Interior Obsessions – Cloudy Grey

While putting together last week’s Interior Obsessions post about lamps, I felt myself drawn to a group of images with one thing in common – their absolute lack of color. Cloudy skies had been the norm in our area, and these interior shots fit right in. But the stunning thing about these colorless vignettes was that not only did they not look lifeless, but they were full of tone and texture, creating a calm environment within which life could play the colorful part. Although this week’s sunny skies have brought about cheerier moods, those grey images stuck with me.

Grey interiors are often mitigated by bits of black and white, allowing a full tonal range within such a limited palette. Like many of the brighter colors, the variation within shades of grey is virtually limitless. Grey floors or walls offer a muted backdrop for other neutral items, but can be either light and relaxed or dark and deep. Metal and mirror finishes can add easily to the tonal range while including a difference in finish that draws the eye into the scene. Although grey on its own can be quite relaxing, it also serves as a lovely backdrop for popular brights such as yellows, oranges, blues and greens, as well as an amazing foil for natural wood finishes. There is ultimately something soothing about a monochromatic interior, especially when the designer plays with a range of textural finishes to differentiate each item.

(above) Grey Pillowed Breakfast Nook

Grey Plaster + Metal Accessories

Silver Bedding

Pewter Lamp + Monochrome Living

Dark Grey Wall

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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I love gray interiors! It is my go-to color.

Gina_AcuteDesigns | March 31st, 2011 at 10:27 am

Is it Gina? That’s awesome. We’ve had a (very) dark grey wall in our dining room before. We eventually painted over it with a lighter grey. But I do use grey accents quite a bit now that I think about it, and our couch is grey, and our “focal” chair in the living room is grey…Hmmm, I guess I love grey in my interior as well. And before now, I hadn’t really even thought about it. Funny.
-Brittni

papernstitch | March 31st, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love grey interiors… these are really sophisticated and beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration Brittni <3

Leanda | March 31st, 2011 at 10:43 am

Well, I can’t take any of the credit Leanda, since Amy wrote this post. But thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
-Brittni

papernstitch | March 31st, 2011 at 10:47 am

I love gray on walls- especially the gray in that last photo. I especially love it when it’s the muted backdrop for bright colors to shine.
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Van | March 31st, 2011 at 11:16 am

I’m thrilled that you’re all enjoying my grey picks for today!

I love the dark tone of the last photo too – it makes the wall look even more substantial.

Thanks for all the comments!

Modern Simplicity | March 31st, 2011 at 11:22 am

“..makes the wall look even more substantial.” I totally agree with you Amy. That was actually almost the exact color our dining room was painted, before we repainted the lighter grey color. But my husband loved it.
-Brittni

papernstitch | March 31st, 2011 at 11:24 am

I am dying to use grey in our new home! Just can’t figure out where, because I want it everywhere. But these pics give me some good ideas!

-Rachel Anne

Rachel Anne | March 31st, 2011 at 11:25 am
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