Friday, February 25, 2011

Gray is the new beige!

Long gone were the days where white or beige walls seemed to be the only wall colors that go well with almost everything. Lately, gray walls are seen everywhere especially in home decor magazines, furniture catalogs and design blogs. Decorating with gray is an easy and popular choice because of its versatility and it provides a more dramatic color compared to other neutrals. Gray works in all room settings from traditional spaces with dark wood furniture to the ultra modern spaces with sleek stainless steel furniture. To create cohesiveness and flair in a gray/ neutral environment, just bear in mind a simple formula such as this one:

One gray wall + One basic gray sofa + One basic wood coffee + One basic wood console + (Preferred color accents and accessories) = Different mood/ setting/ environment. 

Below are a few examples of how by changing just a couple of accent furniture and home accessories, it can easily transform a space to create different moods and environments while keeping the basics.

A combination of gray wall with a light gray sofa accented with shades of yellow such as picture frames, a stool, a throw pillow, an area rug and other similar colored small accessories ties the room together while creating a casual and contemporary living room.
To achieve a bohemian look, use the same gray walls, retain the basic furniture, change out the previous accessories and adding splashes of yellow, orange, pink, blue and purple accessories and accent furniture to pull the room together.
To achieve a simple, classic and timeless look for your living space, retain the basic furniture and keep the color scheme to a minimal in shades of browns, grays and whites for accent furniture and accessories for a cohesive and uncluttered setting.

I personally love all the three design styles above and will gladly move in any one of them anytime but if I am only given one pick out of these three choices, I will pick the first one because a pop of color in a neutral space always cheer me up. Besides, the decor is not too safe and it's not too overwhelming, with just enough color to keep things interesting. What about you? If given a choice out of these three decors, which one will you pick and why?


  1. Is there any way you can tell me where the couch in the photo comes from??

  2. Need details for this sofa! Need this sofa! I have been looking everywhere for the perfect basic but streamlined sofa and this would be perfect!

  3. Gray depresses me. Can't wait till this trend is over.

  4. Can anyone tell me what paint color this is?

  5. I'd like to know where to find this coffee table please!

  6. Can you please tell me where I can find that lovely Purple Rug from the Bohemian photo?? I have been searching high & low for that exact color so I can recreate this room- it's like you took my vision and made it real, thank you!!


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