Retailers pick gray as neutral color for upholstery, wood stains, accent pieces

(Vanguard Furniture)
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

They say gray is the new beige. Well, it sure is sticking around for a while.

Every retailer who shared its fall collections with us had a big dose of gray throughout, from upholstery to wood stains to accent pieces.

"Gray is a color that people are embracing as a neutral they can live with," says Raymond Arenson, Crate and Barrel's executive vice president of merchandising and design. "But we have definitely moved into warm grays, as opposed to cool grays."

Vanguard Furniture's new collaboration with New York designer Thom Filicia (of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" fame) has produced a line that mixes the industrial with the organic. There is lots of gray in the fabrics and finishes. Pictured are the Solvay Spot table ($687), made of recycled metal in blackened silver finish, and the Armory square chair in gray fabric ($1,399). The collection is available locally at Urban Country in Bethesda (7117 Arlington Rd., 301-654-0500,

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