The Perfect Grey

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  • Like any neutral it can wash out a room, but get it right in your space and you’ll see why grey is the colour trend of the decade!

    • WHY WE LOVE IT: There was a time we all thought grey was cold and drab. How
      wrong we were. It’s officially the most versatile neutral around and
      makes any colour you put next to it beautifully vibrant.

    • HOW TO USE IT: Think of it like your foundation make-up. Use it all over
      (or in the areas you need a solid base colour most), then add colour to highlight the bits you want to draw attention to.
    • DO IT YOUR WAY: Mid-century fans will be in their element, teaming steel grey with a Fifties palette of mustard, olive or teal. Glam lovers should put a French chateau spin on dove grey with white-painted furniture, velvets and shimmering glass chandeliers. Or, go rustic and get a raw look with slate or concrete-grey walls, metal details and hits of terracotta.

    Try it in the HALLWAY

    Wallpaper, Scandinavian Designers 2739, £59 per roll, Borastapeter range, Wallpaperdirect; The Dots coat hooks, £89 for five, Muuto range, Made in Design; Honey Mustard runner rug from £62, Cloudberry Living

    The ideas:

    Bring a grey space to life by covering one corner or a wall with
    a busily patterned paper in a tonal grey-green hue.

    Use pattern to break up areas
    of grey with co-ordinating pattern, such as a colourful rug on a grey tiled floor.

    Try it in the DINING ROOM

    For similar prints try Bodie & Fou and John Lewis; wall painted in Plummett Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball

    The ideas:

    Pick the right shade. Know exactly how the light works in your room – in gloomy spaces, pale
    greys will look too chilly and dark greys will appear too black.

    Go grey all over. Put it on all four walls, but stop the colour looking
    flat by positioning white furniture against it and hanging
    black-and-white framed pictures for striking contrast.

    Draw monochrome guide lines by bringing shape and structure
    to your scheme with furniture and accessories in black or white.

    Try it in the LIVING ROOM

    Wallpaper, Tatami Stripe 213739, £38 per roll, Chika Wallpapers collection, Sanderson; Aalto sofa in Poise Swedish Grey, £2,369, Sofa Workshop

    The ideas:

    Grey suggests smart and sophisticated, so stay on message with planned focal points and tight furniture arrangements.
    Pick boxy, grey sofas to smarten up a family living room.

    The
    colour grey is a short cut to sophistication, so ramp up the glam by
    teaming with black or white gloss pieces or try a more laid-back look with some
    open shelving, mid-century-style furniture and colour-pop accessories.

    Break up a grey wall with shelving or frames. Try making a more informal display in a relaxed living room by propping family pictures on a narrow shelf.

    Try it in the BEDROOM

    Walls painted in Lemon Tree Absolute Emulsion, £37 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene; Capri double bed in Wolf Grey, £599, Made;

    The ideas:

    Add a third dimension with an accent colour, contrast grey with
    a warm, cheerful
    colour such as blush pink or soft yellow, which is the perfect foil to pale grey, giving a gentle-but-energising contrast in a bedroom.

    Make a display different by swapping flat shelves for hexagonal boxes and papering the insides.

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