Every season there is some colour that is The New Black. I’ve even seen a t-shirt recently claiming that coral is it. And as much as I love coral, I doubt that it has the power to claim the throne. But grey, now there is a tough contest. So is grey the new black in 2016?
I love grey: it is a firm favourite in my home and my wardrobe. So I can hardly claim to be unbiased. But beautiful black is a classic, an all-rounder, the ultimate don’t-know-what-to-do-so-let’s-go-black.
I’ll leave it up to you then with these images of how to apply both grey and black at home. I look forward to getting the votes in!
Grey is incredibly versatile as a base colour and accent colour alike: from dark and moody charcoal to soft and calming dove grey, there is something to suit every palette.
This installation works because of the incredible combination of textures. Smooth plastered walls with slight imperfections in the colour, combined with heavy knits and weaves. What a great way to display beautiful home accessories in the living room during the colder months!
This kitchen gets me unnaturally excited. The pièce de résistance of course being the focal pendants above the counter. While these are nothing new – we have been seeing cone-shaped pendants with metallic interiors in many colours over the last few years – we haven’t seen them yet in gorgeous grey. All these textures in the wood, concrete, smooth finishes of the cabinetry and marble, create a modern and sleek yet warm kitchen. Amazing.
FOCUS ON CHARCOAL
Charcoal makes a very effective feature wall, and if you have the option of combining it with paneling then all the better! Whether as a flat or gloss finish, it gives a room depth that is hard to replicate. Combined with wood and brass, it creates a cozy, masculine room.
This wall just makes me want to curl up in bed and read a thick book. It creates such a cozy room in spite of the use of cooler colours. It works because of the combination of textures and patterns, and of course the varied colour palette. A single tone would have been dull and boring; but this room is dynamic!
Black makes it to the trends list every year – it’s almost unfair to expect any colour to compete with it! Here’s how to use this classic on your home.
Go all out and paint the room in black. A light coloured floor, loads of natural light and crisp white trims and accessories prevents it from becoming gloomy. The wall also provides the perfect backdrop for the vintage leather sofa.
If all the black gets too much, break it up with bold floral prints. This is such a great play on last year’s black-ground trend!
Take the clinical out of an ultra modern space by going for black. And for ultimate effect, make sure you get the greenery in there as well.
If all of these are just too bold for you, opt to go with black accessories. Frames, desk accessories, furniture and lighting all make a great statement when combined.