Interior Design Trends
Interior Design Trends

Using Grey in Your Interior Design

“I don’t think there’s been a project yet where I haven’t used grey,” says interior designer Erin Austen Abbott. “I love it for walls, bookshelves, furniture, floors — anything.”


Interior design, like fashion, is no stranger to trends. And one of the hottest trends around is the use of the color grey. “The grey trend started about 5 years ago,” says Tamara Cannon, Provident Home Design. “Initially it began on walls, then in accents of rugs and pillows, then on furniture in upholstered chairs and couches, and in the past couple of years cabinetry and back splashes have showcased grey beautifully.” Basically, grey is everywhere today, and for good reason. It simply looks great no matter where you use it.

"Grey is here to stay."
— Tamara Cannon, Provident Home Design

The trick is finding a solution that works with your interior. Below, we discuss several ways you can infuse a bit of grey into your home.

Making the Most of Grey in Your Home

“I don’t think there’s been a project yet where I haven’t used grey,” says interior designer Erin Austen Abbott. “I love it for walls, bookshelves, furniture, floors — anything.”

Walls

Almost every interior design discussion starts with one not-so-simple decision: wall color. And for ease of accessorizing and flexibility with future interior design choices, that typically means choosing a neutral – often white, off-white, or beige. Boring! Grey, meanwhile, is a bold neutral that can truly transform an interior more dramatically than white or beige. Grey “goes with everything and is a nice third option,” says Cannon.

“People like to use grey because it provides a neutral, disappearing background to accent colours,” adds Andy Greenall of smart paint-makers Little Greene. “You can inject a bit of colour and use a grey backdrop, making it an easy template with which to work.”

Colors and accessories will pop more on a grey background and “will have much more impact than on a white wall,” says Charlotte Cosby, creative head at Farrow & Ball.

And when it comes time to choose the perfect paint, remember that finish can have just as much of an impact as actual color. For grey, Mark Chamberlain, a New York City painter and a color columnist for apartmenttherapy.com, recommends using flat paint – not semi-gloss or high-gloss for walls.“Otherwise, any beautiful gray you choose will look like industrial metal,” he says.

Accessories

“Dark grey painted rooms are the colour to choose if you plan to have bold accessories,” says Pip McCormac, Red. Of course, “it doesn’t have to be the walls that take all the grey,”  Grey furniture is a simple and easy way to incorporate this color into your interior design. And because grey is a neutral, your new furniture will go with virtually any existing color scheme.

For other accessories, whether rugs, pillows, or really anything for that matter, Jennifer Louise Ebert of Ideal Home recommends you “break up those shades of grey with some well-chosen pattern” and texture. This will help add layer and dimension to your interior.

And remember to use several different lighting sources so the grey in your interior truly pops. “Gray is already the color of shadow,” says Jessica Becker, a Rhode Island interior designer. “You don’t want to cast more with an overhead fixture. Layered lighting keeps the room flattering.” Of course, one of the most dramatic (and finicky) lighting sources in any home is your windows – natural light. So, the window treatments you choose will have a tremendous impact on the overall look and feel of your interior.

Windows

“Grey will add a warmth and homey feel,” says Mike Stephen, interior expert.

At Next Day Blinds, we offer several different grey window treatments in a number of different shades, styles, and textures. For example, our Light Filtering Honeycomb Shades come in Silver Birch, Thistle, Soft Linen, Organic, Rain Cloud, Birch White, and Star Magnolia. Our Solar Roman Shades, meanwhile, come in White/Grey, Granite, Porcelain, Parchment, and River Rock.  Other excellent options include our Light Filtering Roller Shades (12 shades of grey), Aluminum Blinds (6 shades of grey), Faux Wood Blinds (2 shades of grey), and Vertical Blinds (3 shades of grey).

Finding the Shade for You

“Each shade of grey is capable of creating a different look, feel and style,” says Ebert.

When it comes time to choose a shade, Karen Haller, color expert and consultant, says “it’s best to use the shade of grey that resonates with you. There are warm greys (yellow based) and cool greys (blue based).”

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