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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