More than 50 shades of gray for interior decoration

This bedroom is painted in gray Amazin.  This tone of Sherwin-Williams has a touch of khaki.

The title of the popular book and movie based on it account for 50 shades of gray, but for interior designer Judy Broughton are more and tells in an interview with reporter Elda Silva, the Houston Chronicle.

“You can add and subtract color until you’re 100 years and always get different shades of gray,” says Broughton, design program coordinator at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

With great adaptability, gray can go from pale to dark ranges, from warmth to coldness, just adding shades of green, blue, violet and brown mix. All these shades are highlighted in the home, where the gray was imposed as a neutral but elegant color.

In the past five years, the journals and professional interior designers have made great changes from gray perception as a cold and industrial color, according to Jackie Jordan, director of corporate advertising Sherwin-Williams.

“It is a sophisticated color and blends well with all types of designs, whether contemporary, traditional, country or eclectic, or any intermediate idea, because there’s a nice range of grays” added Jordan.

Farewell to beige

Another factor driving the popularity of gray is boredom with beige tones.

“I think people are sick of beige,” said Jordan. “It was the (color) neutral in the past two decades, if not more, and you get tired of that.”

Although most avant-garde than the beige, gray “is a very safe neutral background,” Broughton said. “In fact, I can not think of any color that can not be combined with gray”.

Andrea Magno, an expert in colors and signature design Benjamin Moore, said there is no strict rules to incorporate the gray space.

“I think everything depends on the specific space, the amount of light you have, the type of environment you want to create,” said Magnus. “If we think of the room, you want it to be clear and open or prefer a bit more cozy? I think all these factors must be considered when choosing colors. ”

Beyond the room, the versatility of gray makes it a ‘great for any room in the home “color, Jordan said.”Therefore, it is not limited to a particular space.”

For those who are not convinced with that color, Jordan recommends starting by the bedrooms.

“Very nice color for a bedroom as it can be romantic if you use darker shades,” Jordan said.

In particular, the dark gray look great on the wall behind the bed, according to Jordan. In the bedroom of children or children’s games room, gray can be combined with pink or blue, “and looks lovely with shades of spring green,” said the expert.


Jordan suggests that for the bedroom of a teenager pass to the next level and combine with red. However, for baths light gray tones are more welcoming.

“You must make sure not to overdo it in the bathroom, because it should not have gray tones that are reflected in your skin,” Jordan said. “Long as you have good lighting, you’ll have problems.”

And we can not forget the kitchen. You can paint the cabinets gray or grayish stains that let you see the texture of wood, Jordan said.

After painting

When you paint the walls gray, that does not necessarily go hand in hand with new furniture and accessories.

“It works well with many of the things you already have at home,” Magno said.

However, if you lean a monochrome environment, the key is to use different shades and textures, Magno said. Bright colors are also combined superbly with gray tones.

“There’s something really modern and cheerful about it,” he said. “Maybe you can put beautiful pieces of art, which will be highlighted with gray background.”





1: A painted with Dovetail tone attic, one of the gray company offering Sherwin-Williams.


2: A room in Stonington Gray Benjamin Moore signature. (Benjamin Franklin Moore)


3: The tone called Elephant’s Breath is one of 20 shades of gray featuring signature Farrow & Ball.


4: This bedroom is painted in gray Amazin. This tone of Sherwin-Williams has a touch of khaki.


5: White Cornforth is one of the Scandinavian gray Farrow & Ball. Along with the tone stone Purbech and Ammonite, is one of the most popular worldwide nuances, as Sarah Cole, director of that company based in England.


6: One bedroom painted with Purbeck stone tone of Farrow & Ball.


7: A room painted with Benjamin Moore cloud gray.


8: Walls Down Pipe in dark gray signature Farrow & Ball, offset by the white ceiling to give a cozy feel without being oppressive.

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