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5 Reasons Grey is Great in the Home

The colour grey is often associated with dreariness. But as an interior scheme, grey can do wonders for the look and feel of your home.

Whether you upholster your furniture with soft grey fabrics or paint a wall deep charcoal, the colour grey can have an unexpectedly beautiful effect in the home.  

So let’s take a look at why grey is a great colour choice for home decor. And for more ideas on how to incorporate grey into the home, check out our previous article.

Grey fabric enhances other furnishings

Grey fabric enhances other furnishings

Grey perfectly complements any other colour. Whether it’s bright and bold colours or darker, rich tones, grey is the supportive best friend. Grey curtains for example, make brightly-coloured walls pop, and vice versa. Equally, a grey sofa next to a polished, dark wood chest can bring out the details of the chest. A grey fabric throw on a brightly-coloured sofa not only looks chic, but helps blend the brightness with the rest of the room.

Grey doesn’t just mean grey

Grey doesn’t just mean grey

Slate, charcoal, taupe, ash - as the book suggests, there’s more than one shade of grey. You can leverage this rich spectrum to create a sumptuous interior. Mixing shades of grey in your home decor makes an interior sleek and stylish. Add mirrors and other reflective surfaces to give the impression of depth.  

Equally, grey doesn’t have to mean plain. Just Fabrics stocks black, silver and grey fabrics in a variety of prints and patterns that enhance any piece of furniture. From vibrant grey designs like our Chervil in Dove to rowing stripes in pewter, there’s nothing dreary about our grey fabrics.

Grey induces calm

Grey induces calm

If your interior colour scheme is already full of bold and dominant hues, adding touches of grey can help induce calm. Using grey fabric for curtains - like our Cotswold velvet fabric  - can help tone down a colourful room if too much colour feels confronting. 

In the same way, grey is also great for counterbalancing messiness. Grey walls, curtains or furniture can help offset a space that feels cluttered. It’s more effective than white which, in its starkness, could actually draw attention to clutter.

Grey is the new black

Grey is the new black

As a neutral colour, grey is very elegant. An interior scheme that predominantly uses grey fabric and/or paint in an array of tones, gives a sleek and stylish, yet understated look. If you want to modernise your space, using grey fabric for upholstery and choosing bold and unusual shapes will give your home a contemporary, boutique feel.

Plants pop against a grey backdrop

Plants pop against a grey backdrop

Never underestimate the power of plants when it comes to interior design. Plants not only make a space feel alive, but are great for mental wellbeing. They also bring easy colour into a space without the need for a decor overhaul. Set against a grey wall or adjacent to grey curtains they become vivid, natural focal points of the room.

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