Although homeowners tend to select warm hues for their home décor, a shift is underway. Gray is a quiet, calming color that can create a soothing interior. When paired with other trendy color tones, grey can offer excitement and style, not gloominess.
Shades of Gray
Many homeowners are under the assumption that bringing gray into their home will make it cold, uninviting and dreary. However, there are so many beautiful gray hues that add warmth to a space. From beach cottages to modern lofts, gray adds an air of grace to any home.
Blue has been a popular interior color choice during the past several years. From robin’s egg blue to arctic aqua, blues have moved back into interior design. This shift to cool blues is also reflected in the appearance of blue gray tones. These icy tones create a soothing and cool atmosphere in a room.
In contrast, warmer gray tones such as putty and taupe produce a warm, comfortable ambiance. These grays tend to have a bit of brown undertones, making them feel warmer than their blue gray counterparts.
Bringing in Gray without Redecorating the Entire Room
As they can with most color trends, homeowners can bring these fresh hues into their home décor without reinventing the entire space. By using gray in conjunction with their existing furniture and accessories, their home can be trendy without causing them to break the bank.
In a room decorated in warm or gold tones, the addition of cool gray can be a welcome contrast to the warmth of the existing colors. The key in making the addition seamless is to use grays in different values than the existing tones.
For example, if most of the room is decorated in light beige, homeowners can consider the addition of a dark graphite gray for ample contrast. This contrast will add interest to the room, while maintaining the neutrality of the space. If desired, punches of accent colors can also be added for extra zing.
Using Grey on Walls
For homeowners looking to remodel their homes, or even build a new home, gray can be a lovely neutral tone to use throughout the interior. Walls painted in a medium or light gray offer a neutral backdrop to artwork and accessories.
Gray floor tiles, countertops and carpets also create a blank canvas on which to add warm touches. The addition of accessories, area rugs and artwork in bright, warm tones creates focal points throughout the room, while the gray surfaces recede to the background. The mix of warm and cool color tones is the key to creating a space with warmth and style, even while using cool gray.
For a contemporary look, using gray in conjunction with white creates a clean, sophisticated palette. White door and window trim paired with gray walls offers a nice level of contrast, and crisp clean lines.
Although gray is often thought to be a sterile, dull color tone, today’s grays are an elegant addition to any home interior. More information on the latest color trends can be found at the Sherwin Williams paint website, as well as the Robert Allen fabrics website.
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