Ok show of virtual hands who spent a portion of their day dreaming about gray? Don’t be shy, you know I did!
While choosing the right paint color gives you a good foundation for a room it’s just that a foundation. Gray like whites, tans, and browns are a wonderful neutral to work with but they require a strong visual element to save them from a sea of well, boring. The images we shared yesterday are a great place to start talking about how to build the rest of the room once you’ve found your perfect pewter.
When making a lot of big decisions it’s easy to opt for the safe route, but tan walls + tan sofa + tan carpet = boring. Your eye gets lost in a sea of sameness. While these first few examples have a conservative color pallet they have layered different tones on top of each other. More importantly though, they have given your eye a focal point while staying in neautral pallet.
A subtle painting, a mirror, or even a burst of fresh flowers gives your eye something to breath in while maintaining a cool calm oasis.
Now these next examples are what I think Carrie really had in mind. Using dynamic color in measured amounts allowing the grays and whites do what they do best, give a little contrast all while grounding the look. A punch of green and slice of yellow gives the room an certain flair that can only comes with pairing a neutral with a dash of color.
That’s the real benefit to a good gray, it will make your whites seem whiter and your colors seem brighter. All it all give you a little bit more dramatic look, all while staying as neutral as Switzerland.