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5 colours that go with grey

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WordsFrankie Marqueé


Calming, sometimes cooling, other times cocooning, but at all times easy-as-pie to blend into a room, that’s grey for you. The most-searched for paint shade researched revealed at the start of 2020; and in another study, out of the three colours deemed most ‘Instagrammable’ of all, only one wasn’t a shade of grey. But what about if you don’t want to see grey go lone wolf in your scheme? Then read on for our colour expert Sam’s summary of the five colours go with grey, best.

Understanding the colour grey

Grey is one of those ‘colours’ that is said to not actually be, a colour. Grey is a scale between white and black without any bona fide colours being added to it. True colours are those that can be created by blending any of the three primary colours, and no matter how much blue you put with yellow or the countless dabs of red you add, you’re never going to get a grey. Hence why, if we’re being picky, you’d say that grey is technically a shade rather than a colour.

“Grey on its own has a small impact on the colour world, but paired with other colours, grey can be the perfect backdrop”

But, let’s be honest, most of us refer to it as a colour and in colour psychology, it’s known as the colour of compromise. Solid, stable, calm, composed, but naysayers claim it’s a cold and an isolating shade – not if you make it part of a more enigmatic palette, however.

Colours that go with grey: pink

Starting off softly, pink in pretty much every guise goes extraordinarily well with all 50 shades of grey (we’re jest, there are seven in the Lick grey palette, nine if you include Greige 01 and Greige 02 taupe paint). Even the darkest greys are typically used like a neutral, and so adding a bit of blush here or a swash of bubblegum there (read up on the different sorts of pinks here) will provide lift and help your scheme to feel all the more warming and welcoming.

“A soft pink goes a long way with grey and can be used in many design genres with a little help from accent colours such as white, black, gold and wood elements.”

So harmonious are pink and grey that you can almost pair any together. Two of the palest can become the best of pals (light grey paint Grey 01 and Pink 01, for example will create the most delicate palette for the bedroom – talking of which, more bedroom colour palette inspiration right this way), but at the other end of the grayscale, charcoal greys (like charcoal grey paint Grey 08, green Grey 07 eggshell & matt paint) suit the lightest pinks as much as pinkier pinks like Pink 03 and Pink 04.