First, I’ve always spelled it grey but in doing the research for this post I wanted to make sure. Apparently, gray is the American spelling while grey is the original British spelling. Either way both are considered correct and acceptable.
I guess it’s only fitting that such a powerful neutral color should warrant two spellings. There are hundreds maybe even over a thousand shades of grey. I don’t think anyone has ever really counted.
Grey is a neutral color which allows an accent color to be pronounced to higher levels than other typical neutrals . Grey can be often thought of as cold. I believe grey is very versatile and can be warm or cool depending on the shade and how it’s used with other colors. Can you think of a color that doesn’t work with grey? Either can I.
Grey is the hot neutral de jour but the shade gaining momentum is charcoal. Still trending today is grey and yellow and that’s where we start.
Contemporary Decor Grey with Yellow Accents
Modern Decor with Grey and Yellow
Glam Decor with Grey with Yellow and black accents
Let the accessories dictate the color accent
Grey couch with yellow accents
Yellow draperies and opposite wall yellow couch balance the room
Grey and pink are classic. Both soft and hot pink work well with grey.
Traditional Decor white, grey and hot pink
Charcoal with soft pink
Unique entrance with soft pink door
Charcoal Grey back drop makes all other hues stand out
Attention getting charcoal grey and hot pink
Lovely Dark grey with fun pops of color
All hues of green continue to trend but especially when paired with grey.
Kelly green and grey
Note how the medium grey lines up with the fire place
Chartreuse and grey
Green and grey
The chartreuse pops off that grey
Green and grey make a great combination
Another classic pairing is grey and red, very popular Christmas motif too.
Grey, red and repeat 3 times
Nature does it best
Red kitchen doors add so much life to this small space
Contemporary Decor with grey and red
Doesn’t take much to add red to grey
Modern Living with hits of red
Grey and blue is soothing and often comes across as delicate. There are many shades of blue that work so well with grey. Everything from cobalt blue to aqua.
Different blue hues grounded by grey couch
A touch of blue softens this masculine space
aqua blue pairs so well with light grey
Great white and grey pattern mix with a touch of aqua blue
Rich cobalt blues and charcoal grey
Paint a piece of furniture the accent color from something you already have
Grey’s new and vibrant partner is orange. Orange can be found in different hues from rust to brightly infused with yellow. A softer version of orange is Coral which has been gaining ground because of it’s closeness to pink derived from nature.
Modern decor grey and orange
Rustic greying woods with pops of eclectic metal orange chairs
Pattern mix of grey and orange
Soft orange with medium grey accents
New coral accents with grey
Subtle rust with grey floor
My personal favorite combination is purple and grey. Cool grey is warmed with plums and purples.
Glam Decor with light grey walls with rich purples
Modern decor with grey and plums
Concrete is warmed up with purple furnishings
Contemporary decor using grey furnishings and purple accessories
Charcoal grey with warm purples
Modern decor with charcoal grey couches
And, grey works so well with many brown wood stains too.
Modern decor with light grey walls
Modern decor brown wood with grey slate
Deep brown wood cabinets with grey ceramic backsplash
Contemporary decor with tone on tone grey and medium brown wood accents
Note how the medium brown stain pops off the light grey walls
Contemporary decor with warm grey walls with brown stained wood