Love it or hate it, grey is not disappearing from interior colours or trends any time soon. The good news is that there are literally hundreds of greys from which to choose. And while there once was a time when grey paired only with other greys, perhaps with hints of white, black, or maybe red, there are some fantastic colour combination from which to pull inspiration.
Somerly Clubroom | image: Niki Papadopoulos
“We’ve definitely seen grey paint colours becoming more and more popular. One thing to look out for is that grey (from all manufacturers) is very much influenced by light and time of day. It is definitely worth using a sample pot and painting a bit of each wall in the room and taking a look at the colour at different times of the day.”
~Ashley Spooner, of Paint and Paper
design: Blanco Interiors
“Grey is one of the most on trend and flattering colours for the home. It provides a neutral backdrop whilst injecting character into a room. The spectrum of greys on the market is now vast with most of the Posh paint brands offering many tones of grey – from dark battleship greys to the merest whisper.”
“A higher saturation of grey in colours gives them a mellow appearance. Have a look at Polished Pebble, Chic Shadow, Misty Mountain and Urban Obsession as well as the wide selection in the ‘Calm Neutrals’ section of the Dulux colour unit at your local DIY superstore.”
~Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux
via Mad About The House
The chameleon among colours, grey is a classic, refined neutral that works well with any colour scheme. Depending on the shade, it can be cool and calming or, with a little bit of silver, energetic.
Urban neutrals – such as concrete grey and black – balance the intense hues and work well with bright bolds in any decor.
Though all colours will alter in appearance based on lighting, both natural and artificial, you want to choose your greys carefully. How do you do that?
From Fired Earth:
“For North and West facing rooms we would advise choosing a grey with just the slightest hint of beige such as Pier Point or Keychain, both of which are made up of pigments which draw in the light and warm up as the evening draws in, with the introduction of artificial lighting turning the grey tones from cold to cosy.
“East and South facing rooms can get away with slightly more blue toned grey paints. However it is important to bear in mind that the UK tends to have cooler light so layering up tonal greys is another useful way of making a room not look too cool and clinical. By laying up tones such as Fired Earth’s Peace and Quiet and Modernist White you can use the lighter paint to bounce some light around the room. We would suggest keeping your wood work just off white by using an Eggshell such as Fired Earth’s Silica or Aunty Maud to highlight.”
grey living room by Paul Massey
Lest you want to see a little more grey, here are some great examples of the many shades available to you.