Why Gray is the Best Neutral Color

  • 01 of 05

    What Makes Gray the Perfect Neutral?

    Living room with gray walls

    If someone asked you to think of a neutral color, beige would probably pop into your mind immediately. It seems that beige, and its cousins taupe and tan, do get most of the attention when it comes to talking about neutrals. But, these unassuming neutrals can be a bit diva-like once they come into your home, due to their murky undertones.

    Gray as a neutral can be the perfect choice because of its almost chameleon-like quality, and its range of warm and cool shades, without a difficult undertone to worry about. Once thought of as "industrial," the emergence of warm "greige" opened gray up to all decorating styles. Greige, (the marriage of gray + beige) almost single-handedly moved gray onto the list of perfect neutrals. Cool grays are still popular, but the addition of the warm greiges gives a true alternative to the traditional beige and taupe neutrals.

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  • 02 of 05

    Gray is the Great Equalizer

    Living room with gray and purple

    Faith Phillips, in-house design and trends expert, La-Z-Boy: “If you have that one chair you love, but feel the pattern or color doesn’t work, remember that a gray background acts as the perfect counterbalance to allow that piece to sing. Or, for a more sophisticated look, consider layering different shades and textures of gray.”

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  • 03 of 05

    Gray Goes Everywhere

    gray painted living room

    Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams: “Gray is being used in every room of the house and all values from light to dark. It is a very sophisticated color that lends itself perfectly for romance so the bedroom is the ultimate space for a shade of gray, such as Amazing Gray. It’s a medium tone with a touch of warmth. I also love Dorian Gray for a darker shade and Classic French Gray with a hint of blue.”

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  • 04 of 05

    A Warm Gray is the Perfect Neutral

    living room with gray walls
    Lamps Plus

    Michael Murphy, design and trends producer, Lamps Plus: “We are seeing warmer hues of gray replacing cooler ones. They work perfectly with the bold, more colorful lighting and home décor products that are on trend. For warmer gray hues, brass and antique gold are great pairings options.”

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  • 05 of 05

    Gray is the Perfect Backdrop

    kitchen with gray
    MasterBrand Cabinets

    Andy Wells, vice president, product design and trend, MasterBrand Cabinets: “As individuals, we are looking to create authentic beauty and our own uniqueness. We are more creators, not buyers, and we want to reflect that in our home design. Gray is such a versatile color, it serves as the perfect backdrop for people to showcase their personality.”