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Find Your Perfect Gray Paint! 5 Gorgeous Looks

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Photo by Miguel Flores Vianna

Photo by Miguel Flores Vianna

In the Living Room

One of the many great things about having gray walls is that they let you get creative with how you decorate, since this cool hue beautifully complements both modern and traditional pieces. This frees you up to swap out living room furnishings as your needs (and tastes) change, without having to worry about repainting. The stateliness of a classic gray also works particularly well in houses with old bones: Think Brooklyn brownstones, San Francisco Victorians, or Parisian pied-à-terres (hey, a girl can dream!), serving up a fresh-feeling nod to the past.

 

Paint color: Pigeon by Farrow & Ball

Photo by Francesco Lagnese

Photo by Francesco Lagnese

In the Kitchen

As the hub of the home, the kitchen gets pretty busy. One way to keep the scene calm is to ground the entire space in shades of gray. To keep the overall look inviting and warm, opt for seating in natural textures such as wood or bamboo over slick chrome. Tip: If you’re considering painting your kitchen cabinets yourself, be sure to go with a latex satin finish for easy cleaning.

 

Paint color: Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore

Photo by Simon Upton

Photo by Simon Upton

In the Dining Room

Gray may be subtle, but that doesn’t mean it can’t pack enough visual heft to balance the dominance of a bold decor element such as this graphic rug. If your all-time favorite color for anything fabric-related is white, then you should definitely consider going gray on your walls, which will allow these otherwise quiet pieces to pop.

 

Paint color: Delray Gray by Benjamin Moore

Photo by William Waldron

Photo by William Waldron

In the Bedroom

The best way to turn your boudoir into a truly restful sanctuary is to go with hues that visually soothe, such as this room’s gray walls and barely there pastel palette. To keep the look serene but not blah, add some fun, cozy textures, such as a sheepskin rug, or a hint of glimmer, which in this case comes in the form of a gorgeous bedside table lamp.

 

Paint color: Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball

Photo by Dominique Vorillon

Photo by Dominique Vorillon

In the Bathroom

Gray’s air of elegance can elevate more-casual decor choices, such as industrial-style fixtures and fouta towels, in the master bath. It also tends to be a bit easier on the eye than adding more stark white to the space. We especially love the way subtle bits of warm brass in the form of fixtures or even frames work with gray’s blue undertones.

 

Paint color: Dior Gray by Benjamin Moore

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