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But it IS a very opinionated piece and while you may disagree with me, I have very strong feelings about the gray trend.
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Are you still living in the gray trend? The black-and-white decorating trend has been popular for five years now. Have you adopted it, or are you still sticking with gray? Do you still love it, or are you considering a change? The room above is glamorous, but I find it so boring. I realize that may not be a popular opinion.
I find all gray rooms fall into 3 categories:
The Good, The Bad, and The Confusing.
Gray is a great neutral for your home – it works with so many design styles:
Gray is a desaturated color. It’s Blah! It isn’t easy to pull off this look unless you’re a very talented design professional.
I certainly don’t get excited walking into a room and seeing gray floors, gray walls, gray furniture, and even gray art. Where’s the happiness, the pizzazz, the inspiration?
This is a child’s room. While there are certainly some cute items in here, there’s no color, and I can’t imagine it as inspiration to get creative juices flowing.
While some consider this a zen and calming room, I find it boring and could easily fall asleep here. That’s a plus! But…what happens when I wake up in the morning? Would I feel refreshed and ready to take on my day? Not me!
There’s some gorgeous architecture here and a beautiful chandelier, but it’s devoid of color. Not ringing my bell in any way. (Is it time for a musical interlude?)
Gorgeous design, but lacking color again. There are enough interesting features and some beautiful pieces that only an interior designer can put together, but it’s not lighting my fire. C’mon, baby!
This is a hotel in Saipan…soooo uninspired. The only redeeming quality is the view.
Grays have undertones, so it’s best to ensure the undertones in a room match.
Additionally, gray is still everywhere in the big box stores. Why? Color design trends for home interiors typically last 10 years. We have been in the black-and-white trend for 5 years now. But it takes about 4 years for the rest of the world to catch on – especially the big box stores. Those big box stores were still stocking up on gray inventory, hence the large quantities of gray flooring, furniture, etc., available and often on sale.
I am a BIG fan of colorful interiors and Gray Loves Color! Color will bring a gray room to life.
Gray rooms need balance. Add layers of color and layers of warmth – warm woods, warm leather (like cognac or caramel or saddle), and at least 1 warm accent color. For instance, choose a rug with hints of cognac and add a cognac sofa and a light wood coffee table. Then add a shot of another color or 2 in art, pillows, and accent chairs.
The following 2 rooms are beginning to bring some life into the gray world, but they still don’t quite hit the mark. The furnishings are lovely, though.
This room has some interesting details but I’d still prefer some color & some contrast.
My 1st instinct is to change the color of the sofa and artwork. The rug and wall texture are fabulous and easy to work with
It Can Get Better!
THIS is how to work with gray. These rooms have gray walls only (well, one does have a gray floor, but it’s not noticeable). Enjoy the inspiration – a veritable feast for your eyes!
Beautifully done – there’s warmth, texture, and color.
The vibrant colors bring this industrial gray to life.
There are so many divine details here – from the sputnik chandelier to the carved table legs this dining room has it goin’ on!
Pretty dining room. It has simple, clean lines, interesting artwork and a fun chandelier. The colors sing.
A gorgeous example of a bold, achromatic room!
Did these photos leave you yearning for a colorful home interior?
At the very least, be sure to leave the gray flooring in the big box store. I know you’re tempted to buy it because it’s on super sale, but trust me. A gray floor has a short shelf life…stick with a neutral, timeless floor so no one can tell when it was installed. My 1st choice is always light to medium hardwood.
Here’s a design board for a young couple. They bought a new-to-them house with gray floor tile, gray walls, gray cabinetry, and gray carpeting in the bedrooms. The wife is a glamour girl so we went modern and feminine. Once we installed the design you never noticed the gray 😉
A final idea
In closing, I have a final idea for those of you who have gray floors and gray furniture. If you’re looking for an affordable update, here’s a great suggestion.
1. Get a rug that has some cognac/rust/burnt orange/caramel/terracotta in it (you get the idea).
2. Paint your walls a pale beige or creamy white with an orange-beige/peachy undertone.
3. Get a cocktail table and/or side tables that are stained wood.
4. Find a few accessories or some art that has that color in it.