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Trend Focus - Gray Matters

Gray is the new beige, according to Met Home's November issue, although some are saying gray is the new black. In the kitchen world, we're just on the upswing with black, let alone gray!

I have to say, I remember the gray kitchens of the 80's. They truly were awful. The were either gray glossy formica or gloss lacquer with medium gray 12x12 ceramic tiles on the floor, softly shaded. Always 8x8 medium gray tiles in the bathroom. Maybe an ivory formica breakfast table with large ivory chairs that swung around, of course.  The moment it came into vogue, I, for one, hated that gray trend. I wanted to say, "Don't you see what you're doing?? Stop it!"

This time it's different. There are a variety of grays, not just the super cold one trick gray. You see warm grays, dark gray/blues, grays paired with tan...and, unlike in the 80s, traditional looks with gray rather than solely modern. Point being, if you happen to like it for the long term, make it into a classic, rather than a trend. Here's coverage from Danielle at  Style Files.  

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From Heath Ceramics, gray, in context of blue and brown. Grace, from design*sponge was in San Francisco just last week and visited this tile showroom. See more here.


Other ways to use gray is paint, dishes, textiles, and other decorative items. The great thing about gray, is how it reacts with color. It's a wonderful backdrop for color, shades and contrast.

What about you, what do you think of gray??

Update: Just found this gray inspiration on Belle Vivir.  

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Reader Comments (6)

I agree, I love using gray as a neutral to set off more saturated hues. It's so malleable. There are cool grays, warm grays, dark and light. I think so much of what makes gray work in a space is the material and its finish.

October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Well, Rachel, you're certainly an expert on the subject. I'm going to open up my eyes to this "new" possibility. It's all in how it's used, you're right.

October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Warm grays are easier to live with than cool grays for sure. I feel that the look can be timeless if you use a darker tint. I often prefer a charcoal to the pure black since charcoal smoothes the contrast when it sits next to pale colors.

October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAt Home with Kim Vallee

Kim, I've been thinking of warm vs. cool grays. I love warm grays with a white contrast and cool grays with wood accents. That's such a great observation, thanks for that insight about the charcoal shade. It makes such perfect sense!

October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Light grey items are totally unobtrusive - I use that effect when I want things to "disappear".

Charcoal, OTOH, with a bright white is gorgeous and makes a real statement. I think about charcoal floors in a bathroom, with white, and wood. Oh my, there are so many ideas and possibilities! *sigh*

October 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Oh, I love these tips, thanks Connie. I see I need much more charcoal in my life!

October 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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