Guest post: decorating with soft grey

Guest post: decorating with soft grey

February 4, 2014 1 By Nordic House

This week, we’re delighted to share with you a guest post from one of our favourite bloggers – the very lovely and very stylish Victoria Harrison, from The Relaxed Home. Over to you Victoria…

Calm and soothing with a sophisticated edge, soft grey is a beautiful neutral that never goes out of fashion. Use it as a cool, fresh alternative to taupe or cream and you’ll create a delicate understated room scheme that whispers rather than shouts.

A natural partner to crisp white and rustic wood, grey works perfectly as part of a Nordic scheme and if used cleverly it can imbue a room with a soft elegance and a tranquil air. It’s also a brilliant backdrop for displaying colourful accessories.

Here are some top tips for decorating with grey, Scandinavian style.

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1. Team it with natural wood

For a relaxed, organic feel, team soft grey walls with chunky wooden furniture for a fool-proof room scheme. In the dining room, above, the delicate floral print of the wallpaper is perfectly balanced by the industrial wooden furniture and the whole scheme is lifted by the crisp white flooring and woodwork.

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2. Smarten up a rustic scheme

Add a dash of grey to a rustic bedroom scheme and you instantly bring in another design layer, changing the feel of the room from homespun to smart. This simple children’s bedroom scheme is timeless and elegant and would work well all year round.

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3. Warm up a white scheme

Just a small amount of grey can add warmth and interest to a predominantly white scheme. In this beautifully airy living room, the grey rug, lampshade and throw add an essential layer of comfort and character, without detracting from the overall simplicity and tranquillity.

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4. Use grey as a backdrop

The light, dove grey of these shelves acts as the perfect backdrop to display delicate glassware and colourful accessories in this pretty corner display.  Alternatively, if you have a collection of white accessories, try pairing them with a dark grey backdrop to ensure they stand out.

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5. Layer up textures

Each shade of grey in this scheme has been chosen from the white end of the colour chart, lending the room a beautifully light and airy feel. The rich velvet cushions and knotted floor rug add plenty of texture, whilst the metallic floor lamp provides a layer of sheen and sparkle.

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6. Mix grey with taupe

This kitchen scheme is a master class in combining delicate neutral tones. The soft taupe walls, grey painted woodwork and crisp white ceiling all blend effortlessly because they are all similar in tone. As such the room feels elegant and soothing whilst still offering plenty of visual interest.

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7. Maximise natural light

This scheme just oozes serenity thanks to the large windows and skylight that flood the space with sunlight. As such the soft grey tones of the furniture and accessories are lifted and the room feels bright and fresh.

Visit The Relaxed Home to see more of Vicky’s great styling ideas…