Going Gray in the Entryway


Have you ever painted a space and known after the first stroke of color whether you’re going to like it? This happens to me a lot. I know within seconds if a color is going to work or not. I think this is because I’m such a visually oriented person.

When a color works, it’s the best feeling. For example, when I painted my dining room gray, it was love at first sight. It was the same thing with my current living room / office space.

When a color doesn’t work. It’s tough. My bedroom is an example. The color was supposed to be a white / gray, and it somehow turned out looking light blue. Thankfully, the color works and I don’t hate it, but it still bothers me to some degree.

So, what does all of this have to do with today’s post? Well, I painted my entryway.

About a year ago, because of the water damage from a leaky toilet on my second floor, I was forced to paint my entryway. My initial plan was to go gray. However, after talking to one of my friend, color won out. I chose a banana cream. Once again, I knew immediately I wasn’t digging it. However, despite my better judgement, I decided to live with it for a few years.

Over time though, I realized that the yellow just didn’t fit the story I or my home was telling. It was fine, but I didn’t love it.

So, the yellow is gone and gray is back.


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As you probably know, I’ve been doing seasonal home tours on the blog for the past several years. Every time one sneaks up on me, I frantically make changes to my home in an effort to both fix things I don’t like and mix things up a bit for all of you. I’m well aware that the latter is not the best reason to make changes to my home, but it’s part the of the job and a fun challenge for me.


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Anyway, I just wanted to switch things up for the holidays and figured this would be a fast fix.

And it was. Within one day everything was repainted and all signs of the yellow were gone.

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The new color is Rare Gray from Sherwin Williams, and I think it works wonderfully in the space. I had a good feeling about it right way.

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It’s from the same color strip as my living room wall color so coordinates well there.

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My only concern is that it doesn’t play nicely with the gray walls in the dining room. From certain angles, such as this one, I’m just not sure.

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I think the dining room gray has a touch of blue, and this gray has a touch of green so when you put them together, it’s a little “eh.” I don’t know. Maybe that’s just me.

Regardless, I think I’m moving in the right direction. Thankfully, it’s a small space, so if I decide to change it again, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

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Another project completed!

That’s what’s been keeping me busy. How about you?


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  • Brooke at

    I’m looking for the perfect “gray green” for my kitchen. We are doing maple pearl glazed cabinets, delicatus cream countertops with copper farmhouse sink. Would you for sure say that SW Rare Gray is a green?? Thank you!!

  • Cyndi Craven at

    Hi, Michael… the Rare Gray looks beautiful in your hallway. I found your blog looking for pics of SW Rare Gray … I’m pretty sure it’s what’ I’m going to put on my exterior brick (late 1940s) house. Thanks for your post and photos!

  • Kerri at

    Your home is beautiful! I also used rare gray in our house and I am having trouble matching. What color did you use for your living room? it looks great together.

  • Leslie at

    Where did you get your hooks? I love them and want to do this exact thing in my entry.

  • Linda at

    It’s always amazing what a little paint can do!I also went from yellow (rooms of it!) to gray, it was a welcome change and your entry looks Great. Linda

  • Annie at

    I love the gray. (and your whole home) Also that bench is adorable. Annie

  • Frances at

    If you put a green grey object in the blue grey room and vice versa in your line of sight it may marry up the colours

  • Susie at

    It’s a beautiful color but you’re right it is pretty green and makes the dining room look even more blue. What if you painted it the same color as the space you walk into with the round table(what do you call it?) for more flow?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know! I hear ya. A change may be happening… stay tuned. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • k sunbday at

    I LOVE it! gray is so perfect it works everywhere this was a good idea!! p.s.love your style

  • Vanessa at

    Hi Michael, I love the entry way color!! Looks very clean and new. Also, I love the snowflakes and little town scene on the blog…adorable!!

  • Elle at

    I liked the yellow, but I LOVE the gray! Still lovin’ those hooks.

  • Monica at

    it’s a calm and pretty color! I don’t think it’s a big deal that the greys are slightly different among rooms, they’re both cool greys (not one warm and one cool), and besides, there can be beautiful cloudscapes with all kinds of greys in them.
    Happy Thursday!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! I love your thought process, Monica! Well said. Thank you!


  • Brittany at

    I LOVE the color! I actually thing the slightly differing shade from room to room looks really nice. I’ll definitely be checking out this color for my half bathroom update!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks for you input, Brittany. 🙂 It really is a beautiful color.

      xo Michael

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