Painting a room gray has been hot for a while now. Unfortunately, it can make a room feel really cold if you're not careful. Case in point below...
While this room looks good, it's not for me. Here's why...I think it's way TOO GRAY! I also think it's too symmetrical and all the grays are cold, which is accentuated by the silver accents.
So how can you go gray without making it feel like a prison cell? It's really not hard! Let's dive in...
Start with a Warm Gray
If you haven't painted your room yet, you could make it easy on yourself and start with a warm gray. Since gray is made by mixing complementary colors together, you're always going to have an undertone. Some are more obvious than others. There are grays with warm undertones (that are even a little taupey in some cases) and grays with cool undertones (like blue). If your room is west or south facing, you can get away with a cool gray (although I really do prefer a warm gray most of the time). If the room is north or east facing, I would do a warmer gray.
Here are some of my favorite warm grays...
Add Warm Accents
No matter the gray on the wall, you can always warm things up with the rugs, furnishings and accessories.
The room below is warmed up with orange and pink. Also note the seagrass baskets and rug layered under the oriental.
The gray in this room is countered with a lot of white. Also notice the natural woven rug and wood top coffee table. Both warm and cozy. I also love the series of vintage prints - instant soul.
I really like how they've used gray on the fireplace, in the upholstery and window trim. It's a nice departure from just gray on the walls.
This room belongs to Vern Yip. Remember him? From HGTV's Trading Spaces? The biggest thing I notice here (besides the red rug!) are all the books. Talk about making a room feel personal and comfortable. Books will always do the trick. Also, the room is filled with personal treasures. Another reason this room is successful is all the natural light. Love the french doors! Vern is so lucky!
Five Minute Fixes
Let's say you don't have much time (or money). Here are some super fast ways to cozy things up. You've heard many of these things from me before!!! These solutions work in MANY situations!
1. Add plants - they always help make a space feel welcome.
2. Add brass. Trade out your silver accessories for lovely brass ones. You can score brass candlesticks, objects, bookends, etc at your local antique center.
3. Add books.
4. Add throws and pillows in warm colors and nice cozy textures.
5. Add candles. No brainer!
6. Add natural elements. For my local friends, get some sand from the beach and put in a hurricane candle holder with a cream colored candle. Sand has warm and cool grays. While you're at the beach, gather some cool driftwood and put in a basket, or as an object on a stack of books. You could also add a bowl of rocks, pinecones or green mossy balls. Please note that you can't find moss balls in the wild, but they're easy to find at Target!
7. Add a dimmer to your lighting!!! This is one of my favorite ways to cozy up a room!
I hope these ideas are helpful! Go head - go gray! Just keep these ideas in mind so your room feels cozy, not cold.
Until next time!
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