Is the use of grey a thing of the past, or does it have the strength to continue as a much better neutral that boring beige? Marguerite Roberts of Mulberry Interiors in Oakville, Ontario, is a Colour and Design Specialist. She say “Grey has become an interior design standard go-to neutral, and it is holding strong. It has weathered many side issue trends and some clients have asked whether it is still in style. Yes, it is. It has become a classic due to its ability to lend a soothing elegance to interiors. It is able to shift in warmth and coolness, depending on the undertone of the individual grey used. Grey can range from cool to warm and its classic looks pair with a great many cool and warm colours.” That being one person’s opinion, some clients are very tired of grey, just as they became very tired of green, pink, peach, and all of the other design trends that lasted for a long time. There is nothing that you will choose for the decor of your home that you will not be tired of in ten or twenty years. Once you are tired of a trend there is no need  for you, personally, to continue living with it. There is a huge range of options that can be employed.formal living room with traditional furniture and silvery grey wall colourGrey maintains this staying power through its alignment to silver. We are reminded of silvery light. Roomscapes with significant grey in the colour palette tend to be serene and restful. They may be formal or casual in character. They may also be dark and dramatic. Even in our Canadian winter, grey rooms have a cozy feel, especially when paired with accessories in deep, rich shades. Paired with touches of vibrant orange or blue, with baseboards in a crisp white, the overall ambiance is one of positivity. Trimwork and cabinetry need not be limited to just good old white. White really turns a great many people off entirely. It is a standard, nevertheless, just as grey has become, and brown used to be a long time ago. Grey walls look wonderful with cream, dark brown or even black trim. Even grey-washed moldings would be a stunning look. So sometimes just adding a touch of a darker element like brown or charcoal or black livens up the space.urban loft style living room with deep charcoal wall colour, tufted grey sofa, paired egg chairs, cow hide area rug and chair seat, and chrome x base office tableSome clients resist accepting grey into their homes, assuming that the old myth that grey is depressing is true. Certainly, if grey is used timidly or without thought, as with any colour it can be dreary. We have seen this for decades with white and pink. Grey needs dynamic partners to really excel. A good room design is all the better when beautiful furnishings, luxurious draperies and creative artwork and accessories are used alongside. A few glossy surfaces or interesting textures really add to the overall mix and add upbeat sophistication.upscale transitional dining room with mirror accented dining table, chandelier, grey velvet dining chairs, and custom draperiesOn the exterior of a home, deep charcoal punches above its weight. While most of the other homes on the street are white or cream for no reason other tha convention and lack of really looking, a home in a deep neutral shade catches the eye, in a good way.

Charming smaller home with dark grey exterior siding colour

Balance is required when using rich or deep colours. Greys have deepened to charcoal shades in a big way. Some designers lean heavily on a very feminine design plan. This is all very well if it suits all members of the household. Many men, as well as women, just do not enjoy an overly feminine decor scheme. This may explain the trend to rich charcoal in many decor schemes. Mulberry Interiors thinks the new dark neutrals look wonderful. Gold, cream and various shades of blue can look wonderful with grey in the colour palette, and help to add the necessary balance. contemporary high style living room with hide area carpet, light woof coffee table, modern fireplace with crushed glass, tan leather chairs, and charcoal mantel tileFabrics, area rugs and wallcoverings are another way to add grey to the room’s colour palette. Powerful and dramatically expanded scale in a wallpaper mural can create a magnificent overall effect, while not overpowering the room design with colour. Dramatic mural wall-coverings have made a strong comeback and they really add design impact to a room. Graphic patterning has become a growing trend in many home finishes. Patterning may be muted or higher contrast. Grey works well with so many colours and, after all, grey is a neutral. It works with everything. Grey flooring has been a strong trend in recent years, as well. Furniture finishes have also been popular in various tones of grey. Dramatic lighting, accessories and well-constructed drapery treatments bring sense to these decor schemes.funky upscale casual living room with light furnishings, dramatic industrial chic chandelier, and painted wall muralCall Mulberry Interiors now at (905) 849-6423 to book a consultation. We look forward to working with you to increase your enjoyment of your home.

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