Neutral But Never Boring: How Gorgeous Grays Can Define Your Interior
Of all the colours in the spectrum perhaps none is more underrated than gray. People typically associate it with feelings of sadness, emptiness, and of course boredom. Whether it's describing gloomy skies or calling something tedious and dull, gray is unfairly linked to the worst moods, feelings and visual sensations we can experience.
True, gray skies can be depressing, but gray interiors? Far from it! The best interior designers know how to utilize this neutral tone to achieve wondrous effects, from the subtle to the sophisticated, and because it's such an “even-handed” colour (neither bold nor bland), gray has the ability to synthesize with any furniture, material, texture or decor style.
There's a reason gray is experiencing a resurgence in Scandinavian interior design—because it's a highly capable and versatile colour. Here are 8 examples that prove it.
1) Power Of Contrast
The gleaming gray cabinets of this kitchen thoroughly disprove the notion that gray is dull. Rather, the colour lends a vibrant, modern appeal to this home and helps the more colourful items (such as the magenta cabinets and green vegetables) to pop before our eyes.
2) Playful Patterns
If gray was truly boring then why is it the most distinguished element in this bathroom?
These multi-shaded cubes of gray arrest our attention the moment we see them, forcing us to run our eyes over the patterns which hold us spellbound with their depth and colour and geometric illusion.
3) Delicately Detailed
Speaking of bathrooms, this one applies the colour in question quite liberally.
Almost every thing in sight is gray, but what wins our admiration is the delicately detailed tiles on our right. Composed of numerous shades and without any apparent pattern, it highlights the diversity of this topical colour and conclusively proves that neutral doesn't necessarily mean boring.
4) Flawless Flows
As a neutral colour gray has the ability to unify separate decor elements into a cohesive whole. Here, its light and dark shades take different items in this room and—rather than letting one piece of furniture or colour overpower the other—creates a harmonious fusion between them. The result is an uninterrupted flow and a balanced aesthetic.
5) Deep Blends
Unlike the previous example which demonstrated gray's unique ability to blend distinct elements into a singular whole, these two photographs show how the colour can overwhelm and reduce everything else to a secondary status.
Here, we see the colour in its many diverse shades, from light and delicate to deep and dark, and it's these last two which seem to dominate this apartment.
6) Transcendent Textures
In a kitchen rich with gray tiles on the floor and walls (each with their own peculiar charms and textures), nothing quite steals the show like the granite counter-tops, drawers and shelves.
The coarseness and visual appeal of their texture is vibrantly on display, and even without touching the granite elements we can almost sense what they would feel like just through observation.
7) Lightness of Touch
Instead of being stark or austere, the richness of wood combined with delicate grays produces an interior that's peaceful, gentle, and flowing.
8) Rough & Rugged
Nearly the exact opposite of the previous home, this apartment aims for a more aggressive and energetic vibe. It achieves this effect through the use of rough materials, from the highly distinct red bricks on the wall to the furry rug on the floor.
This apartment is also overflowing with grays, the austere, industrial colouring of which is used to contrast against the red-hued bricks, allowing them to stand out and have the greatest visual impact.
Glossy or rough, detailed or simple, these eight interiors use gray to define themselves, relying on its versatile and adaptive nature to achieve a wholly unique look.