5 tips on how to decorate with this latest colour

Grey can range from drab to fab - with shades like ash, lead and granite...through to silver, dove, pearl and slate.

Here are the do’s and don’ts of integrating this on-trend neutral shade into your décor...

1. DON'T be afraid of this oft maligned colour...

It can make a powerful statement in a minimalist setting. Light shades are commonly thought to open up spaces while darker shades create intimacy

But, say designers, the all over use of a wide palette of grey (one that extends over walls, floors and even ceilings) will, in fact, produce the illusion of enhanced space.

2.DO highlight architectural features...

Things like columns, arches and stairwells, can break up a large grey expanse, and offer definition and points of interest.

3.DON'T forget texture...

Texture is a great way to break up a monotonous area, with paneled walls or stippled paint techniques.

4.DO play with patterns...

Patterned wallpaper, or the addition of an interesting room divider, will add a playful touch to grey.

5. DON'T ignore lighting...

When decorating with grey, lighting becomes uber important. The right illumination will bring out hidden layers of greyness that can bring a room alive.

And don't be afraid to get the blues either...

From pastels to deep royals...

This colour of the sea and sky has made a comeback.

Blue-blocking is a reinvention of last year's colour-blocking.

Decorex Cape Town runs from 29 April – 2 May 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for more tips and the latest in decorating ideas.

Visit www.decorex.co.za for more information.

Images courtesy: iStock / Ghetty Images

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