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Gray, for a Change of Pace

Stepping down into the living room of my new client, I was met by an open view to an expanse of suburban canyon. The space was modern and airy, with a steeply sloped ceiling in half of the room. I thought the white walls seemed a good fit — a fresh coat of a white paint color would freshen up the walls; we’d address the needed furniture updates. But … my client wanted a complete change! In addition to the light from the long wall of window, light from an adjacent dining area to the right and a french door to a patio on the left, light also flooded the room from a skylight above. With so much light, and the fact that my client wanted a very modern, sophisticated look, I chose a warm medium gray for the walls: Benjamin Moore Himalayan Trek (1542). Modern living room with warm gray walls The gray wall color was an excellent background for the homeowner’s collection of paintings, some quite large. The gray tied the various artworks together in a way that the white wall color did not. For the foyer I chose a deeply rich tone to accentuate the artwork displayed in the entry area, and to add drama to the space. The entry wall color: Sherwin-Williams Spalding Gray (SW 6074), a deep taupe with burgundy undertones. Gray living room with a view to the foyer painted a deep taupe (Photos by Oregon based Larry Stanley.)

Gray for variety

Gray tones, from the almost white to deep taupe, can be a great choice if you’re looking for an alternative to white but you don’t want colorful walls in the space. Gray can’t be beat for creating a serene and calm space. And, as you’ll see, it’s a terrific background for color.



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