Monday 22 May 2017

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

Silver lining: House of Fraser Casa Collection
Silver lining: House of Fraser Casa Collection
Cushions €6 each, Penneys

Leslie Ann Horgan

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.

Silver lining

Ikea Ormhassel throw €15
Ikea Ormhassel throw €15

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

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Cushions €6 each, Penneys
 

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

Next Yellow Irvine metal bed from €252 Cotton plain dye bed sets from €19.50 Grey diamond runner €53
Next Yellow Irvine metal bed from €252 Cotton plain dye bed sets from €19.50 Grey diamond runner €53

Softly does it

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Ikea Ormhassel throw €15
 

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

Neptune's Fairfax lamp in Seasoned Oak with Oliver shade in Angus Flint from €197/£151, Marylebone print €115/£88, Fitzroy lamp stand in Aged Black from €105/£82, Fairfax lamp stand in Aged White from €105/£82. See Neptune.com for Irish stockists
Neptune's Fairfax lamp in Seasoned Oak with Oliver shade in Angus Flint from €197/£151, Marylebone print €115/£88, Fitzroy lamp stand in Aged Black from €105/£82, Fairfax lamp stand in Aged White from €105/£82. See Neptune.com for Irish stockists

The sun will come out…

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Next Yellow Irvine metal bed from €252 Cotton plain dye bed sets from €19.50 Grey diamond runner €53
 

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

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Neptune's Fairfax lamp in Seasoned Oak with Oliver shade in Angus Flint from €197/£151, Marylebone print €115/£88, Fitzroy lamp stand in Aged Black from €105/£82, Fairfax lamp stand in Aged White from €105/£82. See Neptune.com for Irish stockists
 

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

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