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The weather isn’t the only thing warming up this month: Our color team meeting got a little heated when we struggled to decide between our top two contenders for May. Votes were split between Lili’s orange-red poppy and Camille’s soothing whisper gray. After all, don’t they look amazing together?

Sarah Richardson - Color of the Month

Design by Sarah Richardson

You can (and should!) combine these colors, but we had to chose just one. Read on to find out our decision.

It’s Whisper Gray! This soft, silvery gray is the perfect hue to help us ease into warmer weather. “Whisper gray is the perfect foil to more saturated shades, like Lili’s poppy red  or previous color of the month winners raspberry and carrot,” Camille says.  Check out the whisper gray chair in this carrot-infused nursery by Brian Patrick Flynn:

Nursery and Guest Bedroom in One by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

This color might seem too quiet to be used all on its own, but it can be a serene showstopper in the bathroom, bedroom or even a nursery. It steals the show in this luxe master bathroom designed by Sarah Richardson

Whisper Gray Bathroom Designed By Sarah Richardson

Design by Sarah Richardson

…and this birch bark-papered guest bedroom created by Brian Patrick Flynn.

Whisper Gray Bedroom Wall - Metallic Bedroom Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Whisper gray can add interest to more utilitarian spaces, too. Try it in place of white on some or all of your kitchen cabinets. It works equally well in modern and more traditional spaces. And you’ll be right on trend: Kitchen and bath  insiders at last week’s KBIS show told our editors that gray is shaping up to be the next big cabinet color.

Whisper Gray Kitchen Cabinets by Sarah Richardson

Design by Sarah Richardson

For all you brides-to-be (and someday-wedding planners), keep whisper gray in mind for a modern wedding color palette.  It looks so chic on this cake paired with yellow and on-trend menswear prints, no?

Yellow and Gray Menswear-Inspired Wedding Cake - HGTV's Design Happens

Via Burnett’s Boards

So, what do you think? Will you use whisper gray in May? The color might be quiet, but you don’t have to be!

21 Responses

  1. Jennifer says:

    Who makes Whisper Grey? The same brand used here! Ty

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...

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