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10 Moody and Masterful Ways to Use Grey in Interiors

by Erin Austen Abbott

I do a bit of interior design work on the side, and I don’t think there’s been a project yet where I haven’t used grey. I love it for walls, bookshelves, furniture, floors — anything. My son’s room is, by far, my favorite room in my house and not because I feel a sense of nostalgia when I’m in his room, but because of his grey walls. His room is painted “Sweatshirt Grey” from Benjamin Moore, and there’s part of me that would paint my whole house that shade if I could get away with it. I’ll just be over here, dreaming about a whole grey home, while taking in this roundup of fantastic grey interiors and our favorite uses of grey in decor. —Erin

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A mud room, in contrasting shades of grey, works so well... even better when you have lots of windows. The light streaming in gives it a softness and certainly makes you want to grab a cup of hot chocolate on your way in.
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The 18 vintage Peruvian blankets give this grey Brooklyn room the perfect pop of color, while still allowing your eyes to settle on the dramatic use of grey on the wall leading to the balcony above.
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The split wall of of blue and light grey gives this Catskills home a wonderful spot by the window to enjoy coffee, read, or simply just relax.
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This beautiful dresser was painted by Ibie, after which she quickly realized that she would never paint furniture again. Beautiful all the same, in a rich tone of grey.
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I've always been a big fan of light walls with dark trim, like the Brooklyn home of Gbenga Akinnagbe. It draws your eyes to the details of the window frames without overpowering the tall room.
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A DIY project of covering the dresser in felt gives this room various layers of texture to mix with the different shades of grey.
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You don't have to reserve grey for the walls, as seen in this German home, where the floors have been painted a lovely shade of grey, working perfectly with the William Morris wallpaper.
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This stove, in a moody grey, is stunning in this converted railway car turned home in England's coastal hamlet, Dungeness, Kent.
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The warmth of Gemma Ahern's living room, just outside of London, with the greenish grey walls and glossy painted floors makes this space a great use of grey.
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A bold contrast of grey cabinets against the natural wood gives this Canadian cabin an unexpected softness. The cabinets also hide all the appliances, making them both beautiful and functional.

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  • My mother, an antiques dealer who deftly blended old with new, was ahead of her time with gray. She designed our house with a light gray brick facade in the ’50s, the only one in my community at that time. Also gray touches throughout the house, including a charcoal-gray down-filled sofa–the “company” sofa in the living room–that I’d have taken a few years ago if I’d had room for it. Still stylish some 60 years later. In fact, the family that bought the house also bought that sofa.

  • I love gray, I use lots of it in our home,I think its comforting, moody and it also enhances bright colors, same with black…

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