FOR YOUR HOME
Understanding how grey could work in your home
BY JENNIFER ADAMS
IT’S EASY to think that all greys are cool,
since they’re so popular right now. But the
most beautiful greys are very complex, and
not just any grey will work. A grey shade
might look great on a paint chip or fabric
swatch in the store, but once you get the
paint on the wall or take the big new sectional home, it might not look right at all.
Learning about colour undertones will
help you choose your favorite grey.
True neutral greys are a mix of just black
and white. Adding even the tiniest bit of
colour creates depth and dimension, and
provides a strong foundation for accent
colours. Adding a little red, orange or yellow
makes a warm grey. Adding blue or green
makes a cool grey.
When you are looking for accessories
to go with your grey, think about the colours
that would go with the undertone. You can
either stay close to that undertone for a
calming effect or use contrast for a little
more energy or drama.
Blues, especially dark navy and indigo
tones, are also popular right now, and would
look beautiful with a lighter neutral grey, a
cool grey with blue undertones or a slightly
warm grey with yellow undertones.
For some excitement, go with a darker
charcoal grey and use lighter accent colours
like bright citron yellow-green or turquoise.
For a dramatic look, choose a medium cool
grey and pair it with rich, deep colours such
as spicy orange, purple, burgundy or teal.
Think of the rich tones of linen-like
woven fabrics mixed with beautiful stone
tile, hammered metal finishes and embellished decorations on throw pillows, ceramic
pots and vases, and other accessories.
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and July) and year-round on Costco.ca.
Metallics also go well with grey.
Burnished copper, rose gold and brass have
warm tones that set off cool and neutral
greys in particular. Sparkly silvers and
stainless steel go with every grey.
Here is a fun experiment: Raid your
kids’ craft supplies or buy a basic acrylic
paint kit and some thick white paper. Make
sure the kit includes black, white and at
least blue, red and yellow.
And just start mixing paint. Make four
pure greys from light to dark, and paint a
swatch of each on a card. Add a tiny bit of
another colour to each, and see what happens. How much colour do you need to add
before you notice the difference? C
Jennifer Adams (askjennifer@jenniferad
ams.com) is a nationally syndicated interior
design expert. A variety of Jennifer Adams
Home products are available on Costco.ca
and rotate in Costco warehouses.
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