Styling Idea # 40 Grey Walls


Way back when FURNNISH was only just 2 digits old I did a post on Yellow and Grey but I realised that I haven’t used half the yummy images in my grey folder. I am currently working on a inner city project that I am hoping to paint a grey wall in so as I pick the palette and deliberate I thought I would share so musings.

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Living Etc

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Lonny Magazine

Grey Palette


This is a hugely popular trend at the moment so I know I will not win any blog awards with this one- but I still really like it!

  • Don’t think gloomy, think fresh- add white, light wood and black to bring this to life.
  • In tricky low light areas such as bathrooms or smaller rooms painting this grey will work better than just having grey dull sunlight coming through. That is to say if your white walls are not bright and sunny they may as well be bold and grey….make sense?? Try and it see what happens to any white features- they will pop.
  • The same rules for colours apply with grey as they do with the white palettes- so play with a mixture of different bright colours and see what you can create.
  • Fav colours for grey- ever green, white, wood, mustard, red, hot pink.
  • The two bottom images show how a soft blue base grey can work wonders with woods, creams and browns- who would have thought?? I love it.
  • DO take swatches home or paint test sections- grey will change a lot throughout the day and in different lights.
  • DON’T use texture painting techniques. This is a rule I would like to make in all painting but marbled grey is cement gone wrong.
  • DO get as much bright white or bright creams next to the grey as possible – keep the contrast up!
  • DO understand that there are both cool (mixed with blue) and warm greys (mixed with yellow) – also look for greys from green palettes and aubergine.
  • DO use grey if you have amazing windows out to a garden- the greens and grey will work wonders.
  • DO use brass, bronze, copper, mirrors and chrome- all things that shine like to hang out with grey.
  • DO think about grey textures- fabrics, linen, wallpapers, knitted cushions and soft rugs all look so touchable in grey.
  • DO check out Abigail Aherns palettes for more inspiration on this very popular trend.

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