Do Tell: Which paint color should I choose?


{From Left to Right: Behr’s Natural Gray, Martha Stewart Bedford Gray,

Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray}

We are in the midst of a little kitchen renovation at Casa Contreras. Last weekend, we had our new countertops and subway tile backsplash installed. The next step is to choose a paint color for our maple cabinets and add a few new accessories to spruce it all up. Initially, I thought I wanted crisp, white cabinets. Unfortunately, we tried several lovely shades of white by Benjamin Moore earlier this week, but the overall look was too bright and clinical. I think it was the combination of white backsplash, stainless steel appliances and lighting that made it all look very cold and sterile. So, back to the drawing board we went.


{Martha Stewart Nimbus Cloud}

We decided that a warm shade of light grey would be the way to go. The color would have more depth and warmth than white and would go well with the rest of the items in the kitchen. Well, that was easier said than done! I received so many great tips from friends and Twitter followers regarding grey paint colors, but greys can be tricky! Some read too blue, others to green or mauve, you know the drill. We finally narrowed it down to the four shades pictured in the photos above. While I love the Sharkey Grey, it is too similar to the wall color in our kitchen, which I can’t show you since the room is still a mess. I promise to show you everything in a big reveal once the room is finished, though. Anyway, you’re probably wondering why we can’t paint the kitchen walls. That would be because our house is only five years old and like most new construction, the floor plan is very open. The kitchen opens into our family room AND our walls have those stupid rounded corners that make it nearly impossible to paint just one room without having to paint everything else. I’m sure some of you know what I mean.

So, long story short…I would really appreciate your input. Which of the colors in the photos above do you think we should go with? Behr’s Natural Gray, Martha Stewart Bedford Gray, Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray or Martha Stewart Nimbus Cloud?

P.S. Some of you asked if I would share the color recommendations I received. They’re all lovely!

Behr Vintage Sweatshirt Gray

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

Benjamin Moore Silver Chain

Benjamin Moore Hot Spring Stones

Benjamin Moore Pashmina

Benjamin Moore Bunny Gray

Benjamin Moore Gargoyle

Benjamin Moore Old Salem Gray

Benjamin Moore Silver Fox

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

Dunn Edwards Baby Seal

Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Gray

Farrow & Ball Pavillion Gray

Pittsburgh Paint Gray Moth

Sherwin Williams Web Gray

Sherwin Williams Sensible Hue

Sherwin Williams Light French Gray



44 thoughts on “Do Tell: Which paint color should I choose?

  1. I like Nimbus Cloud! I was going to choose the sharkey color, but I know exactly what you mean about the rounded wall corners in homes! So, Nimbus Cloud gets my vote! :) Good luck- it will be fabulous whatever you choose!

  2. Based strictly on the photo [haven’t seen any in person], I think Behr Natural Gray. Sharkey seems too white and the one next to Sharkey reads a little yellowish to me {could just be my monitor though}. Love the backsplash!

  3. Natural gray!

    I painted Sharkey gray in the hallways, guest room, and dinning room. I love the color but in the dinning room I swatched before painting and LOVED the color, once I painted the whole room it pulled really purpley. If the kitchen gets a ton of light I’d be worried it would do the same to you!

  4. I will pick Martha Stewart Bedford Gray. I think it provides a little contrast to the white blacksplash and ties together the black countertops together because it’s such a great color between the two! The rest look a little off white to me, maybe it’s the lighting or my monitor.

    Whatever you pick, I am sure it will look fab in the end. Can’t wait to see the big reveal!


  5. I don’t know if you are still taking suggestions, but we used sherwin-williams Amazing Gray on our kitchen cabinets (with white subway tile backsplash and carerra marble counters) and we LOVE IT! I think it’s the perfect gray!

  6. I’m loving the Bedford Grey by Martha Stewart. I like that is seems to have the most color. I think some color is really nice. It’s going to look great with your countertops, etc. Can’t wait for the “After” pics… Good luck!!!

  7. I just picked out new paint colors for my house as well and it’s SUCH a hard task…for some reason I’m really liking the Behr Natural Gray…that’d be my pick! Good luck :)

  8. I would have picked the Beford or the Sharkey Gray. I like that they have a little more saturated color to them.

  9. I’m also liking the pale grey from Behr. Check out Traditional Home this month for a new kitchen in Toronto where the cupboards are done a light blue/grey/green. Very pretty. But if you don’t want the blue or green undertone then I think the behr is best. It seems most neutral.

  10. I like the Behr based on the photo. I’ve struggled with the light cabinets versus dark cabinets issue, too. I like them both and just switch them each time I reno or move (white, then dark, then light, now dark again). Just plan on doing the reverse next go around. Keeps it interesting!

  11. Yes, like many others, my vote is for the Natural or Sharkey Grays! I so relate to the open plan and rounded corners…sounds like my house exactly! Can’t wait to see the big reveal!! I’m sure whatever you choose will be beautiful.

  12. It’s way harder to see the colour ‘accurately’ unless there is white around it, especially in comparison to the stained cabinets and the blue tape.

    If you tried the white this way it would definitely look clinical but it doesn’t mean white is not right for your space. Also I’m assuming your floor is wood since you are not showing it? Otherwise if it’s tile, it should be part of the overall decision on the colour you end up with on your cabinets.

    In my colour workshop this week, one of the designers said the biggest tip she had learned from me on day 2 was to ALWAYS have white behind every colour you are looking it, especially pale shades of white.

    Hope this helps :)

  13. Bedford grey gives a nice contrast to your backsplash and works well with your countertop. The others might be a bit too monochromatic…just my thoughts

  14. I was happy to see your post because I am in this process in my own house. I am debating the white versus grey kitchen and was looking at the Sharkey and Bedford Greys! I am replacing my cabinets and trying to decide which way to go. Just posting this morning about the process, so it was really funny when I happened upon your post!

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