Shades of Grey: Around the home.

You wouldn’t know it from looking at my site – or indeed, my Instagram account which is light, bright and airy but – I’m actually quite fond of a dark interior. To some, white can be quite a generic shade to use throughout the home but using different shades of grey is a great way to add some depth and tone throughout. Initially grey can be seen to be ‘industrial’ or ‘harsh’ but there are quite a few varying shades of grey (I think more than fifty…) with tones of blue, green and even pink. When done correctly, grey in a room can be quite comforting and is a tremendous way to add depth.

Below, I share my favourite interiors from Pinterest and show you how to achieve the look for yourself:

The look here is quite minimalistic with a the subtlest rustic hint.


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  1. Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’ Down Pipe, a dark lead grey, has definite blue undertones to it which deepen the complexity of the finish. Originally inspired by the colour used to paint downpipes and guttering, it has been embraced for use inside the home with fanatical zeal!  Paint shelves and tables in the same shade too.
  2. The White Company ‘Evesham Bed Linen’ Exquisitely smooth, cosy and comforting – yet whisper-light to sleep beneath – this charcoal-grey bed linen is an unparalleled luxury that suits every style.
  3. Soho Home ‘Sullivan Throw’ An update on the traditional waffle weave, this throw from Soho Home will add texture and a complimentary shade to the bedroom.
  4. David Bust – Aufora Ltd. Add a regal touch with this bust of David. Place on the floor in a corner or on a mantlepiece for visual interest.
  5. Desenio Black & White Photography print 1, print 2 Black and white photography only adds to the intensity of the room. There seems to be a running theme of curiosities throughout this room; the bust, eclectic photographs and stacks of magazines. Have a peruse through Desenio’s prints for major inspiration.
  6. Georg Jensen Alfredo Vase Alfredo Häberli’s sense for reinventing everyday objects as simple, accurate and thoughtful design pieces has gained him a loyal following of fans across the globe. This ethos is distilled into this functional and decorative vase, which exemplify his approach to design. Display in pride of place next to your bed or on your bookshelf with white flowers.


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I find that adding a pop of one or two colours is a great way to bring some vibrancy to a mainly grey room. There’s something quite comforting in using mustard yellow against crisp whites and grey and is appropriate for all seasons. Add brass accessories for a touch of modern luxury to your room.

  1. Farrow & Ball ‘Manor House Grey’ Named after the houses traditionally inhabited by the local lord, Manor House Gray is a definite grey which retains its colour in all lights.
  2. Soho Home ‘Portobello Cashmere Throw’ and ‘Monroe Square Cushion’ Whilst a little on the pricier end of the scale, these pieces are a luxury that will last a lifetime if you look after them. Better yet, this striking colour will work well against pretty much any colour palette so you’ll be able to use them over and over!
  3. Tom Dixon ‘Beat’ Brass Table Lamp Tom Dixon is a master when it comes to creating impressive lighting and home accessories. The Beat lamp is perfect as a bedside accompaniment or even perched on your desk.
  4. Footstal in ‘Athena Grey’ Adding a footstal to the end of your bed, or indeed in front of an unsightly radiator is a great way to showcase coffee table books (if of course you didn’t need to use it to take off your shoes etc).
  5. The White Company ‘Lancaster’ Bed Linen It goes without saying – The White Company have perfected the most luxurious bedding. The Lancaster bed linen feels gorgeously smooth, crisp and cool against your skin, launders beautifully and is very long-lasting. This beautiful sateen bed linen is finished with a smart and timeless cording detail.
  6. ‘Alana’ Round Mirror I think it’s important when styling your room to try and have several pieces that are crafted from the same material to really anchor it. The Alana round mirror is bang on trend and ties in perfectly with the Tom Dixon lamp.


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If you’re feeling brave enough to bring grey into your home and outside of your bedroom, the living room is a great place to make a statement. Keep the styling quite simple but focus on the textures and materials you use – think ‘Modern opulence’. This is a room you – and your guests will spend a lot of time in. You want it to be comfortable in a stylish way.

  1. Farrow & Ball ‘Railings’ More blue than black, Railings is a softer alternative to black which is particularly suited to the ironwork it takes its name from. For those of you looking to commit to a dark, rich take on the grey trend this is the shade to go for.
  2. Anne Nowak ‘Haze’ Haze is spray painted with acrylic paint and matt coal on Hahnemühle paper, giving a soft and timeless look to the print. The gentle gradient is eye-catching as it is appropriate to the feeling of the room.
  3. Habitat ‘Regency’ Velvet Cushion More is definitely more when it comes to recreating this look. Scatter velvet cushions in varying hues of grey and greens to enhance the opulence of the sofa.
  4. Swoon Editions ‘Tivoli’ Sofa The sofa of dreams! Jewel tone furniture has been in high demand over the past year or so, particularly with velvet as the texture du jour. Emerald green is the perfect way to add some colour and warmth into this decor styling.
  5. La Redoute ‘Izri’ vintage effect rug Soft and cosy with a cool aged effect, the Izri rug brings understated style to your home. When styled with jewel tones in the room this rug will really help to brighten the space.
  6. Swoon ‘Tristan’ Coffee Table The dark, sophisticated colour of the Tristan’s three solid acacia leaves is offset beautifully by the glow of the brass frame which peeks through the gaps. Add your best selection of coffee table books and a simple vase with a few sprigs of Eucalyptus for maximum impact.
  7. Shear Floor Lamp by Bert Frank Getting the lighting right in a room is essential to creating the right environment. Harsh overhead lighting would ruin the atmosphere of this powerful room. Invest in a great floor lamp as if it were a sculpture that will get people talking.

So, which room is your favourite? Would you ever welcome grey into your home – or have you already? Let me know by leaving a comment or tagging me in your pictures on Instagram using #Boyinbreton


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