Gray has been a really hot color in home decor for a several years now. Are you on board with it? Some people have not made the move and maybe it’s because you live in Beige-land and can’t afford to pitch it all and start from scratch. Right? Well, here are some ideas to let you add gray to your color scheme, especially when beige or brown or taupe is the dominant color.
And maybe you’re like me in that I LIKE gray and brown/beige/taupe together, I think the brown tones warm up the gray palette which can look a little stark and cold when paired with only white and black.
Let’s look at some ideas to get you started without breaking the bank.
Paint your walls
Painting your walls is the most inexpensive way to make a huge impact and add gray to your color scheme. Get 3 or 4 sample sizes of various shades of gray and either paint rectangles on your wall or paint white poster board and put them up on your walls.
Live with the options for a few days so you can see which one you like best. View them at different times of the day to see the paint color in daylight and artificial light at night-time. Paint colors look very different based on lighting so don’t rush through this step.
Choose your favorite and get started!
Another way to add gray to your color scheme and tie the colors together is with fabrics in upholstery, pillows and window treatments that include all colors.
In the following picture, the gray walls, beige chair, beige stump side table, and white panel wainscoting set the color scheme.
Because the pillow fabric has gray as the dominant color matching the walls, and has beige and white, it pulls all color elements together.
Also, you can use accessories and artwork to introduce gray into a color scheme that is primarily beige.
In the above picture, the walls are a soft, light gray; the floors are dark brown, and the stone fireplace has both tones of gray and brown in it.
Note how the dark brown floating shelves bring the brown color up the wall and visually integrates the two colors.
The gray and silver toned accessories on the shelves further combine the gray and brown tones. The shelves also have some brown and beige items, as well as some white elements and some natural green items which balance nicely with the shiny silver accessories. This mix of colors, textures and shapes keep it interesting.
It’s a nice mix. I like it!
Rugs that include both colors will also tie the design together.
The rug anchoring this seating arrangement has white, gray, and brown, tying together the beige sectional, gray walls, brown tables. The pillows bring the white and gray onto the beige sectional and this keeps your eye moving and helps us make sense of all the colors and tones. Well done!
Implement and Evaluate
So now you have some ideas on how to update your color scheme to add gray to the beige and brown. Make some changes to your space and now, step back and evaluate.
How does it look?
Do you like it?
Does anything stand out too much? If so, you can tweak, tone down or even remove that item.
Take a picture of your room which helps you see your space more objectively with fewer visual distractions.
Do all your colors make sense and are they tied together?
Tweak it again until you’re happy with your results.
And finally, share your results. I’d love to see your work!
You can do it!