Forget basic black and white. Find a middle ground with this season’s best neutral color – gray. Opt for a pattern to add some visual interest to your interior décor while still staying safe on neutral ground. Gray can be paired with almost any other color, making it a perfect choice for home décor. Pair with bright colors, which are guaranteed to pop, for great contrast, or use softer tones for a more muted palette.
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Lovely Ways to Go Gray
Add the Highlands Dressing Bench in soft, distressed gray driftwood to your entryway to create extra storage and seating. A spacious drawer offers an easy way to tuck items out of sight, an open shelf is ideal for getting shoes off the floor, and the top can be used as a handy bench.
The Uttermost Myrrine Solid Wood Mirror can be hung horizontally or vertically above a bedroom dresser and works as a great accent piece with almost any other finish. The lightly distressed gray wood frame lets the natural wood grain peek through and is perfect for creating a casual, rustic vibe in any room.
If you’re struggling with a way to add extra storage and seating to your bedroom or living room, look no further than the Handy Living Kent Bench Ottoman in a smoky-gray maze pattern. The funky geometric pattern adds visual interest to an otherwise neutral color palette. This versatile piece makes it easy to tuck out-of-season clothes out of sight at the foot of your bed or pulls double duty as a coffee table and blanket storage space in your living room. Consider adding a mirrored tray to the top of the ottoman to help complete the transformation from bench to coffee table.
The Chelsea Home Sheridan Upholstered 2-Piece Sectional Sofa doesn’t just look good – it feels good, too. Elegant gray upholstery acts as a chic neutral statement piece. This sectional provides plenty of room for lounging, including a long chaise section that makes it easy to stretch out and enjoy movie night at home. If you prefer to sit upright, patterned toss pillows and coordinating back cushions offer comforting back support. And because gray is such a versatile neutral, it’s easy to change up your sectional with new throw pillows whenever the mood strikes you.
Layering different textures is a great way to add visual interest to your living room and take your sofa from drab to fab. Whether you’re working with a gray background or another solid color, textured gray throw pillows add dimension to your living room. For a cozy feel, opt for the Imax Hadley Crochet Pillow in gray. If you’re looking to glam up your space, go with a gray metallic throw pillow for a touch glitz, like the Edie Inc. Luxe Metallic Grid Decorative Pillow in platinum.
Gray is also a great, soothing choice for a home office and provides a more unique look than traditional dark, heavy woods. The Monarch Reclaimed-Look Corner Desk provides a wide, clear workspace and offers ample storage thanks to shelves and drawers. The desk can be configured in multiple ways, and the elegant, modern gray finish is sure to help create a calming, productive space.
- Alison Deering, freelance contributor