Move Past Beige and Embrace Gray as the New Neutral

Grey Cambria kitchen

This kitchen uses gray to fit in with industrial looks, and gray has many other applications in home design.

If you are still embracing traditional midtones and neutral colors, and aren’t quite ready to make the push to the Pantone Colors of the Year like 2012’s Tangerine or 2013’s Emerald, there is a direction you can go so that your home both stands out and still enjoys the flexibility of neutrality: gray. Where beiges and browns have become tired staples of new homes and renovations, gray offers a wealth of shades and opportunities that can provide all of the same benefits of neutral colors while taking a bolder stance. Cambria shares more information about how you can capitalize on gray in the newest issues of the Cambria Style magazine, with notes from designer Billy Beson.

Unlike the traditional (and sometimes dull) beige, gray can range from a storm cloud tint to silvery elegance and breathe life and depth into rooms. Gray can accomplish this easily in two ways. There is such a wide variety of tones for gray to work on opposites and contrasts that you can use it to make rooms feel cool and relaxed, shiny and modern, or anything in between to balance off your existing furnishings and accessories. The other way gray can leap ahead of the common neutral is by adding texture through surface treatments. Texture can make the whole room pop, so when making considerations for it, keep in mind that is it a different kind of balance from simpler color contrast, and when it comes to texture, more really is more.

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