Hi everyone! I’m celebrating this fine Monday morning because I finally finished painting the main areas of our home this past weekend. I love nothing more than playing with my little one with a cup of coffee in hand as I just stare at my new favorite gray paint. Seriously, it’s that good! Don’t worry, I’m going to give you all the details today. But before I do, just look at the difference the gray paint made to our living room. This was one of the first areas I painted because the orange had to go.
Ryan and I knew before we even found this home that we would be using gray paint throughout most of the living spaces. Because of the colors in the fireplace of our last home, we were left with using beige throughout most of the house. Nothing wrong with it, but we were over it and wanted a crisp gray in our new home. Would you believe me if I told you this was the first gray we found? But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
We found the gray paint on Pinterest but there was one problem we encountered right away. Nobody knew who made it or the paint company listed was wrong. All we knew was that it was possibly by Frazee after spending a good amount of time searching for it on Google. Why was this paint worth all the trouble? It’s a gray gray color. Meaning it doesn’t have any blue, green, or purple undertones. How often does that happen?
I headed to my local Sherwin-Williams and they didn’t even have a paint named Seattle. I walked away that day not ready to give up. I had to have this paint color in my life. I researched a little more. There are Facebook groups and discussion groups all about this Seattle gray and trying to find out where to purchase it. One person was kind enough to give the formula code for this particular paint color. I took a screenshot on my phone and went back to Sherwin-Williams to see if they could re-create it.
Not only could they make this paint color for me but this time they found it in their system. Shut the front door! I was beside myself with excitement. This gray paint, Seattle, was actually by Color Wheel which was bought out by Sherwin-Williams. Because this particular paint store has been there for over 30 years, the Color Wheel codes were kept in the system. I just won the paint lottery if there’s such a thing.
If you’re also loving this gray color, allow me to make it easy for you. Head to your closest Sherwin-Williams (or any local paint store) and ask if they can mix Seattle by Color Wheel for you. If it isn’t in their system, which could possibly happen, then give them this formula code to create the custom color. This is from my paint can.
POST UPDATE: Readers have had trouble getting this exact color when they’ve asked Sherwin Williams to use the information in their system. It’s best for you to take the image of the formula (below) in the store and have them match it. But, keep in mind, it also depends on your sheen (flat, satin, semi-gloss) and the formula may change with the sheen you go with. I went with a satin sheen for my walls. Some readers have gotten an exact match while others have stated their paint color has a hint of blue.
POST UPDATE NUMBER 2: A reader that had success with my formula, needed his lightened for this home but wanted to keep the same base gray color. He was kind enough to send me the formula and an image from his home. Please see both images below if you like the hue of this gray but need it slightly lighter.
You’ve seen a few areas of our home transformed with this color within this post. I spared you the other areas because of the boxes, furniture, and miscellaneous home decor items shoved in corners. We painted the entrance, formal living area, dining room, hallways, kitchen, breakfast nook, and kitchen this gray color. It flows beautifully as you enter and walk through our home. It slightly changes depending on the lighting but it’s always the perfect shade of gray without any hints of other colors. This color provides a refreshing and clean design. Now, since I took all the research and guess work out of it, go buy a gallon of Seattle to paint a room in your home. You won’t regret it!
Still can’t seem to find an exact match for Seattle or looking for a different gray? Check out my post, Nine Gray Paint Samples We Put to the Test, where I paint each one on my wall and share my thoughts on each one.
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