference. If you are comparing other grays/greiges, here is a quick guide:
- Balanced Beige: warm taupe
- Amazing Gray: warm gray
- Mindful Gray: cool greige with slight blue undertone
- Anew Gray: warm greige (this is one of my go-to’s that I mentioned earlier, along with Agreeable Gray)
- Perfect Greige: warm greige with slight mauve undertone
- Essential Gray: cool gray with slight lavender undertone
I hope this helps straighten out some of the questions about undertones. If you have a paint fan deck from Sherwin-Williams, fan out the deck with these paint swatches and you will see what I mean. It always helps to compare color with other colors. Seeing them alone, it’s hard to really tell what the undertone is. Once you start to compare with other colors, it becomes more clear. Also, check out the darkest shade on the paint swatch for a pointer on the undertone.
If Perfect Greige SW 6073 sounds intriguing and you want see what other colors and schemes could coordinate with it then check out the color schemes I believe will coordinate nicely with it.
Now that you have a basis for Perfect Greige and my color schemes, check out my Pinterest gallery for some inspiration. See below and let me know which one you like the most. If you have your own pictures, send them to me and I will post them!
Where to use Perfect Greige SW 6073
Once I started looking for inspiration pictures, I noticed that Perfect Greige seems to look best for interiors that have more of a monochromatic scheme. I also believe Perfect Greige works so well in the picture below because of the reddish undertones in the wood (floor, wood beams, mantle) and pops out nicely against the off-white cabinets and trim. The stone fireplace has a mix of stone colors that are both warm and cool, but I see the mauve tones in there that pick up with Perfect Greige.
Keep in mind that Perfect Greige is more of a saturated medium-toned color that will go well in interiors that have vaulted ceilings and good natural light. Proceed with caution if you have low ceilings or not very good natural light. Perfect Greige could cause a cave-like effect that you might not want for your space! In some areas, that can be a positive. If you like a cozy feel for your master bedroom or prefer some contrast with lighter selections in your bathroom, then go for it!!
The inspiration picture below is probably my favorite that I found featuring Perfect Greige. The open and airy layout with the vaulted ceilings and the soft creamy cabinet, countertop and backsplash colors work perfectly (sorry, couldn’t resist) together! Again, she has more of a monochromatic scheme with selections that pick up on the undertones of Perfect Greige. The warm creamy cabinet color and fabrics are flawlessly paired!
Perfect Greige also stands out against darker woods. It brings out the warm tones in the color even more and gives some good contrast against the stained wood. Since Perfect Greige is a medium toned color, it looks best with more extreme contrast colors (very light or very dark).
Not only does Perfect Greige work well for interiors, it also translates over to the exterior. It definitely goes a bit lighter on an exterior, so I like it paired with a brighter white or a darker greige, like Garret Gray SW 6075. Perfect Greige is versatile on the exterior, so you can use it for a front door color or for the trim color if you would like to use a darker color on the main body. I love the bright white trim with this exterior! Perfect for a coastal look.
If you are considering Perfect Greige, the best way to find out if it is right for your space, is to grab a sample and test it out. I like to paint a large white cardboard so that you can walk around with it and see how it looks in different areas at different times of the day.
If you are still having trouble deciding, contact me for a Color Consult to nail down the best color for your interior or exterior. I have a passion for color and love being able to help clients find the right color to make their home beautiful!
Leave me a comment if you have Perfect Greige SW 6073 in your home or would like to try it. I would love to hear from you! Also, stay tuned for the next featured color from the Color Wheel…
The Best of the Rest
Perfect Greige had the spotlight, but I also wanted to highlight a color from the Color Wheel update, Dishy Coral SW 6598. I love this bright and happy pink-coral! I found the inspiration picture of Dishy Coral on the inside of a front door for an eclectic and modern look. The tropical plants paired with a moroccan vibe in the furniture and accessories is the optimal backdrop for Dishy Coral! A good call to paint the walls white to let the front door be the focal point.
Check out the colors we updated on the Color Wheel this week below. Click on the swatch to see my color scheme picks!
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