Few of us favor a weather forecast with solid gray skies, yet we can’t seem to get enough of the smoky color in our indoor environment. As a result, we’re forecasting gray to once again be the most popular color choice for home interiors in 2015.
This is the first time that any hue has headlined our annual color forecast in consecutive years. But there’s something timeless about gray that gives it staying power — a quality absent from many colors that seem to come and go so quickly.
For one thing, gray is a neutral color that is very easy on the eyes. It’s understated and sophisticated … nearly sublime. It can almost be said that gray is a “non-color”, since so many of its various tints and shades defy precise description.
Also, many members of the gray family are “chameleon” colors – taking on a somewhat different appearance when the light changes. This characteristic imparts gray with enormous visual interest. Who could tire of such color?
Gray is also an extremely versatile color that works beautifully with a wide range of hues. As a result, it can be used in many different interior color schemes and with diverse styles of décor.
Pairing gray with one or more neutral colors – white, off-white, beige, taupe, soft blue, or black – can produce a tranquil color scheme capable of making any indoor space more relaxing. That is why we so often see these combinations in bedrooms and family rooms, areas where we seek refuge at the end of the day.
But gray can also serve as a perfect foil for more adventurous color, ranging from saturated hues like purple, fuchsia, rust brown, and navy to softer tints like dusty pink and pale lavender. Color schemes employing these combinations can be used in virtually any room in the home.
Of course, “gray” refers not just to one color, but many – a wide range that runs the gamut from delicate silver tints to powerful shades of gunmetal, slate, and charcoal. In each, black and white is present, and often, traces of other colors. These “trace colors” provide the most valuable clues as to what works best with a given gray.
Grays that contain warm components like red, yellow, or brown seem a little cozier, and invariably coordinate well with warm companion colors. Conversely, grays that have hints of blue or green seem cooler and more austere – so they have better compatibility with colors on the cooler side of the spectrum.
You’re sure to encounter both warm and cool grays in the months ahead, just a surely as you’ll see both warm and cool days. Glamorous gray tops our 2015 color forecast. Look for it… everywhere!