Gray: January Color of the Month

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The holidays are behind us and we’ve entered what I think of as the doldrums of winter. The days are ever so slightly longer, but it’s still dark and oh so cold. And when I think of January, I do think of the color gray. After the color of excitement of the holiday season, once the decorations are taken down, things seem just a bit lifeless. How’s that for a peppy opening?? Maybe because it IS a bitter cold and gray day where I am. In any event, I thought gray made the perfect choice for the Color of the Month #COTM for January. I’m actually on the record for not loving the trend of gray we’ve had going on recently.

Have I lost you yet?

The reality is that while I could never live in an all gray space, I do love the look of them. But they have to be done well. You can’t just plunk a gray sofa into a room with gray walls and call it day. You have to have texture. You have to have pattern. You have to have good lighting. (Okay, good lighting is important at all times!).

Moodiness – this really speaks to my January vibe.

Moody grat and greige chair, artwork and armoire
via Woonhuis Netherlands


A classic bathroom in medium cabinets with marble hex tiles and for a big cost savings – a marble-look formica countertop.

A bathroom with medium gray cabinets, gray and white tiles, mirrors and two vessel sinks
design by Kylie M Interiors

The touch of warmer tones in the yellow pillow (which speaks well to the fire in the fireplace and the warm furry throw ads life to this space.

Gray cement wall, low modern sectional, fireplace, gray floor
via Oslo Design Fair. Photo by Margaret M. Delange

Another paneled beauty is this masculine bathroom.

Gray paneled bathroom with white marble top sink on chrome base.
design by Tim Barber Ltd.

The simple shapes play well against the serene gray, white and pale wood tone backdrop.

Gray and white room with gray chair, fireplace surround, beamed ceiling, black accents
design by Alexander & CO.

So, how are you feeling about the gray trend that’s been going on for the last couple of years? I’d say if you can do it like the rooms above – fantastic! Otherwise, proceed with caution.

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xoxo Linda

4 thoughts on “Gray: January Color of the Month”

  1. I’ve been a fan of the gray trend for several years! I mix it with a lot of orange in our main living areas and love it. I’m really not a fan of beige and white/cream can only do for so long. Gray is such a versatile neutral!!


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