The March one-day theme on Sophistique Noir is gray. This is an easy one for me because I am a big fan of gray in both apparel and home decor. When it comes to my clothing and possessions, if it's not black or purple, it's probably gray (or gray's shiny counterpart, silver). :-)
In home decor, I think gray is sort of the "forgotten neutral." People wanting a neutral color for their home often think of beige and its many aliases (bisque, ecru, almond, sand, cream, buff, oatmeal, khaki... ). But gray is a neutral also. I think a cool gray makes a lovely backdrop for the jewel tones that goths are fond of - ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green, amethyst purple. Gray is also a great partner for that most goth of colors, black. While black and white can be too much of a contrast for large-scale decorating, a black and gray combo provides interest without being too "loud."
|I feel like this wall is shouting at me|
|black and gray damask wallpaper is a bit easier on the eyes, I think|
Gray can provide elegance even for rooms that must have light-colored walls. Damasks are a nice option.
In my own home, I have used gray paint on several pieces of furniture.
|chest of drawers|
I have also used gray paint on textured wallpaper to revamp a set of canisters.