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The grey and white aesthetic in home decor

When will it end?

by Anonymousreply 53March 19, 2023 4:10 AM

What next, then?

We can't return to beige. Shit, especially not if we are white people!!

by Anonymousreply 1March 16, 2022 7:13 AM

OP feel free to end the trend in your house at your earliest convenience. Is someone stopping you from redecorating your home in a style and color pallet that pleases you? Why do you care what the interior of other people's homes looks like? It's not like you are invited. Perhaps you should turn off HGTV and find something better to do.

by Anonymousreply 2March 16, 2022 7:15 AM

I've always loved gray. It's been my go-to clothing choice for ages, but it's really becoming too much. Especially, Pergot floors EVERYWHERE.

by Anonymousreply 3March 16, 2022 7:18 AM

There's so much of this in the real world in what used to be affordable neighborhoods. The starting price is about 5 million. They're hideous.

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by Anonymousreply 4March 16, 2022 7:20 AM

It has ended, some time ago. Design has moved on.

You are seeing the trickle-down effect that occupies TV home makeover shows, Home Depot, B&Q, mass market furniture and interior design products.

Look in real estate listings and mass market home products stores and you see the mudslide at the end of a trend. Look to the high end designers and design publishers and it's a different palette and a different, colorful world.

Grey and white...it's fairly unfuckupable, which accounts for it's mass popularity. But even fraud tire of the bandwagon they rode hard, and even they have grown tired of everything grey and white.

by Anonymousreply 5March 16, 2022 8:50 AM

People are afraid to use colour. I love colour.

by Anonymousreply 6March 16, 2022 9:34 AM

True. It's an easy palette to work around.

by Anonymousreply 7March 16, 2022 9:41 AM

I don't care for grey and white, but a totally grey room accented by lots of colorful pieces is quite nice to me. I find it very calming.

by Anonymousreply 8March 16, 2022 9:44 AM

Here in Los Angeles and maybe elsewhere, there’s a trend of new houses that are stark white with flat black window trim and black doors. I think it’s hideous.

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by Anonymousreply 9March 16, 2022 9:47 AM

White walls, they are of Satan, and should be banished from all painted surfaces. It is a color for people of no intellectual curiosity.

by Anonymousreply 10March 16, 2022 9:51 AM

It’s funny, lately I find myself drawn to the warm earth tones of my 1970s youth. I love orange now. I’ll soon have an avocado fridge at this rate.

by Anonymousreply 11March 16, 2022 9:56 AM

I’ve always loved white, gray, black and blue. I’m not changing what I like because the rest of the world went crazy with my favorite colors at some point, and I’ll still use those colors in my house in 50 years form now.

by Anonymousreply 12March 16, 2022 10:42 AM

I agree with r5. The trend ended awhile ago. What I’m seeing from higher end designers is earth tones but done in a soft way. Muted contrast is still in from what I see. On the other end of the spectrum I also see bold use of color and pattern mixed with traditional style furniture and woodwork.

I’m not quite as obsessed with interior design/ decorating as I used to be. I found that it lead to a lot of envy, even jealousy on my end because I don’t have the budget or DIY skills to do all that I wanted. I’m wondering if anyone has experienced the same?

by Anonymousreply 13March 16, 2022 10:43 AM

R11 Orange is a great color.

by Anonymousreply 14March 16, 2022 11:42 AM

R9 Austin, too.

by Anonymousreply 15March 16, 2022 11:55 AM

My yellow kitchen isn’t as cheery as hoped.

by Anonymousreply 16March 16, 2022 11:59 AM

A friend of mine who has more money than taste recently redid her kitchen and dining room in all gray, white and silver. She calls it "Farmhouse Chic."

Apparently, Farmhouse Chic involves hanging corrugated metal sheets on the walls, putting a diner-type alphabet sign on the fridge door to spell out "GOOD MORNING" for the kids, and lots of chalkboard paint to scribble a fake shopping list.

Of course, there are also cannisters with "sugar" and "coffee" or whatever in weird scribble writing.

It's all stupid and she'll change it two or three years after the next thing goes out of style.

by Anonymousreply 17March 16, 2022 12:33 PM

I still think grey and white is a nice starting palette. Real estate people like it because it's neutral which helps sell houses and people with little decorating experience like it because you can experiment with different colors and styles with committing to repainting everything. It's like stainless steel and granite, it's over, done, out, but people still use it because it's safe

by Anonymousreply 18March 16, 2022 12:51 PM

R14 I agree, orange is wonderful. And yet I hated it (or thought I did, or acted like I did) when I lived in New York. It seemed like a tacky color. After I moved to LA, in that landscape I suddenly got it. It still needs to be used a bit carefully, of course.

by Anonymousreply 19March 16, 2022 1:46 PM

50 Shades of Grey

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by Anonymousreply 20March 16, 2022 2:53 PM

^ Passé

by Anonymousreply 21March 16, 2022 2:54 PM

I love grey with a hint of another color mixed in. Grey/green or grey/blue is lovely if done right.

by Anonymousreply 22March 16, 2022 3:19 PM

I also hate the gray wood laminate floors.

by Anonymousreply 23March 16, 2022 3:32 PM

I had a grey sectional when living in WeHo.

Best sectional ever. Grey hides spills and the occasional scuff mark.

