A while ago, I decided to play with 50 shades of grey, as grey has often been regarded as an austere colour. Today it is especially chic, elegant and has a beautiful simplicity that only asks to be mixed with other colours! So today we are going to share a few decoration tips to convince the ones who think it’s boring and enter the magical grey world without losing your smile!
Grey and its infinite shades
Halfway between black and white, grey represents symbolically ash and fog, which sometimes gives this image of nostalgia. But with its values of neutrality, grey also represents balance, smoothness and peace. In decoration, it is regarded as timeless for obvious reasons; grey can be added anywhere in your home. It can be used to give a romantic look in your bedroom, an industrial feel in the kitchen and a design twist in the living room. Grey is never out of fashion and I find it a very happy tone as it has a thousand reflections, pink, bluish, khaki and peach. With grey, you can play on materials like polished concrete floors, aluminium chairs, silver candelabras and grey lacquered tables.
Grey with fluorescent
Grey is the absolute friend of fluorescent, it is able to gently calm the brightness and reduce its harshness. These “best enemies” know how to join forces to bring a big boost of modernity and are a real antidote to the gloomy. The alliance is simple: grey serves as backdrop for fluorescent colours, a grey sofa and fluorescent cushions for example can look stunning.
Grey and fluorescent can be used in any room, but certain rooms do favour this combination better than others. It can make your kitchen more urban and hip, your living room more stylish, brighten a dark and gloomy hallway and especially make a statement in your garden or your patio area. Use of subtle fluorescent lighting can really enhance an outdoor entertainment area, as well as providing light in to the evening. It is best to avoid this combination in a bedroom where the electric colours are unlikely to produce the feeling of calm and relaxation needed for sleep.
Grey with pure colours
Grey loves to partner a more dominant colour; sky blue, bright red, a yellow sun, green grass etc. However, it is best to use dark greys that respond well to the brilliance of the colours and keep the lighter greys for use with pastel shades. Similarly, be careful with the tone of grey you use. Colder greys work well with other cold colours such as blue, similarly warmer greys work well with a more bight and vibrant red or orange. We love grey walls with a red border, or anthracite and a royal blue carpet floor. these two combinations are ideal in the kitchen, bathroom and living room.
Grey with black and white
Black, white and grey are considered to be “non-colours”, because of this they respond well together when used for decorating. The advantage of these three tones is that it can soften the atmosphere of a room which may otherwise be viewed as a little cold and overly masculine. Feel free to play with materials (faux fur, grey wood, leather). It will look great in the bedroom, lounge and bathroom for a sober and elegant spirit.
Grey with sophisticated designs
Greys also work with more complex and sophisticated designs. This is especially true when used alongside wallpapers with aluminium, knitting, quilting, pop art, Zebra and concrete prints. The choice is endless and grey becomes a source of inspiration. For the finishing touches, the carpet can take thousands of grey reflections depending if it is short, stripy, but still chic and warm!
Grey can be used as a background colour to accentuate other colours. The painter Cézanne chose grey for his studio and said “you are not a painter if you have not created a shade of grey”. He had noticed that to paint well, the sky had to be grey.