FEATURE: How to Work with Grey

Design Monarchy: How to Work with Grey

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Publication: Home Magazine

Date: June 2016

Home Magazine / Tuis Tydskrif approached us to dole out some expert advice on using the grey colour trend in your home and interior.

Grey creates a calming, timeless backdrop for any room and makes the space more contemporary,” says Rose McClement of Design Monarchy.

Since it is not an “in your face” colour, you have the liberty of being bold when combining patterns and shades. Patterns give you the ideal opportunity to work with many different shades of grey.

If you want to warm up your ashen palette, consider combining it with a bright accent colour such as yellow, blue, coral, aqua, teal, burnt orange, strong pink, fresh green or copper tones.

For an earthy touch, natural wood items work well. Think of the driftwood effect in a coastal-themed home, or the weathered wood and steel of a more industrial aesthetic.

Rose’s Tips for Using Grey in Your Home:

1 When combining different shades of grey in the same room, make sure to “layer” them; preferably from darker shades through to lighter. Think of the colour combinations on a paint swatch!

2 Use the “60:30:10 Principle”: for example, a lighter shade on the walls to make up 60%, a darker grey on a focal wall or furniture and accessories for 30% and 10% in an accent colour or two.

3 Painting a darker grey on a feature wall not only provides the perfect backdrop against which other décor elements can pop, but it also creates a deep pensive ambience with a touch of drama.

4 With a combination of lighter and darker walls, you have plenty of freedom to add companion décor elements such as metal tables, silver mirrors, art in white frames, white furniture, textured rugs and glassware.

5 Remember that silver is also part of the grey family, affording you the chance to add a touch of glitz and drama.

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