Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

GREY is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity as the new neu­tral in home decor. From paint colours to tex­tiles, grey is fast be­com­ing a main­stay. I used a shade of grey in our new bath­room that has a soft mauve un­der­tone. It’s very con­tem­po­rary and more in­ter­est­ing than builder’s beige. My favourite set­tee is in a grey can­vasstyled up­hol­stery, which also has a slight pur­ple un­der­tone. The wooden de­tails on the set­tee are in a rustic grey tone rather than the tra­di­tional brown. It’s a shabby chic piece that is time­less and co-or­di­nates with our more con­tem­po­rary pieces and tra­di­tional an­tiques. The neu­tral­ity of grey makes it very ver­sa­tile. “Grey is a ma­jor home decor trend that shows no sign of slow­ing down,” says Benjamin Moore ex­pert Sharon Grech. They of­fer 150 shades of grey in their col­lec­tion. “Warm or cool, light or dark, it can be used to cre­ate a va­ri­ety of moods. Try pair­ing gray with pink for a soft, fem­i­nine feel, or navy to cre­ate a tai­lored and mod­ern style.” Grech swoons for Me­trop­o­lis CC546: “It’s a deep and ver­sa­tile grey. (It’s) warm enough to blend with rustic de­sign el­e­ments such as wood or linen, but also makes a pow­er­ful back­drop when ac­cented with mod­ern glass and steel.” Grey tex­tiles can be a great op­tion over the ex­pected brown or black. Whether you choose medium-grey up­hol­stery for a sofa or chair or opt for floor-length, char­coal linen drapes, a base of grey in fab­ric and car­pet­ing can set the tone for an el­e­gant space. Grey can be paired with un­ex­pected colours such as cit­rus yel­low, or­ange, pur­ple, hot pink and white or black. Work within the colour tem­per­a­ture of your cho­sen shade of grey, ei­ther cool or warm, for con­sis­tency. Ask for help at the paint store if you’re hav­ing trou­ble with this one. Opt for con­trast over match­ing greys for vis­ual depth and di­men­sion.


Benjamin Moore’s Sil­ver Fox gives a con­tem­po­rary feel to the or­nate de­tails.


An over­stated slipper chair in grey vel­vet with white de­tail­ing helps to soften a room’s look.

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