NataLee 9-1-1: Gray With Green

Andy from Boise, Idaho writes:

Hey NataLee,

I was led to your blog by your facebook invite.

I am building in Boise/Meridian ID. And, am actually in the process of building my own home (I’m at insulation). Your posts on gray being a “hot” trend is interesting to me. I think it is a good look. I like the photos you have – especially the light gray with the dark stained bed set. I have a couple of questions if you have the time:

1) Would a light gray in the entire house as a neutral body color be advisable? Or, is gray something that is only good in certain rooms?
2) I’m thinking of doing a green type color to go with the dark brown cabinets in my Kitchen – if a light gray is used in the dining nook (adjacent and open to the kitchen area) would they three colors compliment one another? (light gray, moderate green, with dark stained cabinets)

Thanks NataLee.

Best Regards,


Hi Andy… Great questions.  First off, congratulations on your new business and home!  The answer to your first question is yes.  You can absolutely use gray as a color through out.  I would use a lighter gray if you’re going to do this. 

Here is a good example of this:

Something like Restoration Hardware’s Slate Collection:

Graphite or Stone would be good choices for a whole house color.

The answer to your second question is also yes… and I am attaching several pictures that show this combination in action.

I like the picture above, however, I would choose a slightly warmer shade of green.  Something closer to the bed and chair in the following:

Here are several other examples of green, gray, and brown in action.

Here are a couple pictures of a model home I did where we had this color combo.

Hopefully this helped you out Andy.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

Would love to see pictures of your final result.  Good luck!


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3 thoughts on “NataLee 9-1-1: Gray With Green

  1. NataLee says:

    I think you are right… Stone. I just painted my living room in the Graphite which is much darker. Stone seems right.

  2. elizabeth says:

    I was wondering if I could get the name of the green and grey colors used in the pictures you posted of the model home above. I love the combination.



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