Tuesday, May 31, 2011

sally wheat gives us her 'perfect grays'


She is as sweet as she is talented.
Houston, Texas designer Sally Wheat recently took a little time to pass on to "a perfect gray" readers some of her favorite grays. And folks, we are not alone here in trying to sort out our gray hues, "I think grays are really hard," says Sally. "I've had a gray work beautifully in one end of a space and turn out completely blue on the other end!"

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Here are a few of Sally's favorite grays, "I have had good luck with these," she says...


part of sally's famous kitchen
courtesy of cote de texas

Sally's well known kitchen cabinets, above, are Benjamin Moore Fieldstone #1558



Pavilion Gray by Farrow and Ball, above, is
"...a nice light gray for walls," Sally notes.


Downpipe by Farrow and Ball, above,
is Sally's pick for a darker shade of gray.


And three Martin Senor colors that Sally recommends are:

Martin Senour Cindersmoke, above, "a nice dove gray."
image from Sally's site



Martin Senour Baby Hippo, on shelves, above.
Sally notes, "I have used Baby Hippo on built-in shelving and doors, very pretty."
image courtesy of cote de texas



Sally used Martin Senour Column, on the kitchen cabinetry, above,  for "a nice taupey gray."
The kitchen island is painted Martin Senour Baby Hippo.
photo courtesy of cote de texas


Our thanks, Sally, for sharing your grays with us!

Be sure to check out Sally's beautiful website full of wonderful gray interiors...

34 comments:

cityfarmer said...

I've loved her since the beginning of gray time!!

quintessence said...

Great suggestions from the creator of the "now famous" fabulous kitchen. I love the warm gray of her beautiful kitchen - I wasn't familiar with Martin Senour - clearly worth checking out!!

birdsofafeatherdesign.com said...

Thanks for sharing! I am searching out a grey for my kitchen cabinets! Wish me luck...-Ann

Becky D @ Kings Down Road said...

Those are all beautiful! Sadly I can relate with the blue end of the spectrum. The exterior of my house was supposed to be a lovely dark gray, and it definitely has a blue tint to it.

d e l i g h t said...

Thank you for sharing. The grays she uses are very nice shades.

Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for sharing, Donna.
There is a color here that I want for a bookcase.
have a great week.
Teresa
xoxo

Natural Beauty said...

Thank you! This is really helpful because I am about to paint (obviously, with greys). I especially like the last greige-y one.

Joyce@canadianoriginals.net said...

Sally's work is so lovely. I've also had great success with Farrow and Ball's Pavillion Gray. It's definitely my fave. Thanks Donna.

nicholl said...

I'm excited to check out Martin Senour, hope it's available to us commoners. Thanks for the inspiration, adding the colors to my list to paint my entry and hallway!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

So now I have at least 3 new grays to add to my arsenal - my head may just explode ..... :D

YONKS said...

Loving the first shot of the shelves! EXCELLENT
Dianne
OXOX

under spanish moss said...

Donna, we are currently testing grays for a kitchen cabinet. Thanks for the tips! Saving in our files.
Angela and Renee

red ticking said...

love love love.... all things gray... sally's work is so beautiful... xx

Karena said...

Adore the Baby Hippo it is perfect!!

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Kerry said...

I have loved her kitchen for awhile and dreamt of a floor like that for 25 years but I had no idea that she was young and cute. I pictured her very differently-lol!
Pavilion gray is fabulous.

paula said...

so many beautiful choices. She has such exquisite taste.

Acquired Objects said...

Like everyone else I love Sally's kitchen made even better now that she has shared her greys!

Tades said...

I covet that kitchen!

Charlotta Ward said...

Yum for this post girls! A definite keeper!

I love the 'Fieldstone grey'. It reminds me of a colour we refer to as 'antique white' in my native Sweden. Such a versatile and beautiful colour!

The cabinets are heaven, as is the 'taupey gray' kitchen at the end. Love a good brick floor like that. My father and I nearly broke our backs laying one just like it in our Summer house in the very South of Sweden when I grew up. Hard work, but looks amazing!

Big hugs to you Donna.

xx C

The Zhush said...

The perfect gray post! I ate this up with a spoon...especially loving that first one, field stone! wow!

martine@martinelouisedesign said...

ooooh love these pics. Gorgeous grey kitchen. I want one! Love the polka dot grey chair too. My house is full of various shades of gray my husband insists are all the same color! m x

kmack said...

I loved fieldstone in the pictures, but FB's James White seems to work in my space. Thought I would mention it, because I would not have picked it off the color card. Lighter than pavillion gray, in my room it is not as brown as clunch, or as yellow as slipper satin, it has green undertones, which the eastern (blue) light in my space seems to neutralize. Not a color I expected to work, so I thought I would mention it. Similar to morning dew (BM), but has that FB subtle depth!!

Thanks for sharing Sally's favorites!

Pia said...

Gorgeous carpet and the kitchen is very lovely. Cool post, check out also 3D Rendering

The Paper Mulberry said...

What an inspiring blog! You have a new and very happy follower!!!

Flourishing Networks said...

I Love the kitchen cardboard. What great style. I also love the bedroom design.

Splendid Willow said...

Ohhhh! I like this and I am saving the entire post! Like you, Donna & Sally I am always hunting for the perfect gray (and white).

My 2 weeks in Stockholm are almost up. Busy, busy...

Miss you tons.

Happy weekend.

Mon

24 Corners said...

After a year, we're still not sure which gray to use above our rock fireplace...maybe one of these will work! Love the name 'Baby Hippo', hope that one wins!
xo J~

SHERRY HART said...

Just had my kitchen cabinets painted and wish I had been a little braver and gone with a different color...but repainting kitchen cabinets is not cheap so I had to go with white! Again!

3 Peanuts said...

Oh all so lovely. I love Martin Senour paints and have used them lot. I live right near Sally Wheat and have always wanted to peek in her house:) I have seen all the photos but just wish I would see it in person.

Katelyn said...

Hi Donna, Just wondering if you could verify which paint Sally Wheat used on the "Brick house" kitchen cabinents. On the actual post with the house it says Owlet and on the post with Sallys favorite grays it says Column.Thanks for your help!-Katelyn

A Perfect Gray said...

katelyn, sorry for the confusion. I just re-checked sally's e-mail to me and she states that the kitchen cabinets in the "brick house" are Martin Senour Column. Hope this helps and thanks for checking in.

Katelyn said...

Thanks for checking for me Donna!

Anonymous said...

Farrow and Ball does not make a Pavillion Gray. They call it Pavillion Blue and describe it as a pale blue color.

A Perfect Gray said...

Anon, you can find farrow and ball's pavillion gray (#242) here:
http://us.farrow-ball.com/colours/paint/fcp-category/list?resetFilters=true&gclid=CMvz4aLH168CFZNV7AodxCCK_Q