Today's trendiest neutral, grey is a shade that works in practically every room of the house, and the colour shows no sign of disappearing. In fact, the latest iteration, ‘shark skin grey’, is already inspiring a slew of new colours from the coolest paint brands. Spare yourself the homework of how to work it into your home and look to this discerning edit of eight easy ideas instead.
SOFTEN IT WITH PINK
A spot-on mix of feminine-meets-industrial, we’ve fallen tresses over toes for grey/pink interior mix-ups. Whether you use the complementary shades to refresh your walls, update your soft furnishings or as part of final flourishes – think cushions, artwork, vases and lampshades – this is one interiors trend that epitomises laid-back cool.
ADD AN EASY UPDATE
If you don’t fancy overhauling an entire room, make life easy by snapping up one killer piece – be it a chair or a coffee table – in your favourite stoney shade.
TRY SOME CONCRETE TEXTURE
Perfect for updating modern interiors, grey and concrete work particularly well with mixed material accents such as marble and brass. Concrete has natural blemishes, so team yours with an appealing backdrop of neutrals and wood for a characterful and unique effect. Start small with a candle holder and work up to wow-worthy pieces like chairs, which will add an instant touch of tough glamour to living spaces.
GO GREY WITH LIGHTING
A simple instalment of grey is some luxe lighting – bonus points if it’s in a conical or round shape.
INVEST IN A GREY KITCHEN
For a long-term investment, the kitchen is the place to splash the cash. Pinterest’s coolest homes are adding shark skin shades to counters, cabinets, worktops and more.
MIX IT WITH METALLICS
A touch of copper never goes amiss – the warm tone perfectly complement the cool chic of greys, and these stylish accents needn’t cost the earth either.
PAINT THE WALLS
From Farrow & Ball’s Plummett to Little Greene’s Mid Lead, a slick of grey paint is pretty much a prerequisite in the coolest of homes nowadays. Avoid making a room too dark by using it in the biggest and lightest part of the house.
USE IT AS A BACKDROP FOR ARTWORK
Deep shades of grey perfectly offset white frames to make your favourite snaps, paintings or prints stand out.