Gray is the quiet and staid color. It is associated with reliability, intelligence, and restraint. Because the sky and bodies of water are often gray, it is also associated with contemplation, sadness, and depression. And because hair grays as one ages, gray also is associated with wisdom, dignity, and maturity. . . . In the twentieth century, gray was revered by Abstract Expressionist painters, especially Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, who made minimalist paintings using only white or gray paint and lead pencil. . . . In the West, all-gray interiors are associated with refinement and sophistication."
James Thomas Long, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Susan Ferrier took her color palette from this painting by James McLaughlin Way, through Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery. Faux horse-leg benches from John Rosselli are a whimsical touch."
New York City showhouse apartment designed by Susan Ferrier [of McAlpine Booth and Ferrier Interiors] with House Beautiful.
Photography by Thomas Loof.
"A Manhattan Apartment Gets a Designer's Touch" by Christine Pittel.
House Beautiful (January 2009).

" 'I love a glamorous bathroom,' [Marshall] Watson says. He turned the master bath into a spa-like oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Waterworks cast-iron tub, a custom vanity with crystal bars, also by Waterworks. and a crystal chandelier by John Salibello. Walls are Silver Satin in Aura by Benjamin Moore." 
Interior design by Marshall Watson.
Photography by Francesco Lagnese.
House Beautiful (November 2013).  

"Cool gray walls - Smoke Wax limestone by Artistic Tile - set off paintings by Australian artist Tony Tuckson in the master bath. Floor is aged Petit Granite from Exquisite Surfaces. City bathtub from Urban Archaeology."
Interior design by Thomas Hamel.
Photography by William Abranowicz.
"A Florida Home Goes Globetrotting" by Christine Pittel.
House Beautiful (December 2010). 

"Schumacher's Whitney Floral wallpaper and a Venetian mirror give movie-star glamour to the dressing room. The bench was designed by Mary McDonald."
Interior design by Mary McDonald.
Photography by Amy Neunsinger.
House Beautiful (September 2013).

"The master bedroom's closet, customized by [Francis] Sultana, has palladium-leaf doors; the carpet is by Fort Street Studio."
 Triplex apartment in a 19th-century London mansion.
Interior design by Francis Sultana.
Renovation architect: Thomas Croft.
Photography by Luke White.
Text by Anthony Gardner.
"London Calling" produced by Carlos Mota.
Architectural Digest (February 2013).

"Painted soft gray, the dressing room features mirrored doors and a stainless-topped island."
Larry and Deborah Coven's Chicago-area home.
Interior design by Gail Plechaty, Real Simple Design.
Architect: Robert W. Kirk, Group A Architecture Inc.
Photography by Werner Straube.
Written by Krissa Rossbund.
"Bright, White, and Inviting Home" produced by Hilary Rose.
Traditional Home (September 2012).

"A vintage French sofa and an 18th-century English armchair, both upholstered in muslin, in the living room; the Georgian-style lantern is bronze, the tole lamps are vintage, the 1920s French sconce is by Armand-Albert Rateau, and the Spanish gilt-wood mirror is a New York flea-market find."
Walls painted in Farrow and Ball's "Pigeon."
Christopher Knight and Carlos Aponte's 1865 brownstone in Jersey City.
Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna.
Styled by JC Garcia-Lavin.
"Poetic License" by Peter Terzian.
Elle Decor (December 2011).

"In the dining room, armchairs from a local flea market surround a Saarinen table painted in Farrow and Ball's Down Pipe; the Murano-glass chandelier is antique, the Neapolitan console is circa 1850, and the plates are by Fornasetti."
Photography by Gianni Franchellucci.
Text by Craig Seligman.

"The airy mood of the rest of the apartment is tempered by the den's rich textures and handsome gray walls."
New York City apartment of Tom Ambler, studio director of Drake Design Associates.
Photography by Marco Ricca.
"The Art of the Upgrade" written by Sarah Storms.
Lonny (May 2013).

"A photo work by Peter Margonelli in the living area; the 1930s French table base has a custom made top."
Paint color: Notre Dame from Benjamin Moore's Color Series line.
1906 Manhattan warehouse designed as Elle Decor's Designer Visions showhouse. 
Interior design by Matthew Patrick Smyth.
Photography by Bjorn Wallander.
Styled by Quy Nguyen.
"The Right Moves" interview by Michael Lassell.
Elle Decor (December 2012).

"Draperies in the master suite sitting room are Great Plains wool edged with a Greek key trim from Samuel and Sons. Paneling is painted a custom-mix charcoal gray."
Atlanta, Georgia, home of Daphne and Alex Davis, parents of designer Amy Morris.
Interior design by Amy Morris, Amy D. Morris Interiors.
Architect: Brad Heppner, Bradley E. Heppner Architecture LLC.
Builder: Joe Noah, Noah and Associates.
Photography by Emily Followill.
Text by Amy Elbert.
"Atlanta Remodel" produced by Lisa Mowry.
Traditional Home (September 2010).

