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Ashley Furniture HomeStore

August 17, 2011 07:00 ET

Decorating With Gray: It May Be the New "Neutral" but It's Anything but Dull

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Offers Colorful Home Decor Tips That Add Eye-Catching Touches to Any Room

ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Aug 17, 2011) - When you think of decorating with neutral tones -- visions of beiges, crèmes and browns generally come to mind. But more and more, gray is becoming the "neutral" of choice for people who desire a powerful, but not-overwhelming look that can be combined with almost any color for eye-popping results in home décor.

"Gray is monochrome and mimics the power of black, but without the harshness," says Kris Woodcock, VP of Merchandising. "Light, silver or metallic grays look dressy and elegant. Dark charcoal grays are sophisticated and masculine. Any color, in fact, can be grayed-down to a quiet neutral hue."

If you'd like to add gray to your home, the pros at Ashley Furniture HomeStore, the #1 Name in Furniture, offer these home décor tips for turning basic gray furniture into a showpiece in any room:

  • Add plenty of texture. Neutral colors and schemes look best when enhanced with texture. Gray works especially well applied to apparel textures inspired by sweaters, heavily washed t-shirts, corduroy or linen.
  • Balance flat and glossy. Save shiny grays for smaller areas: draperies, pillows or a leather sofa. Flat paint finishes, rather than glossy, add sophistication -- so avoid a too-metallic look. Flat gray paint is also good for hiding fingerprints and smudges.
  • Use a variety of light sources. Gray is the color of a shadow; avoid adding more with poorly lit rooms or heavy-looking light fixtures. Add plenty of table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces or see-through, lightweight pendants and chandeliers.

But which colors work best with gray? Just about any. Here are a variety of color pairings and products that can create truly striking results:

  • Reds. It's everything gray is not, making it the perfect partner. Use warm reds with warm grays; cool reds with cool grays. To see these pairings in action, check out Ashley's Sloane-Red area rug.
  • Greens. Mix a zesty yellow-green with deep gray for a fresh, updated look. This dramatic contrast is visible in Ashley's Freestyle Pewter Sectional. The rich pewter fabric comes to life with the addition of lively, colorful throw pillows. The contrast of geometric patterns on each pillow adds motion and a pop of color that helps intensify this refreshing traditional design.
  • Blues. This color shares cool gray's chic quality, but adds a hint of color. See the Opera Shimmer bedding and the Niobe lamp from Ashley.
  • Yellows. Against gray, yellow is sunshine itself. Use a muted yellow (ocher or straw) for big areas. Add a few Serendipity-Twinkle pillows to the Ashley Cityscape-Taupe chaise for a stylish look.

For more decorating ideas or to browse all of Ashley's products, visit http://www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com.

About Ashley Furniture HomeStore
Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a top furniture retailer in the United States, delivers quality, affordable furniture to customers at more than 400 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan. Ashley Furniture HomeStore is an exclusive provider of furniture from Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States.

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