Grey is a personal go-to color for me. It goes with many colors in my closet as an accessory or mainstay, and I also use it in my home. I love the color, because it’s contemporary. It has a steadying effect on other colors when they come into contact; it tones down the stronger and brighter colors, and illuminates softer ones. Rarely is grey a perfect mix of black and white; it often has elements of other colors with in it such as blue, green, pink, mauve, or yellow, which energize the grey tones.
This month, I’d like to show you how I incorporate the color into my home in various ways. If you have plans to paint a bedroom or dining room this spring but are struggling over the perfect color, I hope that the shades I showcase in this blog post will give you some ideas on how to use it in a fresh, modern way!
I had this custom wood cabinet made from a local Malibu artist. It gives me a peaceful, zen feeling with the soft grey and creme wood undertones. The creamy white and turquoise balances beautifully against the wood and paint, and the different textures of the mirror and wood grain give the space a soothing accent.
A vintage Phillip Stark chair, reupholstered in a grey velvet.
A custom circular couch in charcoal leather.
Using grey fabric with a lot of texture can compliment a room and other accent pieces.
Using a combination of silver and grey elements can give a very dramatic effect, like this chandelier I bought for my foyer entrance. An impressive piece!
When you use the right shade in the right way, grey is a beautiful, rich, natural, and calming hue that agrees with almost every color. Notice that I don’t just use one shade — there are variations of the color, like light, dark, charcoal, and silver. Don’t be afraid to use grey — as long as you balance it in a refreshing way!
P.S. Visit my March Color of the Month, Purple, here!