Gray and white rooms remind me of this stormy season.
When it comes to wall color, my instinct is to go with walls that reflect — rather than absorb — natural light. That means colors with light to medium values. Lately, though, as I’ve focused on gray in the kitchen (perhaps as a prelude to repainting mine) I started looking at how gray is used in other rooms, some of which are as dark as storm clouds.
There are myriad names for medium gray walls, apart from the generalized Gustavian gray (which varies from pale to dark) or pearl gray. Benjamin Moore offers Stormy Sky, Bullock Gray, Kendall Charcoal and Trout Gray to name a few that, in my monitor, looked close to the handsome winter-white-and gray hue [top and below] by Atlanta designer Amy D. Morris. The picture clearly shows that the space isn’t enormous. So taking the walls dark creates the aura of coziness that’s oh so dramatic against the contrasting mass of white in the curtains, upholstered furniture and carpet. Silver-framed botanical prints play a supporting role in breaking up the wall color.
Another view exposes the differences in gray that relate to undertones (at least in my monitor here). For me, the walls appear to have more of a taupe and green undertone than the ottoman fabric, though they blend. Does it look that way to you too?
While the walls of my former apartment bath were done in Farrow & Ball’s Lamp Room Gray, they don’t seem quite as dark. But they are dark enough to work the contrast with the 60s white tile and vintage pedestal sink.
A room with similar dark sophistication also has white ceiling, floor and upholstery, which provides the requisite contrast. But the twist is the use of shamrock green draperies — an accent color that screams. I so admire the luxe way designer Kay Douglass’ curtains break on the floor and all their custom-ness. But that’s truly eclipsed by how that green on those curtains seem to pull this otherwise wintery room right into the month of March.