Design trends: fifty shades of grey

Interiors designers are taking El James's erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey to heart, making grey one of this season's top colours in the home, creating a glamorous look for any room — not just the boudoir
Designers are taking EL James's erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey to heart, making grey one of this season's top colours. Sophisticated and versatile, its tones extend from "greige" — where grey meets beige — through dove and silvers to warm nickels, French greys and flat charcoal. Interiors experts are using the colour as a neutral backdrop, or layering its shades to create a glamorous look for any room — not just a boudoir.

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James Hare fabrics
Silk specialist James Hare fabrics are priced from £25 a metre. Shown here is the Westbury collection: Swedish blind in Trailing Tree Silk in French grey (£86 a metre); cushions in Silk Circles in gosling grey (£50 a metre); Trailing Tree linen in gosling grey (£67 a metre), and Trailing Tree silk in mistletoe grey (£86 a metre). Call 0113 243 1204 (
Gijs Papavoine chair
The Scene XXL chair in grey is the perfect perch for a quiet moment with a paperback or ebook. By Gijs Papavoine for Montis, it costs £1,220 at Viaduct, 1-10 Summers Street, EC1. Call 020 7278 8456 (
Graham & Brown wallpapers
Jazz up your walls with Graham & Brown's "Ponder" wallpapers. Their three-dimensional illusions and geometric patterns, here shown in a grey tonal palette, will excite interest in any style of interior. £20 for a 10m roll. Call 0800 328 8452 (graham
Christopher Guy’s wallpiece
The Parisian dancers in Christopher Guy's wallpiece are crafted from hundreds of pieces of glass, painted and sprinkled with semi-precious stones. The triptych measures 128cm x 188cm and costs £15,307. Find his work at Harrods, or call 020 7893 8314 (
Justin van Breda lamp
Justin van Breda's X-frame lamp has a stainless steel base and light grey linen shade. From £220. Call 020 7751 4125 (
Neil Lerner kitchen
Pebble grey teams with heartwood in this new Neil Lerner kitchen. Matching worktops with a glass-top bar, tall cupboards and suspended sideboards gives a modern architectural look. Kitchens from £30,000. Call 020 7433 0705 (
Marks & Spencer dining chairs
Dine in style with a set of grey leather Neiland dining chairs by Terence Conran for M&S Home at £299 a pair. Add Ilsey crockery, also designed by Terence Conran, to coordinate the look. Dinner plates are £8. Call 0845 603 1603 (
Graham & Brown wallpaper
Graham & Brown's "Mirage" wallpaper creates a shimmery landscape of variegated trees, giving walls a muted, ethereal feel. £25 per 10m roll (as before).
Laurameroni cubes
These metal-clad cubes in polished steel by Laurameroni stand 43.5cm tall and cost from £1,900. Matching coffee tables are from £2,500, cabinets from £7,500, sideboards from £6,770. Call Keir Townsend on 020 7746 2442 (

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