Forget about dull and bland – grey seems to be the hot new trend for floor coverings.

Grey seems to be the up-and-coming colour on European floors and is forecast as the trend for carpets, interlock resilient flooring and engineered-wood surfaces. It was also a dominant colour at DOMOTEX 2014 in Hannover/Germany and, contrary to what many believe, it can add a touch of warmth and comfort to a living room, bedroom, kitchen or hallway, according to a trend expert at DOMOTEX, Gabriela Kaiser.

It can also tone down a space with very colourful or glaring furnishes. According to Gabriela, this year’s home furnishings will be very colourful and to combine them with a colourful floorcovering as well is just too much. Grey can take the edge off colourful furniture and look as bright as a white surface. All shades of grey, from bright to mouse to almost black, are in trend for floors. Another interesting way of using grey is to combine it with beige to make what is known as “greige”.

This colour is very popular in laminated and engineered-wood flooring, according to the trade association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF). Gabriela adds that carpet makers are producing a lot of “non-colours”, meaning gradations of the black-to-white scale. “They are often chosen for very high-quality materials,” says Gabriela.

From a South African perspective, it will be interesting to see how grey infiltrates the flooring market and how it will be used by the industry.

Acknowledgement and thanks are given to Oman Daily Observer for the information contained in this article, as written by Simone Andrea Mayer.