Photo Gallery: Grey Rooms
How to use this trendy shade in paint & textiles.
Concrete columns were left unfinished to preserve this loft’s industrial flavour.
In the formal living room of Toronto developer Peter Freed, carved grey Philippe Starck sofas and a quartet of stools add whimsy and theatre to an otherwise pared-down space.
A large cross-based table, Parsons chairs and an upholstered bench create a comfortable, relaxed tone in this design.
DIY expert and HGTV host Peter Fallico chose Very Pale Grey (6198-21) paint by Sico for this sleek and calm dining area. An existing bay window displays white and smoked-grey glass vases. Fallico also selected new engineered teak flooring, which runs through the main floor, for its not-too-dark tone and handsome grain.
A plush, tufted headboard, classic grey upholstered bench and chair and oversized pendant up the glamour in this room.
To boost the cozy factor, interior decorator Jennifer Ferreira added heaps of pillows, a stack of books for lazy Sundays and blackout curtains for a good night's sleep.
Decorating ideas for maximizing a compact area
In this small living room, a pendant light hung at reading height replaces a floor lamp to save precious space, while floating shelves fill in for a side table. Pale yellow accents pop against soft-grey walls.
French grey walls and a crystal chandelier create a Paris apartment feel.
Matelasse curtains, cable-knit broadloom, white and purple linens add warmth and style to this pretty, light-filled bedroom.
The white fireplace and accents pop against walls painted a warm shade of dark brown.
Erika Federspiel of Toronto won “Best Living Room Transformation” in our 2008 design contest for this character-filled space. Erika had the Danish chair and ottoman refinished and reupholstered to work with the room’s black, grey and brown palette.
See more of Erika’s dramatic living room in the April 2009 issue.
Clean-lined furniture, wood side tables and cotton and velvet bedding combine in this contemporary design.
A moody blue-grey wall colour sets the tone in this serene and sophisticated retreat. The upholstered leather headboard with nailhead trim complements the refined, masculine look of the room.
Exotic wood cabinets set the tone of this design.
In this sleek space designed by designer Sarah Richardson, host of HGTV’s Sarah’s House and Sarah’s Cottage, a multi-level island hides a wine fridge, steamer and cappuccino maker. Upholstered bar stools pick up on the soft grey tones in the mosaic tile backsplash and pendants with mother-of-pearl accents add sparkle.
See more of Sarah’s designs in our photo gallery.
Double-duty furnishings create an instantly elegant eating area.
In a small space, every piece counts. Here, a low-slung bench becomes a built-in banquette when pushed against the wall in front of two Barbara Barry side tables. A free-standing screen allows the homeowner to fake a separate dining room.
Get more small space solutions in our photo gallery.
Saturated grey hues lend gravitas to bleached floors and furnishings.
The wall’s rich tone gives the space warmth without dampening its light, airy feel. A picnic-style table paired with boxy wicker chairs evokes the pleasure of dining al fresco, while luxe accents, such as metallic and grey-velvet pillows, keep the look elegant.
For more lighting options, see our Statement Lighting photo gallery.