Submitted by Cristina Postu on 26 Feb 2015 - 4:12pm
50 shades of Gray! I haven’t seen the movie because it’s not the kind of genre I would like (still, congratulations for the promotion). In the book/movie, Gray is an eccentric young guy, but as an architect I know that this „gray” is a color; a great color, elegant, conservative, slightly formal, calm and clean!
Q: What color should I use?
Q: Why Gray?
A: I don’t even know where to begin!
Same as other colors, gray has a lot of tones, with shades from other nuances: cold greys, warm grays (yes, they exist!), colorful grays (my favourites). They say that gray is the new beige.
How can we choose? We should take into consideration the concept and the other design elements, and definitely preferences.
It can’t be monotonous or boring, because if the color gray is bland, then we can add textures (see exposed concrete, sandstones or warm materials such as wood, tapestries, wallpaper, etc.).
More than that, an easy design blueprint sounds something like this: cold gray and warm gray, alongside an accentuating color – let’s say, colored gray. You can paint the entire room in a desirable gray (be adventurous, after all gray is a neutral color) and on a separate wall you can use, as an accentuating feature, a different finishing or a personalized color. What is even more special about this color is the fact that it easily combines with an industrial style -a favorite among architects, designers and clients for any type of space. It’s a fashionable color.
The only space where I wouldn’t use this color is a child’s room; children need creative, cheerful influences, colors which incite them, which thrill them and give them energy. As for the rest, as long as the decision is final, any space can be painted in tones of gray, with elements from the same palette.
After all these arguments, do you still consider gray a cold color? Let’s turn up the heat, then!