Falling for Gray

Posted by on August 11, 2012

Color trend alert!!

I’ve been using shades of gray here and there for a couple of years now. The ceiling in my home office, a back hallway and the cozy powder room have all received an update with the hippest neutral: gray.

The other day I was thinking that charcoal and deep orange would be a more sophisticated palette for fall decorating this year, and I was right! Looking through catalogs and stores today, I am seeing that retailers are featuring furnishings and accessories in every shade of gray this season.

While it’s usually associated with a cloudy, gloomy day or a Russian prison uniform, gray can be soothing and quite chic. It all depends on the undertone — there are grays with a warmer feel, so don’t be afraid that it will make your room cold.

An easy way to bring it into your home is in small doses: an accent pillow on the sofa, a throw on a comfy chair, or a picture frame or vase on a side table. It’s less stark than black and plays well with nearly every other color, including all the metallics: silver, gold and copper. If you’re going all in and painting a feature wall, be sure to paint sample swatches of a couple options on the wall before investing your time and money.

You really can’t go wrong with gray!