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Old 01-30-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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I've been looking, for quite awhile, in a northern market that has some of the worst weather in the country. Very low on sunny days. Mid Oct to mid April is 6 months of low gray cloud cover interspersed with a few bright too cold to go outside freezing days. Short short dark days (summers are long days but there is a lot of cloud cover and rain)

So why all the gray in renovations, flips, etc. I mean seriously, gray walls, ok you can repaint but there is gray tile in the kitchens, grayish colored wood flooring, gray carpeting. Seriously suicide inducing. Just looking at pictures on zillow depresses the heck out of me.

Is this the color now?
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:27 AM
 
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Yes this is the on trend color now, if you watch any of the home remodel shows which were filmed probably at least 6 months ago the color schemes are mainly gray, inside and out.

I don't mind a soft gray inside. I like soft colors on walls, which are mostly earth tones in the beige or gray family. I don't like dark colored walls.

Gray is the new beige.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Well, they offer the bright yellow pillows! To brighten it up.

I think grey was big last year. This year, I hear the new big color is some kind of purple.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:29 AM
 
Location: California
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Gray will lend itself mixing well with other colors so a buyer has more flexibility to decorate without having to re-paint.

I was raised in Ohio but we never paid all that much attention to the weather until the heavy snow started. What makes you want to look in the Northern market? I will always miss the people in Ohio, especially those in the farming communities but I'm not sure how many of them have survived over the years.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I've been looking, for quite awhile, in a northern market that has some of the worst weather in the country. Very low on sunny days. Mid Oct to mid April is 6 months of low gray cloud cover interspersed with a few bright too cold to go outside freezing days. Short short dark days (summers are long days but there is a lot of cloud cover and rain)

So why all the gray in renovations, flips, etc. I mean seriously, gray walls, ok you can repaint but there is gray tile in the kitchens, grayish colored wood flooring, gray carpeting. Seriously suicide inducing. Just looking at pictures on zillow depresses the heck out of me.

Is this the color now?
People tend to overdue any good thing.

I have seen gray houses that I dislike as much as you do.
But, when I had my offices painted last year, I used a lot of gray at the advice of a decorator.
"Agreeable Gray" with lots of colored canvases on the walls, and the canvases really pop out.
I like it a lot more than I ever thought I would.

But, gray walls, cabinets, tile, counters?
Yeah, I agree. Awful. Just awful.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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People who build on spec tend to decorate using a neutral pallet in order to appeal to the largest number of buyers. Currently, gray is the hot neutral color. Not too many years ago the hot neutral color was beige.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Pullman, WA
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Builder brown and flipper gray! Although, a lot of builders are doing the gray thing now. I don't really mind it, it seems to blend well with just about every other color.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Somwhere
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I like gray--truly neutral, goes with everything. I was considering painting our bedroom a deep gray, but happened to put gray curtains in another room first. Yikes, the light was downright depressing! And that room was painted a light, cheerful yellow-green.

Several years ago, we painted the outside of our house light gray with dark gray trim (and a bright red front door). It looked great. When we sold a dozen years ago, our contractor friend talked us into repainting a warm color to appeal to more people. House sold fast, and has sold 2 or 3 more times since then. The latest was a flipper, who painted the outside pale gray with dark gray trim. I guess I was just ahead of my time.
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:34 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Gray has been the number one fashion color for houses. I liked the look well enough until I went out house shopping and after seeing a couple dozen gray houses, i'd had enough gray.

I like it fine for exteriors in gray weather areas, but if the weather is gray, the interior should be a warmer color.

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Old 01-30-2018, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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We are looking at doing some remodeling in our house and my wife told me that the hot trend now was gray. The look on my face pretty much said "no way." October through February is more gray than anything else up here. I like to have some color in places I can control to help balance the gray weather. Also, we've been in the house for over 20 years with no plans to move, so who knows what the hot trend will be when we do decide to sell.
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