We don’t have to tell you, fellow design blog aficionados, that the color grey is everywhere right now.  We love the crispness of the color grey when paired with white, but because grey is a neutral color we love how it makes bright colors look even more vibrant, too.

Regular readers of our blog are by now familiar with this image from the Southern Living Idea House we designed this year in Port Aransas, Texas.  The vibrant saffron color Paige chose for the sliding barn door, which separates a bedroom in the home from its adjacent bathroom,  is intensified by  cool charcoal grey painted walls beyond. 


Yesterday we told you about a recent photoshoot at a project we’ve just completed in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  This elegant home is based upon a foundation of white and grey, with hints of hot pink interspersed throughout.

In the home’s formal living room, a pale grey and lavender Oushak rug introduces the calm color palette for the space.  Crisp white painted paneling  creates a clean backdrop for a pale grey wool-upholstered sofa and a pair of silver damask covered bergeres.


The home’s kitchen is another study in shades of grey–all inspired by tiny Cararra Blanca marble tiles which cover the walls, from floor to ceiling.

Pale grey painted cabinets around the perimeter of the space are contrasted by a dark charcoal island.


Adjacent to this space, a home office area is bathed in charcoal grey–but accented with a fun hot pink velvet stripe on the slipcovered chair and a cut velvet damask on the roman shades.


In another Mountain Brook, Alabama home we designed, a warmer shade of charcoal was the perfect choice for a media room.

In this space we paired an upholstered charcoal grey sofa with leather chairs in an identical tone.  The fabric sofa keeps the furniture grouping from feeling too ‘slick’ texturally, however the tight color palette keeps the mood of the room subdued and sedate.  A charcoal grey sisal rug and upholstered wall panels complete this grey room’s cocoon-like feel.


[Idea House photos by Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living, center photos by Colleen Duffley, bottom photo by Ryan Davis]

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