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Apr 01, 2018

Shades of Grey in Interior Design

Apr 01, 2018

How to use a GREY colour palette to give your Home Renovation the WOW factor


Shades of GREY are super popular in interior design nowadays. And no, we are not going to make a Fifty Shades of Grey joke haha. We are seeing the rise and rise of the grey colour palette – spanning the full range from lighter shades to the deep and dramatic tones – in aussie home renovations and interior design.

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Typically grey is being used as a paint colour for the walls and is teamed up with crisp white trim on windows, skirting and the like. In fact, it is not confined to interior design, it is also hugely popular in exteriors too.


But for many, grey is a difficult colour to coordinate within the home so that it looks fresh and even harder to make the colour palette naturally flow from one room to the next. The key is very much found in using shades of grey but according to the natural light and then the shadows within each room and space.



Choosing the Right Grey for your Interior Design can be confusing

When it comes to choosing the RIGHT grey and mix of grey tones, we have found most homeowners get confused.

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The kitchen uses grey subway tiles to create a subtle twist on an all-white kitchen

Often they know they want to use grey and are even keen to make a bold choice by throwing in a dark, deep toned grey to create drama, but are afraid of making a mistake.


Ultimately they struggle with indecision and making a final choice becomes so difficult that it stops them doing anything.


We decided to find out more about why grey is so popular, and to finds some easy to use guidelines to using grey in your home in in your interior design.



How to Use Grey – Expert tips with Interior Designer, Doffie

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We sat down and chatted with Doffie, a Perth legend in interior design and homewares. Some of you may remember the cottage craft shop that Doffie owned in Subiaco back in the 1980’s?


Nowadays, Doffie has a popup shop in Mosman Park selling bespoke homewares, children’s keepsakes and offering interior design and home styling services. Shortly she will be opening an exciting Retail Collective in Subiaco – follow Doffie on Facebook for the opening announcement!


Suzanne Burke, the General Manager at Amerex Renovations and Additions, asked Doffie ‘Why do you think grey has emerged as a go-to colour in interior design and exteriors nowadays?


Doffie explained ‘Grey in its many tones sit well with white and give it gives a more modern feel even if the home is an older home. There is a naturalness to grey.’ She goes on to explain that some may feel the colour could be gloomy but in Australia with our abundance of sunshine, it works beautifully with plenty of light to bounce off grey walls.

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Many homeowners stick with the grey and white combo and this works really well in interiors by using soft furnishings such as cushions and throw rugs to throw in pops of colour. Select quality fabrics such as heavy linens, cottons and silks in consistency to create a stylish classic and quality look.


When it comes to complementary colours for pops of colour, Doffie assures us that the number of colours and tones that can be paired with grey are plentiful. This is another reason it is currently popular.


To help those that are uncertain of what goes with what, here are some great tips.


Grey and White – the classic crisp colour combination

Crisp white – we have already mentioned white, but the clean look of a classic white against grey provides a great polished look that is a winner every time. This is also very popular in exteriors of homes.

Dulux’s most popular whites include Natural White, Vivid White, White on White, Lexicon and Lexicon Quarter.

Master bedroom in renovated character home by Amerex Renovations and Additions


Pops of Aqua with Grey

Tones of aqua – or blues that are clean and crisp like the ocean on a sunny day. Pops of colour using artwork, a cushion, vase or throw rug are a few ways to introduce this colour.


Navy, charcoal and black with Grey

Navy Blue as a deeper blue, charcoal and black work well. Choose a deep blue with charcoal/grey undertones – these work well with the Hamptons style. The home shown below does this perfectly by using a sofa in navy and breakfast bar stools in black with black pendant lights.

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Dashes of pink with grey

Champagne Pink or Shell pink – great for the Scandi décor look or make it lush by choosing a velvet fabric. Again, throw rugs and cushions and other accessories are an easy way to bring this colour into the mix. You do not need a lot to have impact.



Grey and Red together to be used with caution!

Red – though Doffie cautions I am very wary of a lot of red being used and in particular with men and their homes or office. Men often think that black/dark grey and red and white are it!! …Not! That said, there are some great tones of red and orange and yellows that are amazing with grey’. 




