Upon moving into our house two years ago, we painted all of the walls white or grey. I remember my mom wondering why on earth we would strip all the color out, that our home would look sterile, cold, and boring, but I was sure it would have a contrary effect. Grey, at least, is indeed a color to us! For our reading nook, we used a dark grey (magnetite by Martha Stewart, pictured directly below) and for our bedroom and master bathroom, a light dove grey.
At the start of this new year, Pinterest released its list of top 100 trends for 2016, and as far as home interiors go, grey walls has climbed towards the top of the list.
I happen to love the color grey. Neither black nor white, but a spectrum in between, it’s non-commitall but makes a statement. What statement depends on what you’re trying to say with the rest of your room. With the help of a little analysis from color psychology, grey is said to feel neutral, futuristic, and it creates a sense of sophistication and calm, but can also portray a lack of energy, dreariness and boredom.
How to keep a room from invoking the dreaded grey boredom? Since grey is a cool tone, the key to making it feel more cozy and welcoming is to warm up the space. Try metallic fixtures, gold frames, chocolate brown wooden furniture, oversized paintings, a gallery wall exhibiting your family photographs, or a plush Persian rug.
Like black and white, grey goes with just about every other color, and looks great with other neutrals, like black, white, and brown. We’re also loving it with pale pinks and golds.
Give grey a go! Here are 13 grey room ideas to get you started.
Foyer: Apartment Therapy
Living room and library: Interiors by Studio Mom
Dining Room: Huffington Post
Living Room: EST magazine
Living Room: Decor8
Bedroom: IKEA Livet Hemma
Dining Room: Stephanie Kraus Designs
Bathroom: Domino Magazine
Bedroom corner: Planete Deco
Kitchen: My Domaine
Office: Honey Oh My
This is our color palette for our home renovation!!
we just painted (and by we–I mean Eamon painted and I watched) the dining room grey. The living room and up the stairs in next on the agenda. I. CANNOT. WAIT!
So excited for you, Shibani and Suzanne! The color is so versatile, you’ll love it. I’m thinking about painting our attic a shade of grey now, too!