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What colors go with gray? How to make a neutral hue pop in your home

Neutral colors like gray and taupe are fantastic options for your home design. They’re versatile shades that can go with a plethora of hues, which means you can easily change up the look of your design with gray walls and a rotating rainbow of throw pillow colors. With all the different shades of gray paint available, from matte to glossy, warm to cool, and brownish to blue-ish, it is certainly possible to find the one for you.

Of course, you can have too much of a good thing. While gray can be sophisticated and elegant, too much gray can wash out a room or make it feel dull and dingy. Think of gray as the backdrop that lets your color palette shine. It’s important to incorporate other colors into the decor, whether it be with pieces of furniture, art, or throw pillows. What colors go with gray? If you’re looking for the best options to brighten up your current decor, keep reading to find out how to accent this elegant tone.

Try bold hues to complement gray walls

If you have gray walls, vibrant furniture may be the answer to brightening up the room. As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to match your decorations’ color with the undertones of the gray paint. For example, if your light gray walls have blue undertones, a bright yet soft blue sofa will pair well with the walls and add the much-needed pop of color. Warm grays tend to complement colors like orange, yellow, or red, while cooler grays go great with blues, greens, and even purple.

Keep in mind that if you choose a brightly colored couch, it will instantly become the focal point of the room. If you have other statement pieces you’d rather feature, add in accent colors more subtly with wall art or a throw blanket. You can also add color to the room by selecting an area rug or bedspread in your hue of choice.

Don’t feel forced to stick to one bright color, either. If you tend to lean toward bold or eccentric styles, add an explosion of color to your space, adding multiple vibrant colors in the art, decor, and accessories.

Contrast warm and cold neutrals for a less busy design

Gray is a neutral color, but the most popular shades tend to have cooler undertones. By pairing it with warmer neutrals like beige, cream, and even muted pink, you can keep a sophisticated, calming palette for a rustic design that’s still visually interesting.

To update your room with a contemporary flair, lean into the cool color scheme and pair grays with crisp, clean whites.

Add contrast to the room by breaking up the dark gray walls with bright white lighting fixtures or beige furniture. While pops of color make for a more interesting design, contrasting deep and bright colors or cool and warm hues can also create a more exciting design scheme.

Light gray walls in home office.

Other gray options

Get creative with your color options and go bold with an accent wall. Keep it neutral and paint one wall a deeper shade of grey than the others, or make a statement and add a pale yellow accent wall to offset the ashy paint around the rest of the room. We also recommend adding different shades of your accent color throughout the space, bringing the color into your furniture, area rugs, art, or throw pillows. For a more luxurious design, paint your bathroom bright white and choose a soft gray vanity and shower curtain. 

Whether you are ready to remodel a room or just want to add some excitement to an existing one, gray is a great color option. While many consider this to be a neutral, forgettable color, it can add a touch of subtle luxury to any space. Additionally, this color is so versatile — there are hundreds of shades of gray to choose from, so you can find the right one to pair with your aesthetic.

Often, professional and amateur designers alike consider neutrals to be background colors that don’t require too much planning or thought. This can’t be further from the truth. While neutrals do pair well with just about any color, it still takes a discerning eye to choose the right shade to make your design really stand out. Long story short, grey isn’t a single color. The various shades and their unique depths and undertones make subtle differences that can transform your home into the oasis of your dreams.

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