decorating-with-green-grey-ppg-paint-colors-1Remember last month when I revealed the living room tour of my old NYC apartment and explained that my husband and I were moving into a new space? As much as we loved living in an old brownstone apartment, it’s exciting to have moved into a modern space that offers different decorating opportunities. As the old apartment was mainly exposed bricks, we didn’t have many walls available to paint – and you guys know how much I love to paint! However, that’s all change in our new space! I knew that one of the first things I wanted to was add color to the walls so it was perfectly timed when, not long after moving in, I discovered PPG, who are a paint and coatings leader with many great brands including PPG Paints, which I’m thrilled to using to makeover my new bedroom. Click through after the jump to see my vision for the space, and how I’m finding color inspiration for choosing paint colors that I will use as a direction to build out the bedroom scheme.

Mood board inspiration: Bed | Rug | Chair| Nightstand | Flooring | Sconce | PPG Paints, Mountain Pine | PPG Paints, Misty Surf | PPG Paints, Gray Frost

decorating-with-green-grey-ppg-paint-colors-4As you can see above the bedroom is currently a blank canvas, so I’m keen to start choosing paint colors, get painting and inject my personality into the space. When I set about thinking about the direction I wanted to take the room in, I knew that I wanted to choose paint colors that took inspiration from Scandinavian design and my day-to-day #MakeYouSmileStyle color hunting finds. There were two images that I kept returning to again and again for paint color inspiration. The first, was a striking emerald green front door that caught my eye on a recent trip to London; and the second, was a hotel room I stayed in while visiting Copenhagen. I love how the green color reflects the natural environment and I’m tempted to ebb that hue more towards a blue-green hue as a nod to the multi-hued shades of mountain pines. That said, I’ve also been coming more and more fond of soft grey shades. I love the idea of creating a chic, simple and sophisticated Scandinavian-inspired space that tells a quiet and considered design story.decorating-with-green-grey-ppg-paint-colors-2So, I headed to my local hardware store to pick up paint samples and chips from the PPG Paints stand. There are more then 2,000 colors to choose from, but with my mind narrowed down to a range of blue-green and grey shades I felt ready to pick paint samples to try on the wall in my apartment. In fact, if you are choosing paint colors for your own project I would suggest doing this, too. Going to the PPG Paints stand with a solid idea of the color families you want to try for the space vs. absolutely no idea, will help you a lot!decorating-with-green-grey-ppg-paint-colors-3I decided to pick a variety of blue-green and grey shades that included, Mountain Pine and Misty Surf in the former color family, through to Gray Frost and Spring Thaw in the latter color family. From there, I used my PPG Paints color samples as inspiration for building out mood boards that will determine the design direction for the bedroom. Using my paint colors as my reference point for everything else I’m going to bring into the room has helped to provide a focus. So, on that note, I’d better get back to mood boarding so I can start painting soon! What do you think I should pick, green or grey? I’ll be revealing my choice – and the redecorated bedroom – right here in a few weeks. I can hardly wait! In the meantime, find your nearest PPG store here and you can use this coupon to get $10 off any paint purchases over $25!decorating-with-green-grey-ppg-paint-colors-5// Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with PPG Paints; all views my own.


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. That’s a tough choice! – they’re both beautiful colours with their own distinct personalities. Look forward to seeing the final reveal, and have fun with the project – exciting!

  2. Love your apartment posts Will! I’m having a gray moment so I’m biased in saying I think you should go gray! Can’t wait to see!

  3. Your mood boards are so inspiring!! I think the sconces and bed would look best with a shade of gray. Happy decorating :))

  4. Dear Will, having used similar colours at home and in a few showrooms too .. I would say that grey is wonderful for creating serene and peaceful backgrounds ( ie sleep and relaxation inducing ) but a darker shade almost midnight blue is also fabulous and will be a fantastic backdrop for art, antiques or special items … So we have used “railings” from Farrow & Ball for a bar/study – it is stunning and sharp : perfect for partying … So all depends on the mood you want to create in your bedroom ?

    • @Stephanie – Love to read that you have used similar colours at home. Thanks for your thoughts on both directions – decisions, decisions! 🙂

  5. Decisions, decisions…but you can’t go wrong with PPG Pittsburgh Paints. I’ve been using them since 2001!

  6. Hello,
    I live in France and i love your blog.
    I would like to know what is the name of this sconce please.

  7. Those colours are to die for! I have a small condo and have been wanting to paint my entire living room but always thought I would go for a pale gray or something………maybe I’ll put one Navy blue accent wall or something like this. I’ve never been wild in my wall colour choices……but maybe I should take the plunge…..I know I would never get tired of a colour like these two above!

    • Caroline – Yes, you should totally go for it! I really believe that paint and colour are central to adding personality to our homes, whether it be a cooling, subtle grey or a bright and bold hue! Happy painting! 🙂

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.