The Truth About Gray

One of the questions I am most often asked is “Is gray still on trend?” For years now, the design world has utilized gray in all of its hues from cool blue grays to warm greige tones. Couches, painted walls, decor, and clothing showcase gray colors in all their glory. So, back to the question, “Is gray still on trend?” The answer is yes, but the gray tone is changing. Before you go and repaint that 20 foot gray entry wall, hear me out. I see a shift from cool grays to warmer grays because our world is shifting right now into a place where people crave nature. Naturally, the interior will reflect that change. When I think of gray hues in nature, I think of mushrooms, fungi, tree bark, and the Rocky Mountains; warm gray tones. Therefore, when you decorate your home or paint a wall, consider a warm gray or a “greige” which is a mixture between a brown colored beige and gray.

These are my favorite gray paint colors by far. Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray are heavier on the gray scale, while Gossamer Veil is warmer and Accessible Beige is even warmer and borders on a brown. All four of these paint colors look amazing in kitchens, bedrooms, hallways and dining rooms. They are neutral enough so that your decorative pops of color really shine. Blues, greens, and even coral hues look fantastic with these gray colors.

From Left to Right: Toulouse Nightstand from Pottery Barn, Arhaus Avignon serving set, Anthropologie sectional, Divya Cabinet by Arhaus, and the Rhys Chair from Anthropologie.

Dark charcoal gray is also rising in popularity which is displayed in lava, earth’s soil, and the midnight sky. Deep hues such as charcoal gray look dramatic as an accent wall in a dining room. Pair this with board and batten and the dining room will be a show-stopper. Vases, frames, throw blankets and decorative candles look beautiful in charcoal gray tones.

The above dining room was designed by Nate Fischer Interiors and it showcases the drama created by a gorgeous board and batten wall in a dining room. Black vases look fantastic with wood hues against a neutral grey-white wall. And, there is nothing like a warm and cozy throw blanket like the charcoal throw by Pottery Barn.

If you are wondering how you can incorporate warm gray tones into your home and aren’t quite sure how, give me a call and we can schedule a Design Consultation!

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