Saturday, May 11, 2013

Grey Interiors..... Refined and Sophisticated

Gone are the days where grey is considered drab. It is the perfect color for creating a chic new look in your home. There’s no disputing that grey has definitely taken center stage as the new neutral of choice. Decorating with grey is an easy and popular choice because of its versatility and it provides a more dramatic color compared to other neutrals. Grey works in all room settings from traditional spaces with dark wood furniture to the ultra modern spaces with sleek stainless steel furniture.It looks good with almost any color and ranges from cool to warm. Grey also adds subtle sophistication to any space.

Grey is most associated with the practical, timeless, middle-of-the-road, solid things in life. And in times of economic challenges, grey is solid like a rock. If you're thinking of giving your home a fresh coat of paint, adding new window treatments, or are looking to invest in a new piece of furniture, consider grey.

I like a room layered in different shades of grey.  Remember, there's 50 of them!! 

I particularly love rooms decorated in warm French grey and creamy white. 

Gorgeous stone grey with wonderful Grisaille mural on the walls.

Grey gives you a fabulous, elegant canvass to create any mood you want for your home.

Grey is often thought of as more masculine but it can be very feminine as well. This picture is proof!

The Paris style depends on grey to make it tres chic!

The various hues and shades of grey can evoke very different feelings and have an enormous impact on the mood of a room.

Getting the right shade of grey is essential to whether a space feels warm or cool. Cooler grey will have a hint of blue. Warmer grey will have a hint of yellow. If you want a room to present as warm or cool and you can't see the difference, then you really need a professional. You don't want to be unsatisfied because you may have chosen opposite of what you desired.

The results of a monochromatic grey room can also be very tasteful and sophisticated.

Wonderful French Country with a grey and white palette This look also uses grey wash and  chalk paint on furniture to give it a time worn distressed look.

This is one of my favorite rooms.  It is definitely dramatic with grey taking center stage.

Of course grey, black, and white is timeless. Here Kelly Wearstler has given it a refreshing.

A beautiful French style room all in grey.

Whether you prefer an interior that is deep and intense or airy and soft, grey can play a key role.

This mirrored table works great with the grey in this Hollywood Regency styled room.

Grey brings an air of refinement to this classically designed room.

Another alternative to painting walls grey is to add some smoky glass mirrored panels. It will give a hint of grey that can be accented with accessories.

The versatility of grey as a neutral background is what is most likely leading to the longevity and popularity of this design trend. We don’t see it ending anytime soon, so if you are tired of beige, tan and off-white as your background color, try out a grey.

A room becomes edgy and elegant when deep, sultry grey is mixed with creamy neutrals.

Grey mixed with cream or camel is a stunning and sophisticated combination.

When a space is layered in shades of grey, lighter wood tones and gold accents help create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Use it as a neutral to let a bright color shine or do a whole room in grey like the one below.

Beautiful grey from top to bottom. Love the flooring!

Think of grey as a neutral. You can always add a pop or two, or three, or four of color.

If you feel that grey may be too impersonal for a particular space, don't forget that grey works well with almost any other color on the color wheel.

Grey is a more elegant neutral that gives depth to subtle colors and makes bold tones pop (rather than shout).

To prevent things looking too monastic, this room has been peppered displays of accessories, while flashes of fluoro add zing to the neutral palette.

I have devoted several posts to grey. If you would like to see more go to the Blog Archive on the right of this page and check out January's Decorating Your Interiors With Pink And Grey, December 2012's Decorating With The Yellow And Grey Color Combination, and October 2012's Decorate With Grey And White For French Country Interiors

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