Modernists love to play with color, and the absence of it. Gray, the color of steel and concrete, has participated quietly in countless facades. But inside these homes, the cool hue moves into the spotlight.
The kitchen in this small box home in Japan is painted in a muted gray. The prefabricated cabinets are painted in a lighter shade, complementing the delicacy of the ceramics stored within. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
Seeking a concrete look for the floors of his family's villa in Hamburg, Germany, Hinnerk Ehlers and architect Frank Drewes first considered Pandomo flooring, a slick treat-ment that would be even more expensive than a standard finish. Ultimately, however, the couple went with actual concrete—at a fifth of the price. Photo by Mark Seelen.