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.
l Use light gray in spaces that don’t get much light. Light gray can help make a space feel light and bright.
l Use gray for primary pieces in rooms such as sofas, chairs and beds.
l 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.
l Use gray in unexpected areas such as dining rooms.
l Be afraid to use dark shades such as charcoal gray. Smoky shades can be luxurious.
l Be afraid to mix different shades in the same space.
l Be afraid to use gray as accents. From artwork to pillows, gray can be a smoothing addition.
l Use dark shades of gray in spaces that don’t get much light, as it will likely make the space feel overly dark.
l 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.
l Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is a television host and interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C.