Since I arrived to Belgium I’ve fell under the spell of the colour grey. It is quite a paradox because coming from Italy to one of the “greyest” countries (so we hear) I would have expected to have the opposite reaction and suddenly become a fan of yellow, orange, ochre and all the other vivid and more southern colours I don’t see very often now.
Instead I have been fascinated by grey, and even more by the darkest form of it: the anthracite grey!
I first fell in love in Holland, where they use dark grey in a bold and elegant way.
A few years ago, we stayed in a hotel where a whole wall in the dining room was painted in this colour. I was initially quite struck by it, but looking at the way they had put everything together, I realized the great potential of this colour. The wooden work was painted in glossy white, old-rustic furniture was coupled with high-end design elements. The contrast created was elegant and chic!
And generally, the whole style was based on contrasts: old and new, classic and contemporary, grey and white, with a touch of warm colour. Every room had its touch of dark grey elements (from walls to carpet, from lamp shade to armchair) wisely balanced to maintain elegance and harmony.
If you don’t dare painting a whole wall but you’re fascinated by this colour, try smaller and moveable elements. Here below, curtains are anthracite and match with the sofa. The white wooden work, the lamp and the other furniture contrast the grey. And to make it a bit more cheerful, we’ve added a note of warm colours!