Color is one of the most powerful design tools, as in a fraction of a second colors can speak volumes. Without saying a single word, they can instantly set a mood, convey an emotion, invoke a physiological reaction or inspire people to take action.
In my series of Interior colors, in which I hope to demystify a bit the color psychology and the adequate use of color in our homes, I talked already previously about orange, red and white. You can check out part 1 here, 2 here and 3 here.
This time I have decided to take a closer look at the use in interiors of the sophisticated and elegant, but modern color GREY.
In the past GREY has been used almost exclusively in industrial environments, which are utilitarian and functional. However in the last two years grey has become the protagonist in many design areas. And we wont be shocked to find even all grey bridal dresses and wedding decor this year. Just the contrary, we are delighted with this fresh use of this “non-color”, which turned sophisticated and elegant.
In Fengshui GREY invites helpfulness and represents a harmonious union of black and white.
It is also perceived as calming, sleek and neutral.
10 words that describe the color psychology of grey the best:
graceful + quiet + modern + glamorous + reliable + intelligent + calm neutral + solid + timeless
GREY is a neutral color, which can be either cold or warm, depending on the amount of blue or yellow added in it´s mixture.
If you want a room to be cosy and warm, just watch out to go for grey tones with slightly more yellow, this way you will help the room gain in warmth. Add bright warm color contrasts, such as yellow or orange.
If you want the room to be clean and modern go for those blueish grey tones and add hard black and white contrasts for a graphic look.
Despite the current dramatic color trend (read all about it in my previous post: “falls 7 most important interior trends “) I would always suggest to add to both warm and cold grey tones, some cream or white highlights, in order to brighten up the general mood of this color.
Check out the differences in this comparison.
All dark grey in dark grey – a fascinating dramatic picture, but having your home full of drama would get rather dense after a short while and energy draining.
Adding some white highlights in shape of furniture of pictures, frames etc. add enough positive energy to balance well with the matt dark greys.
CREAMY GREY gives any room more depth than white would, but it still looks polished and modern.
As shown in a previous post (“30+ options to up date your kids room“) last year we up dated the bed room of our little girl with a beautiful creamy fog grey.
And as we fell so in love with this color tone we recently decided to paint our entire summer holiday apartment with it. It works just amazing with all the white furniture and white windows and doors.
The velvety softness of this color combines so well with a romantic blush pink in combination with some slightly darker grey cushions, as here in our bedroom and here in some other fantastic examples.
In the kids bedrooms we combined the GREY with turquoise for a fresh, happy and contemporary look, adding of course also here some grey throw pillows. Check out also these other great ideas for this beautiful color combination.
And as recently I am a true fan of grey in it´s variation of tones I painted also my studio with a dark dramatic charcoal, however only one of the walls, while the others became bright white. As I said before, I personally defend the balanced use of dark and dramatic with white or cream highlights for a more positive energy! And to that I added black and white graphics in shape of patterns, photographs and of course my motivational quote prints, as well as touches of yellow or gold!
(Unfortunately I don´t have still proper pictures of my studio, but I hope to be able to add soon more than this one above.)
As you can see, grey really can work in so many ways, shades and spaces, that it can virtually fit into any room of your home.
Find more inspiration and all original image links here in
And please remember all of My Home and Yours cushions come in a beautiful GREY, as well as in 8 other fantastic color shades, making sure you will find the right one for your home!