Shades of Gray

Posted September 28, 2017
by Alischa

Creating a Personal Sanctuary


As a designer at Residential Design Services, I had the privilege of assisting a wonderful couple create a beautiful home where they could relax and enjoy their down time. The design inspiration for this home was to create a perfect desert oasis getaway. To create a cool, calming mood, we decided on using soothing colors, materials, and design techniques. Originally the home buyers were interested in using tone on tone grays for the interior design.  But after some discussion and reviewing color options, we decided to introduce “pops” of white as well as other shades of gray to create a bit of contrast and visual interest. Making this change in the original design plan resulted in a soothing, but interesting design that the home buyers were thrilled with. The cool tones of gray were introduced on the family room fireplace face using a split-face stone. The stone offers a pleasing texture and design distinction with the subtly of multiple gray tones.

Gray looks beautiful in many different finishes

Gray tones are introduced in the kitchen cabinets, quartz countertop, backsplash, flooring and stainless steel appliances as well.  All the materials coordinate, offer contrast and interest, and give an understated appeal.

How the design is executed can create an overall feeling of calm.

Some of the design techniques used in this home were to install a vertical set, flooring to ceiling mosaic in the master shower that resembles a waterfall effect.  This adds to the overall feeling of calm and serenity, and coordinates with the entire home.

Installing the tile to the ceiling in the shower, gives the illusion of a larger space.



Less can sometimes be much more.


Here are some additional photos of the entire master bathroom shower, tub, and pullman, all coordinating with 12” x 24” tile, quartz countertop and mosaics.



Swapping out accent tiles can keep the design coordinating but still unique from room to room.


The shades of gray were carried through the home and into the secondary bathroom as well.  The same 12” x 24” tile was used in the secondary shower and combined with a stunning mosaic which was installed horizontally.

Even the exterior of your home can tie into the overall design


This beautiful home features several glass doors that open to an additional living space in the backyard which brings the outdoors in.  The decision was made to continue the shades of gray to the outdoors to carry the eye to the outdoors which visually creates a larger space.  The pool was installed with complimenting tiles of gray mosaics and the same 12” x 24” that was installed indoors was repeated outdoors.


Perfect Desert Oasis!


While the home buyers and I didn’t exactly use fifty shades of gray, we used as many different shades as possible and the end result was a space that offers a calm, soothing interior that the home buyers will enjoy.  Together we were able to create their perfect desert oasis get away!

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