Color Combo Trends: Try Yellow and Gray to Brighten a Room

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine


Photo Credit: Elaine Williamson

Add calmness to any room with an eye-catching color combo: yellow and gray, says designer Elaine Williamson with Elaine Williamson Designs.

“It’s so peaceful and calming –it’s just a really good combination,” says Williamson, adding that white added in can exude even more sophistication.

Need some ideas on how to mix in the color combo?

  • Use gray as a base color on upholstered furniture, such as furniture with espresso-stained wood.
  • Try a yellow throw pillow on a gray sofa.

Do you have a favorite color combo? Tell us what your favorite color combos are when designing a room and send a photo of it to Melissa Tracey at Please include your name and contact information.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. kria

    This photo is ocre and grey not yellow.