In our profession, we often get asked “what’s the latest trend?” or “what is everyone else doing?”….
The thing to remember is that design is extremely subjective; there truly is no right or wrong answer – aside from the more general design theories such as balance, pattern, scale, symmetry, contrast, etc. which serve as more of a means to an end, allowing ideas to be automatically approved or discarded.
But ultimately it comes down to the most important question:
Do you like it?
The latest design trend is the notion that gray is the “new beige,” from paint colors, to flooring, to cabinets, etc. But while gray is cool (both literally and figuratively); it is definitely not for everyone. Sometimes people are far more inclined to go somewhere in the middle. Not beige, not gray, but taupe… It’s safe, almost non-committal, while giving you an updated look; it can pull warm or cool depending on what you put around it.
Moral of the story is that if you’re trying to take the plunge with a remodeling project, don’t be afraid to go with your gut and do what feels right to you. If you like beige, gray OR taupe –or even green, orange, pink, purple or black, so be it.