Although "50 Shades of Grey" is a recent phenomenon, this subdued color was popular in the home sector way before the infamous novel. Over the past decade, the design industry has favored complex colors—such as gray—that allow designers to blend and mix shades to create original looks. For some, gray is the new beige, proving a subtle neutral backdrop to any room in the home. For others, gray takes on its own personality in the form of bold metallic and statement décor.
"There are a few things interesting about gray as an accessory. You can bring in gray without bringing in any other colors," color expert Kate Smith told the Washington Post. "It also helps you notice the shape and the texture and the surface of furniture and accessories."
So how can you use this color in your own home, you ask? Take a look at some helpful hints below:
- Blend: You don't necessarily have to paint an entire wall gray to achieve the look. In fact, the great thing about gray is that it can coincide with a color scheme you already have. Just be sure to complement cool tones with cool tones and warmer shades with warm tones. If you're looking for ways to bring this color into your room, look no further than Metropolitan Window Fashions' stylish array of gray curtains and window treatments.
- Heavy metal: Gray doesn't just have to be the color of a dreary sky. In fact, this hue can be quite exuberant if used correctly. Try incorporating metallic accents in gray-silver throughout your home. You can even spray-paint furniture items this shade.