In recent years, grey has become the neutral colour of choice with homes all over the world picking this cooler hue to decorate their interiors. And, its popularity is far from limited to just our walls - grey furniture is now very much of the moment fitting perfectly into all types of interior schemes, including Scandi and Nordic style interiors that many of us have adopted here in the UK. From grey living room furniture to bedroom furniture, we look at why it is a great choice and how to style it in your home.
There are more than 50 shades of grey
Grey is so much more than just a mix of black and white. From the palest dove grey to a deep and dramatic dark stormy grey, there are many shades and tones to choose from. A grey can be cool and fresh, soft and relaxing, warm and enveloping. Better still, grey will go with anything. Add a vibrant pop of colour to grey living room furniture for a complete change of mood, or accessorise grey furniture with dusty pink or pastels for a softer more feminine style in the bedroom.
Grey colour for furniture is also incredibly versatile. Think heritage, chalky shades in a cosy, country cottage or conjure up the greys of a contemporary industrial interior. Two schemes that could not be more different and yet grey furniture would work equally well for both.
With all the same varieties and vagaries of shade, mood and depth you can add whatever style you like to your room. Grey living room furniture can be calm and collected or softly relaxing, whilst grey bedroom furniture can add warmth and energy to an otherwise cold north-facing bedroom or bring a cooling breeze to a hot south-facing space. It brings hints of blue, pink, purple, even brown and yellow - think of the sky just before it snows, heavy with yellow tones, or the almost purple hints of the sky about to burst with thunder and lightning.
It doesn’t date your décor
Due to its neutral nature, Scandi furniture will never date and so you can update your décor and make it on-trend without replacing every item of furniture. It lends itself to any colour scheme you choose for your walls and accessories - right now, grey furniture would stand nicely next to a living room wall painted in a muted natural plaster, such as Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster, as well as a dark anthracite grey or even sunshine yellow.
How to do it right
Try pairing grey living room furniture with a warm, squashy brown leather sofa, adding a contemporary rug, throw or cushions for a pop of colour. In a period property experiment with chalk paint on grey bedroom furniture to add some personality to the piece and the room. In the more industrial or minimalist-style room, a sleek grey dining table and wooden dining chairs will keep the mood modern, whilst if you covet a Scandi or Nordic interior, grey colour for your furniture will seamlessly blend in with this style of décor.
Grey doesn’t have to mean dull. Why not make timeless furniture on top of your home wish list?