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Gray Decor | Manolo for the Home

Going Gray

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I’ve had a love affair with gray since my teens when I painted the walls of my bedroom varying shades of gray. As a color, gray is frequently associated with neutrality — being neither white, nor black — and cool self-control. Because of its versatility and ability to harmonize with a variety of other hues, the color gray often serves as a backdrop to other, more vivid colors. But shades of gray can be their own perfect palette instead of highlighting bright yellows or pinks. Used on their own, shades of gray can make for a dramatic and bold or calm and soothing space, depending on how they’re used.

According to Wikipedia: “Most grey pigments have a cool or warm cast to them, as the human eye can detect even a minute amount of saturation. Yellow, orange, and red create a “warm grey”. Green, blue, and violet create a “cool grey”. When there is no cast at all, it is referred to as “neutral grey”, “achromatic grey” or simply “grey”. The color grey is often associated with aging or the passage of time, likely due in part to the decreased pigment-production of hair follicles in time, corresponding to the greying of human hair. In this context, grey is often used synonymously with “elderly”, as in “the grey pound” or “grey power” (when referring to the economic or social influence of the elderly), or as used by groups such as the Gray Panthers.”

You have your choice – go gray on your walls, go gray with accessories, or go gray down to the smallest detail. It’s easy, when there are so many different grays to choose from! Here are some inspiring images to get you started, and tomorrow I’ll show you how you can go gray for less than $25!

gray bedroom
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gray bathroom
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gray dining room fromdesignsponge
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gray living room

gray office
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gray living room 2

2 Responses to “Going Gray”

  1. T. Beard March 11, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    I know that says ‘sloe’ on the third pic down, but I initially read it as ‘slob’ and thought why would you want to advertise that?

  2. Pam March 13, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    Love the grey and white bathroom! Also, believe it or not, grey is considered to be the best color to stimulate creativity because it doesn’t suggest anything specific.