Scheme 1: Complex.
“Try using Woodsmoke on walls, Snow White on the ceiling and Lambswool on trims,” suggests Melanie Stevenson of Porter’s Paints. “Woodsmoke is a complex grey, not a cool grey, that has undertones of yellow, violet and magenta. Lambswool is lighter, a white with a grey tone that teams and balances beautifully with Woodsmoke. Snow White is really an artist’s white. Very crisp and clean."
“For a slightly warmer grey/neutral combination, my palette will provide an elegant natural scheme with some warmth, however still creating an adaptable palette that schemes well with many other colours in accessories,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux. Her choices: Silkwort, Dieskau and Lexicon Half, all Dulux.
Scheme 2: Soft.
“For a light, soft scheme, use Athens on the main walls and Scandinavian Grey and Sheer Granite as accent colours for doors and feature walls,” recommends Sarah Stephenson of Wattyl. “For a bolder look go darker on the main walls and trim with the lighter colour. Contrasting the light and dark in similar amounts will create a dramatic, dynamic space.”
Look 3: Contrast.
“Working with similar undertones, these greys vary in shade, therefore create a subtle and soft colour scheme,” advises Andrea Lucena-Orr of Dulux. “If you want to add a contrasting colour Western Myall will work with any of these softer greys.”
“Using Violet Verbena as a neutral in quarter strength lends it to a strong palette with contrast tones in greys like Ship Shape and Black Flame. This works well with oak timber contrasts and Crisp White trims,” says Taubmans ambassador Shaynna Blaze.
Haymes' Wendy Rennie points to Sense, Marble Mist and Intrigue from the Haymes palette. “The perfect neutrals combination is grey, white and black," she says. "This combination gives the ideal contrast between light and mid-tone colours to accentuate the features of the space. The black acts as the focal point of the combination, adding statement and punch to the overall scheme.”