The colour grey has long since shaken off its old image with its extremely negative connotations. It is a favourite amongst interior designers and paint manufacturers alike. The numerous tonal combinations and hues offer plenty of scope for combinations that work well with other colour tones and thus provide huge latitude for design that creates an ever-changing impact. We let you in on how to use multi-functional grey to its best effect as well as on which shades of grey you can use to lend sophistication to your interiors.
Diverse combinations with the colour grey
Pure grey looks soft and understated and can be combined with any other colour with a great deal of versatility. Particularly if you have so far kept with white for your home interiors, you can use grey to add subtle nuances. The contrast between the colours is easy on the eye and adds warmth to white shades.
You can choose from numerous levels of shades of grey to employ the colour in a very individual way, depending on the effect you want to create and what other colours you want to combine it with.
Not only does grey exude elegance and charm, its understated nature means that it also works well with every other colour without exception. It makes bright colours pop by underscoring the surrounding colours very expressively. Depending on the other colours, materials and accessories used with it, grey can look sophisticated and elegant, mellow or simply trendy and modern.
From a bright light grey or a silvery metallic grey to opulent anthracite, everything is possible. Depending on what other colours grey is mixed with, different tints are created. These include field grey, which has a hint of green, dove grey with a hint of blue or cement grey with a touch of yellow, to name just a few examples.
Grey as a harmonious colour for walls
If you are planning to repaint your walls some time soon, simply think about which room would be suitable for using grey as a colour for the walls. Look at the furniture in the room, and think about which accessories would stand out particularly well against a grey background in terms of colour. Imagine the possible shades of grey you could use to create an eye-catcher on the wall. You will be surprised how many colours you already have in your home that work well with the “new grey” on the walls.
A grey colour on the walls adds flair and vivacity to your home. It allows other colours to shine, while at the same time playing a low-key role. In addition, the sense of space and the light and dark areas of the room can be influenced harmoniously.
Grey as a wall colour goes particularly well with colours containing red, like wine, a bright red, or also a charming dusky pink or purple colour. Combine grey with a radiant sunflower yellow or a rich saffron for a bold but beautiful contrast.
When choosing grey shades with a hint of colour, we recommend also including that touch of colour in the other interiors or painted elements in the room in order to achieve a balanced colour mood. Contrast colours should be used sparingly and only to create nuances.
The right shade of grey for your interiors style
First of all ask yourself what type of home you have and what hint of colour could match you and your decorating style. We recommend consulting the book “Graue Eleganz – die perfekte Wohnfarbe” for advice. We have also put together a couple of tools for decision making:
- Rustic country home: If your home is decorated in rustic country style, a matt palette of grey with some green in it will match your natural interiors with rustic wooden furniture, muted colours and radiant white nuances. These shades give depth to your rooms and will create a calm atmosphere. Light wood and natural materials can be interchanged with sparingly used gloss plastic, glass or metal.
- Scandinavian retro: If your home is decorated in Scandinavian retro style, you can combine a soft grey with a hint of yellow or a sand colour with a cool and purist colour palette of blue, pure white and black. This will allow your furniture to garner the attention it deserves. For a modern look, add furniture and accessories made from plastic, metal and glass.
- Urban: If you are a fan of an urban look, use blueish grey, which fits perfectly with marble surfaces, light parquet flooring and white furniture. This style has a glamorous appeal when dominated by gloss surfaces.
- Classic style with nuances: If you prefer a classic style with lots of nuances, we recommend a reddish grey that almost looks brown in its warmer hues. Use fresh colours without any red in them as contrast. Light or dark-stained furniture goes well with this look, as does furniture made from lacquered metal or plastic.
Elegant effect of grey in the bedroom
Grey is not only reserved and an absolute contrast to all bright and deep colours, it also looks stylish and elegant. Rooms that generally use cooler hues, such as blue in a bedroom, can be given a fresh feel using the combination with grey. Green hues are also a pleasant colour to use in a bedroom, giving an elegant touch that is perfectly suited for a combination with grey.
If you prefer a somewhat sharper contrast, you can use red to create a refreshing counterpart and achieve an aesthetic and sensual effect. Individual items of furniture, curtains and bed linen in red look particularly sophisticated when paired with grey walls.
We hope you have lots of fun decorating with the on-trend colour grey!
Posted on 06.11.2017