"Industrial-style Restoration Hardware pendants add contrast above the kitchen island. The cabinets are painted in Roman Column by Sherwin-Williams."
Interior design by Mary McDonald.
Photography by Amy Neunsinger.
House Beautiful (September 2013).

" 'The house is on a golf course with manicured lawns, so I liked repeating the grays and ivories of the interior against all the greenery,' " [designer Mary] McDonald says of the limestone-tile veranda, which has Restoration Hardware furniture."
Interior design by Mary McDonald.
Photography by Amy Neunsinger.
House Beautiful (September 2013).

"Kitchen cabinets were given an update and a link to the rest of the rooms with Chelsea Gray paint in Aura by Benjamin Moore."
Interior design by Marshall Watson.
Photography by Francesco Lagnese.
House Beautiful (November 2013).  

"Artful layers, from flatware to linens and plates, create a lush tabletop. White hydrangeas are pretty but not overpowering. Soft pewter silver-banded plates complement the wall color, and simple tapered candles are perfect year-round."
Interior design by Julie Charbonneau, de Poitiers.
Photography by Virginia Macdonald.
Canadian House and Home (December 2010).

"The living room sofas are by Restoration Hardware, the throw is by Hermes, and the walls are painted in Modern Gray by Sherwin-Williams; the cocktail table was cut down from an antique dining table."
Moon Stone Farm, the Lexington, Kentucky, retreat of designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
Photography by Roger Davies.
"At Home with Badgley Mischka" by Julia Reed.
Elle Decor (September 2009). 

"The stable at Moon Stone Farm," the Lexington, Kentucky, retreat of designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
Photography by Roger Davies.
"At Home with Badgley Mischka" by Julia Reed.
Elle Decor (September 2009). 

"The barn frames the driveway leading to the tennis court and woodland garden."
Sharon, Connecticut, country home of accessories designers,
Richard Lambertson and John Truex.
Interior design by Richard Lambertson.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn.
Styled by Lili Abir Regen.
"Country Chic" by Dan Shaw.
Elle Decor (October 2008).

"In the master bedroom, a pair of 19th-century French gilt-wood mirrors, a 19th-century German commode, and curtains of Clarence House's Changeant Taffeta; the bed linens are by the White Co."
London flat of jewelry designer Fruzsina Keehn.
Interior design by Alex Papachristidis.
Photography by Simon Upton.
Text by Ian Phillips.
"Perfectly Composed" produced by Carlos Mota.
Elle Decor (November 2006). 

"A grand presentation of botanical prints hangs between soaring windows dressed in luxurious silk panels. The coral color of the prints echoes the hue in the rug that grounds a marble-topped coffee table and a pair of Louis XVI chairs flanking a sofa slipcovered in ivory cotton."
Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens set in 1916 Italianate mansion.
Interior design by Gail Plechaty, Real Simple Design.
Photography by Werner Straube.
Written by Krissa Rossbund.
"Sophisticated Lake Forest Showhouse" produced by Hilary Rose.

"[Cristina] Azario designed the hemp-covered headboard and linen bedding in the master bedroom, where the family's Australian Labradoodle likes to rest. The painting is by Thomas Connolly, and the wall is painted in Benjamin Moore's Eagle Rock."
East Harlem, New York, brownstone of linens designer Cristina Azario and her family.
Renovation architect: George Cooper.
Photography by Bjorn Wallander.
"Harlem Renaissance"
Elle Decor (November 2011).  

"An antique French bronze clock with a 66-inch diameter was conveyed to the upper level of the tower by a freight elevator with only a quarter inch to spare. 'Good karma.' says Joseph [Abboud]. The darkest room in the apartment, the winery is also his favorite."
Paint: "Rialto" (Number 32-21) by Pratt and Lambert.
Bostom pied-a-terre of menswear designer Jospeh Abboud.
Photography by Eric Roth.
Styled by Kelly McGuill.
"Tall and Handsome" written by Candace Ord Manroe.
Traditional Home (September 2013).

"Untitled (Black on Gray)" by Mark Rothko (1969 - 1970).
Acrylic on canvas.
Copyright 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Low resolution image obtained via Wikipedia Fair Use policy.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., 1986.

"The Tree" by Agnes Martin (1964).
Oil and pencil on canvas.
Copyright 2013 Estate of Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Low resolution image obtained via WikiPaintings in accordance with the Fair Use policy.
The original piece of art currently belongs to The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Credit: Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund. 
I share this link to audio from the MoMA website in which a curator discusses this piece of art (1:31 minutes).

" 'When I first made a grid,' [Agnes] Martin said. 'I happened to be thinking of the innocence of trees and then this grid came into my mind and I thought it represented innocence . . . and so I painted it and then I was satisfied. I thought, this is my vision.' Martin made fine vertical lines and lightly shaded horizontal bands in oil and pencil, softening the geometric structure, which seems to expand beyond the confines of the canvas. For Martin the grid evoked not a human measure but an ethereal one - the boundless order or transcendent reality associated with Eastern philosophies."

As we enter the holiday season, as the trees become increasingly bare, and the days grow shorter and frequently gray, consider taking a moment to contemplate the beauty of nature and the mystery of time. 


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