Grey painted walls are on trend. They’re beautiful, crisp, light and airy. Freshly painted grey walls instantly refresh your space. And, the great thing about grey is anything goes!
There really are fifty shades of grey. Well actually, there are way more than that. When choosing a grey you will find yourself drawn to a particular tone. There are cool grey, warm grey, white grey, beige grey, blue grey, green grey and purple grey. In fact, it’s really hard to get a true grey that doesn’t cast to another colour under certain light conditions.
So if you’re wondering what goes with grey painted walls, your answer will be found in the undertone.
More About Grey Painted Walls – Undertones Matter
Colour, especially neutral colours such as grey, has natural undertones. If you can recognize the undertone you will have an easier job selecting the right shade of grey.
With grey, the undertones can be more difficult to decipher. This makes it even more important to bring the paint chip or larger paint sample home and study it in your natural environment. Your lights and the natural light cast from the window can bring out the undertones. All of a sudden your beautiful crisp cool grey can look green. Your warm grey can look beige. Is this what you’re after?
Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter is one of the most popular grey paints. It’s a beautiful soft and warm grey. Depending on the light it might pick up a faint green tint or you might see more beige or greige on your walls.
Contrast that to Benjamin Moore’s Grey Owl, another one of the brand’s most popular greys. Grey owl is a light cool grey. It looks crisp and cool, especially when complimented with white. It does have a green undertone, which can cast over to the blue side of things with certain light. It freshens a space but does not add warmth.
Chelsea Grey is a medium toned grey. It isn’t too light or too dark and contains very little undertone which makes it a beautiful neutral colour for your space. Rather than casting other tones from undertones, it can pick up colour from its surroundings.
Classic Grey is a warm off-white grey with a slight purple undertone to it. It’s not too purple that it should cause you worry though.
Furniture & Grey Painted Walls
Does anything go? Now that you’ve picked out the perfect grey for the light in your home, it’s time to decide if you want to enhance the undertone or tone it down.
If your grey is picking up a little green or blue, add in a turquoise couch or throw pillows and you will enhance the undertone.
Likewise, if your grey can cast brown, brown leather couches could have your grey looking a little bit more grey.
White Furniture With Grey Walls
It may not be the best choice if you have little kids, but white always looks good with grey, regardless of the shade.
Black Furniture With Grey Walls
If your walls are a medium to charcoal shade of grey, black furniture could make your room feel too heavy. But, it works well with a crisp, cool and light shade of grey.
Grey Furniture With Grey Walls
You can never have enough grey! Mix and match from various shades for a very modern and trendy look.
Metal Accented Furniture With Grey Walls
Stainless steel accents, copper, bronze and rose gold accented furniture all look great with grey walls.
Wood Furniture With Grey Walls
Mix your wood tones and textures for a warm and natural space. When using wood with grey, just ensure your pillows and accents are are light and within the same palette and style.
Colour and Grey Walls
If you want to have a pop of colour in your grey room, a great option is to do it with your furniture. Just keep in mind the undertone of your grey and if you want it to be enhanced by its surroundings. Turquoise and grey is quite common but it could leave your walls feeling green, depending on the shade.If you find yourself drawn to the 50+ shades of grey at your local paint store, understanding undertones will go a long way in helping you style your room and your furniture.
More About Grey Painted Walls – Going a Little Darker
Another grey that picks up purple is Rock port Grey. This grey is a darker, almost charcoal colour. It’s soft and warm.
Looking for a grey accent wall? Kendall Charcoal is a great choice when looking for a pop of charcoal. It can be too dark or heavy for an entire room with poor lighting, but as a feature it looks great anywhere.