Greys warm this kitchen interior.

Gray is getting its day as the moment's hot color for interiors, even making ground on white, home furnishings' undisputed king of hues.

Washington Post staffer Katherine Salant explores with a number of name designers the reason a color more often associated with bad weather, somber moods and illness has begun to acquire such broad appeal. She writes:

Though most people think of gray as a 50-50 mix of equal parts black and white, most grays are actually a mix of other colors that give it a unique chameleon-like quality. A gray wall paint that appears to be slightly greenish when upholstered furniture with a strong green theme is placed against it will acquire a slightly bluish cast if the furniture is reupholstered in blue tones. All this has obvious advantages: As London-based interiors blogger Kate Watson-Smyth pointed out, “You don’t have to worry about redecorating every time you change a piece of furniture.”

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