7 of the Best Colours to Team With Grey
Wondering which shades shine against grey walls? Browse these winning combinations for inspiration
Rich forest green and pale dove grey can be an elegant combination, as demonstrated in this living room. The wash of very soft grey on the walls provides a cool-toned backdrop to the rich, statement green sofa, and also makes the perfect foil for the brass accents.
In a room that’s this light and bright, the pale grey shade creates a calm, grown-up scheme. A darker grey wall would also work with a green sofa, but the effect would be much richer and more dramatic, so it’s a pairing best suited to smaller or darker rooms.
Rich, burnished golds and warm metallics are an instant way to add glamour and depth to a grey scheme.
If bling is your thing, bright, shiny gold-coloured pieces can add the wow factor. For a more subtle finish, aged or vintage gold, brass or copper accessories with a soft patina will provide the depth and interest a flat shade of grey can sometimes lack.
Lighting and picture frames are classic ways to add gold, although introducing it as a kitchen splashback or cladding material, as here with this highly polished copper panel, would certainly make a splash.
Blush, peach, millennial… Whatever you want to call this shade of pink, it’s a natural partner for grey walls and sofas.
Here, the simple white and grey scheme has been warmed up and lifted by the pink accents, which are enhanced by the copper and pale wood, both of which have warm undertones.
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Citrussy yellow can cut through the softness of grey, so it works well as a fresh and contemporary accent colour.
Yellow accessories are best kept crisp, so simple shapes and block colours work well. Bring in some texture with rich velvets and slubby linens to add interest.
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OK, it’s not strictly a colour, but crisp white is a natural partner for darker shades of grey, as illustrated by this smart kitchen.
One for the minimalists, it’s a cool, calm and elegant combination that works well if livened up with some natural textures, like the wooden chopping boards and bar stools and the woven basket shown here.
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Grey rooms can be cool, calm and elegant, but they can also run the risk of becoming industrial and chilly if no accent colours are used to introduce a little warmth. Cherry red is a bold, bright and fun accent colour to pair with grey, but one that needs to be used in small doses.
This glossy red fridge is the star of the show in this smart grey kitchen and brings character and life to the room. One big item is enough, but to stop it looking random, the colour has also been picked up in a couple of accessories, too, namely the artwork and the coffee machine.
While they might not seem obvious bedfellows, grey and blue can actually nicely complement each other if chosen wisely, as illustrated here.
Pick a jewel shade – sapphire, teal or turquoise, for instance – rather than a duller airforce or very pale blue, so it shines against the grey.
Velvet in a rich blue shade will look wonderful next to matt grey, as the sheen on the fabric will reflect the light and add a ripple of glamour.
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