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Jan 17, 2014

home decor: a love of greys

By: Morgan Lindsay
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Jan 17, 2014

home decor: a love of greys

By: Morgan Lindsay

I love colour, pinks and blues currently topping my list of favourites, but when it came to purchasing larger items for my apartment (like my rugs and my sofa), I stuck to more neutral colours. This way, I have a solid base and can switch out the smaller accessories (like toss cushions) every couple of months with something a little bolder when I feel the need for a change. Many of my larger pieces are white (so fresh and light) - however, lately I have been on a major grey kick! Check out some of my favourite grey picks and how you can incorporate them into your own home.

image via. Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball's Mole's Breath (above) is quite a dramatic grey - especially how they have used it in this room. By painting out all the trim and doors, and pairing it with a slate blue floor, this colour makes quite a powerful statement. Keeping the rest of the space relatively light, with whites and cooler tones, this bold colour can be toned down and made into a more liveable space.

image via. West Elm

I think my love for grey started right after I purchased this Jute rug from West Elm. From there, I have tried to incorporate a cool grey throughout my apartment. I most recently painted a vintage mirror a soft grey - similar in colour to the jute rug (shown above). I also painted my bedroom ' Baby's Breath' from Benjamin Moore. This colour makes all the white in my bedroom pop out brighter. It's soft blue/grey undertones really transformed the room (which use to be builder's beige) and makes the room free fresh. To bring some soft grey into my furniture without recovering a major piece, I chose to switch the cover on my front hall bench. Our resident crafter, Catherine Therrien, got a bench from a hotel liquidator in Toronto (a great option to keep in mind when you're looking for well made furniture that you can have reupholstered). We used this bench in a previous story - seen here - where the wood base was painted a pale pink and faux fur covered the top. It was definitely a statement look! For my own home, I wanted to switch it up and went with this grey arrow fabric called Doodle from Designer Fabric outlet to recover the top. It adds interest to my entry way with it's small scale pattern while continuing to bring the pale grey colour around my apartment. I like how the grey is now tied into most areas. Do you share my love of grey? If yes, how have you used it in your home? Comment below!
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