Tuesday, August 9
Elle Décor recently asked six designers (including me!) about the color gray and how we like to use it.
“Gray is often the perfect in-between color. Not too bright, not too dark, it can add a much-desired touch of mystery and drama to a room.”
“In this dining room, I used gray as a backdrop to play up the other colors,” says Gibson. “The green leather dining chair and bold patterned painted floor pop against the walls.”
Here is what the other designers had to say. Loved being included with some of my favorite designers:
“When using colors other than white, I gravitate toward chalky shades of pale,” says Washington, D.C., designer Darryl Carter. “Gray is a challenging color, as it so strongly informs the mood of a space. When I think of gray, I am visualizing the more neutral, cement tones."
"Gray is my new must-have, grounded neutral—forget black," says New York designer Eric Cohler. "Almost any shade of gray will transcend the traditional, adding freshness. It’s the perfect masculine-feminine combination color to use in a room. Think yin and yang."
“I love the calm and relaxing elements of gray,” says Los Angeles designer Waldo Fernandez. “It changes tonality depending on the time of day.”
“Gray is serene and subtle, and can signify the glamour of silver or the understated elegance of pewter,” says Marie Turner of New York’s M. Elle Design. “Gray is complex, sophisticated, and simply chic.”
“I’m fascinated by, and spend a lot of time on, architectural woodwork. Doors almost always come first in my design process,” says New York designer Thomas O’Brien. “Oftentimes, I will suggest to clients that we consider painted doors, rather than finished wood. Paint can create a new-traditional type of history for a space, and gray is a favorite color for this purpose. It has a vintage, archival quality that I love.”
Do you decorate with gray? What do you think?