The Grey Area between Monochrome

The contrast of black and white has been explored time and time again for its ease and versatility. A predominantly black room has a certain drama, while a white room with some black accents has a clean, minimalist look and feel. This time however, will take a look at the combination of these two and the coolest of hues, grey.

Greys 3 - Alex Jones

Image credit: Alex Jones

The trick to creating a room that appears effortless and ‘thrown together’ is layering, a two dimensional room can have impact, but can feel also unpractical for every day living. Layering allows there to be base notes of light-to-mid greys which are then peppered with grittier hues.


Walls painted in Pigeon from Farrow & Ball

Greys 6 - Igor Ovsynnykov

Image credit: Igor Ovsynnykov

When decorating with grey it’s a smart idea to punctuate your grey scheme with some bursts of colour. Acidic neon hues such as yellow, pink or orange can work particularly well in this case and offer some respite from the cool indifference of a grey back drop. This is a trend seen time and time again over the past few years and has become a firm favourite with those trying to achieve a contemporary industrial space.


Walls painted in Wevet, woodwork in Purbeck Stone and floor in Down Pipe, all from Farrow & Ball

Greys 2 - Jay Mantri

Image credit: Jay Mantri

Murky greys offer a distinct drama to the space they adorn, make them liveable by keeping the rest of the room bright. Light wooden flooring or carpets act as a balance for the darker tone and prevent the space from feeling too dingy, try painting alcoves in a white hue and pair with an accent colour such as red to bring it all together.


Walls painted in Railings and Lime White, both from Farrow & Ball

Greys 7 - Samuel Zeller

Image credit: Samuel Zeller

When looking for decorating inspiration it is commonplace to see grey used in an industrial setting. Break the mould by pairing it with unexpected touches such as traditional art pieces and botanical elements. This fusion of architectural and natural has a pleasing ambiance to it and represents the different layers of a contemporary lifestyle. These botanical touches also bring colour to the scheme, prevent it from feeling too cold and green tones can work so perfectly with the spectrum of greys.


Walls and woodwork painted in Mole’s Breath from Farrow & Ball

Embrace using grey within your home to create the cool, grown up aesthetic which will be sure to be sticking around for years to come.

Greys 5 - Patrick Fore

Image credit: Patrick Fore


Walls and ceiling painted in Off-Black from Farrow & Ball


The Chromologist


The Chromologist is a colour whisperer. He understands and knows them better than they know themselves, translating their pleas to be used beautifully for humankind. It's unknown from whence he came. Some say the fraction of space between a prism and a spectrum, others say he toiled in the fabled colour mines of Svalbard for years untold, deep underground, speaking only to the reds and blues, cerises and aquas, bronze and golds...

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The Chromologist