Step aside, greige!

Gray Paints
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The last few years—decades really—have brought a lot of gray. (And white and beige and off white and cream and well, you get it.) Neutrals are wonderful and necessary and certainly have a place in every home. But neutral does not necessarily have to mean plain Jane or dull.

We may still be KonMari-methoding our sock drawers, but thankfully the design world is re-embracing maximalism, personality, and boldness. Think pattern on pattern, nostalgic decor, and bold colors. Southerners have mastered this for quite some time, and we're known for our fanciful taste when it comes to color, from haint blue porch ceilings to pink little Florida shacks.

So next time you need a grey, give the deep, dark, bold hues of Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore (SW 7069) a chance. Atlanta builder Pam Sessions showed off how she used it in a powder bath recently on Instagram, and it's a dream:

The rich charcoal gray has deep blue and green undertones that give it a richness and depth you often lose with grays and other neutrals. It is perfect for cozy spaces and anywhere you want to warm things up and add a little interest. Not just for small, high-drama bathrooms, it looks just as good on doors, in kitchens, in entry halls, and certainly in dining rooms. Don't just take it from us. These pins are packed with inspiration:

Like this kitchen:

Or this dining room:

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A few other gray-but-definitely-not-plain favorites? Down Pipe (No. 26) from Farrow and Ball—slightly lighter than Iron Ore, but just as rich. Or, City Shadow (CSP-60) by Benjamin Moore for a smoky warm gray. So next time you are ready to go bold or need the perfect backdrop for a calm-but-statement making space, dive into the deep end of gray paints.