At the end of Wednesday’s post, I talked about how I’ve been hankering to paint the laundry room. I’ve been struggling with what to do with this room and I finally came to the conclusion that the roadblock is the paint color. While I totally love the pleasant, calming effect of Martha’s Artisan Well, it’s just not working for this room and the particular style we’re working towards. It just looks a little… is juvenile the word I’m looking for? In this respect, I have no room to talk because I watch the Disney Channel, own coloring books and am currently listening to Justin Bieber’s Christmas album, haha. I don’t know what the right word is, but the bottom line is that it just isn’t jiving for us.

So, after 24 more hours to think about it, we’re officially going gray. I know, I know. Some of you are probably thinking, “Gray? Again?!”. Yep. Gray, again. A part of me pains to paint over the blue, but we’re planning on bringing in this shade of pool blue into the accents and accessories. In a way, I think that will bring out the blue even more, so when it’s all said and done, it’s a win win. I think I would be perfectly happy if every room in the house were gray. A nice gray pallet really gives you the opportunity to play with colors, textures and styles and well, we love it. It’s sophisticated, modern, warm and airy all at the same time.

With all of that said, we’re now on the quest for the perfect gray. As far as looking for the perfect shade of gray, I don’t think there is one due to the simple fact that it depends on the room. I’m not a color expert, but I do realize there isn’t any color that’s “just gray”. You’d think gray is in the middle of white and black and you go left to right depending on how dark you want your gray to be, right? Sadly, it’s a little more complicated than that. There are yellow grays, blue grays, green grays, neutral grays, so on and so on. Mainly, we like to stay away from the greens and blues and stick with the neutrals or sometimes the yellows (like our living room, which is Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone). For the laundry room, we want to keep things pretty neutral and out of any obvious “color spectrum grays”. Last night, we went to Home Depot to pick up a bunch of gray paint swatches and this is what we brought home…

Solid colors tend to vary from monitor to monitor, so they may look different on different computers. Going from left to right, starting on the top row, we have… French Gray and Granite Gray by Glidden then Cement Gray and Zinc by Martha Stewart. On the second row (all by Behr), the first swatch is Sparrow, Anonymous, Dark Granite, and Stealth Jet. Over to the other swatch, Gray Area, Dark Ash, Evening Hush, and lastly Beluga. After reading that last one, I couldn’t get “Baby Beluga” out of my head! Gotta love Full House…

At first glance, Greg and I both liked French Gray by Glidden (the first one on the first row). On the other hand, Anonymous looked more modern and less beige in direct sunlight. We taped the swatches on all of the walls of the laundry room to see them in different lighting and against the trim. After sleeping on it, we finally decided on…

Anonymous by Behr. We love the modern warmth of it and I think it will make wall art and the white trim really pop. Just to make sure we were on the right track, I searched the internet looking for photos of rooms using the same color. When I found this photo (from here) I knew it was the right color for us…

Painting isn’t typically on Greg’s favorite things list, but much to my surprise, he suggested that we go ahead and paint it this weekend. I guess I caught him on a good day, haha. Being that we’re super busy from now until Christmas, we probably won’t be able to make any decorating changes quite yet, but the room will at least be painted and ready to go. I’m so excited to have this road block out of the way and closer to a finished laundry room.

Before I go off and look for my paint sweats…

Greg and I wanted to let you guys in on our next Target Inner Circle activity – which will be coming at you right here on the blog in just a few weeks. Drumroll… Target has asked us to design a Christmas party! Do you guys know how much I LOVE Christmas parties?!?! They have armed us with a Target gift card and given us free reign on everything from the theme to the menu. In their words, “It is what you make it”. As you can tell from my utter excitement, I love, love, love entertaining so I was really stoked about this when they first shared the plan with us a few months ago. We had a lot of fun “themes” written down on our short list, but we finally decided to go with a “Baby It’s Cold Outside” brunch. This will be a fun, easy party for anyone to host during the winter months – which makes us even more excited to share it. Greg and I are ironing out the finial details but this entire process has been so much fun. That being said, over the next few weeks, I’ll be pinning some of my favorite Christmas party ideas as well as my party must-haves from Target. So if you don’t already follow me on Pinterest, click on over. Also, when we post about the party, we’ll also be throwing some Target love your way with another giveaway! Woo to the hoo!