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Good in Grey



Everyone knows this color is a major player in the design field. Grey can land anywhere on the color spectrum from cool and light to dark and deep, making it a hue that can stand on its own or influence other colors in a room.

On the lighter, cooler side of things, the color grey goes by names like Silver Mist, White Stone, Cement, or Platinum. These cooler grey tones work well as a grounding color to lighter pastels, making the whole look less sugary sweet. Mixed with mid-toned shades, grey adds weight and a contemporary feeling. Mixed with deeper toned colors, cool grey becomes more of a neutral background color, almost disappearing as it steps aside for the deeper colors to take center stage.

The warmer, deeper greys work great with more saturated colors. Pewter, Steel Wool, Stormy Grey, and Charcoal Grey are common names for colors in this deeper toned category. I recently saw a fabric that used a combination of dark grey, emerald green, and sunny yellow. The grey again became the neutral color, but added a richness that a beige color wouldn’t have been able to.

We also see grey used to make colors more complex. For example, take the color beige, add grey, and you’ll get a delightful chameleon color that might look taupey or beige/grey (otherwise known as greige). It all depends on what you put with it. This range of colors is what I call transitional colors, and they work well in hallways and spaces where you are transitioning from one living area to another. Think of them like a bridge connecting one space to another, where each might have totally different color schemes going on. These more complex grey tones help neutralize without being bland or boring.

Grey is also a wonderful color metalized—think of the shine of silver or plated silver. In this instance, grey becomes more formal because of its sheen. It’s the same for platinum designed accessories mixed with crystal. They are the height of elegance and formality. Pewter is another color in the grey family that can add appeal. It is warmer than silver, but also more casual, which means it can dress down a room but still add some visual interest with its subtle sheen. Grey accessories like mercury glass are another way to bring this color into your home. I love the glow of mercury glass candleholders and the various shapes that are created from the light.

Have you noticed the influence of grey on wood tones? From the furniture market to the window covering industry, lighter wood tones take a cue from the color grey. The look isn’t an all-over grey finish, but leans more toward an artisan look with some veins or slats that are grayer, while some others might be more beige. This multi-toned approach has more variety to it across all sorts of wood tones, and is a bit more palatable than the look of black painted furniture, which can be quite stark. With the exception of dark woods (like mahogany or cherry), grey is making itself well known.

With the popularity of nickel and stainless steel in lighting, tile, appliances, and accessories, I don’t believe grey is going anywhere anytime soon.

Hunter Douglas has more than 50 shades of grey available to you. A few of my favorites include Pirouette® window shadings, which have Starlight, Pagoda, and Cosmopolitan, all of which are wonderful, beautiful greys. For Alustra® Silhouette® window shadings, there are Champagne Shine and Silver Reflections shades—both possessing an undertone of grey and are available with Silver Reflections hardware. Sit back and listen to the compliments flow!

Hunter Douglas Pirouette

Hunter Douglas Alustra Silhouette

Hopefully, these suggestions help you as you shop for window fashions. As you browse, try using some of these great Hunter Douglas online resources:


Some people live in a small home, a small room, or just a small space.  Others want to live in an intimate way versus dealing with the maintenance and cleaning of a large square footage space.  Small is beautiful, easy, and practical too.

Here are a few examples on how to utilize your small space and make it functional and feel spacious.

* Let in as much natural light as possible, this opens up space and gives character.

Contemporary Bedroom by Kirkland Architects & Designers Thielsen Architects, Inc. P.S.

* Unclutter- get rid of anything that you have not used in over a year.  Create organized space wherever you can.
Contemporary Entry by Boston Architects & Designers ZeroEnergy Design

* Using Ottomans, window seats, armoirs, & bookcases with enclosed compartments is a perfect solution for every day clutter.
Modern Hall by Cambridge Architects & Designers LD Architecture & Interiors

* Link adjacent spaces with the same colors and flooring. Keeping everything similar makes the rooms look much larger.
Traditional Dining Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Nicole Hollis

* Use Light, Cool & Neutral colors throughout your home as they expand space.
Contemporary Living Room by Other Metro Media and Bloggers Michelle Hinckley

* Consider using furniture that is multi-functional, such as ottomans, which could be used as a coffee table or sitting area.

 Traditional Family Room by Seattle Design-Build Firms RW Anderson Homes

* Choosing an over-sized mirror or a set of small ones will add extra light and create the illusion of a larger room with the reflection.

Tropical Family Room by Isle Of Palms General Contractors Brown Contractors Fine Custom Homes

* Horizontal lines can create the illusion of a larger room, vertical lines will make a room look taller.
* Hanging art in a small room will draw your attention away from how small the room is.
* Hang a chandelier to make the room feel taller.
* Choose a lighter, neutral color for a rug.  It bounces the light around the room and enhances the illusion of space.
* Choose furniture that is not flush with the floor.  It break things up and feels more open.


For those of you not so happy it’s Monday, with a full week of work a head of you, here’s a little something to help brighten your week; creative advise on how to spice up your home.  Enjoy!

Get color scheme inspiration with HGTV’s gorgeous color palettes and tips for choosing the right colors for your rooms.  From calming combinations of neutrals to color-studded palettes of green, blue, red, yellow, and more, see how hues work together to both unify rooms and create eye-catching contrast.  Get inspiration for every room in your home — including your living & dining rooms, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and more. Learn how to match colors and use fabrics, accessories, artwork as inspiration for crafting a color scheme that fits your unique home and style.

Choose a color scheme from the largest pattern in the space: If you have patterned upholstery, an Oriental rug, or large piece of artwork, pluck colors you like from the pattern.  For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges.

Start with the formal areas of the house: Specifically, the living room, dining room, and entry way. Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme and tone it down for accents. For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office, or bedroom.

Here is an example of using artwork to pluck color schemes from for accents