Fifty shades will stay!
Grey’s popularity doesn’t show any signs of waning this season. Still the favoured choice of discerning homeowners as their go to base colour, particularly for chameleon decorating (the clever, economical and easily changeable art of adding or changing accent colours in a neutral based room to drastically change the look or feel, simply by changing accessories).
It’s hard to get it wrong with grey and even if you’ve not joined the grey revolution yet, you’ll find it hard to resist some of the delicious shades trending this season. From white-ish, pearlized, metallic greys which emulate the pale silvered branches of birch trees or frosty window panes, to atmospheric winter morning and wispy wood smoke mid-greys, right through to the darker and elegantly sultry charcoal shades of ashen wood and soot, empathising with the heritage shades of yesteryear.
Little Greene have devised a new paint collection, in conjunction with English Heritage, dedicated to all such shades of grey and hail this accommodating and versatile colour as being – “the root of historical decoration, used for centuries to create tranquil interiors”
From white-ish, pearlized, metallic greys which emulate the pale silvered branches of birch trees or frosty window panes, to atmospheric winter-morning and wispy-wood-smoke mid-greys, right through to the darker and elegantly sultry shades of charcoal, ashen wood and soot, empathising with the heritage shades of yesteryear.
Fifty Shades of Inspiration – Grey really is an easy colour to decorate with, so here’s some inspiring examples of how grey will stay in a very satisfying way throughout autumn and winter 2016 – 17:
The contrast in the depth of the grey colour in the two images above couldn’t be more different, but both work equally as well. The whitish and silver greys in the first image look sharp, clean and crisp. The more sultry, deep, charcoal grey in the second image creates an opulent and inviting interior that looks very sophisticated. The light bedding and warm spice and natural wood colours lift the look and add just the right pop of contrast colour as well as warmth.
If you’re one of those cautious decorators who usually shy’s away from deep colours for fear of getting it wrong, assuming that deeper colours will bring the room in and making it look dark, then consider mid-greys but balance them well with lighter shades of grey or with light neutrals, cream or white; and as we’ve discussed, adding small pops of a brighter accent colour or two can make all the difference between bland and stylish.
For example look how the mustardy yellow and cream accents in the first image above brighten and cheer an all grey room and stop it becoming too monotone; and how just a few tiny touches of colour in the flowers and striped cushion add style and character to this room. Although those small things might seem quite insignificant, try imagining the room without them and all you’ll see is monotone again.
If strong pops of colour are not for you then natural wood or metallic finishes will add effective contrast and relief to your interior scheme instead. These finishing touches again lift the grey and prvent the look from becoming too dull or monochrome. Bevelled glass or crystal in the form of mirrors or lighting works exceptionally well with grey too if you’re more of sparkly finishing touches kind of person.
I love the clever use of multi-tonal grey in the graduated ombre background of this bookcase and the enviable grey games room endorses grey’s versatility as a colour that can be used in any room in the home with equal suitability and effect. And just in case you need any more convincing just cast your eye over these gorgeously grey ‘gaffs’!
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So whether you’re decorating inside or outside your home, whether you’re a dark and sultry tranquil interiors kind of grey person, a zing it up with a pop of colour grey person, a past or present kind of grey person; or whether it’s the living room, bedroom, bathroom or kitchen that’s getting your artistic attention, it matters not – grey is here to stay! Grey can hold its own on its own, or will play a wonderful host to accents of any one of the predicted colour trends of the season, so I hope you’ll give some grey a place to stay in your autumn/winter 2016/17 decor.
Get the Look – Because we’re always keeping our eye on what’s on-trend, current and stylish when it comes to interior decor, we have an abundance of fabulous grey product at Terry’s for you to style your home with, so here’s just a few of my top choices from our product range to help you to ‘get the look’ with Shades-of-Grey.
From one of our best selling curtain ranges, our Leighton grey curtains are ready to hang and available in a stylish eyelet heading or with traditional 3” pencil pleat heading. An excellent choice for both style and budget these plain curtains have a lovely quality and texture that will add an instant volume of block colour to your room; and the lifestyle image demonstrates perfectly how easy it is to style and change the look of your room with pops of on-trend colour in your accessories.
Large-area rugs are another great way of adding block or on-trend colour to your interiors. Often, without even having to change any items in the room (other than a few accessories to add detail if you want to), you can dramatically change the look or colour scheme of a room. Our Spectrum grey and white zig-zag design is a perfect example of how quick and easy it is to add style and on-trend colour with a stunning statement rug.
Grey works well with natural wood finishes, so re-decorating with grey needn’t necessarily mean a full over hall. You can easly co-ordinate it with your current floorings and furnishings and large-area rugs are a great way of adding current and on-trend colour schemes without a great financial outlay;
Style or period is irrelevant, simply adding a rug can add colour and complement your interior style. So whether your look is super slick, modernstic, minimalistic or traditional and cosy, rugs are an extremely affordable and effective solution to adding on-trend colour instantly.
The simplistic stylized leaf design of our Simone curtains, give them a very trendy, geometric, retro feel and the silver toned finish on the leaves adds a luxurious, metallic blend into the mix.
And while we’re talking luxury, if opulence and glamour is your style then any of the gorgeous bedding and curtain ranges above will tick all the boxes.
If glam and glitzy is too overstated and not at all your thing then the look of cotton - cool, crisp and clean – is more your style then we can accommodate that too.
And the beautiful grey tones of our Valentine, Renaissance, Velvet and Astrid curtain fabrics are just four of dozens of woven, printed and textured curtain fabrics available from Terry’s. So no matter what room in your home you are furnishing, you will find something suitable from our vast range of high quality but affordable fabrics.
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