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.