How to create the perfect grey scheme

From smart hallways to cosy bedrooms, discover the ultimate shade of grey for every scheme

From frosty shades of steel blue to warm, French-country hues, the huge spectrum of greys available makes choosing the perfect shade somewhat tricky. So, whether you’re creating a fresh, uplifting dining room, an intimate bedroom, a relaxing living space or a super-smart hallway, discover our top tips for finding the perfect shade of grey for your home.

1. Make an entrance

Give your hallway a smart, upscale feel with a deep grey tone – in fact, if you fancy being a little daring, a light-filled entrance space is the perfect place to experiment. Try shades of slate, concrete and navy-infused greys (such as Dinner Jacket matt emulsion, £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q) for a bold statement, then team with bright white to sharpen up the look.

2. Sit comfortably

Warm up a living room scheme with greys that carry a touch of yellow or red, such as French Grey 113 Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. Keep the look soft and cosy with plenty of texture – layer throws, furry cushions and weaves in tonal shades for an irresistibly comfy sofa. Delicate prints, such as the Evienne fabric in Smoke, £51.50 per m from Voyage Decoration, or a bold patterned rug add interest to this easy-to-live with look.

3. Dine in style

Create an easy-going, country-inspired dining scheme by choosing cool, calming tones with hints of blue or green behind them – try Feather Flock matt emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Warm it up with blush pink and off-white accessories, then add natural textures, such as rattan chairs and wooden chopping boards, for a rustic finish.

4. Sleep tight

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Give your bedroom cocoon-like cosiness with a deep, comforting hue, such as Monument Grey matt emulsion, £24.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Complementary colours include black, khaki, olive and nude beige – pick and choose to create depth and interest. Finish with tonal vases, sumptuous faux fur and statement artwork, for a winter-proof bedroom you’ll never want to leave.

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