Yellow and grey decor ideas: 41 Stylish Grey And Yellow Living Room Décor Ideas

41 Stylish Grey And Yellow Living Room Décor Ideas

Grey and yellow are one of the most popular combos for various types of décor because it’s refreshing, vivid and matches various décor styles. This combo looks great for all kinds of spaces, from kitchens to bedrooms, and today I’d like to have a look how to rock these colors in a living room.

Living rooms in grey and yellow are very lively, refreshing and raise the mood because yellow reminds of the spring and summer, which is especially necessary in cold seasons when we lack sunlight. You can vary different shades of grey and different shades of yellow to achieve the effect you want. Choose subtle shades like dove grey or pale yellow for a calm and peaceful interior, and charcoal grey and neon yellow for daring bold interiors.

Try Different Shades Of Grey

Decorating with grey is a clear thing as this color is good for everything: walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, upholstery and accessories, just vary the shades to get what you like. If you want something airy and neutral, choose dove grey, if not – charcoal grey is right what you need. Black will also look good and contrasting with grey and yellow; if you want a lighter look and airy feel, add white or cream.

dove grey wall contrasts with sunny yellow curtains and an artwork, the room is infused with cream color for a lighter look

elegant mix of charcoal grey and bold yellow furniture, artworks and accessories

A grey sofa goes well with yellow arm chairs and yellow pillows. (Bankston May Associates)

modern dove grey living room infused with bold yellow details looks refreshing

gunmetal grey contrasts with yellow frames, a rug and a stool

rather dark grey wall and a side table, sunny yellow armchair, artworks and a printed chair

airy living room with grey and yellow details looks very cheerful, and yellowish wooden floors add a sunny touch

Natural wood works with a gray and yellow color combo quite well. (Intexure Architects)

An yellow carpet is an awesome addition to a neutral living room. (Cave Interiors)

grey and yellow floral wallpaper, a grey fireplace panel and a yellow chair and pillows

Pillows is the easiest way to add yellow touches to any interiors. (Laura U, Inc.)

modern living room with a grey sofa, yellow pillows, a table, an artwork and dark floors

Pops of color line fun sunshine yellow is a great way to make a neutral interior interesting. (Jennifer Brouwer (Jennifer Brouwer Design Inc))

How To Infuse Your Décor With Yellow

As for yellow, this color is more difficult to use it right and not to get a tasteless result or not to make your living room too bold. If you already have a gray living room, you can add just some yellow accents that can be changed for other when you are tired of them: a console table, a couple of frames, a mantel, pillows and throws. You can also add some bold yellow artworks and stools or ottomans to enliven the room.

You can choose various shades of yellow to achieve various effects and create different ambiences. If you aren’t sure about bright shades, choose pale yellow, and it’ll look totally neutral. Bold yellow looks cool and contrasting with very light or very dark grey, and neon yellow, too. If you love sunlight and want a lot of yellow, make the whole room yellow and then just infuse it with grey as you wish.

Use textiles, artworks, simple furniture like chairs, stools, tables and lamps to accentuate the space because it’s the easiest and the most budget-friendly way.

grey in various shades, black and cream are enlivened with a sunny bold leather ottoman

charcoal grey sofa and chair, yellow pillows and art pieces

a distressed yellow onsole table will stand out in a grey living room

a grey gallery wall bold yellow frames

a minimal living room in grey and black can be spruced up with a yellow throw and a pillow

to make a simple light grey living room pop, just paint a mantel in bold yellow

refined living room in grey shades looks bolder with yellow chairs and a painting

Even little touches of yellow like lampshades and art frames could make a neutral interior less boring. (Into interior design)

A bright yellow shaggy rug would look well by a grey sofa.

An yellow sofa would make a statement in any grey living room.

Yellow wall artworks looks great on grey walls. (Abigail Ahern)

With gray interior you can mix yellow, orange and pink color pops and it’d look great. (Leslie Harris-Keane Interior Design)

dark grey sofa, dove grey curtains, yellow textiles and a vase

choose a calm yellow shade if you aren’t ready to rock super bold colors

a charcoal couch and a bold yellow pillow look very contrasting

a light grey sofa with a bright yellow chair in the same style

daring sunny yellow living room with a couple of calming grey touches

make an accent in a grey room using yellow cushions, lamps and flowers

neon yellow touches are ideal to raise your mood and remind of the summer

Now have a look at some ideas to mix and match these colors and their different shades, most of such projects are easily DIYable, and they won’t require much money or time.

cream, grey and yellow frames on a light grey wall

grey and yellow distressed mason jars as vases can be an easy DIY project

grey and yellow rug can help you rock these colors in a living room

semi sheer curtain panel comes in two different ombre patterns and looks very eye-catching

yellow and grey chevron printed curtains create a mood

A banana neon light would shine on a neutral gray wall.

