Colour has potential to be one of the most stylish colours
charcoal velvets, and rough timber or brick finishes all add depth and softness to the room. Flooring finished in natural wood tones work particularly well with warm greys. For a cooler effect finish floorboards in Resene Colorwood Greywash. Grey is also a colour that can completely change in different lights, so Resene testpots will be your best friend. Try different shades in different parts of the room, and under natural and artificial lighting to see how the colour changes. Top lighting tip: As a general rule when it comes to grey rooms, the cooler the grey you choose, the warmer (more yellow) the lighting should be. Check that it still feels cosy and welcoming at night, rather than dark and cold. WHAT THE HECK IS GREIGE? You don’t have to spend too much time researching grey shades before you come across greige, which describes shades that are a blend of grey and beige. It’s a word that’s been around for a long time but has been having a modern resurgence. The warmth of these brown or beigetoned greys makes them extremely versatile. They’re very user-friendly for home decorators looking for a hardworking colour as a background that will work with multiple other shades. Some popular Resene greige shades include Resene Half Napa, Resene Triple White Pointer and Resene Quarter Stonehenge. Give them a lift with bright whites and accent colours in a nautical blue like Resene Spinnaker or try tonal layers in Resene Sepia and Resene Stonewall. OTHER GREY MOODS While the versatile grey/beige combination of greige gets a lot of attention, there are plenty of other fun parts of the grey spectrum to play in. Stormy greys with blue/green or even slight lavender tones look sleek and urban. Some can run towards cool, so test different shades on your room. Some examples are Resene Emerge, Resene Clouded Blue or Resene Duck Egg Blue. Charcoal is the drama queen of the grey family, particularly when used on walls with lighter tonal layers and a contrasting accent. Try Resene Bokara Grey with a fresh touch of Resene Tusk and Resene Truffle. For a softer, calm grey mood try true or mid-grey shades like Resene Grey Nurse, Resene Concrete or Resene Half Stack. Add warm tonal layers in shades like Resene Freestyling and a dark contrast such as Resene Indian Ink. DID YOU KNOW? Grey is thought to enhance creativity. Why not give it a try in the home office or kids’ study area? IN ITS NATURAL HABITAt Grey has long been used as a staple colour of our exterior decorating, particularly for weatherboard houses and corrugated iron roofs. It’s ability to blend with its surroundings makes it a perfect shade to use in other areas like walls and fences or make outdoor living areas feel cosy. How about a bold charcoal or deep greige front door, in Resene Ironsand or Resene Baltic Sea. Darker grey shades also work well on outdoor furniture, to give it a concretelike, sturdy feel. Then surround them in lush greenery and add brightly coloured cushions for a sophisticated tropical vibe. The flip side of this is to paint a mid-grey screen or backdrop for your outdoor seating, which would match with natural wood or lightly stained furniture. ● For hundreds of home project ideas from kiwi decorators, visit www. habitatbyresene.co.nz, or visit your local Resene ColorShop for advice for your next decorating projects.