If I'm ever concerned of making a bold color choice or pattern work in a room, I always make sure that I have a beautiful grey as a neutral balance. It makes all the difference! Also, there so many rich hues to choose from that you can never be bored...plus, grey makes every other design decision you make look instantly that much more sophisticated and powerful.
Just tale a look at this room, for example, in one of my favorite places in London, The Dorset Square Hotel. See how all that glorious grey is the most perfect backdrop for color, pattern and texture? The books, artwork and flowers look like they are being seen...really seen and taken in. Everything turns into something special. The grey wallpaper, paint and furniture make all that possible. -angelo
HERE ARE SOME OF MY CURRENT GREY OBSESSIONS: