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The gray badge of courage

Whether it’s a charcoal chaise lounge or a chrome-accented light fixture, this fall’s edgiest color proves that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

BY ANGIE JAIME Published: November 11, 2010
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€œLighting conditions will have a profound impact on gray tones, making them appear even cooler than intended, especially in northern exposures,” she says.

Multiple personalities

Far from being dull and dreary, gray is a useful backdrop for showing off a homeowner’s personality in a given room. For Mathew, gray functions like mutable canvas. It dutifully serves as the backdrop for any design, heightening the intended mood.

“Think about color in the context of the way you live your life. There are many creative and acceptable color combinations, but it’s more about fitting the look around the way you live, rather than the other way around.”

Grays paired with warm colors like red and orange suggest high energy so the combination works particularly well in kitchens, Jordan says. “In any room, for a more tranquil feel, pair warm grays with warm beige and crisp white. Dusty lavenders and blues also work well.” A cool gray combined with sleek steel accents instantly modernizes a space.

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