s too much of a good thing a bad thing? In décor it can surely happen! Especially when trends take hold, you have to know when too much is too much – too much DIY, too much shiplap, and too much greige everywhere! The result, if not applied properly, can be a hodgepodge of things in a bland gray room that lacks interest. Not the look you were going for I assume… No worries, I’ll show you just how to avoid falling into the trap of bland when decorating with gray, greige and neutrals!
Decorating With A Gray Color Scheme That Isn’t Boring Tip #1: Add A Touch Of Wood
Adding a bit of natural wood to any space adds some warmth and quality which we all need in our lives. It’s also incredibly versatile as you can add wood in pretty much anything or anywhere! You can have a decorative item made out of wood (drift wood is very popular), a coffee table made out of wood, a wooden dresser, hard wood floors, and the list goes on. The other advantage with wood is that it still keeps you within the ‘neutral’ color palette if that is the look you are going with.
Decorating With A Gray Color Scheme That Isn’t Boring Tip #2: Mix Tones
There is an incredible variety of gray tones out there to choose from so there is no excuse to be boring! Mix light grays with darker grays and if you’re feeling adventurous you can mix cool grays (some look almost blue) with warm gray (think the famous greige). Make sure there is enough variety between the colors you choose so they don’t all look the same.
Decorating With A Gray Color Scheme That Isn’t Boring Tip #3: Accent Colors
Choosing accent colors is as simple as picking two colors that you like :). Ok, maybe it’s not always that simple when there are tons of beautiful colors out there! Pick 2 colors that are not on the neutral scale that way it will add a bit of color and interest in the space. These colors can be mixed in artwork, pillows, flowers, décor items, etc.. My general rule of thumb is to have 3 different places in a room where the accent color appears.
Decorating With A Gray Color Scheme That Isn’t Boring Tip #4: Lighting
Adding some extra lighting to your space will add depth and dimension. Plus, it has the double function of working as a décor item! Look for table lamps, floor lamps, decorative lights, candles (bonus if they are battery powered), ceiling lights, etc.! Since your room is mostly gray find lights with warmer light bulbs unless the lamp is used to do some sort of work like reading, writing, cooking, etc. In this case, look for a lightbulb that has a cooler light which simulates daylight. It will prevent eye strain and give you more energy throughout the day. The exception is if you’ve gone more the beige and warm colored look, then you might prefer cooler lights in the entire space to balance things out a bit.
Above all, know you personality and the look you want to achieve :). Plus these tips can be used to prevent any color from looking over saturated in your home! If you like to have everything white beak it up a bit with the same tips mentioned above.