Shades of Gray: The hottest home decorating trend.

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Don’t be afraid of the dark. Be bold! Ultra-saturated charcoal gray exterior can be an excellent backdrop for colorful gardens.

The latest decorating trend is painting the rooms of your home in gray. It’s a fantastic base to just about any highlight color.

Gray is also a great choice for exterior color. Homeowners in coastal communities have painted their properties gray for years. The classic gray a light shade, but deep charcoal paint paired with white trim is breathtaking.

You can choose a cool shade of gray, which has a blue hue, or opt for a warm shade. Either is an excellent backdrop for colorful gardens.

Many great articles and videos about decorating with shades of gray can be found on the internet. We’ve collected a few links below. You can also view more photos in our Shades of Gray Project Gallery.

 

“I, unlike everyone I know, have not read the steamy blockbuster ’50 Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James, but my current decorating project has the title words ringing through my mind every time I walk in the door.”

7 Shades of Gray by Elizabeth Mayhew in The Washington Post

 

“In decorating circles, gray is the new white—and has been for a while. It’s a more elegant neutral that gives depth to subtle colors and makes bold tones pop (rather than shout). But getting gray right is tricky: The “temperature” of a particular shade—cool or warm—can evoke very different feelings and have an enormous impact on the mood of a room.”

Decorating With Gray by Nicole Sforza in Real Simple

“Six designers on what they love about gray and how they like to use it.”

Color Code: Gray by Tim McKeogh in Elle Decor

 

“A mix between black and white, gray is by definition a neutral. But its varying shades, from light dove to dark charcoal, make gray as versatile as any color.”

Decorating in Gray by Debra Wittrup in Better Homes and Gardens [Photo Gallery]

 

“It’s not just smoke and mirrors. Whether you want to design a slate bedroom or add a touch of silver decor to a powder room, decorating with gray will enliven any space.”

30 Chic Gray Rooms by House Beautiful [Gallery]

 

And for all you video lovers, here’s something for you…

HGTV.com features videos on how to use the color gray in your home decor.

 

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Home Maintenance: Power Washing

Annual pressure washing is an important part of home maintenance. Wind, sand and salt air leave grime on the exterior of your seaside home. A scheduled service plan will keep your property looking new.

Low Pressure House Washing is a quick and inexpensive way to get curb appeal. The combination of gentle detergent and light rinse washes away years of dirt and grime to reveal a clean exterior you will be proud of. It’s perfect for vinyl, wood, stucco and brick. It’s also perfect for cleaning roof shingles.

 

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