Decorating with Gray

decorating with gray walls :: bedding with silver metallic print

Gray is hot this autumn both in fashion and home décor. People are not used to put this color on walls. But gray produce amazing neutral walls. Depending on the hues you selected, the room can look warm or cold.

These pictures taken from Living etc. to infuse some industrial influence into your house have a lot of charms and even a sense of cosiness. After the smoky eyes, it is time for the smoky walls.

This season, think about muted grays and blues, silver leaf finishes, a liquid-metal-edged quilt or a floral trellis and leaf pattern in muted metallic print for your bedding or a greenish gray wall.

My Design Challenge

I am thinking of using grays for our new office. Because I love bold color, I may apply on a small wall an orange wallpaper with a metallic large pattern that I saw at a wallpaper shop while walking in the street.

I have to sell the idea to my husband now. I wish to create an open concept conference area with a dining room vibe. He is not sold on that concept. The other problem is that the wallpaper pattern may be too feminine for his office taste.

+ Khari Trellis Quilt at Toast – £225 for king bed, £195 for double
+ Inessa Quilt at Toast – £295 for king bed, £275 for double
+ Industrial Influence by Living etc

  • Katie
    September 30, 2008 at 11:35

    I just did a post on gray last week! 🙂 It’s TOTALLY my favorite color in design. Especially on walls and wood furniture. 🙂

  • Michelle Sullivan
    September 30, 2008 at 13:57

    I’ve often been tempted to use grey as a wall colour, but eventually chickened out afraid that it would feel too institutional. Wondering what some ‘safe’ grey paint tones might be? Which feel warm and which feel cold? Inquiring minds want to know 😉

  • lovinglivingsmall
    October 1, 2008 at 13:33

    I am on the same design page as you! I am thinking of painting over my clay red accent wall in my main living space with a light gray/pewter color. I’ve been doing some research and Benjamin Moore’s Aura line of Affinity colors (low/zero VOCs) has a nice collection of gray colors to choose from.

  • Chrissy@TheHome
    October 2, 2008 at 15:17

    Gray is not losing any steam is it??? We’re hearing that a lot of furniture manufacturers will have new collections with gray as the “new neutral.” Lots of charcoal and more and more blue under-tones in the grays.

    Thanks again for a fabulous post!

  • Kathy
    November 15, 2009 at 07:58

    I just painted my new ‘me-room’ with Benjamin Moore’s dior gray and it is really nice. I am having fun with it. There are so many colors that go with it. I’m just trying to decide what color curtain panels. Should I go with something matchy or go bold?