Your hair going grey can be seen as a negative thing, as is overcast grey weather. But when it’s in your home it can be game changer of the positive variety. The vast array of hues this color has to offer can turn your space super moody or light and bright – it just all depends on the intensity. Grey’s versatility allows for exceptional layering of tones, whether it’s grey on grey like the living room above or some other color. One of the most beautiful things about this color that’s often seen as cold is just how nicely it plays with everyone else on the spectrum!
This kitchen couldn’t feel more inviting if it tried. The grey on the bottom cabinets play the ideal middleman between the white subway tile and farmhouse sink and the black countertops and grout. Because it’s tinged with yellow the tone feels warm, rather than cool like we’re accustomed.
I do love a good concrete floor, but what’s more in this bathroom is the texture the medium grey walls and divan bring to the game. By adding a light wood to the supporting cast, this space manages to bring even more texture and a nice contrast into the picture. The natural light the large windows allow in go a long way toward warding off any dreariness as well.
This light grey is the color I have in my own home, literally my entire home. If you like your belongings to be the stars of the show, this is the way to go because this silvery hue acts as a nice neutral canvas for everything to make its mark upon. Very light grey is also a hallmark of Scandinavian chic interiors and many a minimal space. This bedroom feels like a great place to relax and wake up refreshed!
Let’s not forget about one of the most popular members of the grey family – deep charcoal. The white moldings and picture frames paired with it in this lengthy hallway are doing everything right and playing off of the dark neutral beautifully. You would expect it to feel dark and imposing, but the effect is actually just the opposite!
If you’re not looking to redecorate and entire room or paint at the moment, another way to integrate grey into your space is through a floor rug that ties in with what you’ve already got.
You know those times when a room looks incredible, but one little thing is missing that you can’t put your finger on? Sometimes that thing is a rug. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a legit interior designer or someone who likes to play at being one in their spare time, facts are facts. Rooms need texture and defined spaces to look and feel complete. Let’s check out five rug-less spaces that could go up a livability level with the addition of a little something underfoot.
First up, this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen and dining area that could use a little space delineation. By bringing in a rectangular rug in colors that already exist in the room’s palette you can already breathe easier. The traditional pattern gives a nod to a Scandi farmhouse vibe, while the colors within it stay muted and in the background so as not to overwhelm the simplicity of the space.
Don’t you just want to crawl under that massive pile of bedcovers and hibernate? I definitely do, but I’d also like something nice to set foot on once I wake up from my long winter’s nap. I’d pull this artsy and abstract rug into the space in a large size that would fit under the bed with space to spare on both sides for an extra layer of warmth.
I’m all about interiors that make a space feel light and airy, but without a rug in this entry it feels a bit empty. This is another case of relying on the existing color palette to avoid overwhelming an area with a rug that immediately draws your eye downward and keeps it there. The creams, whites, and greys translate perfectly to this round beauty that will help give the entryway an open yet welcoming vibe.
Cement floors can be incredibly chic, but without some distinction in this space they just feel cold. (And with that beauty of a fireplace it should be anything but!) I’d add this graphic floor rug under and in front of the couch to bring some pattern into the picture and cozy up the sitting area without distracting from what’s obviously a gorgeous view outside those massive windows.
Rugs in the kitchen can be controversial, but I’m all for them! Pretreating and spot removal are no big deal, and I always feel like a floor rug makes the space that everyone naturally gravitates toward that much more welcoming. The clean lines in this kitchen, paired with touches like that lovely chalkboard, are asking for a little something extra. This rug holds true to the aesthetic that’s already been outlined and manages to make me want to spend hours chatting there even more.
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If you’d like your space or even a single room to look fresh and modern without feeling cold, might I suggest the color combination of mint green and black? I’m guilty of always leaning towards white when working with black, oftentimes forgetting how it can work as a neutral when paired with other colors. The result of this particular union is one that’s cooly sophisticated and refreshing.
My favorite way of trying out a new color scheme is to create an accent wall. It’s an affordable project that doesn’t eat up much time, and of course, if it doesn’t work out that can be remedied quickly with another coat of paint.
This vintage-inspired bathroom puts mint front and center with black playing a supporting role, framing the main act with a sharp border both top and bottom. The overall effect is stunning, with the pretty tile work practically begging to be called art in its own right. Pairing the square and penny tile together was a great design decision.
For a daring floor refresh try painting them mint! (Particularly if they’ve seen far better days and could use an update.) I love the way this dining area pulls black into the design through the window framings and light fixture above the table. I might go a step further with lacquered black chairs as well as some large art in a black frame.
This dining area is riding the edge of the color combo with a foursome of lovely minty chairs and a few black accessories. The two colors are still prominent, with the white walls and lightly colored wood floors falling into the background…just in a more subdued way. Which is usually how most of us choose to incorporate color trends into our lives anyway.
I saved the best for last – this bathroom that boldly mixes both pattern and color into a perfectly art deco-like space. It’s bold without feeling overdone, colorful, without feeling like too much. The soft curves of the sinks and hairpin legs help to balance out the sharp lines of the mirror and vanity.
Another way to incorporate mint and black into your space is with a great floor rug!
Just when you think you’ve seen everything bedroom decor has to offer, along comes something refreshingly different. I’m talking about oversized headboards. If you want your bed to make a big statement you’re definitely going to want to check out this trend and the possibilities that come along with it. The channel tufted version above is an absolute dream that makes the shorter walls from the slanted ceiling feel much taller as a result of its sheer size.
But don’t feel like you need to stay to the tried and true route. This bedroom went the route of a massive folding screen behind a fairly standard headboard. It manages to mimic the wall’s angles and helps to create a cozy cocoon of the bed and tables. I really like the layered headboard look, but it’s safe to say that this design would look just as good without the shorter one.
Different versions of this extra tall tufted headboard are probably the most popular, and I can’t help but think of the various lighting options these big guys lend themselves to. These library lights are stunning, but pendants hanging in the same spots or swing lights would be just as show-stopping.
Here’s an example of those pendants with an extra wide velvet channel tufted beauty. I like that they didn’t double up and add a table lamp as well, it helps clear up space for plants, books, and whatever else takes up that bedside table real estate. In this space, the designer matched the bedskirt to the headboard to make it feel more connected, but what’s so great about this trend is that you can simply slide that oversized headboard right behind a platform bed for a brand new look.
If you’re interested and want to experiment there’s also the DIY route. Control the size and intricacy of your piece by using wood and making your own with plywood, two by fours, or anything else you’re drawn to. Finish in a stain, get creative with some paint, or cover it over with batting and fabric for your own tufted masterpiece! You can also create the illusion of an oversized headboard by hanging a large rug on the wall, like these.