How to Design a Room Using Cream & Gray Together

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How to Design a Room Using Cream & Gray Together
Choosing the correct shades of grey can create a light, airy room. (Flying Colours Ltd/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Using grey and cream can create a stunning effect in any room of the house. Although grey is often considered a rather masculine colour, the cream counteracts this. Gray can be a rather oppressive colour when used incorrectly, but there are so many shades available that this does not need to be the case. Gray and cream together can create a clean looking, striking, minimalist room for children and adults alike.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Selection of grey and cream materials
  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Gray and cream accessories

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  1. 1

    Choose lighter shades of grey for large areas like walls, curtains, rugs and furniture. Light greys are often silvery in colour, giving the room a brighter sparkle. Consider using splashes of silver around the room to lighten the shades of grey even more.

  2. 2

    Look out for patterned wallpapers or curtains/blinds to add texture to the room, and add a more feminine appearance. Gray and cream is quite a cold colour combination, so look to add texture and warmth in the different finishes around the room. For example, choose a range of cushions from suede to leather to fluffy materials.

  3. 3

    Use grey and cream tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. Consider using cream tiles with a grey grout for an unusual and striking look, or alternate grey and cream tiles, or tile in one colour and paint in the other.

  4. 4

    Choose darker shades of grey for smaller areas. For example, cushions and throws can be really dark--almost black--and teamed with cream cushions.

  5. 5

    Add cream wherever there is grey, and vice-versa. The idea is not to have a grey area over there, and a cream area over here, but rather to really mingle these two colours together. Consider sewing some grey shapes onto cream cushions, and cream shapes onto grey cushions.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't be afraid to experiment. If you feel the room is looking too grey, simply add more cream, if the room is looking too cream, add more grey.
  • The grey and cream do not need to be used evenly half and half. You may wish to have a predominantly cream room, with just a few splashes of grey here and there, for example.

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