a great greige paint color!

brushed aluminum benjamin moore gray paint color

I get asked a lot about the blue gray paint colors used throughout our home. I’m beginning a paint color series that lists all paint colors used along with examples of how they look both with natural lighting and without. All are within the Benjamin Moore greige colors. I’m starting with the primary color in our home, Benjamin Moore Brushed Aluminum, which to me, has proven to be the best Benjamin Moore Gray Paint Color if only for it’s gigantic versatility.

Benjamin Moore 1485 Brushed Aluminum example and how it looks on walls. benjamin moore colors for bedrooms

one cohesive color

Our very talented interior designer, Alicia Weaver, taught me that you need to come up with a coherent paint color scheme. She advised me to not “stamp” paint colors. Meaning, don’t use a bunch of colors throughout the home. Pick one neutral color you like and apply it everywhere. This will lead to a cohesive look in your home.

Because lighting changes the color Brushed Aluminum will look a bit different in darker hallways versus rooms flooded in light, but it’s still the same color and still gives you that sense of cohesiveness.

layer the blue gray paint color

You’ll also notice I included a piece of furniture in the details below. We decided to paint my custom buffet console in the same Brushed Aluminum color using a lacquer finish. Alicia had the idea that even though it would be the same color of the wall, the high gloss effect would allow it to stand apart yet look very soft within the room. She was right! She loves to layer the same color which is one of the primary reasons are home feels very thought out.

Add other colors that complement it for certain rooms that need it. I’ll continue to share the other colors in our home.

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brushed aluminum examples

benjamin moore greige colors Best Benjamin Moore Gray Paint Color. Benjamin Moore Brushed aluminum painted in dining room and used as whole house gray paint color. This is our formal dining room table for Thanksgiving.

more benjamin moore greige colors

Be sure to read the other posts with great gray wall colors, including beautiful Benjamin Moore colors for bedrooms.

alicia weaver design  |  jessie preza photography  |  sara d harper photography


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  • Betsey
    May 19, 2017

    Love the painted piece of furniture in same color. Was this originally a stained piece that you had to sand and prime? Interested in process you followed. Assuming a clear lacquer applied as last coat? Trying to understand if this is reasonable project or requires a professional.

    • Kelly
      May 19, 2017

      Hi Betsey, it was a from scratch piece – not a refurnished piece. I had a professional build it – I don’t trust my painting skills! I’ve looked into lacquer paint for walls. My understanding is that it needs a lot of coats, spraying the paint and not brush stroking it and lots of time to dry in between. I would call a painter and see what they would charge. I recently had some pieces in my daughter’s room refinished (there is a blog post about this) and it was reasonable. We used a high gloss paint and it came out nice.

  • Herica Assilian
    May 28, 2017

    Hi Kelly,
    Love the color combo with white… what white paint are the mantel and the built-ins? The whites look a bit contrasting.

    • Kelly
      June 1, 2017

      Hi Herica! Great question. I’ll actually be doing a post about the trim color as well in the future. The mantle is Sherwin Williams Divine White. The built in’s were custom made and added just a few years ago. A color was done to look as close to the Divine White as possible, but keep in mind it was sprayed (instead of brush) and on a different type of wood which adds to the contrasting looks. Does that help?

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