Whilst perhaps not as fickle as the fashion industry, the interior world’s trends are in constant flux. Trends might stick around in the interior industry for slightly longer than in fashion, however, with many styles morphing and adapting throughout the course of a few years whilst still remaining current.
There is one standout look which is better described as an interior phenomenon rather than a trend because of its overwhelming presence in the home decor industry over the last ten years. We’re talking about grey interior design. Gone are the days when the key neutral was magnolia: grey now reigns supreme as the base of choice.
One of the most versatile shades on the palette, grey interiors are now cemented as chic staples in any discerning home. Grey colour isn’t a contradiction in terms, either. It’s more than a mix of black and white, as the specific hue is a key element across numerous styles and looks. From grey wall paint to furniture and accessories, it’s an on-trend colour for any room.
The versatility of the shade means that each space can take on a unique feel depending on what it’s paired with - a grey bedroom paired with blue bedding creates a sense of calm, whilst a boldly coloured living room can be grounded with a grey sofa. Here’s a little more interior inspiration.
Stay Subtle or Be Bold
The perfect base for the vast majority of colours, grey interiors can form the foundation of countless interior looks and allow you to be as subtle or as bold as you dare. Its popularity as a neutral is linked with the rise of another huge interior trend: Scandi style. These influences have seen a muted palette of grey, white and subtle pastel accents infiltrate every space from dining rooms and bedrooms to bathrooms.
Greys as neutrals also lend themselves to bolder shades just as much as softer hues. They’re the perfect grounding contrast to a host of vibrant colours from burnt orange to mustard yellow, teal and emerald green. Dark interiors are also having their moment with inky navy and wine shades seen in sophisticated interiors across the globe, both of which work well with grey.
Grey interiors work particularly well layered with texture to really bring neutrals to life. Natural woods and stoneware are particularly discerning against grey. From industrial concrete to opulent marble, stoneware in the home can complement a range of interior styles. It can be applied on a large scale through flooring and tiles, or through accents such as planters or tableware.
The versatility of both grey and wood makes them perfect partners, with warm woods such as walnut and mahogany warming the often cool hue, or paler varieties such as beech giving a crisp feel. For the winter months, look for sheepskins, faux fur throws and chunky knits in a selection of complementing shades to infuse a sense of warmth.
Warm It Up or Cool It Down
Grey offers subtle notes of other shades, giving each grey its own unique feel. These notes transform each shade, so consider them before opting for a grey interior scheme. Cool greys have hints of blues or greens within them, making them ideal accompaniments to pale wood or darker accent colours. Purple tones are also seen within many greys such as cool stone and heather.
You can find both cool and warm purple greys, fabulous for both those looking for crisp, clean looks or cosier settings. For those craving warmth, taupes offer more grey varieties whilst the combination colour greige is also a timeless option for those who want the softness of beige mixed with the contemporary edge of grey.