Asked on Sep 25, 2017

How do you change a grey paint from too blue to actual pale grey?

Mary K Ross
by Mary K Ross
I thought I had chosen a pale grey paint for my living/dining room. When finished it looks pale blue. I did want a cool shade of grey, NOT blue. I am now struggling with either changing all my decor/colors, or re-painting the whole room. An exhausting thought!

  9 answers
  • Big lulu Big lulu on Sep 25, 2017
    Always buy a sample of the paints you are considering. Apply them to different walls in daylight and lamp light. Paints can change colors depending on which wall they're on.

    Sounds like you'll need to start over. Don't skip the trial with sample sizes.

  • Les Nielsen Les Nielsen on Sep 25, 2017
    To "kill" the hue of a color, add the opposite color from the color wheel. In this case orange or (yellow and red) will kill blue tone. add it Very slowly as the change can be dramatic! You may have to add white to bring it back to the right value. It may make the color slightly muddy but with gray this should not matter too much

    • Mary K Ross Mary K Ross on Sep 25, 2017
      Yup. I was considering more white with about 1/3 as much black. Would this lighten it and keep the grey without the muddy undertones?

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Sep 25, 2017
    When choosing paint - you need to consider what you are painting over, if you choose not to paint with a primer (like kiltz). If you were painting over blue paint, it may be still showing thru. You also need to consider the lighting in your home, at various times in the day. Get a sample size of the color you like and paint a board and place it against various walls at different times of the day . You can see that the color may differ dependent on the sun. You furnishings will also cast color on the walls and make it look different. So there is a lot to consider.

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Sep 25, 2017
    Yes, it is. But when you are done with it it will be worth it. If you can, take the can back and make sure it was mixed right. Good luck.

  • Pam Gross Pam Gross on Sep 25, 2017
    Try Glidden Designer Gray. True gray I am on my second gray house. Most grays have blue undertones even though there is no true blue in them. Cheaper to change paint.

  • Jay Paden Jay Paden on Sep 25, 2017
    Well if your not happy with the color, changing decor will just be putting a bandage on it. It's going to require repainting, lighting can have a great deal of a difference between what you see in the store and at the house. If decide to get new paint, you might start with a quart and paint one wall and be sure of your choice

  • That is exactly why I purchase samples and test first! Lesson learned. I would repaint, but buy samples first!

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    • Oh dear, my paint store mixes up sample colors in the finish you want. Sorry your store does not do that. Saves me tons of money so I don't have to continually repaint due to color nuances in the finished product. Better to spend a few dollars on some samples to be sure you will be happy. Maybe change paint stores?

  • Les Nielsen Les Nielsen on Sep 26, 2017
    It will still have the same blue tone unless you add the opppsing tone

  • Sajid Rafique Sajid Rafique on Jul 29, 2019

    My problem the same. wallmart's 'Genesis' looked grey in their store but kinda bluish when i finished my rooms to see it next morning !