Get Sample Pots and Try before you Buy

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If you are renovating and just looking to re-paint your home, get some sample paint pots from Bunnings and try out your chosen colours in different areas of your home.


See how the colours look in dark corners and light filled areas too. What works and what doesn’t?


However, for many homeowners this merely adds to the confusion and the difficulty in selecting the right colours. So where to when this happens?



Get a Dulux Colour Consultant or an Interior Designer to help choose the right Greys

Engaging the services of a colour consultant (Dulux provides this service for a reasonable fee – they will of course only recommend Dulux paint colours!) or an interior designer – such as Doffie – for a couple of hours at the start of your project is a great idea.

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Even if you have a rough idea of what you want, they can help nail the colours down and give you confidence in your final selections.


They will be able to advise on what undertones are important too, this is subtle but can make all the difference.


Beyond colour choices, there are so many other elements  to decorating your home as part of a home renovation project to create a timeless classic look. Many think that sticking with the classics is the way to go, but sometimes playing too safe can be boring.


How to give your home renovation the WOW factor

Suzanne asked Doffie ‘What tips can you give to homeowners that want a classic and timeless look that will stand the test of time, but without playing too safe and being boring?

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A classic formal lounge with grey walls and crisp white trim. A pop of colour has been added in the artwork that brings in blues and pink.

Doffie explained that by selecting either mid-modern furniture or antiques in their natural woods you can create a classic framework and then build from there. You can start to inject personality and interest with a great piece of artwork.


Artwork provides a great opportunity to come forward with a strong sense of colour and an element of surprise the on the walls. Forget about boring landscapes that  ‘sit back’. Use the artwork to create a point of difference in your home.




Create a winning overall look by teaming up some lovely classic pieces of furniture with quality lighting choices such as great lamps, and use soft furnishings with texture and colour, add in the artwork that pops, you have the opportunity to create a home that is a joy to live in while also being timeless yet stylish at the same time.


Interior Designers can help pull your GREY look together

If you are not sure how to pull your interior design all together yourself, then find someone who can help. A great Interior Designer will factor in the unique interests and personality of you and your family, and recommend furniture and accessories that will work for you.


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Bring the drama with grey in the bathroom using Dulux Timeless Grey


Suzanne recommends Engaging the services of an Interior Designer is a worthwhile investment in my opinion. If you want your home to have the WOW factor without the stress and pressure of figuring out the colours and selections yourself, it can be a small investment in making sure that you get a great outcome. Our home is our castle, and being able to come home to an environment that is a joy to live in is priceless.’


In the home renovation projects completed by Amerex, we often provide the services of an Interior Designer to assist clients. Some clients engage an Interior Designer directly if they already know someone they want to use.



Either way, we love working with Interior Designers, as we know that our clients always end up loving the end product, a beautifully renovated and stylish home that they are proud of.