Probably hides skid marks, too. 😂

by Anonymousreply 24March 16, 2022 3:53 PM

Color...bring back color! I'm sick of everything white or grey.

by Anonymousreply 25March 16, 2022 4:02 PM

Prints are good, too...like wallpaper, pillows, accessories.

by Anonymousreply 26March 16, 2022 4:05 PM

I have a white kitchen with stainless appliances from the 90s (still going strong) with bright pink, yellow, apple green, orange, and red. The accents are a vintage red microwave and a vintage pink table and art work with all these colors. I need bright and cheery in the dreary PNW. The rest of my house is beige with colorful accents of art, pillows and found objects.

by Anonymousreply 27March 16, 2022 4:28 PM

I love it: modern, clean, minimalist. It’s me

by Anonymousreply 28March 16, 2022 4:30 PM

Sounds nice, R27. ^^ Colors cheer me up. The all white interiors are so sterile and cold. I think Americans are drawn to that. European interiors seem to have more color, prints and textiles. I prefer the European design.

by Anonymousreply 29March 16, 2022 4:32 PM

I love it. And it’s a modern masculine aesthetic

by Anonymousreply 30March 16, 2022 4:46 PM

My sense is natural tones are coming up. Tan, wood, green. More real farmhouse than modern farmhouse. The sterile 2000-era trend is dying.

by Anonymousreply 31March 16, 2022 4:52 PM

It's putting Sherman Williams out of business!

by Anonymousreply 32March 16, 2022 5:25 PM

Haha R17, I'm about to install some corrugated metal sheets in my place but it's an urban loft. My design is a crazy mix of industrial and glam, which sounds like it would never work together but it's coming along nicely. I mixed things like a "live edge" slab wood dining table & metal chairs, leather sofa, traditional area rugs, reclaimed wood coffee table, marble bistro table w/ iron base, a glam blue velvet chair, a desk with reclaimed iron pieces for the base w/ distressed marble top, a very glam leaner mirror w/ silver leaf finish, and a giant crystal chandelier in the middle of the room which has concrete floors. The kitchen area has poured concrete counters, wood cabinets, and very industrial light fixtures. It's a really cool mix. I say people should just do whatever works for them unless they're staging to sell soon.

by Anonymousreply 33March 16, 2022 8:53 PM

It's your home. Whatever you like. That's all that counts.

by Anonymousreply 34March 16, 2022 9:15 PM

I can’t wait until the millennials start discovering 1980s decor. Some will go Memphis, others will start painting their dining rooms deep red.

by Anonymousreply 35March 17, 2022 1:10 PM

We'll probably just get a lot of that pastel faux Southwestern look, r35.

by Anonymousreply 36March 17, 2022 1:15 PM

Ugh - I HATE Memphis. But I wouldn’t mind some classic Louis French furniture, fluffy silk curtains and real woodwork - a la Nan Kempner/Susan Gutfreund

by Anonymousreply 37March 17, 2022 2:18 PM

How about some chintz?

by Anonymousreply 38March 17, 2022 3:25 PM

R36, millennial pink, Acapulco chairs and succulents which were inescapable 5 years ago always struck me as a re-visit of the 80’s southwestern look.

The Grand Millennial aesthetic is very PBR budget Mario Buatta.

by Anonymousreply 39March 17, 2022 4:49 PM

r35 r39 80s art pop through the critical lens of My Two Dads and Miami Vice.

by Anonymousreply 40March 17, 2022 7:33 PM

I love it

by Anonymousreply 41March 18, 2023 4:39 PM

Fifty Shades Of...

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by Anonymousreply 42March 18, 2023 8:17 PM

Human beings are like dogs, sniffing each other's asses.

by Anonymousreply 43March 19, 2023 1:57 AM

Richard Meier knows how to use white.

by Anonymousreply 44March 19, 2023 2:10 AM

I like white walls as a starting point when I move in. You can always paint them later,after you see how your things work in the room.I loathe greay and white with a passion. I used to love grey,but I just cant deal with it anymore. Its fucking everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 45March 19, 2023 2:16 AM

Guilty. In October I had the masterbath done in blue gray floor tile and white tile on the wall. It's all matte, nothing shiny. I did give a thought to the colors, knowing I'm at the tail end of a trend. But, it's got a spa-like quality that I can live with..forever. It's very easy on the eyes which I need in a bathroom.

I still need the bedroom done and I think I'll go with a paler blue gray for those walls too because it's so relaxing. The furniture will not be gray. It's too much of a drag and OP has (rightfully) shamed me. I also heard that natural wood tones are back. Mushroom, earth tones etc -- back to the land because we burrowed in during the pandemic and came out in the 70s, something like that. Vive l'orange.

by Anonymousreply 46March 19, 2023 2:34 AM

Oh no, R9. Those are cropping up all over NJ as well. Why? Most new construction are those. Are they cheaper?

by Anonymousreply 47March 19, 2023 3:44 AM

My favorite room is laquered brilliant warm toned green. But it changes tone from morning to night. The walls are embossed art nouveau paper lacquered the green. I haven't changed it in 25 years. I don't remember the paint I bought except it was extremely pricy, on top of the paper. More than budget at the time. The paint hasn't faded. The walls are dusted 4 times a year and washed 1x a year. I just bought a new bizarre carpet in a psychedelic "african rough woven cloth" stripes pattern. It's like a meta representation of traditional cloth, magnified several times a natural scale. Let's see if it works. Waiting for easter to install it.

by Anonymousreply 48March 19, 2023 3:57 AM

The frames and chandelier and appliqués are brass. Vaguely maritime.

by Anonymousreply 49March 19, 2023 3:59 AM

I like middle gray to dark gray. Generally, I don't like light gray.

by Anonymousreply 50March 19, 2023 4:07 AM

Suburban Minimalist Frau Passe.

by Anonymousreply 51March 19, 2023 4:08 AM

Too much is never enough.

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by Anonymousreply 52March 19, 2023 4:10 AM

Blank walls are indicative of blank minds.

by Anonymousreply 53March 19, 2023 4:10 AM
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