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Gray, Violet and Mauve—And a Little Inspiration for My Future Abode


Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways–Oscar Wilde

The other day at work I had to run to the Benjamin Moore store down stairs to pick up some paint for an upcoming shoot. After selecting the colors and handing them over to the colorist to be mixed I had a little time to browse. So I headed over to the paint chip selection wall and picked out a number of shades that caught my eye. When it comes time to decorate my future home I am definitely thinking of doing gray walls as opposed to white. However, I am not sure if I want to do a traditional neutral gray or one with a hint of mauve or violet. I picked out three paint chips all matte; one was an eggshell white and one was a gray color called Sidewalk Gray, and the other was called Violet Mist. The Violet Mist is a grayish color with violet/lavender undertones. It is not by any means an actual violet color but a gray with hints of violet to keep it from being a flat gray.

I still have not decided if this is the direction I want to go. I held up the Sidewalk Gray against the bright white chip and then the Violet Mist. I think I am leaning towards the Violet Mist or perhaps I should go a bit warmer with a pinky mauve undertone instead? As I am still undecided I put together this mood board to help me make up my mind. Granted the images in these photos are distinctly shades of mauve, violet or lavender. The color I am thinking of would be more a gray but with one of these shades mixed in to the gray. I would most likely paint the main living area of the space with the grayish color and then I was thinking for the bedroom going for a bit more color and doing an actual mauve, violet or lavender, similar to this bedroom with the sloped ceiling. What do you think? Do you like this palette and do you like the idea of having the same palette through out the space but doing different shades and tonalities of the same color? Or do you prefer more contrast? And if you like this pillow be sure to head on over to the Etsy shop JolieMarche and have a look around.

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  1. love this color scheme, it’s soft and feminine.


  2. I like Gray room but that is just me you could add violet and mauve accessories. Good luck in the decor.

  3. I love gray and mauve together. I find it to be so pretty. I like shades of similar colors.

  4. Ooohhh, beautiful hues. I’ve lived in places that had white walls, bright primary-color walls and soft grey walls. My preference is the latter two. White feels sterile while color, even subdued, warms a home.

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  5. This is stunning inspiration! I am currently building a home so this makes me excited for the decorating part. Perfect colors together.


  6. I simply love the grey undertone in this violet color. It’s simply amazing and so beautiful. I definitely have to find this color in some decor accessories. Thanks for the inspiration :).

    Kia / The House of KTS

  7. This is a great palette – feminine but sophisticated. We painted two of the walls in our bedroom a smokey lavender color. I thought it might be too much throughout since my husband lives in the space as well.

  8. H Allie, I will go for Violet mist, and grey!! I love these colors and the pictures you selected are beautiful!
    Glamoury Armory Blog

  9. I actually love the grey that has mauve in it, I think it looks much better than flat grey. But can’t you do a mixture of both? Like a statement wall of mauve-y grey and the other walls are flat grey? I have seen some places with a mixture of two colours and looks really lovely.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. Violet Mist seems lovely, and easy to live with. I also like the pinker version. With any of these, I would make sure to have a crisp, white moulding. I love 6 inch shoe moulding!
    If you use this color, I think it would be nice to keep it tonal, or having another room be in stark white, too..
    I have always decorated with shades of white, technically, but they read as pale colored walls. I did this in my daughter’s room, in a shade of white, but it is grey! And in my beach house, it is all “white”, but it is really pale, misty green.
    I hope that makes sense, I love this photos!
    xx, Elle

  11. What a beautiful color palette! I love anything that’s part of the purple family, and these colors are so relaxing 🙂

  12. Pinky mauve undertone seems like a good one, hun..
    Maybe I’m just biased cos I love something pink hihi

    Anyway, hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

  13. Love this- soft and chic. Perfect color palette, lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  14. OH!!! I LOVE this pillow, I will def get myself one. I love different shades and tonalities, so in my opinion that would look amaizing!

    Diana Bryant
    http://www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com – Blog
    http://www.DianaBryant.com – Web

  15. I love this colour combination, it looks amazing!:)

  16. I love the colors! I cannot wait to move into a new place and add some color.

  17. Oh wow, these are such pretty colors. I love how soft everything looks together. You really have an eye for color!

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