15 Chic Ways to Decorate With Slate Gray

This deep, dramatic neutral can serve as a backdrop for brighter colors, or it can make a statement all on its own.

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August 31, 2016
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Slate Gray Color Palette

A versatile hue for any space, slate looks great when paired with both bright and muted accent colors. In this kid’s bedroom, coral, light green and navy blue accents pop against slate-colored walls.

Naturally Dramatic

White kitchens are all the rage right now, but the blueish-gray hue of slate can add dramatic contrast to a mostly white space. In this kitchen, deep gray cabinets add weight against the white subway tile backsplash and open shelves.

Small Space Secret

Don’t be afraid to use a dark color like slate in a small space, especially if it gets a lot of natural light. A soft palette of watery blues and sandy browns offsets the slate-colored accent wall in this oceanfront bedroom, making the space feel surprisingly bright.

Light and Dark

In a room that doesn't get a lot of natural light, slate walls can be balanced with elements of bright white. In this chic dining room, white wainscoting and a cofferred ceiling create gorgeous contrast against deep gray walls.

Dramatic Powder Room

Slate takes on an intense, moody tone when paired with dark woods, as seen in this powder room. Multiple framed mirrors add character and dimension to the space.

The Real Deal

A wall of real reclaimed slate keeps the kids entertained in this contemporary kitchen. The accent piece complements the room’s neutral color palette while serving as a fun focal point.

Warm and Cool

Don’t feel limited to cool tones just because you have slate-colored walls. In this bedroom, a gray accent wall pairs beautifully with a warm wall of mottled wood slats, creating a rustic-contemporary look.

Striking Entrance

Set against a white exterior, a glass door framed in slate gray makes an attractive first impression at this home.

Beautiful Backdrop

When displaying a collection, a neutral backdrop is the key to minimizing distractions. In this sophisticated library, slate-colored bookcases let a colorful assortment of books take center stage.

An Ageless Color

In a kid’s bedroom, slate-colored walls are a smart choice that will stand the test of time. When the child is younger, you can pair the walls with bright, youthful colors. As they get older, switch to more mature accent hues.

Versatile Palette

Slate and yellow is a perfect pairing that’s sophisticated enough for an adult’s room, yet lively enough for a kid’s space. In this child’s bedroom, red and yellow accents make a splash against slate walls and striped gray bedding.

Layers of Gray

Anything but boring, a monochromatic space outfitted in various shades of gray can look chic and on-trend. This stylish bathroom covers the full spectrum, from barely-there whisper gray to deep, dramatic slate gray.
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Tons of Texture

If you like the look of wood cabinets but want a change in color, consider a slate-colored stain that lets the wood grain show through. This kitchen's wood cabinets and chevron-pattern floor create movement and interest within the space.

Highlight the Fireplace

A slate-colored accent wall surrounds the fireplace in this living room, helping bring it out as a focal point.

Traditional With a Twist

A subway tile backsplash is both trendy and timeless, but you can give it a fresh new look with an unexpected color or pattern. Try pairing white cabinets with a slate-colored tile backsplash laid out in a herringbone pattern.

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