Gray is the new black.
Or maybe not so new anymore. But like I care, I’m still head over heels for gray.
Gray is definitely here to stay. Sorry not sorry. Don’t believe me? Check this gal out.
Just like black, gray has become a staple color. It’s a color that doesn’t demand to be used as the “wow factor” of your new room, but you’re probably already considering painting it gray.
And why not? Gray seems to blend well with just about any color scheme. Just look at 90 % of the gray color palettes you see put out there.
Here’s one of my fav :
And what is this new fad? Gray is now the in hair color!? I can’t help it, but I actually dig this look. Yet, I’d doubt my husband would be ok with this change…on purpose. (Let’s not push it, it won’t be long until I’m gray) But there’s some young gals out there who can totally pull this off. Jealous.
It’s the new neutral in every shade. Just like black, it creates the setting for a mild, yet soothing effect. Many colors look great with black! Black and gold. Black and kelly green. Black and…white. But when I consider gray, I have a much bigger handful of colors that meld with gray. Gray and pink. Gray and purple. Gray and lime green…mmm my favorite. Gray and mustard. Gray and navy blue. Gray and Gold!
Black is classic. And so is gray.
…And I’m not even going to mention the 50 shades of gray book, because thats just so overused…
Now let me take it bit farther. I wan’t to help you understand how to use gray. The best way to use gray in your decor, is to be sure you have the right shade. I cannot stress this enough. I’ll talk more about this in a future post.
If you pair gray with navy blue, and it’s just not doing it? You probably have the wrong shade of gray. If you pair gray with pink, and it’s looking wrong, again, it’s just the wrong shade of gray.
To the un-educated eye, gray seems gray. (I sound psychotic) But real quick, humor me here. If you could literally took any shade of the color wheel and add enough of the opposite color on the wheel, it will turn to a shade of gray. This is why when we look closely, we can see the undertone that it came from. If you are having trouble spotting an undertone on your color chip at the paint store, simply hold it up to another cleaner (or brighter) color chip.
(So sorry these images are a bit blurry)
*All colors shown are Benjamin Moore swatches
Above: To the left is a citrus green (AF-430 Wasabi) and on the right is a gray tone (1556 Vapor Trails)
Below: To the left is a light green (Hc-116 Guilford Green) and on the right is the same gray as shown above (1556 Vapor Trails)
Above: The same citrus green on the left (AF-430 Wasabi) and the same light green on the right (HC-116 Guilford Green)
Below: Light green on the left (HC-116 Guilford Green) and the right is another popular gray, called (AF-685 Thunder)
Below are all four!
From left to right- 1556 Vapor Trails, AF-685 Thunder, HC-116 Guilford Green, and AF-430 Wasabi.
I hope that some of that made sense! Clear as mud, right?
Leave a comment below if you have a question and I’ll try my best to help!