Gray is taking its turn in the spotlight as an exciting take as both an accent color as well as the inspiration for entire color schemes. I love grays because they seem more modern than the browns of a few years ago, yet gray is softer and more calming than black. I'm partial to warm grays more yellow than pink, and I also love plum and slate-blue tinged grays as well. For more color trend ideas, visit Benjamin Moore's site here.
Gray can be graphic. A color scheme and bold patterns of off-white and gray is as striking and dramatic as classic black and white but a lot warmer. Warm it up even more with a pale buttery yellow and you have a scheme that's a little vintage but also fresh and modern.
Restoration Hardware built their entire catalog around shades of gray, it seems. Even most of their wood tones are smoky colors. They also display a lot of shiny silver aluminum, flat black steel, gray leathers and fabrics, rugs, everything. Check out the collection for some beautiful ideas! Grays also blend beautifully with most natural wood tones and warm neutral colors such as tans, beige, and off-whites. For color ideas, think of unbleached linen and cotton, old-fashioned photos, pale wood or wicker.
Then I note which ones I like the most. If you're really not sure, paint a large swatch, at least 2 or 3 feet wide and just as high, at eye level. Preferably paint next to some trim if you can. You may even need to prime the wall if you're covering a bold color, and do two coats to get the most realistic result!
Until next time!
Photos courtesy of Restoration Hardware.