Since so many of you loved our post on how to enhance your home with neutral colors, we got the scoop from top designers, including Nate Berkus & American Dream Builders winner Lukas Machnik, on how to decorate with grey, one of the most popular colors in interior decor right now.
Nate Berkus is one of those designers that works with both colors and neutrals, but in his own living space gray is a “huge favorite.” Here, Nate anchors the space with a grey wool chesterfield sofa. He also adds pattern with a grey & white striped rug and sheen with silk drapery in a lighter shade. To balance the formality, he incorporates the natural, rugged texture of sea grass (the club chair), a theme that all of the designers in the post utilize.
Nate’s Tip: “The reason the sofa is the largest investment is because they’re not meant to be disposable. They’re meant to last for 20 years. So if you buy the most traditional one in a solid fabric, or the one with the cleanest lines, even if you’re a modernist, every time your tastes change it allows you a foundation to keep changing and letting your home evolve with your personality without having to go buy a new piece.”
Photo via DGAC Design; Quote from Nate Berkus via NBC Philadelphia
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This room by Windsor Smith has a European feeling to it with the French doors, classic crystal chandelier and “puddled” Douppioni silk drapery. What’s interesting, though, is that she has combined an ethereal ambiance with shabby-chic elements like the watercolor-esque walls and a naturally textured area rug. The room is really a layering of different eras, and it’s absolutely stunning.
Windsor’s Tip: “Blue and gray is my favorite color scheme. I use them in every project in one way or another. Any good color palate, including this one, needs a large dose of white to ground it. With rooms where you want more than one color, dilute the paint on the walls by 50 percent by adding pure white.”
Photo by Michael Wells
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Designer Elsa Soyars really makes this neutral room work because she’s built in layers of texture. It’s a yin and yang of sensual versus tactile with the grey silk headboard, the textured gold wallpaper and linen drapery. She has also added metal & granite-encrusted accessories for that hard/soft appeal.
Elsa’s Tip: “I typically work by instinct, and I do get inspired by color. Grey, in particular, has been a color I have been using–it’s neutral and mixes well with other neutral colors as well as purple, turquoise, green. My favorite color scheme lately is shades of grey, black, white, emerald green and other jewel tones.”
Photo by Bob Frame
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Lukas Machnik uses mainly grey, white and black in his designs. Here, he’s made this modern living room feel both edgy and livable with natural materials like the wood bark sconces, leather stools and sisial rug. The black and white abstract painting is the focal point, and the different shades of gray complement, rather than compete with the piece.
Lukas’ Tip: “The best spaces are the ones that are quiet and don’t scream. When using neutral tones, select furniture that is timeless, successful in function, and organic/geometric in form. My aesthetic leans toward Minimalism – it’s about the balance of moods, and creating neutral spaces that highlight form and function.”
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