12 Ideas For Decorating With Grey - The New Neutral

These days, grey is the new neutral where tones can vary from dark charcoal to light moody hues. This versatile colour doesn't have to be sombre and dull, with the right balance of light and dark you can create a room that is serene and sophisticated. We've found 12 ideas for decorating with this impressive neutral that will inspire your next interior project. 

1. Set the tone for your interior

Soft grays will create a light and subdued interior that can easily be contrasted against clean whites and light wood furniture whereas dark charcoal tones will create depth and allure to a space. The earthy grey tones below are an example of the various shades to consider when painting a room. There are tones of blue, cream and dark green embedded in the grey paints.  

grey paint colours

2. Use modern decor 

Minimalism is all the trend when it comes to decorating a room where less is more. Grey is ideal for a space that doesn't need too much decor or frills. Simple white frames positioned cleverly on a wall, like the picture below, will create a modern and clean space that embodies the idea of minimalism. 

grey bedroom interior

3. Create contrast with white 

When using darker shades of grey, it is essential to balance the dark tones with white decor or furniture pieces. Adding lots of light to a dark grey room is also recommended so that the room doesn't feel like a gloomy cave. Crisp white linen sheets and simple white photography adds interest and light to this otherwise dark bedroom. 

grey bedroom interior

4. Add interesting colours 

The versatility of this moody neutral enables you to incorporate any colour you like that will add interest and a pop of excitement. The room below has yellow-gold and rich blue scatter cushions that elevate the sophistication level of the space. 

grey interior with couch

5. Use grey tiles in the bathroom 

One way to keep a bathroom from going out of style is to incorporate a neutral colour base. The grey tiles below are modern, fresh and classic. 

grey bathroom tiles

6. Experiment with colour ways and patterns 

Try wallpapers with interesting features like the one below that has a unique tie-dye effect that matches nicely with the simple wooden furniture pieces. 

grey living area

7. Go bold with dark grey tones 

Don't shy away from dark tones that create a intimate and restful room. Ensure that there is lots of light to balance the shadow tones and inject rich colours and greenery where necessary. 

grey interior
grey interior with couch

8. Use light tones for a fresh interior 

Forget about dull beiges and boring taupe colours as 'safe' tones for an interior. Soft grey tones are on trend and make for a stylish space that matches fantastically well with natural furniture pieces, greenery, interesting textures, sharp and soft hues and cosy lighting.  

grey interior with couch
grey interior
grey bedroom

9. Create a beautiful kitchen space

Surprisingly, grey kitchen cupboards look sophisticated and refined. The pictures below depict three different styles of kitchen where each one has grey cupboards that fit each and every look so well. 

grey kitchen
grey kitchen
grey kitchen

10. Designate a formal office space 

Grey tones are ideal for creating a designated working space as the light and dark hues embody a serious feel. It is not interpreted as the colour of wisdom, intellect and knowledge for nothing. 

grey study
grey study

11. Grey statement sofa is perfect for the living area 

Let your furniture make a statement with a cool, grey couch. Perfect for any style and taste. 

grey interior with couch
grey interior with couch
grey interior with couch

12. Add Textures 

Interesting textiles, like sheepskin throws and velvet cushions, make an interior go from cold and subdued to warm and inviting. The picture below incorporates greenery, a shaggy throw and a soft headboard that create a cohesive style. 

grey interior