Gray is the new beige. Though don’t call it “greige,” like it’s some cutesy neutral du jour. As color expert Kate Smith explains, over the past decade or so, the design industry and the public have grown to love complex colors, colors that are hard to describe — such as the manifold shades of gray. And, she said, “once you start to appreciate and understand these complex colors, there’s no going back.”
We can trace interest in gray’s versatility back even a few more decades, to the late 1940s and ’50s fashion designs of Christian Dior, who used dove-gray paint and furnishings in his salons as a way to set off his colorful fashions (Benjamin Moore even named a paint color after his obsession: Dior Gray).
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