If you are looking for the perfect color for your home interiors, think gray.
Sound dull? Gray is being shown in just about everything these days, from bridesmaid dresses to wall color.
Gray is a great backdrop that goes with just about everything. It has sophistication, expresses savvy and feels rich. It works well in both masculine and feminine settings, and it fits in with traditional settings and contemporary scenes.
Some people find gray intimidating or cold, but if used well, it is actually organic. Think of the natural color of driftwood, or stones in a brook.
Another interesting thing about gray is that is has a chameleon quality. It will take on the look of surrounding hues and make them look good in the process. Gray does wonders for vivid colors and pastels. Yellow, fuchsia and pink vibrate against gray whereas blue and purple become more sophisticated.
In the last several years, stainless steel has been the most popular color for appliances and brushed nickel has been considered the state-of-the-art color for interior-design accessories. In other words, gray has been subtly filling our homes for years.
There are, of course, many shades of gray. If you're going to paint a room, start with the paper samples. Eliminate the ones that don't work in your setting, and once you are down to two or three favorites, purchase small amounts and paint them on large boards. Hold the samples up against the wall at different times of the day to see which one works best. Daytime might give the gray one feel while night might produce another.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann is an interior designer in Naples and author of "Mystery of Color."