Now that we are in September, one of my favourite month in the year where the summer period comes to an end and the cosy autumn season begins, I decided to feature a colour that many of us associate with dreariness and sadness or find it rather boring and plain: Lamproom Grey.
Despite being a colour addict, I love this soft and calm hue by Farrow & Ball, which according to the Dorset based paint and wallpaper company is ‘A match to the original white which had dirtied down due to the trimming of lamp wicks.” How amazing is this?
It’s warmth and subtleness reminds me of a cosy autumn evening in the Victorian era when most houses were lit by candles and oil lamps and interior fittings included chandeliers and sconces.
Grey is a neutral colour, so it doesn’t have a ‘personality’ of its own. Given it is virtually absent of colour (it is a mixture of black and white), it draws no attention to itself, it keeps its distance and remains separate.
So Lamproom Grey is a perfect backdrop to experiment with bold, vibrant and strong colours such as hot pink, bright yellow or rich purple. It offers a soothing and cooling, yet welcoming presence for any room.
If this is too bold for you, why not try combining your grey interiors with soft pastel shades such as pink, mint green to light yellow. This will create a sophisticated style whilst playing it safe.
But when it comes to decorating with grey, it takes a little bit of playing around to become familiar with how to use this colour properly in interiors. Best is to think about the mood that you want to create and then find the right combination of colours and textures to make grey work to create this specific mood.
Why not download our colour guide to give you more tips and techniques on how to introduce colour into your home with confidence and style.
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