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Grey and Wood: A Match Made in Design Heaven

When fall hits, the weather gets crisp and a little bit moody. As we prepare to say goodbye to the red and orange falling leaves outside and embrace a more barren winter landscape, there’s something so appealing about the combination of grey and wooden tones. Design bloggers and food stylists have adopted this palette for their photos, as it creates a rich, deep composition and allows colors (even subtle ones) to truly pop. Whether your home features grey walls and wooden paneling or you’re searching for little ways to bring the look home, keep reading as we explore some of our favorite images, tabletops and products that showcase the perfect pairing of grey and wood

Grey Walls Meet Wooden Accents

While one common instinct is to combine grey walls with bright white trim and furnishings, sometimes keeping it rich and neutral is the recipe for design bliss. When grey walls combine with wooden furniture and accessories, the result is striking. For starters, a deep palette with wooden accents can create a variety of styles and moods, including earthy, contemplative, and rustic. Throw in metallic touches (and a hint of marble), and a luxe, decadent feel results.

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Grey sofa and wooden walls in a chalet styled by CB2
Grey sofa and wooden walls in a chalet styled by CB2

To get the look, start with a grey accent wall. Add wooden shelving to the wall, as well as accent pieces such as mirrors framed in wood. When it comes to furniture and accessories, don’t be afraid of brass, copper and marble. Keep in mind that the more metallics you add, the less rustic the room will be, so choose the right amount of shine for the vibe you wish to cultivate. Dark charcoal greys and deep wooden tones can also create interest. Check out the unforgettable rooms that follow:

Grey room featured at Design Sponge
Grey room featured at Design Sponge, photo credit: Jaclyn Campanero
Grey meets wood in this room designed by CB2
Grey meets wood in this room designed by CB2
Rustic dining room from Our Food Stories
Rustic dining room from Our Food Stories
A wooden cutting board vignette from ferm LIVING
A wooden cutting board vignette from ferm LIVING
The kitchen of Athena Calderone
The Amagansett kitchen of Athena Calderone
Kitchen of Athena Calderone
The Brooklyn kitchen of Athena Calderone

Tabletops of Grey and Wood

Embrace the look that food bloggers can’t help but revel in! For awhile now, we’ve seen the trend of dark tabletops take center stage in food styling. While you can’t argue with the appeal of bright white marble countertops, there’s something undeniably striking about a deep, rich palette.

RELATED: Design Tips for Rooms with Grey Walls

Holiday table by Athena Calderone
Holiday table by Athena Calderone

Pair wooden serving pieces with charcoal grey linens. Throw in a dash of brass or copper in the form of flatware and accent bowls. Use black accessories, such as candle holders. Don’t be afraid to integrate natural elements, such as branches and produce, into your tablescape. With everything mellow and dark, the food can truly shine. The look is dramatic, decadent and layered:

Wooden serving board on a grey table runner via Eyeswoon
Wooden serving board on a grey table runner by Eyeswoon
Tabletop styling from ferm LIVING
Tabletop styling from ferm LIVING
Fall centerpiece styling from Decoist
Fall centerpiece styling from Decoist
Food styling from Design Love Fest
Food styling from Design Love Fest
Tabletop styling from Our Food Stories
Tabletop styling from Our Food Stories

Interesting Finds

If you’re shopping for furniture and accessories that celebrate the pairing of grey and wood, keep reading for a quick roundup of top finds. The strategy: Create a grey backdrop and layer on the wooden accessories. Or place grey accessories against a wooden backdrop! These wooden geo candle holders from ferm LIVING are bold and beautiful against soft grey wallpaper:

Wooden geo candle holders from ferm LIVING
Wooden geo candle holders from ferm LIVING

RELATED: Wood Meets Geometric Design In One Of Today’s Top Trends

ferm LIVING’s Winterland Forest includes three beautifully designed trees in wooden tones, as well as grey. Smoked oak is the material of choice:

Modern holiday trees from ferm LIVING
Modern holiday trees from ferm LIVING

Another ferm LIVING find, this Neu Stoneware in grey will stand out against a wooden tabletop, creating a mellow yet enticing vignette:

Neu Stoneware from ferm LIVING
Neu Stoneware from ferm LIVING

H&M Home’s Round Wooden Tray is simple, modern and stunning, especially when displayed on a grey tablecloth:

Tabletop style from H&M Home
Tabletop style from H&M Home

Did somebody say grey tablecloth?! Start with a sleek foundation. The tablecloth below is from H&M Home (pictured in dark gray). Purchase one, and let it grace your tabletop during celebratory meals from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve!

Cotton tablecloth from H&M Home
Cotton tablecloth from H&M Home

We hope today’s post has inspired you not to fear the grey skies of fall and winter. Embrace the moody weather and let it inspire a beautiful interior, cozy dinners with the people you love, and fun new purchases. Enjoy!

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