Friday, 19 February 2016

50 Shades of Grey

These elegant neutrals add a modern twist. Welcome the new magnolia. By Kate Watson-Smyth

Written by Kate Watson-Smyth
There’s no doubt about it, grey is the shade of the moment. And never mind 50 shades – the human eye can detect more than 500.

house-590-2The shade Borrowed Light by Farrow & Ball looks beautiful in this south-facing bedroom. Pale grey is the perfect backdrop for these accessories and makes a room look both lighter and brighter than white.

If you thought the whole grey thing was about to be over, I refer you to Dulux, which has just expanded its range of greys and now offers 557 in total. Grey is no passing fad. But it is one of the hardest colours to get right when it comes to decorating your home.

house-590-3This quirky kitchen uses a huge range of textures, all tied together with grey paint. It’s the shade of the moment for furnishings.

To find the best shade, you need to consider which direction your room faces, what time of day you will be in there, the prevailing weather and last of all, the actual shade you like. Grey can be an accent colour, but more often it is used as a base shade for a scheme with accents of contrasting, fashion-influenced colours layered on top.

house-590-4Greys are used to stunning effect here. Dulux Rock Salt would be a good match for the colour used in this little room.

Once you’ve got the right shade, you won’t need to redecorate if you buy a new sofa or recover Granny’s old armchair.

Shades Of Grey: Decorating With The Most Elegant Of Neutrals, by Kate Watson-Smyth, is published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced £19.99

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