A honeycomb yellow hexagon shelf would look great on a grey wall.

12 yellow and grey living room ideas for an on-trend update

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You can’t go wrong with a yellow and grey living room. Forever faithful grey, our favorite neutral; and sunshine-evocative yellow, the shade that never fails to make us smile – what a fabulous pairing you are…  But why is this harmonized duo such a match made in heaven you might wonder? 

Could it be that calming gray grounds the radiance of yellow, whilst in return, yellow gives gray spirit and radiance? Let’s find out shall we, with grey and yellow living room ideas that elevate any space, small or large, with honeyed serenity and chic. 

Lily Wili, founder, Ever Wallpaper, says: ‘The colors gray and yellow can be used together in living rooms to create a warm and inviting space. Gray is a neutral color that can be used to create a calming atmosphere, while yellow is a cheerful color that can brighten up the room.’

So let’s see them do their work!

1. Change up your accessories with pops of yellow

(Image credit: Katie Lee Photography)

For a speedy and easy apartment living room update (that’s budget-friendly too) choose a neutral gray foundation, peppered with sunshine details through decorative accessories and soft furnishings.

Chris Harvey, interior expert, Stelrad, says: ‘All gray living rooms are classic and appeal to the majority of homeowners. You can paint your walls gray (checkout gray accent wall ideas) and won’t need to change them for years to come, instead, you can just make small changes to your room via the accessories.’

‘If you want to test this theory out, just bring in some small yellow accents in the forms of cushions, throws, rugs, or lighting. You don’t need a lot of yellow, a simple vibrant yellow throw can lift a neutral space easily.’ This is perfect if the idea of a whole yellow room scares you.

If it’s a tactile cushion you’re after to give seating an artisan edge, try the Tula Moroccan Mustard yellow stripes and poms pillow cover, from Woven Nook.

(Image credit: Sofology)

Add impactful wow-factor with a go big and STAY home yellow sofa. We are seeing a growing number of the best couches upholstered in this vibrant hue with loads of shades to choose from.  

Keep your remainder scheme in shades of gray to enhance the dramatic contrast, and let your sofa upholstery dazzle while taking center stage. 

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Let flower power thrive indoors with statement wallpaper ideas featuring larger-than-life blooms. As demonstrated here, the Morning Radiance wall mural from in on-trend yellow and gray creates a visual extravaganza to elevate any space. 

Paint the surrounding walls in pastel yellow or gray, or if you want to bring more light into the room, opt for an off-white shade to mirror the lighter flowers in the painting.

4. Get playful with cheerful picks 

(Image credit: Alison Gibb Photography)

It’s one of the happiest shades on the color wheel, so why not unleash your home’s fun-loving, cheerful ‘best self’ and perk up your laugh-and-lounge in space with yellow decor buys across walls, cushions, throws, living room storage – the works.

We adore how this happy home packs sweet personality into every spot with the use of tonal yellow hues across playful picks, with retro, geometric patterns thrown in for good measure. The soft gray sofas ground the overall look, for a slice of grown-up chic.

5. Paint walls mellow yellow for an uplifting look and feel

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

David Harris, design director, Andrew Martin, says: ‘Paint is the simplest way to transform a room, it’s simple and easy. For a living room, the use of yellow can create a mellow and uplifting interior all at the same time.’

‘It transports us back to long lazy sun-drenched days in the Mediterranean and it can brighten us up on gloomy days. It works brilliantly with blues, teals, greens, and reds, and for real crisp freshness use it with white. But if you want to opt for tones such as gray, this will help create the illusion of space.’

When using a bold yet balanced yellow like Hawthorne Yellow, from Benjamin Moore on walls, Incorporate dark shades of gray or charcoal across fittings and features, to experiment with the effects of light and dark to striking effect.

