Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
Grey is one of those colours that’s being talked about at the moment in design circles. If you are one of our readers who love this shade, then we have a host of ideas for incorporating it into your space because unlike in life, grey areas in decor are gorgeous 😉
Plascon Colour of the Month Inspiration Session #8 – November Grey
Perhaps everyone’s gone gaga for grey thanks to the literary success of books like “50 Shades of Grey”… Whatever the case there are an infinite amount of tones that range from blackest charcoal to lightest eiderdown grey.
Symbolically, greys represent strength, longevity and dependability (not a bad tone to set if you’re in a business that puts its store in gaining trust – lawyers, doctors, counsellors)… And regardless of whether it’s a grey that’s pale and whimsical or dark and foreboding, it will always be seen as colour that’s classic, sophisticated and contemplative.
Unsurprisingly there are a few more shades of grey than 50! In fact there are many, many more shades that range from warm taupe greys to cool blue greys, to darker greys (more authoritative and powerful) to greys that become almost white (which lend a softer, subtler message).
Grey tips and grey colour inspiration…
Designers, creatives and decorators are mad about grey because there’s a tone that’s suitable for almost every colour in the spectrum. Admittedly grey on it’s own becomes a bit dull and monotonous which is why we suggest using different shades, textures and fabrications if opting for an all-grey scheme. Try using satin (high matt sheen) and velvet (plush sheen) in soft furnishings and/or accessories and compliment with a shimmer/sliver of silver for added impact.
Grey is also a colour that works well used as an accent for skirtings and window frames and creates a contemporary feel in a room. The coolness of a grey can be balanced by a warm, neutral colour.
If you’re someone who loves to be bold, then try punching up a grey colour scheme with accents of bright yellow or fuscia pink which will instantly infuse the space with an energised atmosphere – grey doesn’t have to be cold or lacking in personality!
Are you a grey person?
Dark grey personalities tend to be anxious but optimistic, believing that the best is yet to come and often doing jobs no one else wants to do. Light Grey personalities are always ready to lend a hand – they are rescuers and tranquil souls who are grateful for everything they have.
Plascon’s favourite greys:
– Dusk of Day (B6-E1-2) from the 2013 Colour Forecast
– Ocean Liner (B6-E1-4) from the 2013 Colour Forecast
– We also love softer greys like Plascon Cashmere’s Off Shore (GR-YO3) and Geneva Morn (GR-YO1) [Edit: Please note – Since 2012, we have updated our PIC unit to include certain greys from the Architectural Greys into our 108 Essential Collection. They were then given new codes and the formulas where adjusted slightly. The biggest difference is on the Geneva Morn (Gr-Y01) where the adjustment caused the Essential Collection Geneva Morn (EC51) to be a warmer grey. Off Shore (EC50) is also just slightly warmer. It is advised that you first purchase tester pots and test the colour before purchase].