It is no secret that grey has played a huge part in popular interior schemes for a good number of years now. Grey-painted walls have completely replaced cream or magnolia as the modern version of the go-to neutral in our homes. I for one am a huge grey fan (as you might have noticed, having recently painted my living room a very matt, clay-coloured grey). The most successful 'shades of grey' have ranged from very soft, grey-tinged whites, to deep, bold greys. The huge 'Downpipe-trend' peaked a couple of years ago, where everyone took the plunge to dark interiors using one of Farrow & Ball's now most popular shades.
This year we have seen a move towards using more colour in our homes. Bold jewel tones and a more 'maximalist' style have played a big part in key interior trends for 2018. While at Salone in Milan last month the key neutrals were very warm, beigey pink-tinged colours. So is grey over? Far from it, in fact. It is now all about using grey on the floor to compliment these new bolder colours or warmer neutrals.
Grey or grey-tinged flooring provides the perfect base for a more vibrant decor scheme as it keeps that balance and tones down an eclectic interior from being too crazy. As a neutral, it compliments a range of colours rather than clashing with them. Grey flooring would keep a room light and fresh, rather than deep-coloured floors which become the main focus of a room and feel heavy. A deep walnut floor demands all attention and needs to be balanced out with bright white walls. Instead, a grey floor lets other parts of the room do the talking. Traditional Oak or 'oak-style' floors often have a slight tinge of yellow or orange in the base-colour, which would dictate choosing the rest of the room scheme carefully so nothing clashes. With a grey floor, you are much more open and free to build on the neutral base.
Woodpecker sell a vast range of grey flooring in solid wood, engineered wood (which is compatible with underfloor heating, unlike solid wood) and more budget-friendly laminate. If a completely grey floor does not appeal, then there are a number of shades with an underlying use of grey within more traditional wood colouring. Using some samples of Woodpecker's grey flooring, I have created three decor schemes that I think would work perfectly with a grey floor.
The trend of combining blush pinks and gold metallics can be executed in a very feminine way; while this colour combination is also very popular in the luxe, upmarket interiors seen in magazines such as Elle Decor. Grey flooring works with this scheme impeccably as pink/gold/grey are just the perfect colour combination. This mood board was created with York Grey Washed Oak from Woodpecker , which is a very light, ash-coloured solid wood featuring strips of grey going through the length of the floorboard. This scheme would work well if creating a pretty but modern bedroom or living area at home.
More and more I see people move away from traditional kitchens to something much more exciting (and more cost-effective). Kitchens made from ply-wood with melamine coatings in bright oranges and teals, kitchens with flat-pack units but 'pimped' with bespoke doors, kitchens with metal-sheet splashbacks or using bold tiles. The total antithesis to the 'English country-kitchen', these kitchens make a total statement with bold colours and a retro-edge. To keep this scheme cohesive and from being too 'in your face' or clashing, a neutral floor is required. Woodpecker's Salcombe Moonbeam Oak engineered flooring , as seen in the mood board above, is perfect to use with this new, modern kitchen style as it is a soft, washed grey that works perfectly with confident, bold shades.
If you want a more natural decor scheme and want to use wood as a key feature in other parts of the room - such as for planter boxes filled with house plants erected on the wall, or even a 'wood wall' (did you see Katty from One Four Six's wood wall in her Revamp Restyle Reveal room??) then you do not want your room to be overloaded. Woodpecker's Berkeley Grey Oak is a genuine oak floor without the standard oak-orange tinge. Along with the engineered Goodrich Feather Oak, this shade is one of the lightest grey floor options available from Woodpecker. Team with grey-based whites and creams, plus natural, earthy features and textures to create a organic bathroom or kitchen/diner.
Woodpecker Flooring are currently running a fantastic competition giving you the chance to win up to 2k in Woodpecker Flooring (*note: it doesn't have to be in grey!). To enter all you need to do is head on over to your favourite social media channel and post a picture of a special memory that you have had either at home or in the glorious British countryside, tagging in @wearewoodpecker @woodpeckerfloors and using the hashtag #woodpeckermemories. The winner will be announced on the 31st July 2018. Head on over to Making Memories for more information.
This is my #woodpeckermemories entry - carrying my sleepy son on a warm evening in Epping Forest:
* This post is a paid collaboration with Woodpecker Flooring. However, all thoughts, opinions, mood board creations and design advice are completely my own. Thank you to Woodpecker Flooring for choosing collaborate with me.