Why are shades of grey the "in" colours?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Design' started by swimmer_spe, Nov 7, 2017.

Help Support House Repair Talk by donating using the link above.
  1. Nov 7, 2017 #1

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    82
    I have seen a few new model homes in my area. They all seem to be painted in various grey tones. I am ex-navy, so grey tones make me think off a ship.

    Why is that what is popular these days?
     
  2. Nov 7, 2017 #2

    slownsteady

    slownsteady

    slownsteady

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Messages:
    6,577
    Likes Received:
    1,188
    Neutral colors are big b/c everyone has been taught to think of their homes in terms of resale. White is too stark and overused, so grey is the new white.
     
  3. Nov 7, 2017 #3

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    82
    The people I bought this house from must not have thought that way. One room was Pink. and one room was Blue. Now, we are not talking light colours. Deep colours.

    I get your reason, but I know the first thing I would have to do, is paint. Grey is so dreary.
     
  4. Nov 7, 2017 #4

    nealtw

    nealtw

    nealtw

    Contractor retired

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    23,992
    Likes Received:
    3,152
    You have to have a new colour so last years colour is out dated. The gray is better than the sand of a few years ago.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2017 #5

    Flyover

    Flyover

    Flyover

    Trying not to screw things up worse

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2017
    Messages:
    184
    Likes Received:
    109
    We've got a few gray rooms in our house. I don't mind them, and it's easy to find art to hang on the walls that doesn't clash. (When you've got lots of art on the wall you won't think "battleship" so much.)

    Some of our gray rooms don't get much natural light, which means the gray makes it a bit dreary and I'd prefer a lighter or more vivid color in those rooms. It also means the actual way the rooms look depends on the color of the light bulbs--some are more yellow, some are closer to white.

    I assumed the OP was talking about the exterior. (The exterior of my house is gray too, come to think of it. A light gray.)
     
  6. Nov 7, 2017 #6

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    82

    OP here, nope, I meant the interiors. You stated the exact thought. Itt looks dreary.
     
  7. Nov 8, 2017 #7

    slownsteady

    slownsteady

    slownsteady

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Messages:
    6,577
    Likes Received:
    1,188
    There are a thousand shades of gray. if you think about it in terms of blending black and white, white being 0% and black being 100%.....battleship gray is probably about 50%. Try a 25% gray.
     
  8. Nov 8, 2017 #8

    nealtw

    nealtw

    nealtw

    Contractor retired

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    23,992
    Likes Received:
    3,152
    Oh sure another black and white issue.
     
  9. Nov 9, 2017 #9

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    82
    This isn't some poorly written novel on rape and torture.... and my home should not look like that either.
     
  10. Nov 9, 2017 #10

    nealtw

    nealtw

    nealtw

    Contractor retired

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    23,992
    Likes Received:
    3,152
    I think picking colours for houses is a kinda gray area.:p
     
  11. Nov 9, 2017 #11

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    82
    ... well, so long as the end result is colours and not a greyscale.
     
    nealtw likes this.
  12. Nov 9, 2017 #12

    nealtw

    nealtw

    nealtw

    Contractor retired

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    23,992
    Likes Received:
    3,152
    You didn't have to be in the army to dislike drab green.
     
  13. Nov 9, 2017 #13

    zepper

    zepper

    zepper

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    29
    LOL, that's good—you're immune to that particular fad then.
     
    swimmer_spe likes this.
  14. Nov 9, 2017 #14

    bud16415

    bud16415

    bud16415

    Fixer Upper Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    Messages:
    4,721
    Likes Received:
    1,628
    Actually I think white is 100% and black 0% in terms of reflecting the spectrum of light. When it comes to paint mixing and the pigments used to make gray or rather neutral gray if you mix lamp black the common black pigment with a white base titanium dioxide and view it under sun light that has a color temperature that is 6500 Kelvin, the resulting gray will have a very slight blue push. You will need to add in just a smidgen of raw umber to produce a neutral gray.

    There are a infinite number of shades of neutral gray alone ranging between white and black. The beauty of a neutral gray is just like white it reflects the full spectrum of visible light unchanged except in intensity.

    Most people don’t find neutral gray to be an attractive color and there are really very few neutral grays available to select from paint cards. Almost all “grays” we see painted in homes has a color tint.:)
     
  15. Nov 9, 2017 #15

    slownsteady

    slownsteady

    slownsteady

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Messages:
    6,577
    Likes Received:
    1,188
    Well, okay then............................:)
     
  16. May 31, 2018 #16

    Elizabeth Lynn

    Elizabeth Lynn

    Elizabeth Lynn

    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2018
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    4
    Grey is a neutral color. Some other colors such as yellow or green can be too bold for a home and are hard to pair with other aspects of your space. Grey brings a cozy and stylish look to your space. Also, it can easily be matched with most other colors.
     
  17. May 31, 2018 #17

    Gary

    Gary

    Gary

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    455
    Likes Received:
    300
    We painted our foyer gray. In some light it looks gray in others almost white. Painted the bedroom an even lighter shade of gray and it does the same thing, only more. o_O
     
  18. Jun 1, 2018 #18

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    82
    I was in the navy for 8 years. The ships are painted in various shades of grey. Not one of them feels "cozy".
     
    nealtw likes this.
  19. Jun 1, 2018 #19

    Elizabeth Lynn

    Elizabeth Lynn

    Elizabeth Lynn

    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2018
    Messages:
    34
    Likes Received:
    4
    Well that's because it's a different circumstance. It's hard to relate the navy to a room color for a home. Grey for a bedroom can make the room feel warm since it's a neutral color. As it says in this article from Better Homes & Gardens: https://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/paint/cozy-colors/ charcoal, a darker grey, can bring warmth to a room.
     
  20. Jun 1, 2018 #20

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    swimmer_spe

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2015
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    82
    Yes, that is what they say. Any homes I have been to that have been painted in various greys makes me feel like I am back on a ship.
     

Share This Page