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Some Do's and Don'ts for When Going Gray

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the design world shift and change, and now designers, homeowners, and just people, in general, are toying with the latest styling color: Gray! This color is brilliant to toy with, whether you want it as a break, for a traditional space, or for a modern space, but only if you know how to work it. So, what goes with gray and what is a major no-no?

Do

Keep in mind that there are so many different shades of gray. Not all of them are alike. Hospital gray is cold but, storm gray is warm. So, if you’re working with a cool shade of gray or a warm shade of gray, you really should make sure the other colors you mix with it match. In a nutshell: cold with cold and warm with warm. Why? Because if you mix the warm and cold shades, you’ll make your room look dingy and cramped.

Do

Take note of the light in the room before you pick your shade of gray. If your room is sunny you’ll want to go for a warm gray but, if your room doesn’t get much sunlight, you’ll want to go with a cool looking gray.

Don’t

Pink and Purple! You need to stay away from gray shades that have a pink or purple tone because they don’t work well as neutral colors. If you’re planning on painting your walls gray and there is a pink or purple undertone, then the rest of the design will just look out of place. You’ll keep noticing the underlying colors that aren't very neutral at all.

Do

Blues go well with gray! Imagine sitting on the beach staring out to the sea and the sky is filled with gray clouds. You’ll always notice how the blue and gray merge and it always looks stunning. So, why wouldn't you replicate this beauty and play around with something that works well in nature?

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Think of the temperature. What is the temperature in your room like, is it warm or cold? Does it feel like Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring? We’ve said before; the color gray has so many shades, so work with the shade that matches the temperature of your room. Think about when you go to a hospital, and it’s hot. The cold gray and the heat make you feel sicker than you already are.

Don’t

Gray is a beautiful color that can play very well with vibrant colors. So don’t be scared to mix your gray with another color, as long as you keep in mind that the shades need to match (warm with warm and cold with cold). Here’s a little advice, if you’re not sure about how it will look on your walls with your furniture, test it out first. Paint some paper, then hang it on the wall. This way you’ll get to imagine what will look like without taking the step to paint the whole thing just to realize you don’t like it.

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