Ver­sa­tile enough for any decor choice

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Pat­tern can help add in­ter­est as well. Con­sider tone-on-tone wall­pa­per in shades of grey or fab­ric with wide stripes for draperies or ac­cent chairs. The shade of grey in our fea­ture photo is Benjamin Moore’s Sil­ver Fox. In this ex­am­ple I feel that the wall colour cre­ates a fresh take on a tra­di­tional decor. The grey wall colour gives a con­tem­po­rary feel to the or­nate de­tails in this par­tic­u­lar vi­gnette. This is a chic, mod­ern take on what could have been a dated decor if more tra­di­tional colours had been used. This is not your grandma’s par­lour. Use flat or eggshell fin­ish when buy­ing grey paint. A gloss or semi-gloss fin­ish will make the grey look industrial, some­what like con­crete, which is not a good look un­less you’re paint­ing a con­crete floor. Use a warm white for trim and doors (not stark white). This will keep the space feel­ing warm. Grey can suck up light, so be sure to in­clude ad­di­tional ac­cent light­ing, es­pe­cially when choos­ing a darker grey. Don’t for­get about the ceil­ing. A light to medium tone of grey can be daz­zling in a room with a cove or tray ceil­ing. A light grey is an­other op­tion on a stan­dard ceil­ing ver­sus a plain white ceil­ing. A tinted ceil­ing can bring vis­ual warmth to a room. In­spi­ra­tion for find­ing the right grey for your space can come in many forms. Think of the shades of grey found in stones, which can range from al­most black to heather grey or the tex­tured grey of weath­ered barn board. A tweed jacket or her­ring­bone de­sign can also be great in­spi­ra­tion for a room through their colour, tex­ture and pat­tern. Some­thing such as this could be a jump­ing off point for fab­rics. Nubby toss cush­ions in solid char­coal with a cou­ple of her­ring­bone pat­tern cush­ions for added di­men­sion could look stunning on a tai­lored grey sofa, for in­stance. Grey flan­nel evokes feel­ings of warmth and com­fort and could be the mak­ing of a great mas­ter bed­room when paired with soft pink. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are nu­mer­ous and ex­cit­ing. Con­sider shades in the grey spec­trum as your new neu­tral. It will open up new pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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