Gray is no longer considered a “trendy” color choice. It’s a versatile, tried-and-true neutral with more hues, tones and shades — some dramatic, some subtle — than you can shake a paint stick at.

Choosing the right grays for this newly built, contemporary home with five-bedrooms and 3 ½ baths was a thoughtful process. They settled on “Dorian Gray,” a Sherwin Williams mid-tone gray, for the house’s most public space, the great room.

“They wanted a gray that was classic and muted, but not too dark and not toward the brown side of gray,” says interior designer Katie Bell of Bell Tile & Design in Jesup. “It’s a timeless color that can be manipulated by bringing in pops of color.”

The home is approachable and family-friendly for the owners’ three young children, but still has “that wow! factor when I walk in the door,” says the homeowner. Hardwood maple Belluno floors stained in a rich, deep gray add character and set the tone throughout the main living space with its comfortable conversation seating and modern, linear fireplace.

Dark cabinetry, the large-format 12-by-12 subway tile backsplash and “Bianco Antico” Iran granite countertops continue the drama in the kitchen. Cherry cabinetry with its Shaker-style flat-panel doors is stained sable and the island is painted “Gauntlet Gray” for contrast. Both colors work nicely with the tone-on-tone quality and subtle movement in the granite.

“The granite is a modern look, but the color gives it a warm feeling. It all flows together,” Bell says.

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“This is where we gather, where we spend time together as a family,” the homeowner says. “I like having the kitchen open to what’s going on and it’s more accommodating for entertaining.”

High on the list in the new home was having a great laundry room, and this one features 8- by 36-inch large format wood tile and a laminate Wilsonart countertop called “Night Passage.” In the hall bath, the 12- by 24-inch tile makes a good marriage with the “Bianco Antico” Iran granite countertop and the Brio linear glass and stone backsplash.

The sleek master bath carries through the gray color scheme with “Dovetail” paint on the walls and granite countertop. But it the real statement-maker is the large, multiple-head shower with a stunning accent tile called “Waterfall.”

“I went back and forth about what to choose for tile, but I had my eye on that one. I kept coming back to it. It’s just so unique,” the homeowner says.

She enjoyed working with Bell throughout the project. “I had a lot of trust in Katie. I’m a very visual person, and Katie would show me options and choices. It’s amazing how much stress she took out of the whole project. Working with Kate made the process easier and more fun.”

Bell adds, “It’s collaboration with my clients. I sit down with them and ask a lot of questions to get to know them and what they like and don’t like. I don’t want them to have any regrets.”

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