How to Design a Room Using Cream & Gray Together

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Using gray and cream can create a stunning effect in any room of the house. Although gray is often considered a rather masculine color, the cream counteracts this. Gray can be a rather oppressive color when used incorrectly, but there are so many shades available that this does not need to be the case. Gray and cream together can create a clean looking, striking, minimalist room for children and adults alike.

Things You'll Need

  • Selection of gray and cream materials
  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Gray and cream accessories
  • Choose lighter shades of gray for large areas like walls, curtains, rugs and furniture. Light grays are often silvery in color, giving the room a brighter sparkle. Consider using splashes of silver around the room to lighten the shades of gray even more.

  • Look out for patterned wallpapers or curtains/blinds to add texture to the room, and add a more feminine appearance. Gray and cream is quite a cold color combination, so look to add texture and warmth in the different finishes around the room. For example, choose a range of cushions from suede to leather to fluffy materials.

  • Use gray and cream tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. Consider using cream tiles with a gray grout for an unusual and striking look, or alternate gray and cream tiles, or tile in one color and paint in the other.

  • Choose darker shades of gray for smaller areas. For example, cushions and throws can be really dark--almost black--and teamed with cream cushions.

  • Add cream wherever there is gray, and vice-versa. The idea is not to have a gray area over there, and a cream area over here, but rather to really mingle these two colors together. Consider sewing some gray shapes onto cream cushions, and cream shapes onto gray cushions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't be afraid to experiment. If you feel the room is looking too gray, simply add more cream, if the room is looking too cream, add more gray.
  • The gray and cream do not need to be used evenly half and half. You may wish to have a predominantly cream room, with just a few splashes of gray here and there, for example.
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