Total trainwreck in action....note the lavender-y tones of pretty much all 17 of the paint samples.
I started to give up and the samples got smaller and smaller as I became more frustrated!
Some of the grays I have found and been inspired by, via decorpad.
Now, I am going to totally sell myself out here. Usually, I am all about sharing my own tips and tricks with y'all, holding myself out as a pseudo painting/DIY expert. Well, welcome to amateur hour. I realized about four days ago that I seriously think that the reason the color is so completely off and looks nothing like gray, much less the swatches I thought I was buying, is because the wall color (which seems to be an innocuous neutral) is either coming through the paint OR we are just having a really hard time seeing the colors for what they are, since they are not up against a pure white. Who knew this could happen, Mr. Wizard?
Hence, back to square one and having to prime an entire wall to restart our efforts. After it is primed, we will simply take out all the samples and brushes and start again. I will keep you posted.
In the meantime, anyone have a truly perfect dove gray to recommend? Other colors in the palette are sunshine yellow and pops of turq. White trim, neutral rug. Please, have at it. I apparently need all the help I can get!