Shades of Grey…

As with fashion, home decorating does go through its own interesting cycles of what’s in and what’s not and key periods in styling will always be remembered through the colours and designs that were in vogue in each decade or time period. Need I say more but to offer this anecdote.. when one remembers the green laminated benchtops that were in demand one instantly is taken back to the seventies and the beginnings of the eighties as we vividly remember this iconic look.

Over the last few years however we have all really embraced the power of decorating with neutral tones and adding the WOW factor to our homes with the accessories we select  to create the final impact to our look rather than adding the colour to more permanent fixtures within our homes that are harder to change constantly. This has allowed everyone more freedom to style and update their looks much more frequently with a minimum of fuss and expense each time.

 Everyone became very focused on what the favourite colours where to give themselves this blank canvas effect .







But I feel the tides are changing in the colours that we will now gravitate

towards in the continuing search for neutral colour palettes to decorate our home’s interior and exterior surfaces with. After attending the recent launch of the new Haymes’ Paint colour collection for the season ahead I have fallen in love with a whole new palette of colours and I think these will be the direction we shall head in the future.

From soft greys to deeper silver and more blue-grey tones we are now I feel at the beginning of a new era. Instead of always selecting a more stone based neutral with varying shades of creams and browns we will now be selecting these softer tones. These new shades will combine beautifully with the move towards using black as an accent colour within our homes as well as adopting a new

sophisticated feel to our home’s styling efforts.

The grey colour wheel also works perfectly with accents of red to make a very retro inspired statement or will look soft and feminine when paired with lilac and silver and a touch of bling. Yellow looks amazing when splashed within a room of grey as an accent colour and I love when orange is also combined with grey to look vibrant, seriously stylish and sophisticated.

So I think it will not be long before there is a new “must have colour”  which will be whispered among stylists and decorators alike and then gain public

adoration as it is shouted from the rooftops. We will be naturally drawn to select this colour to make our homes a true vision of neutral beauty and it will allow us to unleash the decorator within as our possibilities of choices become limitless…



  1. Belinda Bilotta :

    Dear Karen,
    So excited to be reading issue 4. It is full of so many hints and ideas that I will be incorporating when we build our new dream home. I love your realistic advice. You certainly know your stuff. I’m still at the beginning of the process and feeling a little overwhelmed but by following your pearls of wisdom I hope to create a beautiful home. I’m loving the website revamp and the online shop which I’m sure will be called upon in the not too distant future! I would love to meet you in person and me need some one on one help soon arghhhhh. Also any chance you will be doing a seminar in Sydney???
    Kind regards,

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