Am I Trendy if There’s no Grey in my House? (Oh Yeah)

Thank you for all your amazing and thoughtful emails and comments on my powder room dilemma these past two days! I’ve decided I don’t want to make any major decisions  without YOUR expert opinion added to mine!

I love what so many of you said about my powder room not really being a powder room since it was adjoining the laundry at the back of the house (exactly what annoyed me when we bought this house) but after we renovated and my laundry room became just as pretty as everything else in the house, well the powder room location didn’t bother me anymore.

But as you said, it’s not really a powder room because it adjoins the laundry room, it actually is a garden sink with a toilet, so why don’t I make it the functional sink that it should be! Thank you!! I have vision now and I really appreciate all of your creative opinions and contribution!

Okay so onto today’s post. . .

I was on the phone this afternoon being interviewed by a reporter about the grey trend. She had all the usual questions including when did the grey trend begin?

One year into starting my blog, the Winter of 2009 was when I started talking about grey.

However, one question she asked me, was what I thought I’d talk about today.

“I notice grey incorporated mostly in contemporary and modern interiors, but can it be used in a more traditional interior?”

OH YES. I said.

Here’s the thing, when people think about the grey trend, here are the interiors they notice:

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

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Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

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Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

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Here’s the other side of the grey trend. COLOUR. COLOUR. COLOUR. The ONLY reason grey is here is to provide the backdrop for all this fresh, bright COLOUR.

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

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But Maria, I hear you thinking, there’s no grey in these interiors. Or barely.

That’s right. Because the correct way to decorate in this trend is using fresh colour. Grey is the crisp backdrop that lets colour take the stage. Oops, didn’t I already mention that? Just want to make sure you get it, hee, hee.

I walked into HomeSense last week and there were four long shelves full of grey/charcoal throw pillows.

Who will buy these pillows? I asked myself.

If everyone has a charcoal sofa, how is another grey pillow going to bring the place to life?

Am I Trendy if there's no Gray in my House? (Oh Yeah)

It’s a colourful pillow, flowers, throws, bright accent pieces that you’ll need. If you already have grey furniture.

So look, if you’ve decided you hate grey and you’re not going to follow the trends, think again. It’s happy. And that’s how we all want to feel when we walk into our house!

Which look do you prefer?

Related posts:

I Don’t Follow the Trends. Is This You?

Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2014

Is Gray Only for Happy People? Yay or Nay

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  1. It took me 7 years to finally get rid of builder beige with another neutral and it was Mindful Gray by SW. I have only done the wall that runs from the back door through the hall, kitchen & dining room. I added white board and batten to the back hall and trimmed out the 8 ft wide space between the DR & LR. Amazing difference and I love it. I find white and gray to be classic. My kitchen cabs are going white uppers with dark gray lowers. I have found that the richness of my antique wood pieces (cherry, mahogany, aged oak) is amplified as are all my black frames. Planned accent colors are navy, coral and a bit of yellow and/or turquoise. The other 2 dining room walls will be wallpapered with a gray/white pattern. Thinking of lighter gray for LR & stairwell again with white wood treatments. Love being able to easily change colors for all the holidays. For me, gray was a wise choice and has nothing to do with being trendy. Looking forward to the completion of the vision in my head…project by project!