Colour Focus: Grey

Check out the many ways you can use this hip, trendy but classically neutral hue.

Updated on June 09, 2017 10:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Trends can be a finicky thing; remember when grey wasn’t such a popular colour to use in the home? These days, more and more personal spaces are adopting the hue either as an accent or as a base. But despite its trendy status, grey is something you can live with for years, mainly because its many tints, tones, and shades make it such a classic colour to work with. Below, the myriad ways you can use grey in your homes.

Grey as a Neutral

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A very light grey on the walls and white moulding makes it such a perfect accompaniment to this wood and cashmere-coloured dining set.

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Grey serves as the perfect backdrop to classic but glam labyrinthine motifs in metallic gold.

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This grey and tan bedroom is the perfect relaxing retreat.

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Dark grey walls make white cabinets and wainscoting pop out in this bathroom.

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Grey rendered in a light, almost pastel-like softness makes for a great wall treatment in a bedroom or vanity area, and can be paired with glam furnishings, like metallic lamps and an elegant black mirror.

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Grey tempers the harshness of black and/or white with its subtle and muted tones.

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Greige—a beautiful mix of gray and beige—has also been very popular the last few years.

Grey + Warm Hues

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Gone are the days when it was wrong to pair grey (thought to be a cool colour) with warm hues like brown, pink, or copper.

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A slate-grey kitchen backsplash modernises the look of these wooden kitchen cabinets.

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Bold, warm, accents (like a citron yellow ottoman and pillows) stand out against dove-grey walls and a grey, studded bureau.

Grey + Cool Hues

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In this pied-à-terre, grey gets a cool accompaniment via bluish undertones.

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Pops of teal and turquoise make this grey living room anything but bland.

Check out these other hot hues that will work inside your home: Hot Pink, Purple, Mint Green, Yellow, and Blue.

Cover photo courtesy of HGTV

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