According to Plascon market manager professional, Carol Ras, grey’s subdued and muted nature makes it a popular neutral for interiors and exteriors, especially in these technology-driven times. Frost Grey has recently been announced as one of the colours in Plascon’s Autumn / Winter 2019 / 2020 neutral colour palette, showing that this popular foundation colour is here to stay.
“Leaden grey creates a blank canvas where it’s easy to build a signature palette in the modern space. It’s the complete neutral that pairs perfectly with just about any colour and gives us stability in an overstimulated world,” says Carol.
Plascon’s neutral of the year is Ravine, which is a timeless blend of grey and beige (“greige”) that creates a calm, elegant aesthetic. Team it up with black for a masculine look or an autumnal colour to add sophistication. “It’s great for the classically decorated home and works with anything from bright whites to corals and deep blues for a cosy and welcoming look,” says Carol.
Grey is a strong contender for dark interiors, which have made a comeback. If your client is brave and bold, consider going wall-to-wall with an almost black such as Tribeca Corner. “This aesthetic goes well with loads of natural light and can be balanced with greenery for stress relief,” says Carol.
Inject more colour
Grey is versatile and can be partnered with virtually any colour. Trendy partners for grey are whites, brights, pastels, gold, copper and black, says Plascon colour solutions consultant and designer, Byron Minnie.
“Greys with red undertones such as Beijing Moon work well in a grounded soft composition for an on-point contemplative space. Combine it with muted pastels and you have an inviting minimalistic space,” he says.
Making grey work
Byron says that using the 60/30/10 principle, a grey colour scheme can really come to life. “For instance, a fabulous colour palette using 60% grey, 30% teal and 10% gold will really add depth and life to your environment,” he concludes.
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Neutral of the year: Leaden grey creates a blank canvas where it’s easy to build a signature palette in the modern space.