Fifty shades - from cloudy off-white to striking silver, there's a grey for every home
From cloudy off-white to striking silver, there's a grey for every home
It may have taken EL James's book - or, indeed, Jamie Dornan's abs - to remind the wider world that there are many shades of grey, but for interiors enthusiasts it's long been the neutral of choice. In previous seasons it's been the darker hues, such as slate and pewter, that drew attention, but this spring sees a new passion for softer, warmer greys. From oak or laminate flooring in soft silver to 'cloudy' off-white walls, use grey to create a sophisticated backdrop into which you can easily drop in hints of whichever colour becomes 'the new black' next season.
Add some edge to a soft grey setting by incorporating metallic accessories. From patinated pewter to tempered silver and gleaming chrome, every shade of metallic grey will work with your furnishings - and all at the same time.
Pair it with pastels
Pastel colours are filling homewares stores at the moment - particularly in cushions and crockery - but in refined shades that veer away from sickly sweet or kitsch and garish. They're made to be matched with greys across the spectrum, but keep them light and warm it if you want to emulate the look of the moment. buy it: Cushions, €6 each, Penneys
Softly does it
Strong shades, such as slate and charcoal, add drama to a room when used in paint or furniture. But make sure to choose a shade that incorporates brown tones to keep it from looking cold. If you still need to add warmth, drape a cosy throw in a lighter grey over your chairs. It's the hygge effect - and it's not going away til summer.
Buy it: Ormhassel throw €15, Ikea
The sun will come out…
For pastel haters, bright colour pops, especially in all shades of yellow, are also a big trend for spring 2017. Used against black - or worse, against each other - they create an effect that's more kindergarten than chic. Pair with a slate grey, however, and, suddenly, your look is all grown up.
buy it: Yellow Irvine metal bed from €252; Cotton bed sets from €19.50; Diamond runner €53, all Next
Cement your style
It's the ultimate urban grey but you don't have to have a New York loft or a Dermot Bannon design to bring the industrial look into your home with a touch of concrete. As well as the obvious flooring and walls, vases, bathroom accessories and table tops are some of the most popular ways to use the material inside - anyone gifted with DIY skills can even follow YouTube tutorials to make their own concrete creations. For those who find concrete too austere, other stone finishes such as granite and marble provide a more textured finish. And for a warmer interpretation on the trend, try these Oliver lampshades in Angus Flint which are priced from €197 at neptune.com