'Shades of Grey': Decorate Using the Most Elegant of Neutrals

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There's no doubt about it; grey is the shade of the moment. Our homes, stores, restaurants, hotels and more all feature shades of grey.

Choose the perfect shades of gray.

Decorating with grey is no passing fad. And forget about 50 shades of grey--the human eye can actually detect more than 500 different shades of grey. But why do we love grey so much? And what is the difference between ‘grey’ and ‘gray’? And just what is the best shade? Read on to learn more.

A new book that explores the shades of gray.

British blogger, home stylist Kate Watson-Smyth writes about interiors for the Financial Times as well as the Independent and the Daily Mail" Her own home has been featured in Living Etc, The Wall Street Journal, and Corriere della Sera. She has more than 20,000 followers on Twitter, where she is often referred to as the 'Goddess of grey'. In her recent book “Shades of Grey,” Watson-Smith breaks it all down for us. Chocked full of expert advice, inspiration, the psychology behind the color, and practice advice, this book can help guide home decorators to find that perfect shade of grey/gray paint for their space.

But first, a clarification about ‘grey’ and ‘gray’. Quite simply, grey is the favored spelling in the UK, while gray is the preferred spelling in the US. No matter whether you use ‘grey’ and ‘gray’, this is one popular color.

Choose the perfect shades of gray.

According to Karen Haller, a color expert featured in the book, “Everyone wants to paint their houses grey at the moment, but it's one of the most difficult colours to get right because of the colours that lie underneath.”

If you go with the wrong hue, it could turn your room into a cold and gloomy space. But choose the right shade, and your home will be warm, welcoming, fresh and sophisticated. From light to dark, and from the kitchen to the bedroom, “Shades of Grey” contains plenty of practical advice on just how to incorporate this wonderfully elegant color into your home.

Choose the perfect shades of gray.

The book is also full of delightful little historical tidbits, fascinating facts, and gorgeous and drool-worthy photos. If this book doesn’t inspire you to paint your home top to bottom in shades of gray, then nothing will.

Choose the perfect shades of gray.

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All images used with permission from “Shades of Grey" by Kate Watson-Smyth, Ryland Peters & Small, $29.95

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