Gray: The New Neutral

Everything old becomes new again!  I’m old enough to remember the early 80’s when gray was the neutral. It looks like it is making a strong comeback. Clients are calling it Greige and in this article they are calling it Dune. It’s basically a warm-toned grey.

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Regardless of what you call it, I like it and already have a room this color. I find it goes well with stone or brick (the mortar in brick can be the same tones.) In surveying my house, I find that it is all solids – not patterns – which makes changing a color pretty easy. Someone once told me when selecting colors for your home to look at your wardrobe as it contains color you tend to like. I can’t say the color scheme applies to me – I have a pretty bright summer wardrobe and fairly dark winter one – but the lack of patterns certainly holds true.

Beyond White: Hot Color Trends for the Kitchen and Bath
RISMEDIA, Thursday, October 17, 2013— (BPT) – So many of us love the rich colors featured in kitchen and bath magazines, but when it comes to selecting colors for our own homes, we tend to play it safe. It’s time to be bold and get out of the color comfort zone. Whether it’s a vibrant backsplash, playful shade on the wall, or a new sink color that pops with personality, today’s hot color trends are anything but boring.Consider these top five color trends for kitchen and bath spaces:

1. Gray reigns king
The 2013 NKBA Trends Report names gray the coveted color of the year. According to the report, use of gray color schemes in both kitchens and baths has dramatically increased since 2010, particularly over the past year. The hue is currently used in 55 percent of kitchens and 56 percent of bathrooms.

“I regularly work gray into my projects because it instantly elevates the design and adds depth to the palette,” says senior interior designer Travis Rotelli, who works at the Kohler Design Center in Kohler, Wis.

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Another old style that is making a comeback is brass. So often, I hear clients say that they don’t like all the brass in a particular house.  The solution for that now is to simply take the good quality Baldwin brass and have it dipped to remove the clear coat. This will reveal the natural brass. This natural aged brass is beautiful and the new style again. I have Baldwin Brass in my home and may try it in a few rooms to see how it goes before I do the whole thing. If I do, I’ll be sure to take before and after pictures. I like the warmth of brass, and while hardware styles and choices change so frequently, high quality fixtures should be able to pass the test of time.

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What do you think of both of these comeback styles? Have you or would you use either of these in your own home?

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