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Old 08-06-2020, 04:19 AM
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I need to pick a paint color for my four seasons room I'm remodeling. It was initially just a screened in side porch but now it's part of the house with large windows all around (3 out of 4 walls). I love the natural light that is coming into the house. I was thinking of the following colors:

Arctic Gray

Gray Mirage

Sea Salt

I'm also tossing around idea of this darker color:

Knoxville Gray

However, after my last paint color debacle with my son's playroom (wanted a burnt orange and got salmon orange ), I'm leaning towards playing it safe with a light color.

Any opinions?

ETA: The trim will be painted Benjamin Moore's Decorators White


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Old 08-06-2020, 04:22 AM
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I will let others help you choose. I noticed that your three lighter choices all have a green tone to them. Is that what you wanted?
I do think with the great natural light, a lighter color would be nice.
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:40 AM
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Of those, I prefer Sea Salt, although gray can be tough and thatís not my favorite undertone.

I have very light gray walls with white trim and itís plenty of contrast for me. Being patient with choosing is hard for me. I painted the samples on a wall so I could see it in different lights over a few days. That really helped and I do think, every now and then, how much I like this color.

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Old 08-06-2020, 04:53 AM
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I'll admit...I'm trying to pick one off a computer. It's off to the paint store I go when I'm done teaching summer school today.
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:54 AM
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I would go lighter. Out of the light I don't like Gray Mirage. The other two are fine.


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Old 08-06-2020, 05:01 AM
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Choosing from images on a computer can be tricky. I'm sure you'll take a look at them in real life before you decide. Amega's idea about painting swatches on the wall is a great one. You can buy a small sample of the paints you think you'll like and try them on the wall to help you decide. I have painted large foam boards with the color I'm considering so I could place it on various walls at differing times of the day because paints can change. It's worth the effort to take your time in making a decision. Have fun painting your new room!
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Old 08-06-2020, 05:14 AM
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I like Sea Salt the best, then Arctic Gray. I don't like the Gray Mirage either. That has a greenish tone.

Colors as dark as the Knoxville are good as accent colors, but unless you want the whole room to be dark and look smaller, then I wouldn't do it that dark.
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Old 08-06-2020, 05:31 AM
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One more thing, Jackie. You probably already know this, but I figured out that asking the paint guy to see the colors they mixed in actually helped me. I donít like pink undertones and seeing that mixed in helped me not choose a color.
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Old 08-06-2020, 05:48 AM
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Hmm...smart thinking. I just left the paint store with samples. None of the swatches I picked are any of the above colors . Once I saw the swatch of the colors-nope! I hate having to rush.
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Old 08-06-2020, 05:49 AM
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I really like Sea Salt. IMO painting the room one of the grays would conflict with "I love the natural light" and darken the room.

ETA- I see you changed your plan but I am going to leave my comment. Hope you will share the sample colors you chose.


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Old 08-06-2020, 06:11 AM
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Glad you got samples. Thatís the only way to really be able to tell.

I have sea salt in one of my bathrooms. I love it but it definitely goes green.

Once when I was asking for samples they gave me 8x10 pieces of paper with the colors. That made it easy for me to pick without buying a ton of samples! Another thing that has helped me is to look up the color on Pinterest. Itís helpful to see real rooms painted with the color.

Canít wait to see the finished project.
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I like the sea salt also.
Old 08-06-2020, 06:19 AM
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It seems calming.
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:26 AM
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I definitely do what was suggested earlier . Take some colors home ,put on the walls and peek at it at various times during the day and evening. I also did the above suggested tip of watching the mixing of the color being made. That's how I chose my gray inside my home. I also consider the other colors in the home so the home layout flows well with all the color selections. Good luck and have fun !
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Old 08-06-2020, 08:10 AM
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I like Sea Salt. All the light will reflect beautifully, and in winter it will still feel bright and not dull. Plus, easy to coordinate decorations.
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Old 08-06-2020, 10:03 AM
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I think Sea Salt (which I love) is way more green in person. I'd love to see what color swatches you came home with!
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Old 08-06-2020, 10:12 AM
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I am slightly colorblind according to two opthomalogists (can't distinguish between very pale red or green, as they look pale gray to me), so I'm no help picking colors. But one trick that works for me when I have to decide something is to pretend I picked one option and then see how my heart feels. If I feel even a slight tug of disappointment or reluctance, then I know to go with the other option. Follow your heart, not your head.
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:54 PM
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Iíd get the swatches, put them all on the wall, and take them down as you decide you dislike them.

Thatís how I chose paint the last few times.
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Old 08-07-2020, 09:12 AM
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Just going from this, I like Sea Salt. I agree with Ima, though. Look at the samples on the wall first before you make a final decision.
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