After seeing several prestigious Show Homes here in the Bay Area this past summer and also attending a Color Update Course this past fall, I've been persuaded into believing that this years new color neutral is GRAY!
It's everywhere, and though Pantone, the leading color predictors, have chosen Turquoise as the dominant new color for 2010, it is the color Gray that is showing up on the walls, in upholstery and on flooring! And slate and charcoal grays seem to be leading the way in popularity.
If you're looking for high contrast, sure fire drama, and even a soothing effect, gray walls are a good place to start a neutral color scheme in any room of your home.
Our favorite gray paint is Benjamin Moore's "Flint AF-560" from their new Affinity Colors Collection. Shown on the walls of the entry way pictured above in a matte finish, with trim painted "White Dove" in a hi-gloss finish. Beautiful and sophisticated, I think I'm liking it!
Another place to try a little gray is in the bedroom. This room was left with it's original pink walls and traditional four poster bed. We removed the pink quilted bedspread. By adding a gray flannel comforter and shams over white linens, then adding a few brown pillows we achieved a truly modern yet understated look. This is a perfect example of not having to change everything in a room to update to a new look and color. And this can be without breaking the bank!