7 Ways To Use Grey Decor Without Feeling Depressed

One of the biggest reservations people have when decorating with the color grey is that it may look too “depressing.”

It’s a valid concern. But we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Grey decor can look refined and, dare we say, upbeat when done right. We looked to this episode of “Real Home Lookbook,” to learn how to choose the right color grey for your home.

Step one: Get as many samples as you can and place them side by side. That way, you’ll better be able to tell the difference between warm and cool greys. If it’s a blue-based grey, it will look cool, and if it’s a grey mixed in with a bit of yellow, it will look warmer and more comfortable. Another rule to remember: The larger the room, the deeper the grey should be.

Real Home Lookbook host Bryn Lucas also reminds us that paint isn’t the only way to incorporate grey into your decor. A grey sofa is a “classic choice and always look very sophisticated,” he says. Just make sure to properly accent it with brighter accessories in bold colors.

Here are seven ways to go grey and make it look really great.

1. Accent a grey sofa with a bunch of white pillows to brighten it up.

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2. Or choose a gray palette as a neutral background to highlight a striking sofa.


3. Bring in a splash of bright color on the walls in a child’s room to keep things upbeat.


4. “Real Home Look Book” says pairing grey walls with wooden furniture creates a “sophisticated and simple look.” This home seems to have gotten the memo.


5. Contrast a deep grey couch with lighter grey walls and very bright pillows for some extra punch.


6. Use grey as a standout color on an all-white bed by placing one single grey pillow in the middle of the bed.


7. Even stairs can be grey. Paint the railings and the top of the stairs in a light grey to bring some extra flourish to an often overlooked part of a house.


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