Grey Matters

There is something deeply enticing about the colour grey. Neutral and emotionless, yet strong and timeless, grey is a colour found in design throughout the ages. The various shades of the colour grey are seen (and felt) as cool, neutral and balanced. Grey in an environment dictates a state of confidence or of calm. A darker, charcoal grey can be mysterious and communicate strength, without the negative connotations of black. This psychological effect is best created in combination with whites and other neutrals.

Grey is an elegant neutral and really easy to work with in a decorating space. As a colour choice grey has many virtues – one of which is its ability to hide flaws – smudges and fingerprints. It’s also goes-with-everything and is easy to pair with just about any other colour.

When you’re deciding between a cool or warm grey for interiors take into account the flooring, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, wood trim (painted or stained) and the colour of the bricks in the house. When choosing a grey paint, consider where it sits within the paint chart; is it in the yellow section, the blue, or the red? Cool grays have more blue undertones, while warm grays are grounded in yellow and brown — similar to “greige,” a combination of gray and beige.

Warm greys work well with wood trims. Go a bit darker with your grey to create a more dramatic effect like the image below with a feature wall painted in Plascon Paris Paving (53) with wooden floors and a brass light fitting and white walls.

Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make over a room and improve the overlook of your home without too much trouble and can be easily changed if you change your mind. But remember to always do your preparation.

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