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Shades of Gray
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Neutral colors and shades have long been used as a decor essential. But while beige, navy blue, and especially white have always been the color of choice, gray was often overlooked or not considered.

Not anymore.

Gray has a broad range, from regular gray to silver to charcoal to dusty; and according to the Glidden Paints experts and trendsetters, gray coordinates well with other colors. It's not simply a white and black blend, nor does it have to be "cold" or "industrial"; gray can have subtle nuances leaning toward shades of blues, greens and warmer variations, like taupes and "griege" (a blend of gray and beige),  depending on the lighting and furniture (for example, all of my walls are very similar to a shade called Gray Frost by Olympic (OL127). There's a blue undertone that causes this particular shade to reflect light, thus brightening up the entire apartment (the moldings seem and trim appears to be in vivid Classic White-the effect is absolutely beautiful, timeless-and stunning!). 

I've also noticed that gray not only works well with pastel shades, it also makes solid jewel tones and vivid colors "pop". And it seems to make floral and printed wallpaper stand out (in a good way). For a fantastic variety, go to www.choosingpaper.com and www.grahambrown.com).

Did you know that gray is also a main color in natural stones that are used throughout homes in bathrooms, entryways and kitchens?

Besides Gray Frost, also consider a warm gray with brown undertones, Elephant's Breath by Farrow & Ball (No. 229).

According to interior designer Christina Fluegge, this particular shade will go with most room accents, but pairs particularly well with pale pinks and reds. And this blend is the safest, most neutral one for walls. "Brownish grays change the least in varying light and stay true to their color."

Other undertone options for gray include: A dash of pink in medium gray pairs well with intense navy (try Metropolis-N140-3 by Behr). 

Green-gray looks with pure white (Mindful Gray-SW7016 by Sherwin-Williams), while a silver, graphite gray works with black accents (Legendary Gray-DE6369 by Dunn Edwards).

 

Sources: "Gray is here to stay in home designs" by MetroServices-The (Sunday) Vindicator, November 25, 2018 and "Color-Handsome Grays" by Lacey Howard-Better Homes and Gardens, BHG Home section, January 2017.

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