Tuesday, 4 September 2012

september inspiration - fade to grey

The colour of the moment is grey. It's everywhere, in hundreds of shades from the palest whisper to the darkest hues, from beigy greys to inky bluish tones and from matt to shiny silver. It's easy to add grey accessories to an existing scheme, you could even use black and white photographs or prints. Grey is a smart choice for renters as you can add drama without adding colour. It's also a wise choice for major furniture purchases like sofas, as it's more practical than lighter neutral tones like white and cream, but still has a neutrality that works with almost every scheme (see the last post for a low cost example from argos, or see here for a gorgeous two-tone version from Habitat.The other benefit of grey, is that bright colours really pop when placed next to it, think grey bedding with bright orange under pillows, or turqoise throw over a charcoal sofa. Grey can be the star of the show, or a great base to add accessories to and layering different greys can also be really effective, the only thing to avoid of course, is that book.

1. Urbanite, Moonlight & Soothing White paint & styling from Homebase.
2. Blackened, Cornforth White, Pavilion Grey, Lamp Room Gray & Manor House Gray paint from Farrow & Ball
3. Lady Grey paint from Homebase
4. Granite Vintage Linen & Elephant Velvet samples from Loaf
5. Papilo Alabaster by Designers Guild & Finn Platinum by Voyage both at John Lewis.
6. Bowen Chenille in Dove, Whitestone in Ash Grey & Orsett Velvet in Grey Conran furnishing fabric for M&S.
7. Room styling by Dulux
8. Night Jewels 2 from Dulux
9. Pantone moon rock postcard from Pantone.
10. Strong White paint by Farrow & Ball
11.  Found Fossil paint part of the Authentic Originals range by Dulux.

1. Ilsey Cereal Bowl £6.00 Conran for M&S
The ergonomic shape of this bowl makes it a delight to hold and use. It's also useful for serving dips and nibbles and the handy lip makes pouring from it easy.
2. Crinkle Throw in grey £49 from Dwell
A throw is an easy way to get some grey in your life. This one has the added benefit of introducing some texture and will look equally at home on a bed, sofa or chair.
3. Pantone Tin in Cool Grey, £14.99 Bloomsbury & Co
Great for storing small DIY items or sewing bits and bobs, this Pantone tin in Cool Grey is smart enough to sit out on display.
4. Aztec Cushion £35 from John Lewis
Add some pattern with varying shades of grey, this Aztec cushion features the pattern of the moment and will add interest to a plain sofa or bedding scheme.
5. Double 'Smoke' bed in Elephant Velvet. £875 Loaf
If you're in the market for a new bed (it's the one piece of furniture I will always insist on having new or bringing with me!) this upholstered number from Loaf is a future classic. Dress with crisp white sheets and add a bright cushion or two to really pop against the grey velvet.
6. Sanela curtains in cotton velvet £55 from Ikea
If you can't or don't want to paint, how about some floor length curtains to add a block of grey to a room? Ikea have several well priced options in long lengths. These Sanela curtains are the thickest option for an almost black-out effect, an excellent choice for bedrooms!
7. Tuck nesting tables £99 Made
Great for small spaces, these nesting tables can be stored away or brought out when needed. Alternatively, use one as a coffee table and the smallest as a bedside table, they are a truely adapable purchase that can be re-configured as and when needed.
8. London Print Map in grey by Famille Summerbelle £45 Bodie & Fou 
There are a huge range of prints out there in various shades of grey, but I love this screenprinted map of London.
9. Comic Strip wallapaper from Albany £12.98 a roll from WallpaperDirect
Grey doesn't have to be so serious, paper a wall, alcove or board in this comic book paper to bring a bit of fun into your home. Great for kids and grown-ups alike!

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