Of course color is relative and never the same from one location to the next. So, although we began with some of the exact tones of a blue gray I've used in California, we are working to hone in on just the right values here in the Idaho light and in relationship to everything else going on in the room.
So it's understandable, then, that some may be put off by the very mention of the word as part of their decorating scheme. However, I've found that -as with most everything in life- it comes down to balance and perspective. Upon closer inspection (a new perspective) one sees that gray is actually prevalent throughout nature.
He is the workhorse, the behind-the-scenes element quietly pulling everything together. If you are skeptical, I challenge you to take a closer look. Notice the gray in nature and see what it does to balance and bring out the beautiful qualities of all the hues. If blended into the hue, it gives a richness and depth that the hue alone wouldn't have. And juxtaposing it with other colors offers balance, respite for the eye and structure to the whole scheme.
I've long embraced grays because they are so prevalent in the ancient stone villas and other elements found in the countrysides of Europe that I love so much; not to mention the pewter and zinc metals that I adore. To me, grays are anything but dull and ordinary. Rather, they are distinguished and classic, imparting an elegant, timeless appeal to any design scheme. —Now, these rogue grays in my hair. . . well, that's another story. (Sigh.)