Grays and beiges can be perceived as drab but even so, those tones can be leveraged spatially and purposefully. In Room S, an apartment renovation for a client in Tokyo, the gray is intentionally used as a means for structure and environment to fade into the background. Designed by Yuichi Yoshida & Associates, the room creates a contrast between the physical space and the elements within it. The colorful books that line the shelf are transformed into an interior rainbow, and the wooden chairs and coffee table appear almost to be a bright pop of orange. Still, the subtle textures on the ceiling, the wooden floorboards, and shelving manage to create enough dimensionality to maintain a composite and lively feel to the room.

via – Photographs © Haine Kusuki