Why Gray Isn’t Going Anywhere In Interior Design

Date: September 26, 2016

It seems that you can’t get away from it. It’s everywhere in interior design. Gray. Love it or hate it, it has staying power. It is the perfect neutral. You can pair it with warm colors or cool, it can go modern or traditional, cozy or airy. It evokes so many feelings: serenity, calm, sophistication, and comfort. It works great in any room, be it a living room, dining room, bedroom, or kitchen. Going gray on larger pieces like sofas, chairs, draperies, and bedding can leave the door open to adding color in places where it’s easier to change it out such as on pillows, artwork, and accessories. You can also keep everything gray and neutral to keep a room calm and uncomplicated. With such versatility it’s no wonder this neutral du jour is lasting longer than, well, a jour.

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A charcoal color on the walls with warmer wood tones and French Regence dining chairs creates a traditional, elegant, and intimate dining room.


This kitchen and dining room is so light and airy, it is a breath of fresh air. This very silvery gray paired with polished nickel chandelier and pendants and warm (almost rustic) klismos chairs evokes a feeling of refreshment and cheerfulness.


This bright, classical foyer stays away from feeling staunch and untouchable, yet maintains its refinement with soothing and cooling shades of gray. A welcoming banquet provides the perfect place to sit down and take off your shoes. Elegant draperies soften the room and highlight the beautiful French doors in the space.


This super neutral gray living room creates a crisp canvas so that each and every piece of furniture in the room gets the attention it deserves. A leggy sofa, coffee table, ottoman, and end table keep this living room from getting weighed down.


Transitional and eclectic, this warmer mid tone gray living room creates a subtle backdrop so that the various textures and lines can take front and center. The chandelier, spool chairs, waterfall coffee table, and flame stitch rug create a unique blend of styles and materials .


Gray is the launching pad for literally any other color. In this dining room, the vibrant emerald green draperies shine against the moody, darker gray on the walls and gives the room an element of surprise. A showstopping wood chandelier draws the eye to the round table with comfortable upholstered dining chairs so balance the space with the intensity of the window treatments.


























This is one of those things that gray does best: crisp, clean, and modern. I can just picture this living room filled with fabulous people sharing fabulous drinks and relishing in their fabulousness. This is interior design at its most sophisticated with the uncomplicated angles of the chair, artwork, coffee table, and lamp.


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