So much for 50 shades of gray…the human eye can detect as many as 256 shades. And it seems in recent time, every one of those shades has been used in design. From stainless steel appliances, gray wall color and even cabinetry for the home, gray is a welcomed neutral tone.

Pictured here is a gray vanity from a newly completed River Oak Cabinetry bathroom remodel. The detailed drawer fronts, tapered feet and varying depths on the vanity give the illusion of a piece of furniture. This attribute has become  a very popular design trend.

The attraction to gray comes from the contemporary feel and neutral tone. An HGTV article called gray the “new beige.” But when you choose the best shade for your project, you must be aware of the many undertones in the gray palette. Gray can cool off or warm up a space. Understanding your particular lighting is key to choosing the best color for your project. Consulting your paint professional to choose a few shades, then putting samples on your walls is the best way to fully visualize your ideal gray.