I think its an unusual color for tabletop in theory (somehow it doesn't sound super appetizing, does it?) but in person, at the show, the pieces in this color were very attractive and homey, in a sophisticated, somewhat Scandinavian-style way. The grays of choice are fairly light, and cool, with undertones veering more toward green/blue than brown.
The gray dishes, bowls and serving pieces look especially lovely on white, which would make coordinating for a party a snap. I think a table set with gray dinnerware, a white tablecloth, gold flatware and creamy warm white roses would be breathtaking. So, yes, I was convinced by the trend (maybe not enough to abandon my standby of Willow, but definitely tempted enough to daydream up this possible party plan). I have to say, it beats the lime and purples of the past for a shot at longevity, it's simply easier to live with, long term.
What's your take on gray for tabletop? An modern entertaining staple on the rise or too dismal for dinner?
(Images: Janel Laban)