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Grey is the New Black

Grey is the New Black

How To Use 2016’S Hottest Trend, Without Making Your House Look Like A Prison.

 

Just like furniture, clothes and hairstyles, paint colours also go through trends of popularity. Right now the go-to neutral is all about GREY. We are seeing it on walls, on furniture, on cabinets, even in grey hardwood! There is one problem though, too much grey can make your house look like a cell block and that’s not fun for anyone. Any colour can be “overused” in a space if it is not balanced correctly – I remember in the 90s my mom painted the entire house burgundy (we also had PINK carpets! – sorry Mom).

The simplest way to think about it is as if you are planning an outfit. You wouldn’t wear green pants, a green shirt, green shoes and a green hat, right? You’d put on a green shirt and earrings, then add cute distressed jeans, black boots and a black clutch. This is how you have to think when decorating your home – in terms of the whole outfit.

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF COLOURS OF “GREY” [50 SHADES, ANYONE?]

It can come in warm tones, cool tones, brown-tints, green-tints, purple-tints and even GREIGE – which is so hot right now.

A few of my favourites are:

Perspective [CSP-5] – Benjamin Moore

Rainstorm  [CSP-50] – Benjamin Moore

Blue undertones, work well with warm accent colours like coral, yellow and wood tones.

Collingwood  [859] – Benjamin Moore

Mindful Grey – Sherwin Williams

Brown undertones, work well with cool accents like green, blue and wrought iron.

GREYS SHOULD ALWAYS BE USED IN GOOD BALANCE WITH NEUTRALS AND SMALL POPS OF COLOUR.

Adding textures such as tile, pattern, layered textiles or rugs is another way of making your grey pop.

Image by Photographer Alexander Van Berge

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