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Shadow Play: Warm Gray for a Primary Bedroom

October 16, 2022 - Written by Kevin O'Gara

Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara

I recently partnered with Behr Paint to bring a much-needed layer of depth and dimension to the primary bedroom in West Midtown Project, featuring their Gratifying Gray paint color. I used the newly-released Behr Dynasty paint line, which is their highest-quality product featuring one-coast coverage with the best scuff and stain protection. I was definitely impressed by the performance of the paint, which made it super easy to cover these walls in just one weekend. I've always thought that artwork looks so much better on a wall with a bit of color, so I was really excited to see the impact of this soft, warm gray on the walls in here. I definitely think it helped level-up the space, and gave the artwork a more sophisticated backdrop. Along with a few new additions, including a subtler ceiling fan, ivory nightstand, and navy lamps, this bedroom feels much more "done" with these impactful changes.

Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara
Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara
Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara
Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara

I love how this warm gray paint ended-up matching the silk curtains I installed last year perfectly. It blends so beautifully with the drapery, vintage rug, and the black-and-white photography on this wall. These images were actually taken by my grandfather in New Orleans – over 50 years ago!

Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara

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Ideal for heightening the decorative drama in clean-lined rooms, this Brielle Table Lamp undulates with a sense of depth and motion. Brielle’s sculpted navy blue ceramic and triple gourd silhouette offer a sophisticated feel while its gold base and finial are a glamorous finishing touch.

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Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara
Primary bedroom design with Behr Gratifying Gray wall paint, pink bedding, and vintage rug by Atlanta designer Kevin Francis O'Gara

I love the combination of warm gray and pale pink – it's a really inviting palette that is complemented so well by the cooler pops of blue. These sculptural lamps added just enough funky flair flanking the bed (one of the most asked-about pieces in here) and the new nightstand adds lots of functional storage. 

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