Why have grey-based neutral shades – rather than white – become the colour of choice for so many of our walls and even our soft furnishings these days? Well, it’s really not difficult to guess why if you consider the following:

Creating the perfect backdrop

Neutrals, such as soft greys, pearl pinks and chalky blues make perfect backdrops for a sophisticated palette on which to prop an accent colour or two of our choice. In other words, grey is a colour which creates a mood but not in an overwhelming way. It sits there quiet and unassuming in the background of our homes (literally, in the case of our walls) just happily minding its own business.

You may have heard that leading paint company Farrow & Ball have just unveiled several beautiful new grey-toned shades this month. If you haven’t, then do let us introduce you to Drop Cloth (a light grey/white), Cromarty (a darker grey/blue), Peignoir (pink with grey and Inchyara (a dark grey/blue).

Farrow & Balls ‘Cromarty’

Farrow & Balls ‘Cromarty’

Layering your grey

The fact Farrow & Ball’s new range of just nine colours contains four of them with grey tones just shows how popular the shade is (the company has seen a 10 per cent growth in sales of grey-based paints over the past seven years). And then, there is also the point that grey can be paired beautifully with so many other colours – pinks, blue, green, yellow…

Farrow and Ball’s ‘Drop Cloth’

Farrow & Ball’s ‘Drop Cloth’

Another reason why soft greys and similar shades are more popular than white today is that they work so much better with the new LED low-energy lighting in our homes. In the majority of cases ‘cool’ white lighting is used as a major light source and this brighter, cleaner light reflects far better against grey than the white or cream shades that we used to opt for as a backdrop.

Another big consideration is the fact that modern architecture favours so much more glass, concrete and stainless steel, materials which, again, favour grey-based shades.

Locating your grey

Grey shades can look different, depending on which your direction the walls of your home face. For instance, it will look bluer on a north-facing which doesn’t get a lot of natural light and lighter if the room is south-facing.

Grey which has been mixed with yellow will appear warmer in the first place while a grey colour with blue gives of a much colder aura.

Whatever your style you can find more contemporary decorating and interiors tips on our website www.NW3Interiors.com today.