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Your Home: Relaxed Elegance

Against the gray

Shades of one handsome hue make bright accents pop in a young family’s dream home in Winchester.

KIBIBI GANZ HAD ONE IMPORTANT CAVEAT when she and her husband, Matthew, hired Boston-based design firm Color Theory to decorate their new home: It had to be colorful. The Ganzes had worked with the Color Theory team — husband and wife Brad Dufton and Kendra Amin-Dufton — two years prior, having hired them to create a nursery in their Somerville condo. While they loved the results, and the design duo’s portfolio features plenty of bright spots, Kibibi knew about Brad’s passion. “Brad loves gray,” she says. But Brad assured her color would figure prominently, so they sealed the deal.

Funnily enough, the walls throughout the Ganzes’ 5,000-square-foot Winchester home range from smoky charcoal to chalky blue-gray. Brad says: “The gray tones are easy on the eyes and create seamless transitions between rooms. Most importantly, they allow the colorful furnishings to really pop.”

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