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
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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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