Gray Color Schemes Hot for Home Décor

The versatile color makes a decidedly forward statement in a sea of neutral palettes.

Move over beige—gray is now the color of choice for walls and cabinetry. “It’s just really versatile,” says Villanova interior designer Lisa Furey. “It’s more modern than beige, and it’s a color that appeals to both men and women.”

Furey redid her own kitchen in gray, and she recently completed a contemporary condominium in Haverford where the owner wanted to experiment with its various shades. The kitchen’s dove-gray cabinets complement the use of similar cabinetry in a darker gray finish in the adjacent home office. 

And gray can also be used in a more traditional home. “I recently finished a dining room with charcoal-gray paint on the walls and bright-white trim,” she says, adding that airy, gray drapes and a glass chandelier with polished-nickel accents keep the space from looking too stark. “There’s no reason a room with gray walls should ever look cold. There are many things you can do—like adding leather, grass cloth, wood and marble to warm it up.”

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A light dove-gray brings a crisp, airy feel to a space, whereas a charcoal shade feels more cozy and sultry. The color also mixes well with navy, green-apple, lavender, yellow and fuchsia accents. Even neutrals like ivory and chocolate-brown can work. No matter how you use it, gray’s got staying power. “There’s no room where it doesn’t belong,” says Furey.


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