Color Inspiration :: Red + Gray-Blue

Last week, we painted our smallest bathroom a color called "cold steel".  In the store, it was gray as gray gets.  It was perfect under the incandescent/fluorescent/daylight lights they have in-store and we were sold on it.  When we started painting, I couldn't get over how blue it was turning out.  It's so odd because even in our living room, the color is still very gray and not blue at all.  But in the bathroom...let's just say, lesson learned.  Always bring the paint sample home first before you give in to impulse.  Don't get me wrong, I really do adore the color and the bathroom needed something to both lighten and spruce it up a bit.  I'm just left a little perplexed for color schemes and disappointed I don't get to have my gray and yellow bathroom.  Alas...

But thanks to Pinterest, inspiration is endless.  Case in point ::

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In the room, we have a yellow shower curtain (hence my gray + yellow aspirations) and there is beautiful white trim.  So to really give it a punch of color, I think accessorizing with red is a perfect fit.

Now I just need to purchase something vibrant to hang on the walls in there.  Because we own practically zero red things to accessorize with!  

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And for some extra oomph, not necessarily in the bathroom but just around the house ::
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And just because, here is an outfit in this palette that has my heart ::




Color Inspiration :: Gray-blue + red





I'm feeling inspired...are you?  Are you a fan of this palette?

32 comments:

Mal August 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

Paint chips can be so fickle! I love this color combo though, I think it worked out for the best!

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colleen August 23, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

i love using red to add a pop of color. it's my pillow and blanket for my living room and i love it - good luck with your hunt for red accessories.

theolivetree August 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

aggggh! LOVE those color combos!!!!

Shari August 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

The pinstripe dress is darling. I love it.

Punctuation Mark August 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

beautiful boards and color selection!

jeanette from everton terrace August 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

Exact same thing happened to me in our last house and it was even a bathroom. I was certain it was a slate grey and I swear when we finished it was periwinkle. People would say they liked the blue bathroom. I hated it but left it for about a year.

Meggan of Lila Grace August 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

Love it!! That is a really pretty combination. The red and white striped tea pot may be the cutest thing I have ever seen!

Caroline August 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

I love this color combination!! LOVE!

birdie to be August 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

Great colors! I love the bedrooms!

Johanna August 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM  

That cut on the dress is so gorge. I actually like the red accent added to your existing palette. I think that could be fun and punchy! I had the same color issue happen with my office...Tiffany blue...not so much.

Lara {simply irresistible} August 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

Oh my gosh, that letter bookcase is amazing!! I love the color palette. The red adds a great pop of color.

Jenny in Ohio August 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

seems like I hear about that gray/blue thing happening a lot!

Oh well, at least you like it :)

la petite coquine August 23, 2011 at 2:30 PM  

Damn those paint chips-but I bet it looks just divine! Red is my favorite shade, so I'm delighted you're including it!

Anna of IHOD August 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM  

I haven't thought about this color palatte before but seeing that bedroom makes me think it pretty fantastic. And the dress clutch heels ensemble is killer!

Amber Blue Bird August 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

I learned that lesson the hard way too. I had seen this pic in Domino and fell in love with this dark gray color. I purchased the exact color that was listed in the magazine, painted my walls, and it turned into more of a blue gray color...not even close to the picture..so disappointing.

The PvdH Journal August 23, 2011 at 2:56 PM  

Oh geez paint... I learnt my lesson when I was 16 and my mom gave me permission to repaint one (just one) wall in my room. Yikes, it was the most horrible shade!


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Krystal August 23, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

i love those red shoes at the end, i like their deeper color. and that red bed!!

Mel August 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM  

I love the color combo. And oh boy, that red framed chalkboard and the peep toes? Yes, please!

Stephanie August 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM  

I love it! It has a sort of calm feeling to it.

angela hardison August 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM  

my very favorite grey - tested in so many different lights and rooms - is what i chose for the biggest room in our new house. and it totally looks more blue than ever. such a bummer. grey is tough!

Farmchick August 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM  

This really is a nice color combo.

classiq August 24, 2011 at 12:23 AM  

I love the colour and accessorised with red will look amazing. A lovely outfit you've put together. xo
Ada

Karolina Pettersson August 24, 2011 at 3:02 AM  

omg how lovely isn't these collages! I want everything! pinterest is my hero.

Mandy Crandell August 24, 2011 at 6:13 AM  

One of my favorite combinations!

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Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ August 24, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

i'm OBSESSED with the mirror frame that got turned into a chalkboard - those mirrors are SOOOOOO $$$$$$$ - but i'll get my hands on one!

i LOVE color and i love to change up a lot in my house!

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Kirby August 24, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

you know what, I've had two friends tell me that gray is the hardest color to pick out. one of them said they painted their living room 3 times and it's still not right. but I'm sure it's worth it in the end! try to find a gray that has a red undertone. that will help get the blue out and the tint will go with your red accent colors that you want to bring in!

we are doing grey for the wedding and I'm being very specific that I want a red-grey, not blue-greys! ha! crazy I know...

sherri lynn August 24, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

LOVE that outfit! I love adding a little touch of red. In our living room it's our pillows, in the kitchen it's my stand mixer and a little teapot :)

Stephanie August 24, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

I absolutely love the muted splash of red in the outfit picture. It may be hard to find accessories in that particular color but it sure would look lovely!

navy and orange August 25, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

love the orange headboard and the gray dress!

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mapleandvine September 5, 2011 at 1:04 AM  

thank you for the inspiration!!! love that gray blue dress!!

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