Anyone tired of the 50 Shades of Gray references? I’m not! The witty and eloquent Elizabeth Mayhew debuted a column in The Washington Post on Thursday, and her first one was called, 7 Shades of Gray.
I was delighted to provide some thoughts for the article’s sidebar. You know I think gray can be tricky…and we’ve talked before about two of my favorite light grays, Benjamin Moore’s HC-172 Revere Pewter and HC-173 Edgecomb Gray. My dining room is currently a medium gray, AC-31 Hot Spring Stones (also by Benjamin Moore).
But this time, we’re going deep. We’re going dark. Sherwin Williams’ Iron Ore has captured my fancy of late: it’s a beautiful grayish black with a hint of brown in it – just a touch of warmth. I’ve been thinking about it for my new kitchen cabinets, as a matter of fact.
For those of us who haven’t quite had the courage to paint a room black, as Candice Olsen has been begging us to do for years, maybe dark gray would be a little less scary.
Tell you what: I’ll try it if you will, ok? We’ll just hold hands and jump.
Annie Elliott – aka bossy color – is an interior decorator and design blogger in Washington, D.C. She has been quoted in publications from The New York Times to Real Simple and is considered an expert on color, residential space planning, and telling people what to do in the nicest way possible.