Looking to update your home? Since the beginning of this decade, gray has been touted as the new beige. The “it” color. Although a neutral that mixes with just about anything, there are more than 50 shades of gray to use at home.
Many of our clients have used gray in flooring tile, backsplash tile, countertops and paint. We’re beginning to see gray cabinetry in paint grade as well laminates. We especially like the gray strie laminate by Showplace.
Our award-winning kitchen in Milton uses gray porcelain Silverstone Grigio tile on the kitchen floor and in the master bathroom (pictured above. Click to enlarge images). The kitchen and bath countertops are Pietra Cardosa, a honed stone in gray that balances with the modern, clean lines of the high gloss cabinetry in the kitchen.
Cement countertops and floors are another way to bring gray tones into a project. In a Belmont kitchen renovation, a cement countertop and island surface were custom-mixed at The Slab Lab Concrete Studio. In a Boston loft project, the floors use micro-topping in natural concrete.
Carrara marble is a favored by many of our clients (like in this beautiful Arlington bath) and usually has wisps of gray veining throughout. Now there are similar looks offered by solid surface manufacturers. We used Coarse Carrara by Zodiac Quartz in a recent kitchen renovation. Silestone makes several versions with gray tones such as Lyra or Stellar Snow.
When it comes to paint colors, each manufacturer has a spectrum of grays. Benjamin Moore makes an icy, light Wickham Gray (HC-171) as well as the popular Stone Harbor (2111-50). There are blue-grays, green-grays, pink-grays and steel grays (undertones, that is) that make them either warm or cool.
Maybe you say Gris or Greige or spell your greys with an “e” like they do in Great Britain. Posh. No matter which way you say or spell them, grays look like they’re here to stay.