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‘ Gray can be golden’

  • Fri Sep 2 2016, 4:40 pm
By James D. York, PA

Sept 9, 2016

‘ Gray can be golden’

By James D. York, P.A.

Consider gray. Time was, most interior home walls featured shades of not-quite-white—beige, ecru, taupe, wheat, eggshell, khaki, ivory, biscuit, cream, and the like. But the new modern choice is gray, crisper and cleaner in appearance, according to paint experts. Like its off-white cousins, gray comes in many shades, and needs to be carefully paired with other furnishings to maximize the esthetic appeal.

Design consultants suggest carefully examining existing flooring, cabinets, lighting, and wood trim tones before selecting the best complementary gray for each area in your home. Then match your gray paint to the undertones in other home features.

"Although the color gray is commonly associated with cooler, cloudy days, there are both 'cool grays' and 'warm grays,'" paint company Sherwin Williams explains. "Cool grays have more blue undertones, while warm grays are grounded in yellow and brown – similar to 'greige,' a combination of gray and beige."

Mixing shades of gray in a room can also provide different effects. For example, a small gray room with the ceiling painted a couple shades lighter than the walls gives the sense of a larger, brighter space. Cavernous rooms can appear warmer and cozier with light gray walls and a darker gray ceiling. Give “the new beige” a try—and give us a call with any questions about any of your real estate needs.


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