Playful Grays Make Beautiful Neutrals
Gray has not always been equated with beautiful interiors. It has a history of feeling cold, stark, uninviting, and boring. Today, Gray is being reinvented. Design professionals are using Gray in spectacular ways that redefine the color's stereotype. Gray can be bold, sophisticated, indulgent, feminine, and classic.
Gray As A Neutral Canvas
Designer Kara Mann Creates Subtle Drama in a Chicago Residence
Kara Mann uses texture and pattern in this living room to conjure a soft sensuality using a muted palette of grays. The gray walls are the perfect contrast against the lightest and darkest hues in the setting. The original artwork on the wall instantly becomes the focal point and is full of vitality.
Gray As An Accent
A Georgian Revival by Elizabeth Martin Design
This mid-tone gray has a warm undertone that is complimented by Elizabeth Martin's design concept with the warm, yet neutral stone, the brown influenced blacks, and the hint of orange in the branches and the vase on the shelf. The overall palette makes a confident color statement with just a few brushstrokes.
Gray In Specialty Finishes
Metallic glaze and paint produce a stunning stripe in Ned Marshall's Louisiana abode. If you're worried about gray being too dark, using a silver or metallic glaze (translucent like a layer of color infused shimmer on top of paint), will help to reflect light into the space creating an ethereal effect. This hall design emphasizes the height of the space by the use of vertical lines. It's a great trick for spaces with lower ceilings, too.
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