So, let’s say you’re a little late to gray party, you might even still be on the fence. The last thing you want to do is go gray and then have the trend pendulum swing another direction. If you make the jump to gray, how do make sure it will last another 10+ years?
1. Pair it with color! Gray and white with a bright color works so well. I worked on a family room where the big, dark gray sectional was looking rather dull. After bringing in some orange accents, the room really came to life.
I worked on another family room where we used gray walls, white trim and then various light and dark grays on the furnishings. We brought in bright colors with pillows in a citrine. Yellow looks great with grays, as does emerald green, navy blue, and just about every other vibrant color of the rainbow.
3. Use a light gray on trim and doors in lieu of white in a dark spaces. I’m using Repose Gray in a master bedroom as the neutral on trim and on a bank of built-in cabinetry. We’re doing navy grasscloth wallcovering on the walls. White would just have been too jarring and high contrast. This gray will be a more soothing transition between trim and walls.
4. Use a dark gray in smaller spaces to add drama. You’ll get a big hit of gray, but it’s confined. You don’t have to worry about doing it everywhere. A powder room or maybe a library or dining room would be a good place to go dark gray. It makes that space more intimate and cozy. I did SW Roycroft Pewter in a home office recently that looked amazing and rich. It sort of feels like you’re doing a “color” without forcing you to pick a shade other than a neutral. It kind of gives you more flexibility that way.
5. If you use cool grays, add some contrast in there to make it feel less cold or monotone. You probably shouldn’t go from one extreme to the other. If you’re going all cool tones, don’t forget to add some warmth with elements like wood flooring, wood features, or brassy, warm-toned metals. The space will appear more layered and will have a timeless, less dated appeal.
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