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Amelia Thorpe goes in search of new hues

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Amelia Thorpe dis­cov­ers grey is not the only colour

We’ve had Fifty Shades of Grey and even Fifty Shades Darker, so is it time for some­thing new? Of course, grey will al­ways have its place as a time­less neu­tral that works beau­ti­fully as an el­e­gant and tran­quil back­drop to many a room, but if you’re itch­ing to try some­thing dif­fer­ent, you may be glad to know that the paint com­pa­nies are busy de­vel­op­ing tempt­ing new and equally sub­tle hues.

‘Paint com­pa­nies are busy de­vel­op­ing tempt­ing new and equally sub­tle hues’

‘We’re see­ing in­creas­ing in­ter­est in ver­sa­tile and calm­ing colours that work as the “new greys”, ei­ther to­gether in a tonal pal­ette or as in­di­vid­ual hues that are a foil for colour-pop shades,’ says Ruth Mot­ter­shead, mar­ket­ing direc­tor of Paint & Pa­per Li­brary. Think gen­tle greens, soft sea blues, sooth­ing aquas and the palest pow­der pinks, de­signed to com­ple­ment any style of fur­nish­ings and to work well, like grey, with a wide range of other shades and tones.

There are deeper vari­a­tions, too, which work just like iron grey and an­thracite as darker neu­trals, from deep blues, which con­trast well with crisp white, or dark greens that serve as the per­fect back­drop for the lat­est botan­i­cal fab­rics and wall­pa­pers.

So what are you wait­ing for? There are, of course, no rules for get­ting it right (far too many shades of grey for that), but plenty of en­joy­ment to be had in ex­per­i­ment­ing.

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