Shades of Grey
Friday 21 February 2014, Written by Sarah Cole
We posted many months ago about the much loved trend for the colour grey, expecting that it would soon wane; such is the nature of a trend. Grey, however, seems to defy what is merely fashionable, and is evolving to become as much of a staple in the world of interiors as the cornerstones of design: black and white.
As an ode to grey’s seemingly endless popularity, we’ve picked some of our favourite grey products and tried to pinpoint exactly what it is about grey that continues to charm us.
Grey is perfectly suited to bold patterns, as shown with the Harlequin ceramic Odyssey tiles (1). This bold pattern is softened by the mix of light and dark greys, meaning it is visually striking but also easy to live with.
These contemporary brick tiles by The Winchester Tile Company (2) are shown in Dunwich, a modern and chic shade of grey that lends itself to a smooth brick shaped tile. These tiles also sport a subtle crackle effect, adding interest and a discreet rusticness to an otherwise very modern look. Coupled with bright white grout and pale accessories, the overall feel is calming.
By contrast, these Breeze glass mosaics in shimmering silver (3) are the epitome of cool. They practically glow as they catch the light, combining beautiful grey with a sense of depth. Used sparingly in a neutral space, these mosaics would certainly attract attention.
Naturally occurring hues of grey are perhaps the most stunning when combined with the knowledge that they have been forged in the depth of the earth over millions of years. Salina marble (4) is a beautifully smoky grey natural stone that manages to be both striking and stunning, thanks to its bevel format and subtle good looks.
In all instances, grey is incredibly versatile, looking beautiful as a holding colour for bright accents of turquoise or yellow, or used tonally to create a pleasing, calming aesthetic. We certainly can’t get enough of it!