Grey is the trendy colour in window treatments at the moment, with many moving away from all white décor, blinds and curtains, to a palette of grey.
In colour psychology, grey is considered a depressive colour which seems to appear in homes after an economic downturn. It evokes feelings of detachment and a disconnection with the world. Funny how grey has become so popular. I believe consumers have an underlying negative attitude towards the current world politically, economically and socially.
Grey is not in truth a colour, but a shade, consisting of parts of black and white, often with a touch of red blue, yellow or combinations of all three primary hues. You can have cool greys and warm greys (sometimes referred to as “greige”).
There are currently many options in window coverings that accommodate a neutral grey palette. And to be fair, greys are wonderful to enhance with bolder colours. Accessorizing with a grey décor is very simple and allows one to interchange and experiment with accent colours in cushions, bed covers and other decorative features.
Mixing pale wispy grey blinds with charcoal or silver toned sheers in either linen or linen look polyesters can create a textural feel, while shiny organzas can add a bit of bling. Charcoal itself is a wonderful neutral that coordinates with all primary and secondary colours. It is sophisticated in its intensity, and can add drama and cosiness to a room used on large windows. Contrary to popular opinion, charcoal sheers do not necessarily darken a room, as light passes through sheer fabrics and in the case of charcoal, can actually create greater visibility to the outside. However, on the flip side, a blockout-lined charcoal fabric will most certainly dominate and must be used carefully so as not to make a room feel like a cave.
Silvers are also fabulous in creating the popular Hollywood Luxe trend and reiterate the resurgence of metallic tones in home décor. It is important to note that silvers can appear to change colour at different times of the day, which must be considered if used over a large area.
Light greys are also popular teamed with crisp white or bold black. These tones are great for the faint hearted to move away from an all-white scheme without doing anything too daring. Always use caution with light greys as these are the shades that will highlight their undertones, which may include red or any other colour. Putting cool greys with warm greys can lead to decorating disaster!
The key to using greys successfully in window coverings is to work with textures, so that an almost 3D effect is created, which will lift the colour beyond its inherent neutrality. Fortunately, there is no shortage of fabulous textures available from gorgeous open weaves to chunky chenilles and napped velvets. If we can’t be bold with our colour choices, then at least we can compensate with daring textures!