IMAGE GALLERY: DISCOVER HOW TO HAVE YOUR WAY WITH GREY
Image gallery: how to handle Mr Grey
Image gallery: how to handle Mr Grey
From £18.75 for a litre: Little Greene’s Grey collection includes 28 environmentally friendly shades.
£995: a Wilmot two-seater sofa, in grey, with multicoloured buttons.
Lace-print Conran bedlinen sets from M&S are £49.50 for the double size.
From £18.75 for a litre: lime-green Trumpet paint from Little Greene makes a dazzling contrast amid the subtle greys of its latest range.
£550: a Naoko grey-and-yellow armchair.
£70: the Kilo multicoloured metal nest of three side tables will complement your grey sofa.
£324 a square metre: glazed Churriana tiles from Bert & May.
£129.99: this sleek kMix Zinc Blender is part of a new grey range from Kenwood.
Designer Eley Kishimoto’s debut wallpaper collection has a host of grey shades. This one, Light & Lace, is £160 a roll.
You could put it on your walls and floors, choose it for sofas and chairs, or combine with other colours to highlight or soften the look, according to whether you want to create a warm, romantic ambience or cool, restrained Scandi style. Here’s how to do it...
Little Greene’s Grey collection includes 28 environmentally friendly shades, which come in a range of finishes and hues from almost white through to charcoal and blue-black (www.littlegreene.com; from £18.75 for a litre of matt emulsion).
For impact, introduce a strong contrasting accent such as citrine yellow or red on, say, a stair riser. It’s cheap and easy to change if you don’t like it.
Painting floors is a more challenging option.
Grey flooring won’t show dirt as obviously as white or black. To avoid a “chilly concrete” effect, go for something like Farrow&Ball’s Charleston Grey floor paint, which will infuse even the whitest interior with warmth (www.farrow-ball.com).
Dulux’s Light & Space paint contains particles that reflect up to twice as much light back into a room — check out its Moon Shimmer matt (www.dulux.co.uk; £26.49 for 2.5 litres).
Tiling company Bert & May is encouraging us to “do it in the shower” with its new range of geometric grey-glazed ceramic tiles, in three finishes. Ideal for wetrooms and kitchens, they’re eye-catching, easy to keep clean and cost from £324 per square metre (www.bertandmay.com).
Eley Kishimoto’s debut wallpaper collection comes in a range of gloriously grey colourways, from £160 a roll (www.darkroom.com).
If you use grey on your walls use a contrasting shade on your furnishings.
Habitat’s sophisticated, wool-upholstered Wilmot two-seater sofa has multicoloured buttons and costs £995. Its Hendricks grey wool two-seater sofa is £1,400, the jazzy Naoko grey-and-yellow armchair is £550, while the Kilo multicoloured metal nest of three side tables, £70, will work well with any one of them (www.habitat.co.uk).
For the softest of looks, Mark Alexander has smart, paisley-pattern artisan-dyed sheers and loosely woven weaves in a gorgeous range of greys, from £70 to £130 a metre (www.markalexander.com).
Claire Roberts, new in-house designer at M&S, has given the firm’s textiles and ceramics a makeover. Grey lace Conran duvet bed sets are £49.50 for the double, with cosy herringbone throws at £85 (www.mands.com).
Marble is also having a moment, and grey-and-white marble chopping boards from Bodie & Fou (£20/£35) can also become seductive serving platters when friends come round (www.bodieandfou.com).
Hay’s Scandi-restrained Kaleido octagonal grey trays, £27 at Future and Found, will come in handy, too (www.futureandfound.com).
Conran’s cosy grey Gotland sheepskin throw, £395, is made with shearling (www.mands.com).