Many of us are looking to give some new life to home décor that’s old and tired. As we start flipping through the home décor magazines we fall in love with new couches, tables, dining room sets, bedroom furniture, bath and kitchen fixtures and colors. Oh, those amazing colors! New trends are using an array of the cooler shades of gray instead of the warmer shades of beige as the neutral wall paint back drop in home decorating. Here are four ideas that can help you decide where these will fit in your home.
Some questions that need asking are: Is the color going to be the main back drop of your room, or just an accent color? If it’s the main back drop for the walls of your room there are many soft, pastel like grays that perform admirably. Gray can be a very soothing and restful color as well as totally elegant.
• In a living room environment a pale misty shade of gray can be both restful and elegant when trimmed with one of the opalescent whites or a sophisticated pale cream. No need to change out a beige rug or couch or any wood furniture as the gray will only compliment them. The color touches you might add can range from sunny yellow to apple red to wine. Persimmon, peach, navy, turquoise and deep emerald green or even a lime color work very well with this back drop. Adding a vase of flowers (either vase color or flower color) in one of your chosen accent colors and a pillar candle or two in color appropriate candle holders will provide just the right touches of charm and grace to your room.
• In the bedroom there are some beautiful pale shades of gray, with just a hint of lavender, that can make the room seem totally transformed into a restful haven. A trim of a soft white is a beautiful compliment. Add a new comforter with a silvery touch in its color and pillows in a deeper shade of lavender and some with a deeper silvery gray and voila! You’ve created an elegant restful space. Want to bring the tone up a notch? Use turquoise instead of the deeper lavender for the accents. Add a vase with some purple flowers, on the dresser, to the turquoise and silvery bed ensemble for a real pop. Still restful yet full of sophistication.
• A bathroom can be brought from ho hum to spa like using shades of sage (gray with a green tint) and creamy white trim or a misty slate (gray with a blue tint) with a shimmery white trim.
• The kitchen can benefit if grays are used as accents rather than the main backdrop color. Have brown wood cabinets and stainless appliances? A soft gray and white backsplash, walls painted in a peach, pumpkin or sunny yellow color with a charcoal base board can bring the room into the twenty first century. Cabinets and appliances are white? Then your choices are almost limitless if you remember to pair the gray with a pop of color.
Selecting the shade that’s right for you can be difficult so the best thing to do is select a few variations of the shade of gray you’re thinking of and invest in paint samples. Also buy a piece of wood. Use this for your sample painting area and place it in the room you want to transform. Make sure to study the samples not just in daylight but also in the type of lighting you use in the evening. The difference can sometimes be dramatic and you’ll be very glad you took the time to do so.
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