The Colour Grey: Depressing or Versatile?


Did you know that...

... the bestselling RAL colour in history is #7035, a boring middle grey tone?

... artists use grey to soften stronger colours and to create wonderful lively hues?

... grey plays a key role in Early 20th Century colours, 1920 colours, 1940 colours from New York, seascape, stone and shell colours?

... in cooler climates or in cold rooms and under cold light it can be difficult to decorate with a cool grey as the closer the grey gets to black, the more light it absorbs and the more it demands from its surroundings?

For a lot of people grey is dull and depressing, grey rainy days, grey winter days (especially in the Northern Hemisphere), grey faces. Silver, Oyster, Pearl, Mist, Driftwood, Aluminium, Flannel, Pewter, Elephant, Ebony, Cement, Zinc, Steel, Smoke, Cashmere, Dolphin, Ocean, Donkey or Pebble - only a few names for shades of grey. Grey lives in the middle between black and white and seems to have no own personality.

In interior styling however, grey in all its shades is a versatile and flexible colour. As Lidewij Edelkoort describes it in her recent trendletter: "grey is the colour of nuance and dialogue, and a metaphor for a mature and truly democratic lifestyle. The family of greys permits all other colours to lean against them, to underline or overshadow them. Grey is patient and flexible and an appeasing tone in times of change and financial crisis"

I think grey is a fantastic background for brighter hues as yellow, red, pink or purple and it can round any interior. What would be a beach style interior without a pale grey paired with white and aqua? For inspiration on how to decorate with grey jump over to my Pinterest board.

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