We’ve seen it as a powerhouse on the runway, and men of distinction often wear it as a power color in the boardroom: Gray is an “it” color in home decor.
The beauty of gray is it blends well with other colors and can also enhance an environment on its own. There are also numerous shades of gray that can be used to create either a cool or warm effect.
Types of gray: Warm grays tend to be deep colors that blend well with other warm colors such as brown, orange, red and yellow. Cool grays are lighter and tend to work better with blue or green.
How to use gray: Gray can act as an incredible color to help ground a space. Using gray as a wall color can make a bold, strong space. Other ways to incorporate gray can be on a signature furniture piece in a room, such as a sofa. Why not incorporate it into a backsplash or use it as a floor tile?
Metallics: People often forget that metallics are colors, too. Finishes such as chrome — polished or brushed — and nickel are not only finish colors, they can also blend well into an environment in which gray is used. Place chrome next to nickel and you will easily see the difference between the two; chrome tends to be cooler, while nickel tends to be warmer.
Gray blends well with other colors and can also enhance an environment on its own
DOS AND DON’TS
▪ DO use gray on primary pieces like a sofa or a chair.
▪ DO use gray as a wall accent color.
▪ DO use gray as an accent like using a toss pillow or throw.
▪ DO use gray in kitchens and bathrooms, either as a backsplash or floor tile.
▪ DON’T overuse gray in a way that could make the color appear muddy or too dark.
▪ DON’T mix too many warm and cool grays together.
▪ DON’T be afraid to mix gray with bright, contrasting colors.
▪ DON’T mix gray with too many different types of metallic finishes as it could potentially clash.
Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and an interior design and home staging expert. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com.