How to Decorate With Gray Carpet

Gray carpet is an excellent base for most color schemes because it is an attractive companion for light and dark colors, warm and cool colors, vivid and low-intensity colors. Its versatility also complements contemporary or traditional furnishings. Choose a high-quality plush carpet for a luxurious formal setting, a rich textural weave for a more informal space or a gray-on-gray pattern for a custom look. Gray is available in a range of tones from pale to deep, allowing you to tailor the amount of lightness or darkness on your floor.

Create a Collection of Grays

Gray carpet complements the furnishings and makes the accent colors pop in this modern living room.

A color scheme built around a single color is called monochromatic, and a collection of grays produces a **quiet, soothing space**.  Paint the walls a contrasting tone of gray – for example, pale to complement a medium tone of carpet, medium to complement pale carpet – to achieve balance in the large color areas of the room. Add furnishings upholstered or painted in a range of gray tones.  Use patterned or textured fabrics to provide interest in this serene setting. You could choose to include an accent color such as black, white or your favorite color, but it is not necessary.  If you do introduce an accent color, repeat it at least three times.

Enhance the Drama of Black and White

A gray carpet enhances the excitement of a black-and-white room.  Paint the walls creamy white, add furnishings dressed in black and white solid or patterned fabrics, and punctuate with contemporary-looking glass-topped tables and ebony finished chests for a **sophisticated, dramatic space**. Hang black-and-white photography or art on the walls.  A gray carpet is the perfect foil for sleek, contemporary furniture – sophisticated but not cold.

Balance the Brights and Control the Temperature

Gray is a perfect balance for bright-colored walls or furnishings.  For example, in a room with cherry walls and white trim, gray carpet cools off the effect of the warm-colored walls and balances the vivid color with an interesting neutral. Introduce patterned fabric on windows or furniture that includes some of the wall and the carpet colors, and you’ve formed a **stylish, exciting room**.  A warm yellow tone on the walls produces a similar opportunity for flair. Bright, warm colors work especially well with gray, but cooler vivid tones like chartreuse or violet harmonize effectively also. 

Less Intense Colors Feel Serene

Paint the walls a less intense color, such as sage green, periwinkle blue or grapefruit pink, add gray carpet and you are on your way to a comfortable setting.  **Grayish versions of the pure colors** on the color wheel combine with gray carpet to form a peaceful alliance, producing a place where people can relax and recover. Paint the walls a quiet color, add gray carpeting and softly cushioned furniture upholstered in fabrics that repeat the colors of the walls and carpet, for a rich, personal color scheme. 

See the Light

Be aware of the lightness and darkness in your room.  Light colors open up the space for an expansive feeling, while deeper tones close it in for a cozy, secure effect. Choose a **color that you love** by reviewing the clothes in your closet and your possessions.  Modify your chosen color, whether neutral, bright or less intense, by adding white to lighten it or black to darken it until you arrive at the optimum color tone to harmonize with your gray carpet. Add your furniture and accessories to complete a successful interior design. 

About the Author

Melanie Aves has more than 30 years writing experience. Aves coauthored four interior design color books, authored a book on Newport Beach, California, wrote newspaper features and currently writes monthly magazine features. She holds a Master of Arts degree, a certificate in interior design, and completed post-graduate studies in journalism.

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