Grey is the most popular choice for interiors at the moment, taking over the bland beiges and creams. There’s so much you can do with them, but the difficulty for me has definitely been finding the right grey that’s not too cold or too dark. I’ve done our bedrooms in grey – in Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White (it is definitely grey) and am really happy with it.
I’ve found that far too many greys look either lilac or with a blue tint and I really wanted a true grey which is exactly what I got. Saying that, I bought the Farrow & Ball tester and took it to a local decorators’ merchants to be mixed up for probably less than half the price.
I’m not quite done with grey yet. It looks so different when put with different colours that I’m still thinking about it for other areas of the house. At the moment, our house has only got the bedrooms done so there’s plenty of scope for more colour. I’ve been using Pinterest for a while to keep a track of my home inspiration so have put together a couple of examples that I’m taking ideas from for the rest of the house.
Top left: I really wanted to do grey woodwork in our bedrooms but ended up going for white to be safe. I’m hoping that I can use a similar colour to this maybe in the bathroom or kitchen for a bit of a change.
Top right: This room reminds me of a beachhouse or something like that. I probably wouldn’t have my house like this in England because I don’t think it’s warm-looking enough – I still really like how it looks cosy but modern though.
Bottom left: I’m going to be more likely to do our living room something like this. It’s got the dark grey fireplace and accents with the rug and cushions, but the taupe chimney breast is a lot warmer. I also really want a nice armchair but maybe in a bright colour/pattern to lift the room.
Bottom right: This is the ‘grey’ I decided not to go for by Farrow and Ball called Elephant’s Grey. It definitely has a beige tint to it and it was darker than it looked in the photos when I used a tester on the wall. Still, this example looks good with the black floor and black & white pictures. Something to think about for the hall!
Have you had difficulties when you have a particular colour in mind? Please share your advice as comments if so.