Grey is not a dull colour. In fact, apart from white and cream, grey is a versatile and easy background colour to work with. It matches with everything – including other grey furnishings. 

Pair light grey walls with furniture in darker grey. (image: Crosby Street Hotel)

To avoid the room looking "flat", opt for printed fabric, such as the grey tartan fabric these armchairs are sporting. (image: Dorset Square Hotel)

With grey as a base colour, you can easily use bold colours like yellow, pink and red in your living room. Grey helps tone down the harshness of these hues. (image: Ham Yard Hotel)

For an elegant and minimalist look, keep things simple and focus on light and bright accents – such as the statement lamp and sheer white curtains here. (image: South Place Hotel)