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Grey's role in home décor is changing. Variations on this color have long been popular for the outside of your house — think smoke-hued exterior walls and fog garage doors — but now it's moving indoors.

As yesterday's trendy teal morphs into moody shades of slate, hard-edged Steel Grey has been declared one of Pantone's colors of the year for 2015. Gray in myriad hues is popping up in all areas of today's home and despite serene-sounding paint names like Repose, Mild Wind, Dreamscape and Worn Leather Shoes, it is surrounded by thunderclouds of controversy.

Fans of the color hail it as the sophisticated new neutral, while foes find it dull and depressing. Which side of the grey gap are you on? Do you love it or hate it?

Where you'll see grey these days
Stylish homeowners are painting their living room walls in grey tones as an excellent backdrop for colourful and vibrant contemporary artwork, a prized collection of stunning antiques, or a showpiece chandelier. Standout effects include dusky painted brick, dramatic raw concrete or elegant charcoal-patterned wallpaper.
grey loungeThe master bedroom becomes a very personal, low-stress refuge with smoky walls. Grey in more muted tones is also the surprising new color of choice in modern baby nurseries, softened with pastel accessories and a teddy bear or two. Chic bathroom walls and floors sport crisp-looking grey tiles or, for a generous dollop of luxury, intriguingly veined grey marble.
grey bedroomKitchens showcase grey in myriad ways. In addition to walls, various permutations of the color make an appearance on cabinets, open shelves, and backsplashes. It coordinates beautifully with the ever-popular stainless steel appliances.
grey kitchenAdvantages of grey decor
Grey as a theme in your home décor makes a very contemporary design statement. The color has a more distinctly defined personality than the traditional white, yet still gives a neutral impression. This is an essential element in curb appeal, especially if you're looking to attract hip young buyers. Neither stereotypically masculine like stark black nor feminine like dainty pink, grey is serene, harmonizing with almost every other colour. Its casual feel fosters a sense of comfort and intimacy.

Disadvantages
In a room with limited natural light, grey will make its surroundings appear dim, gloomy, and cold unless the atmosphere is enhanced by appropriate light fixtures. Opting for a subtle pearly grey with warm undertones will help as well. The color may also induce a cramped feeling, although this is less of a problem in homes which are designed with a spacious open floor plan or soaring ceilings.

Dark greys like jet are striking when combined with lighter trim, such as crown molding or board and batten in white or off-white. Try a contrast wall (otherwise known as an accent wall a la 2015), or complement using colorfully upholstered furniture or bright full-length curtains. Splash with red to create a sense of drama, particularly if it's punched up with a high-gloss finish. How about a lacquered scarlet coffee table?

Alternatively, rev the walls up with a bright, bold color like amethyst or brick, highlighted with a rich grey carpet or stone floor. Grey is adaptable to fit in with any decorating style - just be flexible and use your imagination. For instance, the creamy classical pewter walls of a formal dining room can translate into silvery weathered reclaimed wood panels in a country farmhouse setting.

Peace of Mind

Boland Painters has been in the business of painting residential homes and commercial properties since 2006. As such we know how easily small detail if overlooked can amount to quite a substantial sum at the end of your project. For this very reason we will put aside the time needed to comprehend your needs and the requirements of your project. Providing you with a detailed quotation, leaving no surprises when you receive our final invoice.

This quotation will also serve as a blue print for the team assigned to your painting, building or electrical project ensuring your project is completed to specification. If you would like a quotation or make use of our color consultation service, one of our experienced site managers will personally visit your property. If during your project any problem arises, we are here to listen and find a solution. Professional Painters, Builders and Electrical Contractors, Boland Painters is your restoration expert.

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Advice and Handy Tips

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    Aug '15

    First tile then paint

    Q. We have been dreaming of re-doing our kitchen for years now. After much debate we decided to take the plunge and go for it. Now we are wondering what we should do first, paint the walls or tile the floor?

    A. Well this question caused quite some debate in the Boland Painters, Builders and Electrical Contractor's office, but in the end we all agreed that tiling first is the best option. Allow the tile cement and grout to dry completely then cover the floor with heavy duty plastic taping the edges to the tiles with masking tape. And then start painting the walls. After all it is easier to cover a floor that it is to cover all the walls.

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