Whether you love it or hate it, you can't ignore that gray is one of the most popular colors in home decor today. If the trend is on it's way out, New Mexico hasn't gotten the memo yet.I still get many calls from people who are looking for the perfect gray.
There are many shades of gray, some warm, some cool and the average homeowner, if not skilled at seeing undertones and understanding lighting, can end up with blue walls, green walls or purple walls. That's where I come in; many people need help before they invest the money and paint the wrong color.
In the first of a two part series, I want to share some photos of some of the more popular grays and how different they can look according to what surrounds them, the fixed elements- like other walls, countertops, furniture and flooring- as well as lighting. (Disclaimer- these are my own amateur iPhone photos, so color is not as accurate.)
The following two photos are Anew Gray from Sherwin Williams on the walls and ceilings in the same home.
This dramatic staircase is Anonymous Gray.
These pictures of Agreeable Gray are at the same fitness studio- just a different amount of natural light shining on some of the walls.
Not entirely gray, Balanced Beige is more of a greige. But for this homeowner, with the warmth of the fixed elements, this was their perfect gray.
In the second photo (different house) the lighting shows a bit more of the beige while still retaining a slight grayish tone.
These photos are from two different homes. They are all Dorian Gray.
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon! If you need help choosing your color palette, give me a call!
Jennifer Smith is a Certified Architectural Color Consultant in Albuquerque, NM.