50 Shades of Grey…oh my!

What do you think of when you hear the color “gray”? Was your first thought the hot, steamy best selling trilogy, “50 Shades of Grey” by E. L. James?

50ShadesofGreyCoverArtI know, it’s hard to believe, but there are other hot things happening in the world of “gray”. While you were busy reading, the color gray became the trendy color of choice. From fashion to interiors (and yes, book titles, too), gray is all the rage! It’s the new neutral and when used properly in interior design, it creates amazing spaces.

The new grays are not the dull, concrete hues of the past. A mix between black and white, gray is by definition a neutral. But its varying shades, from light dove to dark charcoal, make this hue extremely versatile. Gray is the perfect foil for virtually every color but you have to watch the undertones.

Properly identifying undertones ensures the paint colors you select will live harmoniously together. Improperly identifying undertones ensures the paint colors you select will fight each other.

Gray basically has three undertones – blue, green, and purple. And there are shades of gray that are close to taupe which is generally described as gray and beige combined. Note the various undertones below.

Benjamin Moore Shades of Gray Collection

Undertone: Green

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172

Walls

Undertone: Blue

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170

Stair riser, trim and wainscoting

Undertone: Violet

Benjamin Moore Elephant Gray 2109-50

Walls