Grey

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
April 28, 2011 7:44am CST
Not content with having dull weather for most of the year (fortunately, we've had blue skies and beautiful sunshine for a few days) the new, IN colour for interior design is.. GREY! Derek (a Geordie designer on 60 Minute Makeover) admitted this on the show yesterday. The new series started in March and I've hardly seen any bright colours in bedrooms and living-rooms...now I know why. Time and again I've seen rooms re-done on telly in a gorgeous fashion, only to be disappointed with the muted colours. This is a shame because wallpaper, especially, is awesome now but the designers are choosing "safe" colours. Why? Who makes these decisions? Don't we have a mind of our own or what? Being in a grey room is like being in a battleship, a tank or a submarine. Not for me! How about you? Do you like the colour grey or "muted tones of grey?" Yeh, right. Gimme some red I say!
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• United States
28 Apr 11
I would feel like I was in prison if I had a gray room. Not that I would know what that is like but it would depress me. It is too dull for me. I am with you liven up the room, red and or even burgundy would brighten up my mood nicely upon entering the room. Our apartment has beige all over, yuck and we had no choice. We were told next year we could change it on our own but we will be moving and hopefully I can add some color to our new place. lol
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 Apr 11
The colour aubergine was in last year and Mum used that colour with green in her bedroom. It looks lovely. Grey would look hideous. Carpets have changed in style too. Now, I like plain carpets..nice thick ones that never wear out but the in-trend (apparently) are stripey carpets! Fine if you have perfect, level floors but a stripey carpet would look wavey in here, I'm sure! Flowery carpets are set to make a come-back as well. Oh, no, what a disaster! I bet you can't wait to move and get the beige out of your life!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
28 Apr 11
Red burns my eyes and looks black to the roomie, but give me violet any day!
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 Apr 11
Yes, violet is a lovely colour, I agree! You notice how colours in nature (flowers) go together? This is always something that has fascinated me..and I can't remember seeing any grey flowers either!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
28 Apr 11
I think that when they paint things that color, they think other things will "pop" against them, not realizing that some people want color in their lives. Now, blue can be considered a neutral without washing out the rest of the room
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 Apr 11
It's ages since I've seen blue in 60MM. Yesterday they did a foster kids' room in ORANGE panelling. I mean, that's going too far the other way. How on earth can anyone sleep surrounded in orange?
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• Argentina
28 Apr 11
Grey? Nooo. I love white colors with shades of beige combined with touches of colors like blues or reds in pillows or flowers or anywhere and biiiig windows. I imagine how luminous and warm would be a house like this, perfect for happy summer days :)
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 Apr 11
I love white colours too although I'm not a big fan of cream, probably because there is far too much of it in this house. It just looks like a dirty white to me. I do like pastel shades that are an off-shoot of white, are those the colours you mean? Gorgeous!
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
28 Apr 11
i am with you. the weather a good part of the year here in Canada is greay, so why would i want that in my house? i am still for the warm colours of autumn (ie reds, oranges, browns,blacks) and blue for my bedroom because of its calming effect.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 Apr 11
They reckon black and white goes with everything and I would certainly use those, along with red, if I had the chance in here. I love glass too but 60MM seems to have large pieces of wooden furniture that I DO like, especially if they have drawers for storage (coffee tables) but I do prefer the white, French-inspired furniture. Oh, I can but dream my friend!
@GardenGerty (104277)
• United States
29 Apr 11
Oh, my house needs so much, but it is never, ever going to be grey or gray if you are on my side of the pond. I have a room that is shades of blue and white--my spare room/sewing room. I want yellow curtains. I have one antique iron bed that is light blue, and I just got another one that is going to be a mid yellow. I love yellow and blue together. Most of my downstairs rooms are pale peach. I painted them like that almost twenty years ago. They had had an atrocious dark olive green print wall paper. I found that peach looks good as a background for almost any color whether it be pastels or even black. I have never done anything with the dining room, the wall paper was kind of peachish with a little gold. I want to do something, but Life keeps getting in the way. In fact I would like to have one wall kind of a rich red. I have the paint. My bedroom has lots of turquoise. I like jewel tones best, I think.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
29 Apr 11
Great colours you mention there my friend! My bedroom at Mum's has yellow wallpaper (with an embossed sprig design on it that's warm to the touch) and it's been on for quite some time but I never get bored of the colour! A lot of light comes in there anyway so that helps to create a more "sunny" room, unlike the rooms here that I've had no input on whatsoever (cue the in-laws, they are responsible before I came onto the scene) but, once we win the Lottery, we shall re-decorate the whole house..then SELL IT!!
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@GardenGerty (104277)
• United States
29 Apr 11
It sounds like a plan to me.
• United States
10 Jul 11
i do prefer darker colors,i'm photosensitive and too bright in a room kills my eyes. grey would be ok,but i'd probably also add a contrasting crown border,or maybe some wainscotting. i've always been more on the side of victorian type treatments,with the embellishments.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
10 Jul 11
We have the silver blinds up now and I love them. They have a diagonal stripe effect on them which gives them a slight shimmer. Red will look gorgeous with them but I do want the wallpaper to be more subtle so I don't get bored with it. These are my current favourites and yes, I do have samples lol. http://www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk/products/graham-and-brown/serenata/82379 http://www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk/products/graham-and-brown/jazz/84805 The top one would be a feature wallpaper and the bottom one would go above the dado rail..I've yet to decide on the colour paper for below the dado rail but it would have to be darker..probably red.
@derek_a (10902)
29 Apr 11
Hi Janey, I think it's a matter of our TV stars (and others) deciding on what they think is a good idea, and those of us who think they are great, just have to follow on. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, I see them as just ordinary flesh-and-blood people, with slightly bigger egos of course, thinking how great it would be if a huge amount of people will emulate them.. Personally, I would rather have what I find comfortable. Like pleasing colours and not wearing trouser that I have to do my utmost to stop them falling around my ankles when I am out walking! I guess you've seen those. It's quite amusing watching some of the young lads struggling with them as they walk along. I often wonder if they would land flat on their faces if they had to run for a bus or train. Or am I showing my age now? Mind you, I have done equally crazy stuff I permanently damaged my feet by wearing cuban-heals and winkle-picker shoes back the 60s when I was a kid. They hurt like hell, but there was no way I was going to be wearing the "sensible shoes" like my dad! _Derek
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
29 Apr 11
Haha! I don't think my Dad has ever worn a decent pair of shoes, with the exception of his working boots. He has the knack of wearing shoes that..well, are cheap and nasty and he wonders why he gets corns!
• China
29 Apr 11
As for the colour,of course ,there is no accounting for tastes.Some like warm tone ,others like cool tone,It has most likely to do with people's psycological factor which is acquired.For my part,I know better than to take grey colour as main tone of my room.Apart from what you said vividly -battleship,tank,submarine,It makes me feel as if I lived in winter all day,putting me in a depressing mood.If let me choose,I like either milky white or white.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
29 Apr 11
You should patent that "Milky White" and ring Dulux paints up! Tell them you have an idea for a colour they might be interested in. Honestly, it's genius!
@BarBaraPrz (21073)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Apr 11
My kitchen is a yellow ochre, living rooms pale sage green and bedroom deep turquoise... bright enough for you?
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
28 Apr 11
Lovely!
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