Grey is not a dull choice.

DavideLovatti-ElleDecoration-UK-09.mix Grey is one of my favourite colours for the home; it’s neutral and works well as a base for strong colours as well as giving rooms style and sophistication.

Here are a few tips for using grey in your home:

Get as many grey samples from different manufacturers and put them side by side to see the difference between warm greys and cool greys – a blue-based grey will feel very cool – a grey with a little yellow mixed in will appear warmer and more comfortable to live with.

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Use matt paint on walls otherwise it will look like industrial metal— although matt white wall paint is normally avoided because it shows smudges and fingerprints; grey actually hides flaws.

Introduce lots of light sources, like table lamps, floor lamps, etc. Layered lighting keeps the room flattering; avoid casting shadows with an overhead fixture.

Use grey in large or small spaces: the larger the room, the darker the grey should be, however, a rich grey can be used effectively to create intimacy and atmosphere in a small space.

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Use varying shades of grey on the walls to create contrast within the space and give the look depth with textured accessories. Add white as a dynamic accent colour or consider using bright, warm shades such as orange, yellow, red and so on.

Team pastel shades with black and white for a more daring scheme and for a modern look use pale grey walls; perfect when teamed with painted white furniture. Albeit, pale grey can look just plain dirty in the wrong light, so go a few shades darker.

Why not say goodbye to the now all too familiar cream scheme and most importantly, have fun with it!

 

Pictures via elle decor and housetohome.