The color gray is often considered to be drab and gloomy, but the reality is, gray is one of the most versatile colors in home decor. Why? It’s a foundation color that can easily be paired with other colors and can be used for foundation pieces such as sofas, beds and chairs. Use gray to help ground a space, as well as for accents.
Looking for ways to use gray in your home? Here are some Design Recipes do’s and don’ts.
- Use light gray in spaces that don’t get much light. Light gray can help make a space feel light and bright.
- Use gray for primary pieces in rooms such as sofas, chairs and beds.
- Mix warm and cool grays. Warm grays are creamier, while cool grays are bluer.
- Pair gray with strong contrast colors such as indigo, black or brown.
- Use gray in unexpected areas such as dining rooms.
- Be afraid to use dark shades such as charcoal gray. Smoky shades can be luxurious.
- Be afraid to mix different shades in the same space.
- Be afraid to use gray as accents. From artwork to pillows, gray can be a smoothing addition.
- Use dark shades of gray in spaces that don’t get much light, as it will likely make the space feel overly dark.
- Forget that finishes can be used as a way to add gray to a space. Chrome and nickel finishes are great ways to infuse the color into a room.
By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service. Cathy, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.