Grey is the new go-to neutral. Well, it has been for a while and it looks like it will be for a little longer. Here are some ideas on how to use grey paint that is a little more adventurous.
Use a bold colour with your chosen grey paint. And use this bold colour somewhere unexpected, say on skirting boards. As shown in the photos, Little Greene Grey Teal 226 is used on walls while Marigold 209 is used on the skirting boards. Painting just the top profile of the skirting, adds interest without being predictable. Carry this accent colour from the top of the stairs to the landing, by using a chair in the same colour, as shown in the photos, or an area rug.
Alternatively, reverse the order and use mid tone grey to dark greys on the skirting boards rather than on walls. If you have skirting boards that has an elaborate profile, you can use two complimentary greys. Shown in the photo is Little Greene's Urbane Grey 225 and Scree 227.
Instead of using an accent colour, you can also use grey in different shades to create a unique look. This is specially effective when used for built-in shelves or alcoves. Our photo shows a gradation of Little Greene warm greys - Knightsbridge 215, Dolphin 246, Perennial Grey 245, Dash of Soot 244, Rubine Ashes 243, and Down 242. Depending on the size of the wall, you can easily achieve this look by just using 250ml tins.
Also when using grey, go for a matt or low-sheen finish. Using a low sheen finish gives a sophisticated look, elegant even. You'll also avoid that it "looks like primer" or industrial metal finish. For general walls and ceilings, you can either Little Greene's Absolute Matt Emulsion that has a 3% sheen level. This finish dries to an incredibly flat finish. Alternatively, you go for Little Greene's Intelligent Matt Emulsion that has a 5% sheen level. Intelligent Matt Emulsion is Little Greene's ground-breaking paint - it's matt, environmentally-friendly and completely washable.
For interior doors and skirting, use Little Greene's Flat Oil Eggshell finish. This has a sheen level of 10% that sits right between matt and eggshell. You can also use Little Greene's Intelligent Eggshell for interior woodwork and primed metals such as radiators. This a durable, low-sheen finish with a gloss level of only 15%.
Felling inspired? Why not use our introductory 10% off discount code. Use "WELCOME10" at the checkout to get ten percent off your first order. As a bonus, we'll give you 15% discount for any of the matching fabrics. Call or email us for more information or so we can give you your special discount code.