Designers’ gray picks

August 8, 2012
Dove Tale, Farrow & Ball

“It has great warmth and depth. In last year’s D.C. Design House pool kitchen, we painted the walls and brick Dove Tale, and it beautifully unified the space and worked well with the palette of charcoal gray, stainless steel and crisp high-gloss white,” Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design said.

Stone III, Stark Paint Collection by David Oliver

Stone III, as the name suggests, has the warmth of stone. It is important to look at grays during the day and night, as they can change dramatically — but Stone III looks great around the clock. Combine it with a pale lilac, warm pink, powder blue or even a darker gray,” Michael Hampton said.

Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball

“It is a wonderful color for shutters, doors, gates and metalwork on a fieldstone house and is softer than the traditional black that is so often used. Down Pipe is sophisticated, nuanced and deeply hued to give just the right amount of punctuation to these outdoor architectural elements. Pair it with Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White, which is infused with subtle gray tones,” Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul Sherrill said.

Wall Street, C2

“This saturated gray is a rich, sophisticated color that works well in a teenage boy’s room, study or office and could even be stunning in a master bedroom with ivories to soften the look,” Victoria Sanchez said.

Iron Ore, Sherwin Williams

“All of us at Bossy Color are into darker grays. Our design assistant calls her living room ‘light black.’ Iron Ore is gorgeous and has a touch of brown in it. If you want your gray to lean blue, try Serena & Lily’s Steel, which is a gray-navy. I love wrapping these deep grays onto the trim in a semi-gloss finish. Envelop yourself in the color. Don’t chop it up with white trim,” Annie Elliott of Bossy Color said.

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