Sunday, December 9, 2012

The "new" neutral

In years past, the go to neutral color has been a shade of beige. With brown, pink or yellow undertones, a version of this color was seen on many home walls throughout the world. It was easy to decorate around and seemed to work with almost any color.


Welcome to 2012! Gray is now considered the “new” neutral. With undertones of blue, green, purple or brown, the crisp gray is showing up everywhere. From dark to light, gray is being used in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Whether in the wall color, cabinet color, bedding or accessories, grey is a fresh neutral alternative. The use of gray by designers has jumped from 9 percent in 2010 to almost 40 percent in 2012. Gray makes a great statement without yelling and works well with the classic black or white.


Not sure how you can incorporate some gray into your life and home? Try a color on your powder room walls. Drop the pink nail polish and go for a steel gray this winter. Create a new look in your bedroom by getting new bedding in gray tones. Freshen up your drapes by going with a gray silk. Vary your wardrobe with some gray tights. Not sure how to add gray to your life? Simply search “gray” on or for many great ideas.

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