The Perfect Neutral

by Adriana on 09/29/2010

in Green Home,Green Inspirations,Green News

Whoa, I’m emerging from the crazy world of client work that I slipped into (there’s a lot to finish up before the baby gets here). As I’m checking things off my design list, I figured it was time to check back into my blog. I was reading an interesting article in Real Simple Magazine dedicated to my favorite color…yup, gray. I thought I would expand a bit on my knowledge of gray…¬†As you know I’m still a huge advocate for the color. I mean, to me it’s the perfect neutral.

The great thing about the color gray is that is can be used in a modern space to enhance the simplicity and freshness of the room. But in the same sense, gray is stunning in an older home to show off the intricate molding and more traditional style . Or in my case, it’s the perfect backdrop for an eclectic room. Keeping it from being too crazy, yet showing off the colorful artwork and accessories.

Gray can go in so many directions. First off there are cool grays and warm grays. The cooler shades have a hint of blue in them and tend to appear a bit more crisp. Warm Gray has a hint of yellow in it and does just what is says, brings the room a sense of warmth and coziness. Personally I prefer the cooler grays, but that’s just me. We’ve established that there are warm and cool shades of gray, but beyond that there are endless paint colors that have a hint of gray in them. When is comes to picking colors for clients I tend to choose those colors. Remember my nursery color? Well that was was light blue, with a bit of gray.

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…one of my all time favorite, no fail, always perfect shade of gray is Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. Really you can’t go wrong. I’ve used it in numerous homes and at this point I think everyone I know has it in at least one room of their home. Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is the best trim color with the color gray. It’s white with just the right amount of creaminess to it. Anything “whiter” is a bit too stark.

Here’re some inspiring gray rooms….

gray-entryway gray-kitchen gray-hallway gray-bedroom gray-entry gray-living-room I you haven’t already done so, I hope you are inspired to introduce some gray into your home.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Terri 09/29/2010 at 10:08 am

My favorite is the dark gray bedroom walls and headboard with the white bedding.

Nana 03/05/2011 at 8:55 pm

Adriana,
I love the blue grey tones also which shows off the antique trim in older homes. I find it has a peaceful effect as well to any style of decor.

Cody 03/02/2013 at 10:04 pm

Would you please let me know what white bedding it is that you used in the bedroom pictured above? I really like it. Great blog. Very interesting :) Love your style.

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