Though Donald Kaufman, Benjamin Moore and Pratt & Lambert enthusiasts swear by their favorite paint-makers and special formulas (admittedly, there are many to-die-for hues), my favorite color, for years, is offered by the very accessible Sherwin Williams. Not known for it’s impossible-to-aquire product I was supremely pleased to discover Intellectual Gray when painting my living room many years ago. I have since painted many other rooms, and upon request have passed the ‘secret’ color along to many who have admired it upon my walls. This grey is so soft so mutable as to work smashingly well with many an accent color- be it orange, yellow, red or pink! It is both warm and tawny, and never purple or green… the bane of any grey- in my book!

Which brings me to another favorite, and relatively recently discovered grey; OPI‘s fabulous nail color You Don’t Know Jaques. (gotta love the cheeky name!) While looking for an image of the bottle, I found In Style named it the Best Buy Dark Color in 2010,  yes I’m a little behind, but so so glad I found it! It is perfect in the way Intellectual Gray is perfect. It goes with any and everything, and you just can’t imagine the color being any more exactly-what-you’ve-always-wanted than it already is!

Ric Rac in Dove just happens to be the same such grey- if I don’t say so myself! This may be why it is our #2 most popular pattern and color of  over a hundred options we offer in the Studio Bon Textiles line. The color resonates in a peaceful and usable way- which explains why we can barely keep it in stock! I’ve tried to determine, for the last year, why this one flies off the shelf… We seem to have hit that grey sweet spot! It works in contemporary and traditional interiors alike, and in all those transitional spaces in between.

Below is a picture of Hilary, an SBT associate,  hanging an art installation before our shoot for Rue Magazine (see article here -on pg. 216) on one of many walls I’ve painted over the years in Intellectual Gray. Below is another pic of the room with the beautiful soft brown/grey walls. Perfect with the crisp white moulding!

And Voila! The perfect non-color color! Although their names are near opposites, Intellectual Grey and You Don’t Know Jaques have one thing in common. Peaceful grey perfection.

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