Is the gray paint fad over?
And here’s one reason why.
It’s not a fad.
The marketers have tried to convince us that gray paint colors are something new and different but gray interiors have been around pretty much forever.
Here’s my rule of thumb.
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If a color exists abundantly in nature, then it’s not a fad
gray sky + gray water + gray clouds + snow = classic
But gray has also been around in interiors since men lived in caves.
Stone = gray
This handsome dude is architect Robert Adam who deserves his own post. He’s the name that I most associate with the neoclassical style of architecture which had its heyday in the mid to late 18th century. And yes, that’s a big topic. But… they used lots of gray.
I am imagining some poor woman going blind creating this but it sure is glorious!
This is a study based on Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a pearl earring. I love the grisaille which is actually the base for the finished work of art. You can see the technique here which I think is very interesting. However, even in the gray, I see colors. That’s why I added it in here.
This phenomenal building in the neo-classic style went through several incarnations between 1730-1860. It is very much in the style of Robert Adam.
A Fabulous Enfilade at the Compiègne Castle, Picardy, France
How beautiful are these colors!
Those interior shutters made my heart skip a beat or three!
If you love gray, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s a fad or you’ll grow tired of it or anything.
I first came across this photo a few years ago and thought it was some total cool couple hanging in their pad in TriBeca or something like that. But no. The photo by Horst P Horst for Vogue Magazine is nearly 50 years old. This is Cy Twombly and his lovely wife hanging in their pad in Rome. Talk about timeless. For more incredible photos, please check out this post over at Mark D Sikes
I promise that the gray paint colors will be coming soon. However, I wanted to give a bit of the history of gray and demonstrate that it most definitely is not a fad. It’s as classic as can possibly be!
And struggling with your white paint colors? You might want to check out this post.