gray office
flickr – emily may

Gray continues to be at the top of the list when it comes to popular neutrals. In fact, when I do color consultations, gray paint colors are the most frequently requested hues among my clients. I think it’s safe to say that gray is here to stay–at least for the foreseeable future. So, if you’ve been thinking about using gray, this is a great time. But many people don’t realize that grays have many different undertones. So, please keep this in mind because noticing the variations can be tricky.

dark gray room
flickr – kim love

Depending on the style of your room, in addition to the furniture and lighting, you’ll need to pick a gray with just the right undertone or you may not get the look you want.

For example, in the two rooms shown above, a gray paint color with charcoal undertones was used.

charcoal undertones

However, for my dining room (below),  I selected a gray with beige undertones. Here’s why: my room has stained wooden furniture which include the base to my dining table and a vintage sideboard. In addition, the hardwood floors are light oak and my window treatments are made from gold fabric.

dining room_porter
my dining room

I wanted the wall color to be in harmony with all of those richly-toned elements, so I used Dovetail by Sherwin-Williams:

beige undertones2

It seems impossible but some grays are actually warm, cozy colors and Dovetail is one of them. The same type of gray was used in this kitchen:

gray kitchen2


green undertones

blue undertones2

violet undertones2

Violet gray is a rather uncommonly used hue, but I have selected Chinchilla (shown above) for a few of my courageous clients. The rooms included a powder room and a home theatre. Both spaces turned out amazing.

Are you ready to choose the right gray for your room? If not, I’d be happy to help you through my Color and eDesign Service. Just email me at

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