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Announcing a New Color: Smokey Gray Satin

Gray is an interior design staple. It’s been the go-to in color palettes for nearly a decade. American Tin Ceilings has long offered darker grays like Gun Metal and Pewter, but this new color, Smokey Gray Satin, is the first lighter gray in our color lineup.

“American Tin Ceilings has a wide range of specialty colors and plenty of whites and beiges, but we were missing that lighter gray that’s so popular right now,” said Ken Lindfors product engineer at American Tin Ceilings. “This airy, barely-there gray fills that hole and we’re excited to continue to add more on-trend colors in the future.”

It comes at the perfect time when design styles like Scandinavian, hygge, Japandi, and others demand light neutrals that offer a sense of calm coziness. This on-trend gray with just a hint of shine ticks all the boxes. It’s the perfect neutral color for contemporary and transitional designs.


Smokey Gray Satin tin tile.

Why Gray Is a Big Player in Design

Brown-based neutrals like beige were the color of choice for walls, ceilings, furniture, curtains, and more throughout the 1990s and 2000s. After that the sentiment changed. Designers eased into gray with taupe and greige, blends of brown and gray. But it wasn’t long until gray took design by storm.

The bottom line is that gray is here to stay. It isn’t likely that it will ever look dated. Even as we see the return of warmer woods and beiges in design, gray still sticks around as the primary color in the scheme. Why is gray such a big player in design?

Black & White Plays Well with Other Colors

Unlike many browns, gray works well with all colors. That’s because it’s black and white mixed together, and black and white are true neutrals, making gray the most versatile neutral there is.

Gray Blends with Color

Along with airy grays, colored grays are in vogue. Gray blends easily with any color to create a new, soft color. There’s an entire color category based on this principle: tones. Tones are colors that are mixed with gray. Maybe you’ve already noticed these colors increasing in popularity. October Mist (Benjamin Moore’s 2022 color of the year) is a gray green color. Evergreen Fog (Sherwin-Williams 2022 color of the year) is another green gray. Even Pantone’s color of the year for 2022 is a gray-influenced purple-blue called Very Peri.

Smokey Gray Satin on the kitchen backsplash.

Get Smokey Gray Satin Tin Tiles

Smokey Gray Satin is available in all tin panels and all moldings so you can complete your design in style. It is part of the Premium color group, which means shorter turnaround times on your order.

This addition brings the total color count up to 34. With that many colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect accent for your space. Take a closer look at our entire color palette today!

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