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Gray is the new hot shade. Softer than black, more season spanning than white, gray seems to elevate its subject. This new neutral can infuse your wardrobe or your home with style and elegance. We are seeing this classic shade cropping up in everything from clothing to dinnerware to paint.

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Associations 2012 Kitchen & Bath Style Report, gray was used as an overall color scheme by only 9% of designers for kitchens in 2010, but that number has risen to 33% this year. For bathrooms, that number has gone from 12% to 40% in the same time-span. This subtle shade complements without overpowering a design, making it a choice that will stand the test of time.

According to the same report, whites and off-whites remain the most popular choice for both kitchens and bathrooms, with beige and bone color schemes next on the list.

For a great article on choosing the best shade of gray, take a look at this article from Houzz.com:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/454963/list/Choosing-Paint--How-To-Pick-the-Right-Gray

Of the many choices available for fixtures and hardware, polished chrome is making a comeback, with 52% of designers surveyed having specified this finish in kitchens and 65% specified for bathrooms in 2012. Still popular are polished nickel, brushed nickel, and satin nickel.