Gray Owl And Simply White

Before we bought it, our house had been empty for about seven years, and like many foreclosures that were lacking a little love, we walked into a handful of projects that either needed to be finished, or needed to be fixed. One such fix was a leak underneath the toilet above the kitchen…

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But now that the “headless plumber” (ha!) has that all fixed up, we’re going to start painting the ceiling, trim, windows and doors in our (open concept) kitchen, dining and living room.

Right now, the walls are painted (Benjamin Moore’s) Algonquin Trail, the ceiling is Sherwood Tan, and the trim and doors are Manchester Tan…


We’re going to go with (Benjamin Moore’s) Owl Gray (lightened by 50%) on the walls, and Simply White on the ceiling,  doors, and trim…

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Ignore the towel bar in the photo above- we were shooting something for, and decided to try out a sample of Gray Owl behind it for the picture. We’re taking the towel bar down today, and after the holes are all patched up, we’ll cover up that (flat) sample of Gray Owl with some of the 50% lightened Gray Owl paint in a satin finish.

Be back with another update as soon as we’ve got some more paint progress pics to share!

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  1. Suzie says

    Here’s what it means for a paint store to custom mix a percentage of the original formula.
    The color at full strength is 100%, so the 50% lighter custom mix is made using half of the exact colorants used to mix the full-strength formula.
    For example: Let’s say a particular white uses 4 parts Raw Umber and 2 parts Gold in the formula. If you request 50% lighter, then the store will only use 2 parts Raw Umber and 1 part Gold colorants to mix in the can of base paint, and WAHLAH….a 50% lighter version.
    If you request a particular color in 50% darker, then the store will ADD 50% MORE colorants in the same ratio, making your new custom color actually 150% of the original color.
    Does this make sense or help anyone? I hope so:)

  2. Kelly Hawkins says

    Layla, I have a question about paint and your choices. My entire life, I have been “guided” to use Semi-gloss or Satin paint for washability, etc., but in most of your pictures, it appears to be Flat paint. I was curious if you always use flat paint and why.

    Thanks and really enjoy all that you post. I too have an open concept with high ceilings and still working on trying to fill my home with coziness while while not cluttered.

    • Layla says

      Hey Kelly! We actually always use satin finish on our walls, and semi-gloss on our trim and doors. This time though, we’re switching to Benjamin Moore’s matte finish. The guy at the paint store said it’s equally as durable, and won’t look as shiny, so we’re giving it a whirl! 😀

  3. Anu says

    Hi Layla, What do you think about decorators white (BM) for the cabinets? Also how to white dove? I have been going back and forth between both colors…now simply white adds more confusion :) Let me know your thoughts :)

  4. says

    Layla, I’ve thought about you and Kevin so much, because our journey has been so similar. We also just bought a beautiful home with beige trim outside and in, but we love the bones!!!

    How did you find out the colors of the walls and trim? I’m dying to know!


    Erin @ Dwell and Tell

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