It’s the most talked about colour in the world right now – what with there being ‘50 Shades’ of it and all – but grey has long been associated with more than just handsome, brooding billionaires.
Favoured by royalty, trend-setters and the fashion elite for centuries, grey is considered the colour of intellect and is perceived as being long-lasting, sleek, sophisticated and refined.
Situated between the extremes of black and white, grey is the colour of compromise – providing a perfect neutral for designers to use as a background or for statement pieces against these two boundaries of colour.
Perhaps the most beautiful hue of the spectrum is dove grey – a medium shade with a slight tint of pink or blue or with lovely accents of silver and charcoal.
Never has the timelessness of this tone been more visible than when The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in a dove grey dress by fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic, not once but twice – wowing crowds in both London and Los Angeles.
Whisk yourself away to another era by making this luxurious Delphine corner group sofa from Barker and Stonehouse the jewel in your living room’s crown.
This stunning piece offers plenty of seating to entertain and impress guests or to lounge around on while watching old movies. Featuring a rounded back with thin, angled arms, the Delphine is finished in beautiful grey velvet, with mounds of scatter cushions so you’ll always be super comfy.
For a bit of wow factor, team it with a dramatic piece of monochrome artwork to really bring out the tones of silver woven throughout the sofa’s luscious fabric.
Looking to add a little flair to your bedroom or dining room? Channel your inner Marie Antoinette and bring some French inspired style to your home with Barker and Stonehouse’s Enchante Four Draw Chest.
Made from 100% solid spruce wood and delicately hand painted, this ornate piece will add charm to help inspire some romanticism in your day-to-day life. It can also be partnered with both vintage and modern furniture, providing character to a room which may be in need of a little revival.
Or really transform your room and embrace antiquity with this lush ‘Cornforth White’ wall paint from colour aficionados Farrow & Ball Grey, with white and light tones, it was designed in memory of John Cornforth, architectural historian and author of the landmark publication ‘English Decoration in the 18th Century’.
If you want to add grey in a subtler way, then smaller accessories such as mirrors, vases and frames are the answer.
The neutral hue means that grey matches almost any colour palette so won’t clash with your existing furniture and fittings.
The Venice Candle Holder from Barker and Stonehouse adds a touch of elegance – especially when matched with large, round candles. Lighten up your fireplace or hall table with one of these Italian inspired designs on each end, to create an ambience that Casanova himself would be proud of.
For those who favour a more contemporary look, Barker and Stonehouse has the Banbury sofa which offers both comfort and sophistication. Adorned in grey chenille fabric, it features scrolled arms that curve down to turned wooden feet in an ebony finish. Decorate it with plush, scatter cushions to add a splash of colour and liven up your living space.
Different hues of grey also work well together so don’t shy away from using light and dark tones in the same room. For example, a keynote piece such as Barker and Stonehouse’s Wool 2011 Rug Aster in charcoal will match other grey pieces and accessories to complete the aspired look and bring together all the elements of your room.
So forget suggestions that grey is bleak and dreary – this season’s take on the colour will help you to create a home that even a handsome, brooding billionaire would be proud of.