Trends in Interior Design Colors: Grey as the “New” Neutral

Decorating circles agree: grey is the new neutral color. While this will not come as a revelation to those paying attention, more and more designers are beginning to harness the many positive aspects that the many shades of grey provide over beige and white. For those who do not follow the field professionally, it might seem like an odd choice for a base color—given all of grey’s rather dreary associations—but with an attentive eye, grey can serve as a great base that will allow your interior design color choices to shine.

Sam Moore sample of grey as a part of this rooms interior design colors

Shades of Grey

The real reason that grey need not be a bore is just how many shades it comes in, and all that can be accomplished by creating the right palette of interior design colors. A good way to think of it might be considering a natural instance of a rich combination of hues found in nature all centered around a grey tone. Take a handsome piece of driftwood, for instance: there will be shades of everything from taupe to lighter browns and, of course, soft dark greys as well. Upholstery can be a great place to start considering how to use grey in a room, since the browns and taupes found in many “grey” fabrics will help tie the new color in with wood pieces you already have in a room.

Malaga Sofa Scene using grey as the neutral in an interior design colors pallette

Don’t Fear Color

Remember, the discussion here is about a palette of interior design colors. Too much of a single neutral tone—without variation—can make a room feel bland. A good grey base will create a platform on which color will “pop” just the way you want it too. Seasons change, so the color to combine with your grey may differ based on the room, the pieces in it, and the time of year, but purples, blues, tangerine, red, along with many other options can help make a room lively.

Purple involved in the use of interior design colors with grey as a neutral base

There are several ways to involve that extra element of accent color. An accent wall can be easily painted to change the feel of a room. Pillows on a sofa also offer a great way to deploy small splashes of color that enliven a room, as in the picture above, for instance. Art is also an excellent way to employ color selectively in a room. Modern and contemporary art, focusing often on color and abstract motifs, is perfect for these purposes as well. That is why we are seeing more and more—even in older homes with more traditional furnishings—contemporary, abstract art playing an important role in adding color to a room.

Art can be used as part of a strategy for interior design colors

Interior Design Colors at La Maison

An image of interior design colors at work at La Maison InteriorsAs the lefthand picture of the entrance to our showroom makes clear, coming into La Maison Interiors offers a great opportunity to see a variety of combinations of interior design colors. Let us assist you in exploring the myriad options that grey, in combination with well used color, can provide. Whether you are looking to compliment pieces in your home already, or to create a whole new look, we can help.

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