Needing Neutrals? Think Gray, Not Beige

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Although bright or deep hues can certainly make a statement in any room, there’s no denying the power of neutrals. Besides adding a timeless appeal, choosing a neutral wall color makes it easier for you to change the look of a room by swapping accessories and other accents, a tactic that tends to be easier on the wallet.
For years, beige has ruled over the neutral palette. The warm yet unobtrusive color combines with a range of shades to create a variety of looks. More recently, however, gray has begun to overtake beige in popularity, and interior design experts predict it will soon become one of the most popular neutral shades.
The great thing about gray is that it’s available in a range of hues, meaning you can go light or dark, depending on your personal preference. Although gray is a cool color, you can easily add warmth with pops of yellow, orange or red. Tip? Primary color accents are huge right now, if you’re into trend-watching.


Gray is also wonderful when paired with purple, blue, sage or even a crisp white trim. It’s an undeniably versatile shade that can work in any room of your home.
Before you settle on the perfect shade of gray, grab a few sample jars and paint a swatch on your wall. Study how the changing light throughout the day affects the color to make sure you’re happy with it at all times.
Have you opted for gray over other neutral shades? Feel free to send photos to editor@charlesandhudson.com.
Photo courtesy of Behr

  • beth

    what an incredible reference! thanks for posting!

  • http://newhomesbyrichard.com/ Richard Stabile New Homes

    Great post, I am always looking for ideas for our new homes. I am doing insulation, solar, geothermal, window and the like but there are many other ideas out there. A friend is doing SIP panal construction which is great.