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Gray is hot.  At home. In fashion. And now on the floor. The trend in gray woods is something that I’ve been spearheading from my own soapbox for a few years. I have memories (some slightly traumatic) of endlessly searching for the perfect gray wood floor, telling every vendor I could: “Gray, gray, make it gray!”

I have finally been vindicated. Quick•Step answered my prayers with their stunning Country Rustic Cottage Oak. Its wire-brushed finish with slight metallic hints was the perfect choice for my new home studio. And the fact that I can lay it down over the existing floor means no mess. Easy and affordable–with great style? Yes, please!

The just warm-enough gray furniture stain that is now “it” at retailers like Restoration Hardware was nearly impossible to perfect in years past, even at the best manufacturers in town. And fabrics that weren’t cold, blue and stark came in only a handful of lines.

Vicente Wolf, and icon of our time, has long championed the use of gray as evidenced by its extensive use in his designs, collections and his own apartment. I love how he finished these traditional frames with a soft slate fabric.

The layers of deep grays in this room by Wolf are brought to life with the addition of the fresh white hydrangeas and the warm wood tabletop.

And gems like this Barogue Demilune Table with a gray and black patina from Bobo Intriguing Objects gave me hope.

This blackened steel console is super fierce. And Bobo’s Zinc Charette Forms would make a great addition to any room.  Organic, almost industrial items like this are a great accessory, as they generally contrast the more refined finishes of furniture and add that much-needed texture and balance to a room or vignette.

Now that gray is golden, here are handful of my latest favorites:

Restoration Hardware 17th C. Monastery Dining Table

Restoration Hardware 1950′s Upholstered Copenhagen Chair in Fog

Jars “Vuelta” Gray Silex Medium Dinner Plate

Kravet dog upholstery fabric

Mod Green Pod,  Migrate


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20 Responses

  1. Sue says:

    I have light beige carpet. Can I paint my walls grey??

  2. odalis says:

    i have cement floors what colors will look goog with gray floors

  3. Monique says:

    I am looking for a great Bluish/Grey color for a 12'X12' bedroom for my husband and I. Please help.

  4. Jean says:

    I guess I am ahead of the gray trend. Been there, done that, making a change of color.

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