Gray is so hot right now. Everyone wants it in their interiors.
It’s trendy, it’s stylish, it's here to stay.
But how do you go gray after being beige for all these years?
How do you take your warm colored house that has beige or gold in it and introduce the cooler shades of gray?
The minute you put a cool gray next to a warm beige or cream, you can tell:
That ain’t gonna work.
It just looks off, and the undertones kill it.
Here in The Woodlands, we have A LOT of beige … and travertine ... and warm neutrals.
Not that there’s anything wrong with warm neutrals, but, if you WANT to go gray, if you want a cooler palette, if you want a change in your look... How do you do it without the clash?
Chances are you have warm neutrals everywhere - most people around here do.
If they have travertine or travertine-like tile on floors, backsplashes, bathrooms, etc., then warm neutrals will follow: warm neutral granite counters, carpet, paint, window treatments, furniture, etc.
And these items don’t come cheap.
If you don’t have the luxury of being able to redo everything in your beige interior but want some grey, I’ve got just the thing for you - well, actually, several things. But today we’ll just talk about one:
I’m working on several projects where we’ve done just that. For instance:
One interior had Sherwin Williams Antique White everywhere (which is a very yellow white): on the cabinets, mouldings, doors, and a travertine-like tile in the kitchen, breakfast room, and in every bathroom. Overall, the entire house had quite a yellowed look.
The client wanted to go grey, so we did, but we did not paint all the Antique White enamel. We just painted the walls and ceilings, making the paint job much easier and cost effective.
We used Sherwin Williams Dovetail. GORGEOUS!
Really, it’s quite remarkable. Going darker makes the Antique White look even lighter and more white.
Why? Because color is very relative. It is highly influenced by it’s surroundings. And a cool, dark color next to that yellowish tone of Antique White provides such a nice contrast that it looks amazing. Rich. Dramatic. Cool...
And no longer yellow ;-)
Update: Check out some of the latest 2015 design trends where the grays are making it to the cabinets!
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