There once was a colour called grey. It was lonely, dull and had a reputation for being boring. Then it decided to emerge from the shadows with a whole new façade.

Even though it's been a popular colour with interior designers for the last five years or so, grey feels relatively new to the interior scene. Leaving its moodier, darker and bolder predecessor behind, this new version of grey has been refreshed and revamped with paler blue or peach under tones. It's the perfect partner to Scandi, mid-century or contemporary interiors, but after working its way into the standard neutral palette, grey can work with pretty much any style.

Because of its newcomer status, it can be seen as a tricky colour to work with. Have you ever considered painting your walls grey and then backed out because you weren't entirely sure on how to style it? 

Grey really isn’t as scary as it sounds. It pairs perfectly with so many different shades and is in fact an easier colour to work with than most. And when it comes to colour trends, grey is one shade that's set to stay. Don’t be put off by it's lack of warmth and perhaps bold connotations – think of it as a modern alternative to neutral.

Read on to find out five gorgeous ways to style grey, and perhaps you'll dare to bare the shade on your walls soon.

1. Pair it with rose pink

     

    Pictured: Matalan Ombre Print Velvet Cushion - £8, Isaac Chairs (set of 2) - £159.

    Calm and tranquil, light grey is the perfect partner to rose pink. This heavenly combination looks utterly beautiful, creating a calming room that’s perfect for relaxing with a good book. Throw in some copper blush accents to lift your space to the next level, or run with the modern Bohemian theme to give your room a sophisticated yet fun feel. 

    2. Pair it with mustard yellow

       

      Pictured: Matalan Knitted Pouffe - £65, Corina Tall Chest £255.

      Add a splash of sunshine to your grey theme with zingy mustard yellow. Grey creates the perfect canvas for vibrant colours, letting bold tones take the limelight whilst having just enough coolness to stop a bright colour from looking garish. Accessorise grey walls with key pieces of furniture to make a statement, or opt for soft furnishings so that you can easily switch up your colour scheme when you fancy a change. 

      3. Pair it with duck egg blue

         

        Pictured: Matalan Egyptian Cotton Housewife Pillowcases - £8, Isabella Fabric Bed - £469.

        If you'd rather not re-paint a room, shake things up by injecting some colour with a new bed frame and bed linen. Mix up shades of soft, blue-based grey and dreamy shades of duck egg blue to create a gorgeous sleep space. By picking an upholstered fabric bed in a pretty blue tone, you'll create a statement focal point that oozes sleep appeal. 

        4. Pair it with dusky purple

          Pictured: Matalan Large Chenille Cushion £10, Fika Wooden Floor Lamp ( coming soon )

          Contrast smokey grey with a dusky purple for a romantic setting that’s reminiscent of relaxed summer nights with a contemporary, moody edge. Combining these two deeper tones together creates the perfect formula for a high-end feel. To stop your space from looking too glam, opt for on-trend textures such as linen, chenille or matte look fabrics, and give a nod to Nordic or industrial style with metals and painted woods.

          5. Pair it with cream

          Pictured: Shimmer Rug - from £55, Robin Day Polo Sled Chair £89.

          Calming, soft, yet full of cool Scandi appeal, grey and cream make a winning combination. Rather than sticking to harsh whites, warm things up a little with a shade of soft cream. Cream tends to be a popular colour for classic interiors, so if your walls are already this colour, introduce some grey with furniture and soft furnishings. Take a step in the new, interior rule breaking direction and contrast textures for a modern, personal touch. We love mixing sleek, shiny plastics with snug, shag pile rugs for a new take on glam.

          *Prices correct at time of publishing. Prices subject to change.

          Still want some more grey ideas? Find out more colours that go with grey, here.