Grey- it’s a deal breaker, a Marmite colour, a tone or shade that divides tastes. For some it is a staple in the wardrobe for others it must be avoided at all costs. But, friend or foe of grey it’s time to embrace the new wave of grey schemes working their way into our interiors. Contemporary grey styling is being seen everywhere from high-street fashion to high-end decor, and its simplicity and timeless appeal mean it is a great interior trend to invest in.
With such a wide spectrum of shades and tones grey works wonderfully well on its own, or rather it works well by simply mixing different shades together. Dark and light tones will give contrast and depth to a room, and depending on the overall look you are aiming for you can either go heavier with the light or vice versa.
The current incarnation of the grey trend for interiors sees it sit in very much a contemporary style. Clean lines and glossy textures are key for a modern feel; to enhance the look keep clutter and decorative accessories to a minimum. In the living room use lighting as the finishing touch, a grey statement lamp will bring the look together. Bringing a few key pieces into the room in bright white will also ensure that the room retains a fresh and light atmosphere.
For a more traditional feel to your living space simply introduce soft furnishings, these will warm the space and give the room a cosier feel. Cushions and throws in different shades of grey can be added to a sofa for a quick style transformation. Grey can also be combined with bold colours for those who like brighter shades. Purple or yellow are great colour accents for a grey interior scheme, and again these can easily be added in the living room in the way of cushions. Also, look for embellishments or glamourous detailing on statement cushions to create a focal point in the scheme.
The best textures to use alongside a grey based interior scheme are natural woods and as mentioned glossy smooth finishes for a more contemporary feel. Bring glass into the equation with some well-placed decorative accessories such as a vase or a couple of stylish tea light holders, either in grey shades or metallic tones. To warm up a room that feels too cold try a hint of faux fur or soft textures like cotton, these will create a great contrast against the cooler elements of the look.
As grey is a calming colour this trend is ideal for a home office or study area, and will also work well in the bedroom. Bring bold colour pops into the room with cushions layered on grey bed linen, and don’t be afraid of adding pattern too. As grey is such a simplistic shade patterned pieces can really bring this look alive, look to wallpaper to create a statement wall or add art to the wall to create interest.
Perfect for a style update at this time of year, the contemporary grey interior trend is also transitional across seasons and can easily be updated come next spring. Transform your interior this winter and invest in the modern stylings of all things grey, shop the trend here.