If you’re wondering what the cost is to paint a room, we’ve worked out whether it’s more worth your while to DIY or hire a professional for you.  

6. Lend an earthy flavor with warm gray and mustard 

(Image credit: Rose & Grey)

Sara Mosele of Sara Mosele Interiors has weighed in on gray and yellow living room ideas. She notes that she has used the combination in her own living room and they are her brand colors:

‘Yellow is a very vibrant color often used as an accent. Grey paint balances it and usually is the primary color in a living room. Choosing the right complementary tones is very important. I usually prefer warmer grays with mustard yellows.’

Harvey says: ‘When people think of the color yellow, they often think of the color of sunshine, but there are many different shades of sunshine, such as a warm mustard tone. This offers an earthy feel to a decorating scheme, which is perfect for introducing warm tones of wood furniture and natural flooring.’ 

7. Create a calming aesthetic with yellow undertones 

(Image credit: Carpetright)

Use yellow accents to make a gray living room scheme pop with playful warmth. As shown here on this living room feature wall idea, earthy shades of gray and taupe layer with yellow and terracotta for a desert-inspired twist. 

Punam Chada, buyer, Carpetright, says: ‘Many contemporary interior schemes incorporate yellow undertones, which makes yellow a perfect foil for a gray scheme. Whether introduced through your walls, floor coverings, or accessories, the combination creates a calming yet playful feel.’

‘Mustard tones (try Fields of gold by Benjamin Moore ) work particularly well and this scheme can be built on with the introduction of a tertiary accent – where a muted taupe or gray will add calm, or if you a prefer a touch of glamor opt for gold or copper accents.’ 

8. Celebrate a retro revival 

(Image credit: Ohpopsi)

Tapping into hot to trot mid-century modern living room moods, give your space a vibing, optimistic update with this retro-loving color pairing. 

Harvey says: ‘This one will depend on your own personal taste, but it’s a great way to decorate a space. You can pair a bold retro floral wallpaper (we love the vintage wallpaper patterns from Wallpaper from the 70s on one wall with shades of matching gray and yellow paint on the other walls to keep the scheme running throughout. If you can find (or have) vintage furniture pieces, then this is a great way to decorate the room and enhance the retro vibes.’ 

9. Go boho with hanging plants and warm wood 

(Image credit: Snug Sofa)

Free-spirited souls that love boho living room ideas, might want to recreate this jungalow look by teaming warm wood paneling and flooring with happy-go-lucky shades on furniture and furnishings. Hang a plethora of the best house plants for a fresh, verdant lift, for a relaxed scheme layered with textural interest and variety. 

10. Add interest with patterned floor tiles or a rug 

(Image credit: Original Style)

Zone your seating area, and add striking, textural interest from the ground up with living room flooring ideas that include patterned floor tiles or a feature rug in yellow and gray shades. As shown here on these rug effect floor tiles, the harmonious color duo lends a current feel to a traditional design – just screaming to be walked all over and admired at every glance… 

Wall Pops! has a wonderful variety of peel and stick floor tiles for a quick and easy update, perfect for renters that can’t commit to something more permanent. 

11. Pair dark gray with citrus or neon shades for contemporary attitude 

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Yellow doesn’t always have to be mellow, nor does grey have to melt into the background… As shown here in this modern living room idea, for an electric, youthful look with an urban edge, partner alluring dark gray with zesty citron. We love how the shapely silhouette of the glam velvet sofa adds an electric dynamic in contrast to the moody color-drenched walls and flooring. 

Check out the best sleeper sofas 2022 for more tantalizing designs to get you swooning. 

12. Create a rustic scheme with gentle shades of buttercup and pebble 

(Image credit: Loaf)

Nothing says rustic living room idyll like a meadow-inspired palette of honeyed buttercup and babbling brook pebble. Create a daydream scheme to relax and restore in, with a plump sofa or queen sleeper sofa to really stretch out in style, finished in the most melting-butter upholstery, piled with scatter pillows and a snuggle-up throw. 

For a modern paint idea with a twist, keep walls in a fresh and breezy white, and paint doors, and woodwork (including window frames and structural supports) in natural gray for a subtle contrast. Weathered wood flooring complements the slow-living picture. 

What shade of grey goes with yellow?

The good news is that pretty much any shade of gray can be effortlessly paired with yellow – hurrah! But to max out on contrast, combine dark shades of gray with light yellow hues, or vice versa, pair golden or saturated shades with lighter or blueish gray tones. 

