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The Neutrals That Will Make You Reconsider Using Grey In Your Home Again

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Although some in the interiors industry have declared grey dead for seasons now, it proves to still be such a popular colour for people to use in their homes – and we can see why. Grey is both versatile and timeless – and is a great choice for both contemporary and traditional properties.

However, today we wanted to share five neutral paint colours that have the potential to sway your next painting decision. Let’s take a moment to step away from the grey for a second and look at the alternatives.



The epitome of a neutral shade, mushroom is a soft taupe shade and has the power to work in pretty much most spaces – from the walls to the woodwork. Plus, it works with a whole manner of interior design styles, from the rustic cabinets of a farmhouse Shaker kitchen, to the backdrop of a Scandinavian interior. (Image credit: Devol Kitchens)



OK, so beige doesn’t conjure up the most tantalizing inspiration normally – but this is 2019, and interior designers have that their way with this simple neutral and made it chic. Slipper Satin, for example, is one of Farrow & Balls’ most popular shades, and without cool blue undertones this off-white creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. (Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

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Interior design blogger, Melanie Lissack, proves just how grown up and cool pink in the home can be with her use of Plaster Pink from M&L Paints.

We absolutely love how subtle the change in colour is from the walls to the woodwork and door frame, and the result is a feminine but slightly edgier finish than blush or bold shades of pink. (Image credit: Melanie Lissack Interiors)

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Bring the outside in with traditional sage green - a calming neutral shade and one that should be considered for spaces such as the kitchen and living room, especially a room which opens into the garden for a seamless transition from inside out.

Teamed with botanical prints and light natural textures such as linen furnishings, sage green is both soothing and revitalising all in one. (Image credit: Furniture Choice)

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If moving away from grey feels a little too overwhelming – we get it, sometimes it’s the only colour you trust – steering towards a grey-blue Grey Cloud paint by Benjamin Moore might be the way to go. Just look at how calming this shade looks with bright white and by using black and white artwork as well as mid-century modern furniture, this room retains a contemporary feel. (Image credit: One Kin Design)

Do any of these shades whet your decorating appetite? For us, mushroom and pink might be a consideration going into the new season.

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