Several years ago I had the displeasure of babysitting model homes. You know the drill. ‘Welcome to (insert name of development here). This is the (insert name of the home plan here).’ After six hour days of the same spiel over and over and over, I started to lose it. I had to find ways to entertain myself, so I began keeping a running total in my head as to how many people had complementary remarks about the furniture, the cabinetry, the flooring, etcetera. Out of my tally came some interesting facts. Namely, above everything else, most people commented on the wall color. This particular builder, like most, painted the entire interior of the house with the same color, so the fact that people liked it was imperative.
After a dozen or so positive comments like ‘It’s neutral but it’s color’, I decided I needed to do a bit of investigating. During a lull in traffic, I searched the only place where I knew I might find the answer to this mystery. To the basement! Painters almost always leave behind leftovers from the job. This crew was no different. The color which appealed to the masses was none other than Benjamin Moore’s Bennington Gray. (The paint chip pictured below doesn’t do the color justice. It’s darker and more of a Café Aulait rather than gray.)
Bennington Gray likes to be paired up with rich colors. I’ve seen it work wonderfully with tomato red to pomegranate, pine to olive, navy to dark teal, ochre to saffron, juicy purples to eggplant and maroon. Although, if you want to keep it tranquil, hook Bennington Gray up with white or off-white for a relaxing-as-a-spa effect.