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Shades of Gray..which one is the one for you?


Gray as a background colour allows colours to POP


Gray has had somewhat of a revival in the last few years…though it has been a ‘go to neutral’ for centuries. It is a colour which has a very wide spectrum of options from warm to cool, dark to light, subtle to dramatic.

There is a reason why Photographers like to use it as a background for Portrait Photography…it is a Fabulous ‘background’ colour…and plays a very good supporting role to all colours on the colour wheel.

The cool grey sheers wash the light entering the room cancelling out the usual creamy warm hue which the sun brings in

I love the barcode effect of this marble installation . Any other colour would date this room.

Gray is a great colour for any home..but especially suited for a contemporary design.

I love the warmth of wood against the cool of the gray wall...additionally, the wallpaper has a subtle sheen...Gray is a perfect background for traditional furnishings.

Red and any other strong colour will POP against a gray background

The french inspired decor of this space is tempered in its frivolity with the gray elements

This industrial inspired kitchen is accented with a gray island and the stainless just adds to the cool and commercial feel of the space.

These colours from Benjamin Moore are warm...I know it does not look like it here ( take a look at the chips)...this scheme is great for those who want a warm and flexible colourscheme

This colourscheme is cool and will give you a more contemporary effect.

Gray is everywhere these days, it goes with everything..gray and cream is traditional, gray and white is contemporary, gray and pink is flirty, gray and turquoise is sophisticated, gray and black is masculine.. Try it will be hooked.

These are my favorite grays from Benjamin Moore: HC 169, HC 168, HC 172, HC 166, HC 164

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Evelyn ( B.A.) is an Interior Designer in Toronto who is a regular contributor to TheRedPin Pulse with valuable and insightful thoughts and lessons in the art of creating beautiful and memorable Interior Design Solutions.