All The Shades Of Grey

Grey, formely a colour associated with motionlessness and dullness, has fast grown in popularity amongst stylists. The cool tone works in any space from the bedroom to the living room and serves as a beautiful framework for many styles of furnishings. 

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Grey isn’t only solid and strong; it transmits a sense of calmness and tranquility, just the escape we need from our sometimes cluttered lives. It is a hue of maturity and responsibility and can infiltrate all other colours, making them low-intensity tones. It is frequently used as a background colour, and is the go-to hue for a modern and minimalistic touch. Grey is also often used as an innocuous background element but can be a very powerful design concept on it’s own.

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I believe very strongly that when it comes to desire, when it comes to attraction, that things are never black and white, things are very much shades of grey.

-Brian Molko

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With the warmer months fast approaching, designers looking into cooler tones have used the versatile neutral to create rooms ranging from edgy to serene. Forget white and peach, when it comes to neutrals, grey is your must-use shade.

Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is dignified, conservative, and carries authority

-Kate Smith

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Grey was largely classified as the absence color for centuries. It was a hue that was relegated to functional objects like peasant clothing, battle ammunition and painted on basement floors to hide filth.  Only with the start of photography and towers did artists really capture the luxury of grey. Today it is complimented by other shades such as silver or bronze and evokes a sophisticated ambiance.

Interesting facts about the colour Grey:

  • Grey represents non-involvement, giving it a formal authority.
  • Grey is associated with intellect and the brain is composed of “grey matter.”
  • The human eye can distinguish about 500 shades of gray.
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The silent power of grey in design is undeniable and is a useful modern design element. As we look forward to warmer days, expect to see grey in everything.


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Gabriella NeumboDigital intern Gabriella Neumbo was born and bred in the semi-arid country of Namibia but adopted by the African rainbow nation of South Africa. She has an unwavering passion for fashion, good food and travel, but it’s the adventures with her other love, photography, that would truly put you through a 1000 words.


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