Gray is today’s neutral color tone, but not the color of the year. In modern design gray is replacing the beige of yesterday. I am not talking about battleship gray or any other drab color that comes to mind. What I am referring to are the beautiful shades that move between cool and warm colors, from a hint of blue to a new color introduced by one of our cabinet makers, Showplace – “greige”. Color trends have been very strong in relying on neutral tones. A survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) found that grey is one of the strongest color trends for kitchens and bathrooms for 2013, but again- that color comes in paint, counters, tile, etc., and should be mixed with other colors to avoid a flat palate. A perfect example is Benjamin Moore 2013 color of the year – Lemon Sorbet (2019-60). If you look at their color trends you will see this as the wall color and mixed with off white and a gray rug. According to Benjamin Moore, “it is the perfect transitional color between the mid tones and saturated colors seen in today’s home furnishings”. In this example the gray tone of this room is cool or has blue tone, as opposed to other colors/shades that would have a warmer influence that is already in the Lemon Sorbet. Another warm tone that pairs well with cool grays is Pantones color of the year for 2014, Radiant Orchid (18-3224). This vibrant purple won’t make its way into many kitchen and bath remodels… but does lend value that grey neutrals are there to have other colors pop! Many of our projects have been showing up with shades of gray but notice in our portfolio, there aren’t any “colorless” rooms. Gray is not just a trendy color, but a classic tone that can give your home an elegant feeling.