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To want to know, what is the new 'grey'?

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ForeverInADay · 26/03/2021 16:53

Inspired shamelessly by a thread I just read BUT if painting whole houses grey (I am almost guilty of doing planning this) will soon be out of fashion, much as white and before that, magnolia - what do you think the new grey will be?!

I have over half a house left to paint but zero artistic flare! If I'm left to my own devices it will all go grey as I like my calm grey kitchen and living room. Now I think I may need saving from myself!

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Einszwei · 26/03/2021 16:55

Mustard,navy and velvet furniture.


Happycat1212 · 26/03/2021 16:58

Navy seems to be the new grey


Notjustanymum · 26/03/2021 17:02

Teal, if the current rash of tv interior design shows are anything to go by...


MistyGreenAndBlue · 26/03/2021 17:02

Panelling isn't it? Grin


Londonmummy66 · 26/03/2021 17:03

Navy which is a bummer as I've had a navy dining room for 20 odd years now and it always looked a bit different and now it is going to look dated.


Merryoldgoat · 26/03/2021 17:03

Oh bollocks - I’ve had teal long before it was fashionable and now it will look like all the other houses.


Ahbahbahbah · 26/03/2021 17:10

Mustard, teal and navy are all “on trend” right now which means in 5 years time they’ll be horribly dated.

Grey is honestly already dated.

My next house will be entirely magnolia and I don’t care :)


Einszwei · 26/03/2021 17:11

The best thing is to try and choose colours you like and ignore any trends. If it coincides with a 'trend' then so be it. Find a print or a cushion/textile you like and pick out colours to use on walls.


Makegoodchoices · 26/03/2021 17:19

I’m starting to paint grey things white, just to look fresher than the boring grey.


Iwishiwereheather · 26/03/2021 17:24

Pretty certain it’s brown, beige and neutrals - Scandi with pampas grass kind of vibes.


BlackBucketOfCheese · 26/03/2021 17:47

Magnolia-y/beige and earth tones is getting very cool amongst arty millennials who are desperate to get away from the navy, velvet sofa set.


emmathedilemma · 26/03/2021 17:50

Navy kitchens


TheWernethWife · 26/03/2021 17:52

I have a grey feature wall which was done years ago - its being re-painted in Teal over the Easter holidays.

Did toy with navy though.


ConstanceGracy · 26/03/2021 17:56

We have just moved into a new house and the entire thing was magnolia and so horrible!
I don’t see white as being outdated as it’s literally a blank canvas so you can add colour however you like.
We have painted hall way , dining room and a couple of bedrooms white and have bright pictures on the walls, colourful rugs and chairs etc.. downstairs toilet is sapphire salut ( navy) and front room and our bedroom is Rocksalt (very pale grey) .
I just like what I like so if it’s out of date then it doesn’t really bother me .


Lavanderrose · 26/03/2021 17:58

Beige is the new grey.
Or greige.


minipie · 26/03/2021 18:00

Yup, the new grey is beige. With lots of wood and rattan and terracotta and plants. See eg Zara Home.

Warmer greys are being rebranded as stone or beige or “warm neutral”. 5/10 years ago it was the other way round...


dayswithaY · 26/03/2021 18:00

I've heard it's brown. Not greige or beige but proper, 1970s brown.


UnconsideredTrifles · 26/03/2021 18:01

I was looking at paint in Wickes last week - apparently a sort of poo brown is the colour of 2021. Covers a multitude of sins with small children, I suppose...


RickiTarr · 26/03/2021 18:02

I think we will all take a turn back to eclectic boho style soon. The vast seas of grey will push us to the opposite.


Elieza · 26/03/2021 18:02

I think it’s navy just now. Then it could be wood - tiki hut style, rattan, pampas, orange and mustard next.

Looks like 70s stuff is still in favour. Like multiple pendant light fittings (possibly with coloured bulbs) hostess trolleys, gold/brass tables etc with glass or mirror inserts. Geo shapes.

So work out what else there was in the 70s that’s not ‘in’ yet as it’s bound to happen soon!


SummaLuvin · 26/03/2021 18:03

Warm neutrals - browns, beige, terracotta, taupe... Colours that give a soft, warm, cosy vibe.


woodhill · 26/03/2021 18:03

I've just started liking the grey, compare to my dated duck egg, brown cream colour palette


Bluntness100 · 26/03/2021 18:03

Shades of green.


RickiTarr · 26/03/2021 18:03


I've heard it's brown. Not greige or beige but proper, 1970s brown.

Oh FGS. Is this all about national (MH) depression? Doesn’t anyone remember 70s browns (and oranges)?

FirewomanSam · 26/03/2021 18:03

I’m on a few interior design Facebook groups and I’d say 99% of the living rooms I see on them are dark green/teal!

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