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4 Ways to Decorate With Grey

Think grey equals drab? Think again! Here are five reasons to use grey as your feature wall.


In case you haven’t noticed, grey is all the rage at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. It can bring a tired room up to date in no time and pairs perfectly with most colour schemes. So if you’re looking for a modern update, here are five stylish ways to do it with grey.

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Old Meets New

Bright blue and turquoise accessories look great against slate grey, and they’ll inject some welcome colour onto a grey feature wall. Pair a mid-tone shade such as Deep Fossil with mustard yellow accessories and a neutral colour like Egyptian Cotton on adjoining walls, and you’ve got yourself a super-trendy scheme just like that. Easy!

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Bright furniture is an easy way to add colour and style to a grey scheme. So transform a simple flat pack item with a bold shade of Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood, or keep an eye out for period pieces in second hand shops. You might just snap up a bargain that can be customised to match your scheme.


Simply Scandi

The Scandinavians know a thing or two about calm, muted tones. So take a leaf out of their super-stylish interiors book and keep things simple and sleek. A lighter grey shade like Pebble Shore can look chic next to a deep blue like Royal Regatta 1. Make these colours your focal point and let the walls do the talking.

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Minimalism really is key here, so don’t go overboard on your accessories. A bit of greenery and an artfully placed throw (grey, naturally), is all you need to get the Scandi feel. You might want to deal with all that clutter too…



If you can’t decide on one shade of grey, just have them all! Using different shades of the same colour can create a relaxed feature wall - the perfect backdrop to a well-dressed bed. Layering neutral colours will create a calming effect too, so you’ll wake up stylishly refreshed every morning. Try lighter shades such as Rock Salt and Goose Down with darker shades such as Chic Shadow and Natural Slate.

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This trick also looks great in the living room and will frame a beautiful fireplace nicely. Fancy a splash of colour? Adding a vibrant shade to the mix is an easy way to make a real statement. Style it out with accessories in a similar tone for a well put together look.


Beach bum

Greys don’t just work well in modern urban settings. Pearl Grey is a soft shade from the Dulux Day at the Beach range that lends a relaxed and sunny feel to a room. Pair with a pale pastel colour like Pistachio Whip, and you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in your summer home all year round. Someone pass the sun cream!

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Such delicate colours on the walls look lovely next to a light wooden floor. If you’re not blessed with beautiful floorboards, use throws and rugs in light cream colours instead to keep the look light and breezy. Paint your woodwork white to match, and you’ve got your very own beach house sorted.

Try out all these shades and lots more on your walls at the touch of a screen with our free Visualizer app. You’ll be looking stylish in grey before you know it.

Looking for more grey paint inspiration? Check out other shades of grey with our grey decorating ideas.

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