Grey is a great colour to use in your home because it is very subtle, subdued and calming. But sometimes you want to add some dimension to your space, since grey doesn’t really have a “wow” factor on its own. You can still add elements to your room that enhance the look without taking away from the grey theme. Perhaps you have grey feature walls that act as the backdrop for your room. How can you bring the space to life without compromising the grey-licious vibe? For starters, you can add various shades of grey to a wall with your paint, such as vertical stripes in alternating shades of grey. Or, you can paint different walls different shades of grey, and use a paint that has a shimmer in it to add some sparkle. Once your grey walls are ready, add to the room with some non-grey elements.
For furniture and lighting, you can stick with grey/silver pieces, since they are basic pieces and you may want to use them again down the road for a different look in the room. If you choose to falter from that, choose something in the white family, as black and brown would be too harsh and would take away from the grey look. Then, add colourful or textured pieces to the room to give it some life. You can do that by choosing:
- Colourful bedding/blankets
- Colourful artwork for the walls
- Colourful curtains
Try to choose pieces that incorporate grey. For example, a colourful comforter that has grey as part of its colour palette. Or add additional grey pieces like throw pillows. There is a cute pop art photo of a puppy from BlueFly that would be great to add to a grey coloured room. While it does have bright fuchsia, it also has some shades of grey to even out the colour. Even though you are adding to your grey space, you don’t want to completely deprive it of the hue. Choosing pieces that have grey in them helps keep the look cohesive and maintains the grey theme. This is why you want your basic pieces to stay in the grey family. Too much colour or non-grey elements will create an entirely different look and the grey theme won’t shine through.
One more option for adding life to your grey room is to choose one contrasting colour, like yellow, as the colour to use for your accessory pieces. Grey & yellow is actually a popular colour combination. So if you want a more simple grey look with just a hint of colour, use the same rules as above, and choose varying shades of the contrasting colour of your choice. For example, you could choose a yellow comforter and add throw pillows and a blanket in lighter or darker shades of yellow. This adds dimension and fun without being too bold.
Now that you’ve got some ideas on styling a grey room, what are you going to incorporate into your space?
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