Color of the Year for Tabletop: Gray

Home & Housewares 2012

Every year, I'm excited to hit the aisles of the McCormick Center to suss out the hot color story at the Home & Housewares show. Last year, green ruled the roost, in 2010, somewhat surprisingly, it was a very grape-y purple and in 2009, a range of dark, deep autumnal shades were the leading edge. This time around I focused in on just tabletop items and the direction is an interesting one...looks like we're going gray!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.

Sources for the examples shown in the pics above, all taken at the show yesterday:
1. Brabantia ( I didn't even know that they made dinnerware!? Anyone else?)
2. Jay
3. Bormioli Rocco
4. Boska
5. Gibson

6. Waverly
7. Mario Batali/Dansk
8. Teroforma
9. Kinto
10. Gibson

11. My Drap (tear off cloth placemats on a roll)
12. The Paper Table (wineglass tealight paper lampshades)
13. Teroforma

What's your take on gray for tabletop? An modern entertaining staple on the rise or too dismal for dinner?

PAST YEARS COLOR REPORTS FROM HOME & HOUSEWARES:
Green is THE Color at Home & Housewares in 2011
Housewares Color of the Year? Purple!
Housewares Color Trend: Darker and Earthier

(Images: Janel Laban)

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