Go Grey With Fifty Shades of Grey-Inspired Beauty Looks
It’s no secret that Fifty Shades of Grey has taken over our bedrooms, will soon be taking over movie theaters and has even found its way into our kitchens. But forget all the erotic baggage that comes along with the triology, and let’s just consider for a moment how much we love the color gray. It’s a key color in any girl’s beauty arsenal, whether you’re aiming for the perfect smokey eye or an understated manicure. We’ve found 12 ways gray can rock your look, instead of your bed.
1. Gray Ombre: We’ll admit, we still love ombre tips, and we love them even more when they’ve gone gray. Lilah Parsons rocks the edgy dip-dyed locks like a natural. Try hair chalk for the same hue (without the permanent change). (Photo via HJI)
3. Gray Lips: Swedish beauty blogger Linda Halberg isn’t afraid to try anything. If you find yourself also wanting to push the beauty envelope, a gray lip is an interesting twist on a typical fresh-faced look. (Photo via Stureplan)
5. The All-Gray Look: If you’re looking for gray hair inspiration, look no further than Samantha Ravndahl’s Instagram. This beauty YouTuber pulls off gray locks like no other millennial, and we love the combo of a muted plum lip with smokey gray eyes. (Photo via @ssssamantha)
7. Light Gray Smokey Eye: This lighter take on the traditional smokey eye is a perfect date night look. Using silver shimmery shadows in the corners of your lids will really make your eyes pop. (Photo via Stureplan)
8. Growing Out the Gray: We absolutely loved when OITNB‘s Dascha Polanco debuted her gray and purple locks. Now that she’s growing it out, her hair is an even more interesting combination of gray-tastic colors. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
9. Purple + Gray Smokey Eye: If you want to make your smokey eye more unique, mixing in purple will really bring your look to life. Plus, adding a touch of gold emphasizes the whites of your eyes, making them really pop. (Photo via Beautybyjj)
12. Queen of Going Gray: How could we write about great gray looks without including the queen of hair color, Nicole Richie? But seriously, does she make gray hair look fierce or what? We are soooo ready to embrace the gray now. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)