How to Use Grey in Home Interiors

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You’ve probably noticed that grey is one of the top choices of interior designers these days.

Even if you don’t pay much attention to the industry, it’s apparent that grey is the neutral of choice for many people who are decorating or redecorating their homes.

While grey may have been considered dull in the past, it’s gradually become a staple colour to use in a variety of interior design projects in recent years.

Today, grey is often the go to choice of colour in order to create a sophisticated design for your home.

Treat Grey Like White

Much like white, grey is most often used as a neutral backdrop to room decor.

It’s a versatile alternative to the standard white many are used to, while simultaneously pairing well with other colours in your decor scheme.

Unlike white, which can be stark and clinical as a background colour, grey is both softer and calmer on a wall. You can even choose a grey that’s subtle and light in composition to mimic the ambience of white.

A Monochromatic Look

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As there are so many shades of grey – up to 500, according to some experts – it makes a fantastic choice if you like a monochromatic look.

Choose various shades and tones and layer them on top of each other with wall paint, painted furniture, rugs, and decor items to put together a space that is lively, fresh, and modern.

Versatility in Decorating

Since grey is considered a neutral, you can use it in a myriad of different ways when decorating.

Looking into the past colours of Dulux, cool neutrals such as white and grey have been used everywhere in interior design. Over the years, gentle greys have been a popular paint colour to use in bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and more.

You aren’t stuck with a basic grey on the walls with all of the options available to you.

Take some time to evaluate your grey colour choices so that you can choose the shade that evokes the emotions you want. For example, perhaps you want to create an energetic and focused space in an office, or maybe you want a soft and welcoming space to sleep in.

Grey’s Calming Effects

Another reason why grey is such a popular choice is that it has a great calming effect.

A pale grey creates a unique space but is also ideal for warmth and relaxation, which makes it a perfect colour to use in rooms like your bedroom.

According to the Decor Colour Trends In The Bedroom guide by The Painted Furniture Company, grey was one of the most popular bedroom colour schemes for online search interest in the UK from 2015-2020.

During this time grey has even overtaken white as the main choice. You can even use grey in bathrooms and living rooms to create a calming effect for the rest of your home too.

Accent Colours

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One of the best things about grey is that you can pair it with so many other colours to create a look that’s unique and stylish at the same time.

Grey works well with cream, white, and black accents, but you don’t have to stop there. Why not see how it looks paired with yellow, turquoise, or pink?

Orange, green and purple can also work well, whether you choose bright vivid shades or go with something a little lighter and more subtle.

The Perfect All-Rounder

Choosing grey works well for rooms that are small, as well as those that are larger. Grey makes a small space feel warmer and cosier, while it can also add sophistication and a welcoming feel to larger areas.

It helps bring together the other elements in the room and creates a cohesive and visually appealing place to spend time.

House Beautiful has a useful guide to twenty-eight of the best shades of grey you could use in your home. With colours such as Stormy Sky and Fountain Stone, there seems to be a grey to suit any room!


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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