10/24/2014 10:24 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Powerful Ways to Decorate With Gray

From charcoal to heather, meet the new and most powerful neutral.

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

Choosing a color for any room in your home is a commitment. A big one. Sometimes we hit a decorating crossroads: bored by white versus terrified by color. Looking for a happy medium? Meet gray. A hue that's as appropriate for a living room as it is a baby's nursery. Take a look.

Want more ideas for decorating with color? Get ideas for decorating with blue, decorating with white, and decorating with pink.

photography by DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN

Gray has a glamorous edge. A rich shade in the living room is the perfect backdrop for gold details.

photography by MAX KIM-BEE

When soft shades of gray pair with whites and light woods, the bedroom evolves into an instant soothing resting spot.

photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

Gray is a power player. It can take a back seat to bolder hues in the living room like yellow and black.

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Its the versatility of gray that makes it a natural choice. This living space shows how it can work with pinks, blues, and seas of white.

photography by PAUL COSTELLO

A modern color takes a comfortable approach. There's something warm, natural, and homey about a shade of gray in a sitting area.

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