Gray (or Grey) has really shown resilience as a high trend for several years now and has evolved in many useful forms. I’ve been asked by several clients to focus on gray in a variety of styles and installations and wanted to share some of my favorite design secrets when working with this HOT HOT HOT color.
Be aware that gray has a primary color as it’s base, so find your inspiration in something you like. For example, you might have a hand towel with a pattern you love that has a little gray you want to match. Don’t try and pick a color from your favorite paint fan deck, take the hand towel to Lowe’s or Home Depot and have them match the color. It’s hard to see the primary color base in the grays from a fan deck. This way, you know you’re getting an exact match. Lowe’s offers small samples for around $3 in a satin finish, at least you can splash the color on the wall before you fully commit.
Find your pattern of choice. Doing a space all is solids will become dull over time. Do you love stripes, florals or geometrics? Make sure within your space you include something, even if it’s a throw pillow, so you have an element that you love no matter how small it is.
Pair your gray with a bold accent color. Tends are showing chartreuse, teals and fuchsia’s work well for mature spaces.
Don’t forget kids rooms. Nautical (pair with red & royal blues to create a contemporary twist), urban (pair with tangerine for a spike of interest), or natural (pair with creams and wood tones for an earthy approach).
Most importantly, don’t forget to balance your materials. Woods, metals, stones, glass, and fabrics are all important when using grays.
Find your style is easy to do with Gray, give it a try…it’s here to stay.