Gray is coming back to the designer world in a big way! What’s now referred to as the “new neutral””, offers a chic twist to decor and makes the colour a perfect place to start when decorating your home!
While many consider gray to be a bland colour, when you look at it from a different angle it can actually convey a soothing presence. Its neutrality gives it a chance to work with many different colours. It’s a good choice for primary design as well as for accent pieces.
To make gray effectively work, it takes a little bit of play-around time. Think of the mood you want to convey, and then find the right combination of gray colours and textures to bring out that mood.
Below is a list of a few good places to start when applying gray to different spaces around your home:
- Accessorize. Start by applying the colour to pieces such as a vase, a candlestick or a tray. This way you can get a good feel for the colour before committing to it in a big way.
- Make a fashion statement by combining a gray base colour together with bright accessories. Gray can give a room a feeling of old-time elegance, and when combined with a modern piece it can create an effective contrast.
- Bring dimension to a gray palette by using a pattern. You can pair it with soft, padded textiles or incorporate a pattern like Moroccan trellis.
- You can dress up a room with stylish soft shades like blue to really bring out its neutrality.
Traditionally, people often use gray in the kitchen because it gives it a sense of cleanliness. Gray can also work well with appliances and cabinets. Sometimes it can really work well when choosing gray for a single section of the kitchen. This really gives the room a well defined contrast.
The bathroom is another good place to add grey. Typically it’s seen inside the shower on the walls or is used as floor tiles. Use a textured wall of grey tile and combine it with different neutral colors like a light coffee to create a unique look for the room. This can work to give the room a truly unique look.
If you don’t know where to start with the decor of your room, give gray a try. Start adding the colour in small doses – if you like it, continue on. If you think it’s enough as it is, start building pieces around it to make the colour pop in small places around your space.