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When is Grey the right Background for YOUR Space?

By 10/07/2010January 16th, 202020 Comments

Grey is suddenly everywhere. It is quickly replacing and/or accompanying brown in wall colour, furniture and hard surfaces. I was recently in a brand new, luxury home where all the finishes had been done in varying combinations of browns and greys. It was beautiful and contemporary, yet warm and cozy.

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  • Karena says:

    Maria, I am loving gray in all of it's ranges, from dove to charcoal!

    Art by Karena

  • pve design says:

    I love that image, it has a "minky" look, sort of a rich brown gray. Chic!

  • Completely Coastal says:

    A couple of days ago I posted a nautical guest bedroom makeover where the owner went from baby blue to grey. Grey seems to add sophistication to a room.

  • Splendid Sass says:

    I love this image. I love neutral tines, and this color scheme is beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Design Elements says:


    I love grey & silver color schemes. I know, you like it, too. I can remember your post "What everyone should know about gray" – it's one of my favorite post of yours.

  • Marcus Design says:

    Maria I LOVE greys!! My entire house is painted in different shades of grey. I particularly love warm greys, the ones I have chosen have brown or purple undertones and I love them.

  • I agree with Completely Costal — gray seems so sophisticated, doesn't it? I'm changing my mind about how warm it can be — once you start exploring it, you see how many ways you can mix it up so that you aren't left cold.

  • Kim@Chattafabulous says:

    Planning to dip my toes into the gray pool soon. So excited. I tend to lean more to the warmer side of gray, if that makes sense.

  • Susan says:

    I'm glad you posted on grey… I love it as the new neutral.

  • paisley penguin says:

    I just painted my dining room grey and love it so much my living room and hallway are getting the same color. LOVE IT!

  • Scribbler says:

    I used to hate gray. Then I painted my master bath a shade called Smoke. I love it. But somehow I cannot get brave enough to do it anywhere else. I keep thinking I might get really tired of it.

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    I've always loved gray so I find this a trend I can embrace. I got married in 1981 and EVERYTHING we got was brown – yuck! To this day I'm not a big brown-beige fan.

  • DesignTies says:

    I remember in one of your posts from a while back, you mentioned that a designer had said that grey & brown don't go together. No idea who that designer is, but he or she is so wrong — grey & brown look fab together!! 🙂


  • Design Elements says:

    fabulous room & red chair. Have a great weekend!

  • Emom says:

    Love Grey! smiles….

  • Ideezine says:


    Shades of gray are my favorite. From clothes, shoes, make-up (mascara), cars, furniture, room interiors, homes exteriors, home appliances, and accessories. Gray makes a difference in a room.

    It's the go to color that takes a space from "how" into "wow" it's chic yet relaxed depending on how it's used in a space: monochromantic, complementary, or with black and white. It holds all colors so you can't go wrong. As a designer, in my experience there's a shade of gray to suit everyone.


  • Pinky says:

    Oh, I love that dark gray. I do have several chocolate walls, in fact 2 here in my "office/guest room". I have been trying to decide on a new color(s) for our basement. I am now thinking about GREYS!!! Thanks!!!! XO, Pinky

  • mydesignchic says:

    I'm such a fan of gray…so calm and soothing but also sophisticated – beautiful images!!

  • Marcy {pine creek cottage} says:

    I adore the photo that you chose! The mixture of white and the sheen of different textures keeps it fresh. I think it is a very sophisticated choice.

  • Maggie says:

    I’m wondering if you might suggest a color gray that would compliment the color BM HC 157 . Also I am wondering if this BM HC 157 would be too dark and gloomy ?
    Thanks for any comments both neg or positive .

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