Grey is the new neutral and there’s a shade to suit every style of bathroom, be it contemporary or classic. Breathe new life into your space by choosing a grey combination to suit your style. From moody dark grey to light pastel grey, here we show you how to choose and update your home with grey.
‘Everyone wants to paint their houses grey at the moment,’ says Karen Haller, a colour expert who teaches industry professionals the science of applied colour psychology, ‘but it’s one of the most difficult shades to get right because of the colours that lie beneath.’
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‘Working with a neutral palette can easily end up bland. By using symmetry and proportion, together with simple but clean-lined fittings, neutral materials will come to life. Any size bathroom that is beautifully proportioned and features neutral, nature-inspired materials will provide one of the most important things in today’s hectic lifestyles; calmness,’ says Lisa Persse, Porter Bathroom.
‘Grey works well in a country setting, and salvaged wood comes to life when set against it. Use pale greys on the walls when cupboards and storage cabinets are made from rustic materials, for a truly homely feel,’ says Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director.
Gentle grey is the most popular of modern neutrals, making it a chic choice for all kinds of interiors. From cool, light shades to warm, dark tones with depth and drama, grey is a versatile choice that is easy to work with, offering you the freedom to create rooms stamped with your own personality and style. One of the best ways to add individuality is to layer in highlights and pretty accents that will lift the overall scheme and make the room your own. Here, grey is the perfect canvas for flashes of hot, fiery pink accessories.
‘Mixing different greys can be tricky if they don’t have the same base notes but it’s a look that’s easier to achieve if you mix up your materials: a wood panelled wall with marble effect paper and layers of textiles and textures,’ explains Kate Watson-Smyth, author of Shades of Grey. Opting for a single muted colour in an eggshell finish for walls, panelling and windows frames will create a blank canvas, allowing furniture and curios to stand out.
TAKE IN TEXTURE
Covering a wall in 3D tiles creates an eye-catching feature. Textured tiles are often made of real stone so introduce a variety of colour and interest in a way impossible to achieve with paint, and the natural beauty works in any style of home. Pale grey or black looks great in a contemporary setting with warmer greys blending with stripped wood in a cottage. Grey slate sits well with any setting, but if you’re unsure, buy single tiles to see them in situ at home before you invest in a larger quantity.
A match made in heaven, cool shades of grey bring out the warmth and beauty in natural wood. Modern neutrals are ideal for creating a timeless look. Shades of gentle grey, off white and natural earthy tones can be used to create a simple and classic backdrop that is calm and easy to live with. Large format tiles in neutral shades mean fewer grout lines, so they can be a great way to boost the sense of space. Introduce layers of texture in tiles of similar tones for simple elegance, add depth and character with warm wood and natural stone finishes, or team neutrals with striking furniture and richly coloured accessories to create a balanced and sophisticated scheme.
OFF THE WALL
‘If you’re only going to paint one wall, it needs to be a grey from the darker end of the spectrum. It will bring a hint of drama to the space. Starting with one wall also gives you a chance to see how you really feel about a colour,’ says Kate Watson-Smyth. I’m a huge fan of dark grey walls because I think it’s the easiest of all the grey shades to live with. It works in both daylight and electric light, and most colours looks striking when set against a dark, charcoal grey.
Marble is a stylish and luxurious way to introduce grey into a bathroom. The colour grey is a short cut to sophistication, so ramp up the ethereal charm by teaming it with thinly-veined marble. A smart black bath with aged brass taps anchors the scheme, reinforcing the classic look.