Soft and Refreshing
Think gray is dark? Think again! Accented with white trim, and in a room flooded with natural light, gray can be soft and refreshing. In rooms like this one that has large windows, it’s a great idea to keep the furnishings simple and allow the eye to be drawn to the view.
Gray is the epitome of elegance when combined with classic details and sophisticated styling. In this room, designed by Cherie Lee Interiors, the soft color palette allows the details, including the carved mantel, architectural moldings, and tufted sofas, to truly stand out.
The best way to call attention to interesting architectural designs or features is to let them stand out against neutral backdrops. The gray tones and clean-lined furniture in this large, open concept space, take a backseat to the stair railings and windows. Since there are no strong colors or shapes to compete with, the eye is automatically drawn to the interesting architectural features.
One of the best ways to add a sophisticated and modern look to a space is to paint the trim black or dark gray. In this room designed by Jensen C. Vasil Architect, the look works particularly well as the charcoal trim adds a modern sensibility to the ornately carved railings and door trim.
Reminiscent of rocky shores, this stone gray and blue color palette is ideal for lakeside living. The elegant furniture contrasts comfortably against the rough-hewn materials of the mantel to create an elegantly informal gathering place.
Sexy and Sophisticated
Contemporary gray interiors accented with a little bling are great for creating a sexy and sophisticated look. In this room from Freestyle Interiors, deep hues and luxe fabrics invite you to stay in and make yourself comfortable.
Mid Century Chic
Put an edgy spin on a mid-century modern design by using a dark gray color palette. This room by Grand Design London has no traditional mid-century design colors or take-notice pieces, yet it has a sleek sophistication that pays homage to the style while being completely fresh and modern.
Create Wow Factor
To create some serious ‘wow’ factor, consider a gray backdrop for a colorful piece of furniture or art, like in this transitional living room designed by Clarity Home Interiors. It’s a great way to call attention to a special piece – whether it’s hung on the wall or placed as part of a furniture arrangement like the red bench pictured here.
Calming and Classic
The living room by Hush Design has a very classic and gentle atmosphere thanks to a few things. One is the color palette of warm gray and linen, and another is the symmetry of the design. Together they are naturally appealing to the eye and create a calming and soothing atmosphere.
While this room could easily be enjoyed equally by both sexes, it has a bit more of a masculine vibe, thanks in large part to the gray walls, leather furniture, and rough wood accents. By mixing these colors and materials designer, Carl Mattison has created a bachelor’s paradise full of comfort and character.