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Graham Crooke
Graham Crooke
07:24 06 Jun 20
I can't say enough good things about this company! Everyone on the team was extremely professional, but also friendly and easy to deal with. Communication by them was first rate. We gave them approved architect plans for addition to our home and they quickly responded with a well-thought-through bid that was very competitive in price. As soon as we agreed on the contract, they were very quick to get started, and then built exactly what was in the plan, making only a couple of (clearly communicated) changes to increase strength and reduce cost. Subcontractors showed up when promised and were very friendly, as well as tidy with their work, cleaning up at the end of each day and doing a general cleanup at the end of the week (we lived in the rest of the house during construction). The work was completed a very high standard. They also helped with some other repairs around the house (like fixing a gutter that flowed down a wall rather than the down-pipe). The project was completed on time and on budget. They are very nice people and were a pleasure to work with. I recommend them highly and would definitely hire them again!
Garth Mason
Garth Mason
12:29 03 Feb 20
We can recommend Amerex without hesitation. Steve Burke & his team really do produce renovations of the highest quality and standard. Their many Master Builder and HIA awards demonstrate this and look at any of their online case studies and you'll see why Amerex have such an A+ reputation. We contracted Amerex to design, manage and build our character home renovation and 2 storey addition. It was, in Steve's words, "a big job" and took 14 months from demolition to completion. What sets Steve apart is his attention to detail and his integrity, and that of his contractors and staff. Whatever you have signed on for is what Amerex will take great pride in delivering. And even post-build, the customer service is still outstanding. We couldn't be happier with the end result. - Garth & Shelley Mason
Natasha Sealey
Natasha Sealey
13:23 28 Jan 20
We are really happy with the quality of the work done by Amerex. Everyone comments on how fantastic our place looks and how seamlessly the renovations integrate with the existing house. They have a great team who go above and beyond and are lovely to work with. We may even renovate again one day.... :)
Karen Simpson
Karen Simpson
14:32 07 Jan 20
Amerex recently completed a renovation/extension for my parents and the experience was positive from start to finish. We initially discussed the brief with a number of builders and decided to sign up with Amerex as we felt we could trust Steve and his team. It was absolutely the right decision. Steve insisted on good 'old fashioned' service, honesty, integrity, quality products and exceptional craftsmanship from all involved including Amerex team members, designers, tradespeople and suppliers. Everyone was polite, punctual and respectful of the neighbours. As the build progressed, Amerex's reputation became evident. Suppliers, tradies and designers all spoke highly of Steve and commented on the exceptional quality of his renovations and extensions. This was reassuring. Members of the Amerex team were outstanding from the outset. They all went above and beyond what was expected to address any concerns we had, to initiate changes when required and to ensure that the build was on time and on budget. Post completion customer service has also been exemplary. Nothing was ever too much trouble and Kelly's ongoing coordination and responses continued to be prompt and friendly. Mum and Dad love their 'new' home and couldn't be happier with the end result. The old and new sections of the house blend seamlessly and they are continually receiving comments from neighbours, family and friends about how beautiful the house has become. We can recommend Amerex without hesitation.
Cymbie Burgoyne
Cymbie Burgoyne
01:41 17 Jan 19
I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension. Their's is a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion. This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project management ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency. Very Happy!
Laila Gizzarelli
Laila Gizzarelli
07:11 19 Dec 18
We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations. We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule. We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complemented on the amazing final result. We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way( Kelly, Loretta, Maryanne and Pete !)
Eric Trevaskis
Eric Trevaskis
06:21 11 Dec 17
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
Jacqui Seymour
Jacqui Seymour
05:52 09 Aug 17
AMAZING experience. We have just completed a major renovation, and over 18 months dealing with Steve and the AMEREX team. We had a 1930's California bungalow and required the character at the front to be maintained whilst adding almost an entire new house to the back including a second story. We have built twice before, both new homes one with larger builders. The difference between that and our experience with AMEREX was astounding. This was actually an exciting and pleasurable experience throughout. Rather than a number or just "another" client, we were made to feel part of the AMEREX family. The office staff (Loretta, Kelly and Maryanne) are a pleasure to deal with, nothing is ever too much effort. Kelly in particular is a great help with all the various selections and changes and is always smiling! We did not have an issue with a single tradesman throughout. And finally Pete (working foreman) and Steve (owner) are the most hands on, professional and customer focused we have ever met. I was able to speak to either at any time regarding any issue, many times Steve would suggest changes on site to improve the look or function of the renovation and Pete can do it all. No variation fees, complete flexibility, great workmanship direct line to the owners/supervisor, quality finish. We could not recommend AMEREX highly enough. Brenton and Jacqui Seymour Daglish
Rachel Green
Rachel Green
03:57 04 Aug 17
Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
Phillip Madden
Phillip Madden
02:52 24 Nov 16
From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for. The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes. Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain. We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Christine Tonkin
Christine Tonkin
09:05 24 Oct 16
The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
Dona Mecham
Dona Mecham
04:07 11 Oct 16
This is the first renovation/building undertaking we have experienced and we cannot speak highly enough of the quality Amerex provided. The project design was flawless, and we were extremely impressed with the marrying of the old and new. The attention to detail provided by Steve and his team was outstanding and our friends and family are quick to note this. We love the extra space and seamless flow of our family home. The Amerex commitment to using quality trades and ensuring the trades delivered on time and rectifying issues, was present throughout the building of our home. This gave us great peace of mind and for these reasons we would not hesitate to recommend Amerex.’
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