I’ve been on a gray kick for quite a while. Every room in my apartment is painted in some shade of gray. And while I do love gray, it can be an extremely difficult color to get right. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect gray. I’ve learned the hard way (a.k.a. repainting an entire room), that grays have a habit of turning to baby blue in my living room. Now I paint huge swatches and then force myself to wait and watch how the light plays with the color. In my living room, I’ve gone with a cooler gray with blue undertones, it feels like it works with my subtle nautical vibe. But in the bedroom, I have a gray with a bit of a warmer, more taupe undertone. Do you have a favorite gray? – –Amy Azzarito
Image above: Soft grays and a sheepskin covered Bertoia make Crystal Ellis’ bedroom in Providence Rhode Island, a calm space to relax.
Image above: The entrance to jeweler Jennifer Sarkilahti’s bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is adorned with a wool dreamcatcher that she made out of wool roving and feathers.
Image above: The perfect gray tonal bedroom in Katie Graham’s Australian home.
See more gray + my own bathroom after the jump!
Image above: The entry wall when you first walk into art director Jessica Walsh’s New York City apartment.
Image above: The dining room in Leslie Kraemer and Philip Atchison’s 1930s brick bungalow in Charlotte, North Carolina is painted the perfect shade of dark gray. The bookshelves hold old family photos and mementos from travels.
Image above: Paige Morse is a prop stylist for Wisteria so she knows a thing or two about creating a great backdrop for art.
Image above: This built-in cupboard is original to Victoria Suffield’s 1930s home in Winchester, South England.
Image above: Jason Gnewikow and Jeff Madalena used tones of gray for their Catskills bedroom. The closet door was found at a barn sale.
Image above: Benedicte Sartorio found this antique wardrobe at the Paris flea market and painted it a dark gray. It’s the perfect storage unit for the children’s room.
Image above: Sarah Sherman Samuel’s home studio space where she can often be found designing and creating into the night.
Image above: In Rebekka and Maley Seale’s Nashville home, gray in the dining room provides the perfect backdrop for the crystal chandelier
Image above: Jess + Mr Lively painted their Chicago entryway paint a dark gray.The amazing chest is from the 1880s, found at Chic Antique. It was a great find because it has plenty of storage and merged Jess’ white marble obsession with Mr. Lively’s love of rustic finishes.
Image above: Lara Collins kept things simple in her Fredericksburg, Texas home so as to serve as the perfect backdrop to her vintage finds.
Image above: Jane Cameron’s office doubles as a spare bedroom. The cast iron bed was an eBay find and the fireplace mantle doubles as a headboard.
Image above: Dark gray brings out the wood tones in Luke Fenech and Oliver Chapman’s home in Greenwich, England.
Image above: After pulling up the carpet in their Twin Cities home, Mary Jo Hoffman deided to paint the subfloor as a stop gap measure until they could afford to redo the wood floors the way they wanted. The fireplace chimney is tiled with trial images for her STILL blog. It started as a temporary inspiration board but became a permanent installation.
Image above: This is the guest bedroom in Luke Mortimer’s Australian country house. The cross-stitch on the wall was done by his Grandmother who just used whatever thread she had on hand. It’s the perfect pop of color against the gray wall in the white frame.
Image above: Joshua and Jodie Steen have spent the last five years cultivating their Williamsburg apartment into a space that they describe as “Brooklyn modern meets mid-century.” The dark gray perfectly compliments their vintage finds.
Image above: A family’s summer house on the southern tip of Lopez Island in Washington State. The house has had the same decor since the 1950s and is filled with great midcentury furniture set off by perfect gray .
Image above: This is my own bathroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I picked a dark gray to frame the big clawfoot tub.