What’s the best way to decorate a yellow and gray living room?

A simple and affordable ‘safe bet’ way of nailing this color combo in your living room is to use gray as the main backdrop, sprinkled with yellow accents through accessories, furniture, throw pillows, and even flowers.  

Grace Baena, interiors curator, Kaiyo, says: ‘When designing your gray and yellow living room, be conscious of how many colors you’re adding. Yellow looks great when it acts as a pop of color in neutrals like gray. However, if you go overboard with all sorts of yellows (lights and darks, etc.) your room might feel less put together and more child-like. Decide on what shade of yellow you want to use and focus on utilizing it as an accent.’

Grey-yellow living room interior, 45 photos

A practical choice for a family with children or a youth apartment for one person is a gray-yellow living room. This is a non-marking, creative and optimistic combination that has been used in interior design for more than half a century – from the cultural revolution of the 60s to the present day.

The gray-yellow tandem is realized both in classic and traditional living rooms , and in modern loft , minimalist , modern , Scandinavian and eclectic interiors.

This demand is largely due to the leading positions of gray, which itself has become a favorite color of Western and Russian designers.

It cannot be said that the yellow in this pair is a random fellow traveler who uses the stardom of his companion. He also fell in love with professionals for his amazing ability to fill the space with energy, warmth and light. Together, gray and yellow are harmonious – like a sun-drenched street and shadows, a gloomy sky and rays breaking through cotton clouds.

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Starting planning the future design, first of all evaluate the real area of ​​the living room and its location relative to the cardinal points, that is, which side the windows face – north or south.

In a small living room, it is better to take a light gray tone as a base, and give an accent role to yellow. Maximum – make an accent wall of a not too bright yellow hue.

In a spacious room or a room with a kitchen, you can experiment with several shades of gray, including dark charcoal gray. Complemented by large and varied small yellow decor, the interior is lively and voluminous.

The photo shows examples of gray-yellow living rooms with a small area.

And this is a photo of spacious living rooms and combined kitchen-living rooms in gray-yellow tones.

If the living room windows face the sunny south side, use less yellow, otherwise the atmosphere will be stuffy. And the shade of yellow here needs a special one, containing a refreshing green undertone. There are several greenish-yellow shades – from pale to bright. They look like a cross between yellow and green and are perceived as slightly cool, as opposed to pure yellow, which has a warm “temperature”.

In the northern living room on the dimly lit side, yellow can be used without restrictions, but, of course, within reason. With good lighting, yellow surfaces will “burn” brightly, which visually compensates for the lack of light and heat in the room.

Yellow-orange tones are also relevant for northern rooms. They need to be combined with warm gray shades – for example, with gray-beige.

Professionals advise to take shades of the same intensity – bright yellow and rich gray or pale yellow and the same light gray. It happens that light gray becomes the background for flashy yellow, and dark gray is diluted with pale yellow accessories, but from the point of view of “academic” design, this is a mistake.


Grey-yellow color pair is open to collaboration with other neutral and bright colors. The third color can be used:

  • white;
  • black;
  • brown;
  • blue;
  • green;
  • purple;
  • red.

White is a universal thinner for all contrast combinations. It lightens the atmosphere, creates a feeling of spaciousness and fullness of fresh air.

Black helps to organize the space, brings dynamics, depth and some drama.

Brown is a natural color that goes with just about anything. In a gray-yellow interior, he takes a conservative position and works with gray to create a calm, respectable atmosphere.

Combinations of gray and yellow with blue and green are suitable for a southern living room where cooling accents are required.

The combination of gray and yellow with purple looks bohemian and glamorous. This colorful trio is eye-catching, memorable and inspiring.

And here is a creative design move – a large red detail has been added to the gray-yellow interior. It looks good, if only it would be desirable to duplicate the color of fire in at least one more place – for example, put a vase of red glass on a coffee table.

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After you have decided on the basic shades and auxiliary colors, plan each component of the interior: finishing of the main surfaces (walls, floor, ceiling), lighting, furniture, textiles and decor.


The safest option is to make all the walls light gray. If you want a large bright spot, decorate one wall behind the sofa in yellow.

The photo shows examples of wallpaper in gray-yellow tones with the addition of white – these are also suitable for decorating the living room walls in your case.

