This so­phis­ti­cated neu­tral is al­ways in style

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Shades of calm

So much more than a plain old mix of black and white, grey is the sort of neu­tral colour that al­lows bright colours to sing and adds depth and so­phis­ti­ca­tion to more muted shades. It’s el­e­gant, mod­ern and far more in­ter­est­ing than white.

If you’re think­ing of re­dec­o­rat­ing, here are few things to keep in mind.

1 If you are paint­ing, use matte paint; grey is a great dis­guiser of flaws and, un­like other colours, a flat shade won’t re­veal smudges and fin­ger­prints. It’s also more con­tem­po­rary. 2 A clas­sic neu­tral, grey in all its many shades is nei­ther too fem­i­nine nor too mas­cu­line.

3 Light grey will make the room look light and airy (think of a sum­mer cloud); dark grey is more stim­u­lat­ing (great for a din­ing room). 4 Con­sider team­ing a grey with a slightly creamy trim, as pure white can look a bit star­tling.

5 Be­cause it is ac­tu­ally the colour of shad­ows, make sure the room’s well lit and that you have plenty of lamps to turn on once it gets dark. You don’t want the room look­ing gloomy.

6 There is a huge vari­a­tion in tones of grey — a cool green­ish grey will work great with blue, white and zesty shades; a warmer browny grey goes well with creams, pinks and higher volt­age shades like red.

7 Grey doesn’t date as quickly as bolder shades, mak­ing it a per­fect choice for big-ticket fur­ni­ture items, such as couches and pre­mium rugs.

8 Like chalky blue, dusky pink and milky white, a soft grey is the colour of calm, mak­ing it per­fect for bed­rooms and even nurs­eries.

Ot­toman $299 at Free­dom Fur­ni­ture, free­dom­fur­ni­ture. Nor­mann Copen­hagen floor lamp POA at De­sign Den­mark, de­sign­de­ Chair $5199 at BoCon­cept, bocon­

Cen­ova cor­ner sofa from $11,190 at BoCon­cept, bocon­

Pen­dant $1415 at the De­sign De­pot, thedesign­de­

Plat­ter $100 at Citta De­sign,

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