Going Gray without Going Mad

If you are like most people, you have seen a lot of gray based decorating in the magazines and on tv.  Depending on where you live in the country, this may be a trend that has been around for a couple years, a few months, or just hitting now.  It can be a tricky trend to incorporate into your home if you have a warm color palette of golds, and gold based taupes.  Here are a few ideas for bringing the serene, subtle grays into your happy yellow home:

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1. Begin with a side room.  A guest room, office or powder room can be a safe place to indulge in Fifty Shades of Gray.  Have fun as it is less important for this room to flow with the rest of your spaces.

2. Look at the permanent fixtures in your home and find a gray that is friendly to those.  Start with the brick in your fireplace, the stone in your backsplash: can you find a subtle gray therein?  If so, you may be able to support gray walls after all.

3. Find an existing contrast color in your home that can be paired with gray.  If your color palette is currently yellow, orange and green, try eliminating the green and using your orange accessories with your new gray walls.  Gray can be a fabulous backdrop to electric yellow, or bright turquoise.

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