Fifty Shades of Grey

You've probably heard of, or even read (though you might not want to admit it), 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by EL James.

This best-selling novel isn't about paint, but it appears to have inspired a trend amongst home decorators.

The internet is overflowing with images of gorgeous rooms that have been brought to life by this versatile colour.

When it comes to interior design, you can't really go wrong with grey.

This neutral tone works well when combined with pretty much any colour, and is a favourite among specifiers looking for an unobtrusive backdrop to the space they're designing.

Many people are now choosing grey paint as an interesting and impactful alternative to white. It comes in just as many shades (more than 50), and can give any room a stately, vintage charm.

How do you know which shade to pick?

If you opt for a lighter shade, such as Resene Quarter Surrender, you can brighten up a small, dark space and give it a clean, fresh look.

However, if you want to add some drama to a room, you might want to pick Resene Half Grey Friars, or another richer hue.

It’s best to avoid using all of the same grey everywhere, as it will tend to make the room feel closed in on overcast or dreary days.  Use touches of bolder colours as a feature wall or in cushions or accessories or a range of grey hues to add extra drama and interest.

If you mix dark grey walls with colourful, patterned furniture, accessories or vibrant curtains, you can create a really unique space.

Just make sure you do so in a room that has a lot of natural light – if the space is already lacking in light, you run the risk of making it feel colder and more enclosed by using a dark grey.

It seems the current trend is to incorporate grey into bedroom designs. It is a soothing colour, and radiates stability and composure – everything your client wants from their sanctum sanctorum!

Who knew EL James was a budding interior designer?

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