Gray is a classic neutral that oozes modernism. Even though 2021 has brought warm shades to the forefront of design trends, cool colors are coming back for 2022. While monochromatic gray interiors may be out, a touch of gray is still super trendy. A great way to add a contemporary edge to your home is by hanging a piece of gray wall art. Wall décor is an easy and affordable way to give your living space a visible upgrade. We’ve teamed up with top interior designers to bring you gray décor ideas you haven’t seen before.
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Colors to Pair with Gray
The first step in adding gray to your interior in a new, innovative way is building your surrounding color palette. The contemporary quality of your gray décor is dependent on the other colors in your space. Some trending colors for the upcoming design year include teal, seafoam, eggplant, and raspberry. The goal is to create a space that is both daring and calming at the same time. Don’t be afraid to make bold choices, but focus on a rich, relaxing color scheme.
A Mystical Color Palette
Take a cue from our art director, Tirzah Goodman, and explore our “Mythical Astrology” trend. Use these cosmic, celestial prints as a base for a magical color palette. Take the night sky as inspiration and combine dusk gray with night sky purple.
Gray Bedroom Wall Décor
Gray is an ideal color for bedroom décor due to its understated quality. You don’t want your bedroom to look too loud, as it’s a space meant for rest and relaxation. Put a current twist on the tried-and-true gray trend with a darker, more daring shade. Paint an accent wall in a deep charcoal for an unexpected look that is reminiscent of foggy evenings.
Take a charcoal-inspired cue from our article on how to add gray to your sleeping space:
“If your goal is to create a dramatic, moody bedroom, charcoal gray is right up your alley. This edgy shade is softer than black but darker than a true gray. Its namesake comes from the color of hot coals and smoky ash, and its effect is effortlessly chic. Choose charcoal-colored wall paint for a sophisticated take, or hang charcoal curtains for a slightly softer look. It’s also an excellent color for wall art!”
Modern Gray Art Ideas
Gray and modern art are a match made in heaven. Choose an abstract piece of artwork that incorporates gray with other vibrant colors for a truly trendy look. Make the modern wall art the focal point of your living space. Don’t be afraid to choose a large canvas with a bold design. From line art to brushstrokes, you can’t go wrong with a gray contemporary canvas.
Keeping Gray Current: Pro Tips
ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for creating a gray interior that doesn’t look overdone or outdated:
"Pair gray with one of the top trending hues for 2022. While you can mix gray with warm tones, you can also commit to the cool look for an ultra-trendy take. Soft blues and greens can create a calming space that still looks contemporary. Ultimately, gray is a highly versatile shade and it all depends on the mood you want to convey."
Framed Gray Wall Art Shapes
If you want to blend classic décor with a contemporary color, consider a framed piece of gray wall art. Framed art looks traditional, while the gray print will provide a stunning modern contrast. We offer framed artwork in both vertical and horizontal shapes. If your curious about the benefits of framed vs unframed artwork, preview this passage from our article on the two different layouts:
“Because of the small gap between the canvas and the frame, your print will almost look like it is floating. This will give your wall art a truly sophisticated look. Another major pro of framed artwork is that it looks very light and refined, which ultimately results in a very clean overall appearance.
Achieve the Perfect Polished Look
Framed artwork always looks perfectly polished. This iconic classy look subconsciously impacts the viewer's perception of your overall space.
Embrace the Floating Illusion
Because of the small gap between the canvas and the back of the frame, the optical illusion will give your wall art an ethereal appearance.
The Coveted Low-Profile Appearance
The final advantage to framed artwork is that it looks low-profile, which results in a highly distinguished appearance.
Gray Canvas Wall Art Sizes
A gray unframed canvas can have a more playful, modern look. If your goal is to create a fun, wholly unique space, canvas art might be your saving grace. If you opt for an unframed canvas, it is essential to choose the right size for your wall. Follow these tips from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide:
“Your wall art should take over 60% to 75% of your empty wall space; in other words, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. First and foremost, measure the height and width of your wall. After you have your measurements, multiply them each by 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes for your unique space. If you opt for a multi-panel canvas print, you don’t want the panels to sit too far apart. We recommend leaving 1" space between each panel when hung, for the best airy but tied-together look; If the gap is too large or too narrow, you will lose the effect of the multi-panel canvas.”
More Modern Wall Décor Topics
With the right surrounding décor and attention to detail, gray wall art can elevate your space like nothing else. For more modern art ideas, check out our article on the trendiest wall art ideas to close out 2021. If you’re more of a minimalist at heart, you’ll fall in love with our piece all about simple line art. Last but not least, dare to try out a trendy take on the gray look with “griege.”