The many shades of grey

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From walls to floors and fur­ni­ture, this neu­tral colour is still bang on trend.

Grey as a can­vas draws no at­ten­tion to it­self, al­low­ing your dé­cor to take the spot­light, and its ver­sa­til­ity al­lows for time­less in­te­ri­ors, mak­ing it easy to change up dé­cor items from one sea­son to the next. Son­ica Buck­steg ( above) from Du­lux shares her top six tips on how to dec­o­rate with grey:

Fifty shades of grey

1 When se­lect­ing a grey, de­cide whether you want a warm or a cool shade; this will de­pend on the mood you want to cre­ate, as well as the un­der­tones of the rest of your dé­cor el­e­ments. A warm grey such as Du­lux Dusted Moss 2 or 3 will com­ple­ment washed wood, muted pas­tel cash­meres and linens for a French coun­try-style in­te­rior, whereas Night Jew­els 3 or 4 will work bet­ter with black leather, bold art, chrome and sleek high-gloss fur­nish­ings for a mod­ern look – think Man­hat­tan apart­ment. 2 Us­ing grey with other shades of grey and sim­i­lar neu­trals can cre­ate a mo­not­o­nous en­vi­ron­ment; add pat­terns and tex­ture for in­ter­est. 3 In­creas­ing the con­trast of your greys will pro­duce a bold dy­namic ef­fect, while de­creas­ing the con­trast will re­sult in a softer, less dra­matic look. As an ex­am­ple, com­bin­ing a dark grey such as Night Jew­els 2 with mostly light to white dé­cor will pro­duce a strik­ing pa­per and ink ef­fect, whereas a lighter grey such as Night Jew­els 4 com­bined with the same light-coloured dé­cor will cre­ate a much softer aes­thetic. 4 Grey mim­ics the ‘colour’ of shad­ows, so be sure to use it in a room with suf­fi­cient nat­u­ral light. If the space is dark, pro­vide a va­ri­ety of ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing, such as down­lights or wall sconces. You can also con­sider stand­ing lamps or ta­ble lamps – but not in a bath­room! 5 Add warmer el­e­ments for bal­ance; nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as wood or tanned leather will cosy up the space. 6 Se­lect an ap­pro­pri­ate fin­ish. In most cases, it’s bet­ter to opt for a flat matt fin­ish such as Du­lux Rich Matt, as paint­ing grey in a gloss or high-sheen prod­uct can re­sult in an industrial metal­lic ef­fect.

The com­bi­na­tion – and con­trast – of the bed, sil­ver-framed mir­ror and gilded screen with the mid-tone grey-washed wall pro­duces a soft, ro­man­tic ef­fect.

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