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Consider the atmosphere - Consider the paint.

It’s no surprise that grey is one of the most popular paint colours in the UK at the moment. It’s stylish without being showy. It doesn’t discriminate between genders. It’s the perfect backdrop for other, bolder colours. And it can bring a contemporary aesthetic to your home. What’s not to like?

It doesn’t matter if you plan to decorate your bedroom or living room, garden shed or upcycled furniture – or even your office, warehouse or other non-domestic property. Grey is such a stalwart of the paint scene that it’ll bring a reliably smart allure to any environment it inhabits. That’s why it represents an ideal option for home and business owners all around the country.

The trouble is, nothing is black and white when it comes to grey paint (see what we did there?). There are a wide variety of different shades and hues to choose from, each of which will add a subtle but unmistakable contribution to the colour scheme it’s part of. How can you know which is shade of grey is right for you?

Consider the environment

The first thing that you should take into account when deciding which shade of grey to plump for is the environment it is intended to adorn. Is it a workspace or a bedroom? A living area or kitchen? An outhouse or assorted furniture? The room (or rooms) you plan to paint will have a direct bearing upon the atmosphere you wish to conjure – and as a result, the exact hue of paint which is right for the job.

You should also consider the layout of the room, paying particular attention to its orientation and the amount of natural light it receives. Spaces with smaller dimensions may look very different when painted with the same shade of grey as those with a more expansive or open plan feel.

Meanwhile, north-facing properties are likely to receive less sunlight and thus feel a little colder than south-facing ones, which will experience far more UV rays and thus emit a sunnier feel. Tailor your paint choices to the layout of the room in question to ensure optimum harmony between the paint and the physical surroundings it adorns.

Finally, it’s essential to incorporate the existing décor into your plans. If your home is already awash with bright colours, consider how they might appear next to splashes of grey. In some settings, the neutrality of grey can enhance the sharpness of more vibrant tones, but it’s always beneficial to think things through before making your selection.

With that in mind, it’s imperative that you choose a shade of grey which will satisfy the two previous considerations outlined above – namely, it will complement the physical attributes of the room in question, while working to generate the atmosphere you crave. You can ensure this happens by matching a warmer or cooler grey to the surroundings as you see fit.

For example, a north-facing room which receives a small amount of sunlight would benefit from warmer hues of grey, compensating for the lack of natural warmth by bringing some of its own. Meanwhile, south-facing rooms lend themselves to a far greater palette of greys, though you may want to balance out their heat with a cooler hue.

As for east- or west-facing properties, a neutral grey which looks equally as elegant in sunlight as in darkness is an advisable course of action, though you can experiment at your own leisure using tester cards to strike upon the right shade of grey for your purposes and preferences.

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