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50 Shades Of Gray (Paint)

a home is painted with gray paint and white trim in a contemporary design

No, this isn’t an article about the trashy romance novel that’s been buzzed about for more than a year now. But the title is pretty catchy, huh? Gray is making a comeback. We’re seeing it as a selection in (and on) more homes in Johnson and Jackson County. The reasons why may surprise you.

Interior designers are using it as a natural partner for lighter colors that have exploded on the scene recently, like teal, ocean blue and straw yellow. Some homeowners just aren’t open to harsh contrasts that may come from a dark blue or even black as a color choice, but grays allow for transitions and contrast without such a harsh feel.

gray paint on the inside of a johnson county homeThere’s even a “generational” card being played here. Many people in their late 30’s and up may remember the hideous gray, avocado or pale yellow refrigerators that plagued kitchens in the 70’s. But younger generations grew up with white, black or chrome finished fridges and appliances. Hence, there’s no time-stamp factor that makes the color seem dated. Score another one for gray.

We’re witnessing more and more grays being used in exterior home repainting jobs as well. For one, it still provides nice contrast with white fascia boards, garage doors and other exterior elements. It blends with richly colored front doors too. Also, it won’t rankle any Homeowners Association board members (even if it isn’t their preferred beige-on-beige color scheme).

Still not sold that gray might be in your future? Let us help you decide. One of the great reasons to work with Neighborhood Painting is our free color consultation service. There’s no hard sell, just a free assessment on what might work best for your home’s interior and exterior. Remember, we never sub-contract our work, and we stand behind every job we complete with an industry-leading five year warranty. We’ve recently been named an Angie’s List award winner for the 4th straight year, and also will be named one of Kansas City’s top 25 small businesses at the upcoming 25 under 25 awards. Call or email us today to get on our schedule before the Spring Rush is on!

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