Is grey the new neutral for paint? And if so, how do you go about picking the right shade? We ask Farrow & Ball's marketing director Josephine Rance
Light grey is the decade's trendiest neutral. Do you agree that it has replaced beige as the wall colour of choice? Light greys create a minimalist look, with a modern and contemporary feel and they're easy to live with to create calmer and more relaxing environments. In recent years there's been a growing desire for Scandinavian inspired interiors, with shades from the Gustavian period such as Wevet, Cornforth White and Ammonite becoming increasing popular. Their simple versatility has led to their increased usage over the last decade.
Do you have tips for colour combining? Grey is a shade that has a rich variety of use and can effortlessly blend with a number of colour schemes depending on your desired look. Before committing to a shade, consider the style, architecture and light of the room. Farrow & Ball’s Easy Greys are neither too cool nor too warm, they’re easy to live with, and have an understated feel. Our Architectural Cool shades have bluer undertones and can be used to create a minimalist feel suited to modern living. Shades such as Plummett and Blackened alongside accents of Giles Blue will create a strong architectural feel.
How can you make the most of greys in the bedroom? What are good complementary colours? Depending on the style and look that you are looking to achieve, greys can be used to great effect to help create the desired ambience for your bedroom. For a calming and relaxing room, try pairing Cornforth White on the walls with Wevet on the ceiling. Tones such as Skimming Stone and Elephant’s be used in both traditional and modern settings that radiate a sense of warmth, and help create the sense of a cosier environment to unwind in.
How about darker greys? Do you have tips for working with charcoal? These can be used to great effect in bedrooms, creating a really cocooning feel. Shades such as Charleston Gray and Down Pipe help to inject a sense of character to the room and create a more intimate space. Charcoal shades such as Railings can be used to help create intrigue and create a more dramatic room.
How about using grey as an accent colour, for example on furniture? Dark shades such as Down Pipe work well when used as an accent on skirting boards, or radiators, whereas tones such as Manor House Grey help features like fireplaces pop against lighter shades such as Dimpse. Greys are also a perfect accent to the pinks that are becoming so popular.
Blue in home décor also seems to be having a moment. Do you have any guidelines for working with a grey-blue palette? If you are looking to create a calm and cosy environment then warmer hues such as Stone Blue can be used to create a homely feel. Cooler and paler blues such as Pavilion Blue and Lulworth Blue can help to create a seaside inspired room. Stiffkey Blue, a beautifully rich navy, can used to create a more dramatic and contemporary feel. Blue can appear cold, so choosing the right shade can help ensure that the room isn’t too dark. Sample pots are a good way to test out colours, to see how the colour changes in the light.
Shown from top to bottom and left to right: Walls Down Pipe No 26 and Teresa's Green No.236, Door Tourbillon BP 4807, Woodwork Strong White No 200; Walls Down Pipe No 26 and Citron No.74, Woodwork Strong White No 2001; Wall Light Gray™ No.17 Estate® Emulsion, Effect Railings® No.31 & Ammonite® No.274 Estate® Emulsion; Ceiling Strong White® No.2001 Estate® Emulsion, Walls Castle Gray® No.92 Modern Emulsion, Woodwork Green Smoke® No.47 Estate® Eggshell
Article by: EKBB