Next in our ‘Breaking the colour code’ décor series is Dove Grey. It’s subtle, but can look incredibly beautiful in your home.
Dawn and twilight are the times of the day when this enigmatic hue moves in and steals the ground. The colour of shadows cast on white walls in a certain blue light, this is a remarkably subtle shade, sensitive to tiny variations in light and texture — just think of how different the same shade looks when seen in silk, linen, matt paint or clear plastic, lending itself to infinite decorative possibilities. There’s a wealth of difference, in emotional resonance as well as aesthetics, between, say, a warm woolen throw and rustling shot silk, and these subtleties simply beg to be explored when using dove grey in interiors.
From the same family of grey-blues that are strongly associated with Scandinavian decoration, dove grey enhances natural light, immediately brightening a room. In addition, the colour’s neutral base — a flat slate grey — can be mixed with almost anything, though its natural partners are its neighbours on the colour wheel: blues of all shades and darker crimson reds and pinks. Use these colours together for a rich, exotic atmosphere, adding more or less white to lighten or intensify the mood. In a cooler scheme, mix dove grey with dusky rose, powdery aqua and white, and underscore it all with the strong neutrals or darker accent colours of an industrial landscape for a modern take on the traditional softly feminine mixing of pastels.
Because of the shade’s incredible versatility and its ability to take on different character variations according to its textural treatment, the colour lends itself to countless applications, from ombre effects to multi-colour washes. An adaptable all-rounder, it also partners seamlessly with a variety of natural materials, think raw timber, cool marble and sleek metal.
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Read more about the colours featured so far in our 6-part series, ‘Breaking the colour code’ — it’s packed full of fab décor ideas: