All about Behr Silver Drop and why I think it is the prettiest color
I know I have said this before but picking the perfect paint color is hard, very hard. I learned that the hard way. Back before Pinterest, when we lived in our old house, I did it the old fashioned way. (Seriously, what did we do before Pinterest was around?)
I went to Home Depot and did eeny meeny miney moe to 153 different shades of beige. I didn’t test any on my walls. I just picked one. I was so dumb back then.
The color I picked might have been the worst color ever. I think it was really orange. But I let the painters paint the orangeish beige color on all of my 2 story walls in our old home hoping that one day I would like the color.
I never did. So I put a for sale sign in our yard.
We did sell the house but not because I hated the color of the walls…that might have been one of the reasons though.
Fast forward 10 years later….we were in our new home and I had Pinterest…and a bunch of amazing designers/bloggers that I stalked on social media.
I knew I wanted to lean towards gray on my walls but not a cold gray or a true gray. I wanted a warm gray.
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How to pick the perfect gray paint color
Picking the perfect gray can be very tricky. Very, very tricky. Here are my suggestions;
~Do what I do and just stalk your favorite designers/bloggers. That’s my fool proof way of picking paint colors for my home.
We were new to the area and I had no idea where there was a Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams store. But I knew where there was a Home Depot (and TJ Maxx/Hobby Lobby/Target. You know, all of the necessities.)
I was thrilled that a real designer finally recommended a Behr paint color. I am a huge fan of Behr paint.
I went for it, again without testing it on my walls. But this time I had an amazing designer to back up my decision. This was fool proof.
It was love at first brush stroke.
Silver Drop is a very very light gray with warm undertones. It looks almost white but looks good with everything including white.
It looks different in every room depending on your lighting
It pairs well with so many other paint colors. I used some left over Silver Drop to paint my son’s room and coordinated it with Behr Calligraphy.
Sometimes it looks like a true gray and sometimes it looks a tad bit greige depending on the room and lighting.
Are gray walls a trend
It depends really on how you look at it. Yes, gray was a crazy popular color a few years ago in home decor. Lately, it seems as though people are moving towards painting their walls a greige paint color or adding color back onto their walls.
I talked a little bit more about this when I talked to you about Pigeon by Farrow and Ball
But if you love a color and it fits in your design style, go for it. If it’s gray or purple, it’s your home, do what you like.
I (however) have major heart eyes for Silver Drop.
Going light on my walls means I am able to add color to my rooms with accessories.
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Behr Silver Drop With Cream Cabinets
My biggest hold up with picking a paint color was finding a color that went well with our kitchen cabinets. My kitchen is kind of a hot mess. It’s a nice kitchen, but not 100% my style. The cabinets are cream and they are glazed. I was afraid the gray in the paint color would look “off” against the cream cabinets.
I was wrong.
Silver Drop even looks good next to cream cabinets
(Excuse my dirty floors…it’s called summer break and I have given up mopping these floors until the kids go back to school)
Behr Silver Drop In Living Spaces
My favorite paint transformation in our house is our family room. The walls were a very dark brown and the room felt like a poop dungeon. Painting the walls made such a difference. Silver Drop looks so good against crisp white trim and bookshelves.
It also toned down the red in my floors (maybe I am making that up)
(PS my sofa is from World Market and looks to currently be in stock.)
Behr Silver Drop In Entryways
I talked more about my hallway makeover in this post. I was worried going light in my main hallway where there wasn’t alot of natural light would make my hall look dingy.
But, once again, I was wrong
For the record, the wall with the Board and Batten is Dover White by Sherwin Williams. The other walls are Silver Drop.
Once again, Silver Drop looks great with another paint color.
Coordinating colors with Behr Silver Drop
Like I said, Silver Drop goes with most other paint colors since it is so neutral. Another popular color that I see a whole lot on Pinterest is Behr Dolphin Fin. Dolphin Fin is one shade darker than Silver Drop on the color strip.
If you want a more saturated color, go with Dolphin Fin. I talked more about Dolphin Fin here
Behr’s website also gives you some suggestions for find coordinating paint colors that goes well with Silver Drop
DIY Painting Supplies
Painter’s tape: I hate taping and I really try to avoid it but when I can’t I make sure I use a good tape
Drop Cloths: Yes, you need them and you need many. I have used trash bags and old shower liners before too.
Multi Position Paint Brush tool: The best tool you will ever use if you have tall ceilings or just in general. I used something similar to this to paint my 15 foot ceilings in my family room and it was a life saver.
Paint Edger: This might get a bad rap but if you do it right, it has been a nice helper for me. Especially when trimming around windows and along baseboards.
Touch up cup: Nothing is worse than having to pull out the whole can of paint for a little touch up.
Helpful tips when picking paint colors
(Don’t judge but I pretty much just copied this from one of my previous posts about paint colors. For those that have not read that post, these tips are still helpful…)
Start with inspiration:
I talked a little bit about this in this post but I’ll touch on it again. Picking your paint color for your walls should be one of the later things you do when designing a room. Find a large focal piece (rug, art, window treatments) and look for colors in those pieces that catch your attention. Get on Pinterest and look at magazines. Get some ideas of what you like. It is your house.
Decide on the mood of the room:
Do you want your room to be light and bright or dark and moody? If you home doesn’t get a whole lot of natural light, stark white walls might look dingy. I would consider a paint with some color to it.
Grab your swatches and bring home samples
Bring home some swatches and ideally some sample paints if you feel extra ambitious. Test them in every room. Remember each room gets different natural light. See how they look in the morning and at night. If you want to see the undertone of color, look at the darkest color on the paint color strip. If you love a paint color but fear it can be too dark, ask them to cut it with 25% or 50% white.
You can buy all your paint at Home Depot
I am a huuuge fan on Behr’s paint. I usually use their Ultra line and I can’t say enough good things about it. We had professional painters come in to paint our 2 story entry way and even the professional painter said you can’t go wrong with Behr paint. If you want to save a little money on your paint, Home Depot will color match any color for you from either Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. I know some designers might cringe and tell you that Home Depot won’t be able to match the formula 100%. I haven’t had a problem yet.
Get free large swatches
If you want to see your paint swatches in a larger scale, I have been known to grab a bunch of the same color swatches and then taping them to a piece of paper. Those 2×2 swatches are for the birds. You can also order large free swatches from Benjamin Moore here
Keep a list of your home paint colors
It’s always a good idea to keep a list of the paint colors you have used in your home. I can’t tell you know much it has helped me. You can get access to my paint color tracker in my resource library. Sign up below and get the password right away.
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All about Behr Silver Drop and why I think it is the prettiest color
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