One of the biggest design trends we have seen over the last couple of years is the color grey. It is being used everywhere- from walls to flooring, in stone, paint, wood finishes and fabric.
Cool Design Trends in Color
Grey is popular as “the new black”- it is softer and more friendly, and is a great neutral that works well both paired with other neutrals and bright colors. The grey design trendwas first spotted in fashion (as is often the case) and very quickly moved into home decoration and furnishings. The look can be modern or traditional yet updated- it feels fresh and different, much like espresso brown was a few years ago.
For walls, a medium dove to dark tone of charcoal seems to be the direction most designers are going. Paired with white trim and dark wood the effect is elegant and rich. With bright pops of color, the room becomes very stylish and modern, an of-the-moment space.
Grey in Materials and Finishes
The grey’s we see most often are rich and warm, and they add a nice layer of drama to a room without being overpowering. When used as a wood finish, a grey wash or cerused oak is a great look for floors, cabinets and furniture. Both the wash and cerusing process brings out the grain in the wood, and when applied to oak it is very dynamic and visually interesting.
Marble is also surging in popularity, especially carrera marble with it’s gorgeous grey swirling veining through pure white. It is being used as floors, backsplashes and even kitchen countertops. Marble can be very contemporary or very traditional, depending on the other elements in the room. Some limestones and travertines are also available in a silver to stormy shade that is a nice change from the heavily used creamy beiges that have been popular for many years.
Polished concrete as floors or countertops is a very eco-friendly choice, and the natural beauty of the material is allowed to show in an honest, elemental way. Other man-made solid surface materials such as Caesarstone come in a range of cool shades that are stunning and extremely durable.
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