Fifty shades of grey…
For many years, people looking for a classy, understated colour scheme could opt for browns and creams, and then, as everyone knows by now, bringing in a pop of colour through cushions, pictures and decorative items.
This, of course, has the added advantage of being able to change this look at relatively low cost. Additionally, you are less likely to get tired of this type of set-up because it is based on neutrals.
However, as furniture has moved away from the classic woods and bamboos and towards more minimal lines, generally in whites, blacks or even colours, so the neutrals need to be adjusted as well.
For this reason, we have had a sudden rush on grey sofas, with curtains and bedspreads in silver greys, or pastels and silver combined.
Grey has sometimes been considered a bit of a dull colour, and the word grey is often used to describe someone who is a bit understated and well, not very exciting (sorry, John Major).
But this is so not the case. Grey has so many shades (more than 50 actually) that range from a dark charcoal, which is nearly black, through the whole spectrum, to silvers and crystal greys – basically whites with a grey tinge.
And this idea is being used throughout the whole house; even synthetic rattan furniture, so popular for our terraces here (because of its resistance to water and intense sunlight) comes in graphite colour.
In curtains as well, there is a myriad of options, from sheer voiles with a silver sheen to sun-curtains, and tones of grey, combined with patterns in bright jewel colours, through to the softest pastels.
So if you are considering updating your property or, indeed, furnishing a room from scratch, make sure you consider grey – it can be far from boring.
Wait a minute, Gilly is just telling me there is a book of the same name. Let’s have a look …ooh I say! See you in two weeks.
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