Versatile enough for any decor choice
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.