When it comes to home exteriors, gray is a true neutral that "plays well" with all other colors.
Color expert Kate Smith relates that neutral gray can set the stage for creating a cohesive color scheme for the many materials used in a New American house and other home styles.
"Traditional homes are appealing for tones of medium or deep gray, accented with lighter trim and strong accent colors," says Smith, with Sensational Color. "Ranch style homes benefit from going with two tones of gray — one for the designer roof and one for the siding — to give the illusion of height to balance the strong horizontal design of a Ranch.
"You'll also find that gray can balance the multi-color schemes found on Victorian homes. And, on any style home, gray is an appealing alternative to white or off-white as a trim choice."
Inside the home, Smith says that homeowners are requesting gray in everything from cabinetry to flooring to furniture. "Gone are the days of matching metals," says Smith. "Today, incorporating different metals and finishes is the way to go. People are mixing the gray of silver, pewter and chrome with the warm tones of gold, iron and copper. These are unique ways that gray proves its staying power as a stable color both inside and outside our homes."