Yellow walls are a risky option, as the color of the sun can optically bring surfaces closer, which reduces space. And for a small living room, this effect is undesirable.

But there is an alternative way to decorate the walls – make the bottom third in white or gray, and the top two thirds in yellow. Then the optical properties of yellow will be neutralized.

Or decorate the walls in yellow in fragments, as in this photo.

On the floor in gray-yellow living rooms, wood of various shades and coatings imitating wood texture look good.

The ceiling is better to order white, because the yellow canvas itself will become the center of attention. If you want to make a yellow ceiling, give up a lot of decor in sunny colors.

In addition to the yellow ceiling, this living room also has an accent wall. A risky move, so the situation is diluted to the maximum with white.


Those who are going to use dark gray tones in the interior should think about high-quality multi-level lighting. Large charcoal surfaces should not be left unlit – for example, hang a couple of sconces on a dark gray wall, place table lamps next to it, or lay spotlights along the ceiling.


Furniture is usually selected according to the principle of alternation. Following this logic, you should choose yellow furniture for gray walls, and gray furniture for yellow walls.

But some experts consider this alternation of gray and yellow to be a mistake, since the contrast of large details provokes sharp mood swings. Allegedly, looking at a large yellow sofa, a person will feel an emotional upsurge, and when looking at a gray wall – a decline.

There is some truth in this, so emotionally unstable people should go the way of monochrome design. At the same time, the walls are made neutral gray, the furniture is also selected gray, slightly different in tone from the wallpaper, and yellow is introduced into the accents. Another option is to put a gray sofa with a yellow print against a neutral wall – for example, with flowers in sunny colors. Thus, you will combine gray and yellow in furniture design, but there will not be a sharp contrast.

A good addition to the interior of the living room in gray-yellow tones will be wooden furniture – a chest of drawers, a coffee table, a chair, a rocking chair or a small bookcase.


Curtains are also often selected by alternating: yellow for gray walls and gray for yellow wallpaper. For small rooms, a monochrome option is safer – gray walls and silver curtains. Although gray curtains with a yellow pattern are also possible.

In the northern living room, you should choose a neutral, light, transparent material with silver threads or matte without shine.


Continuing the theme of wood, we advise you to take a closer look at wickerwork – such eco-decor will make your living room cozier and warmer.

For a modest living room, choose more transparent details: glass vases, chairs or a coffee table made of colorless plastic. Visually, they look light and airy and do not clutter up the space.


Once you’ve got everything planned, review your notes and try to find some original finishing touch. We hope that our selection will inspire you to search for your unusual idea.


Elegant gray color goes well with silver decoration – it can be one large element, as in the first photo, or a vase, as in the second example.

Please note that in the second interior, the combination of gray with stone-look electric fireplace looks original. In general, any shiny surfaces and details work well with gray – fabrics with a glossy sheen, metallic furniture fittings, etc.


Mirrors are a designer’s favorite tool that helps visually expand the space through the play of reflections. But you must admit, if the wall in this living room were monolithic-mirror, without rails, then the effect would be too powerful, given the rather large area of ​​​​the room. So the option with slats is more successful.


The mirror ceiling (or part of the ceiling) also plays an optical expansion of boundaries. It makes the same inspiring impression as a ceiling with an imitation of the starry sky.


In traditional and modern eclectic interiors with classic elements, yellow is successfully combined with bronze. Such bronze details give solidity and carry a feeling of comfort.


Foam rubber wallpapers have high sound and heat insulation characteristics, are resistant to mechanical damage and will last up to 12 years. Cleaning them is easy – just walk with a regular vacuum cleaner.

The disadvantage is the low air permeability, that is, the room pasted over with such wallpaper will need to be ventilated more often. But what a relief texture – I really want to touch it.

Write in the comments what would you use from this article in your living room. Also see fresh and proven style ideas in the constantly updated portfolio of our designers from St. Petersburg and Krasnodar. And to contact us for a consultation on the design of the living room and the entire apartment, call the numbers listed above or fill out the feedback form on the website below.

See also:

  • Art Deco living room design
  • Loft living room design
  • Minimal living room design
  • Contemporary classic living room design
  • Kitchen colors
  • Bedroom colors
  • Children’s colors

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A harmonious union of yellow and gray to create a fashionable and elegant interior

Gray is one of the trendy colors in interior design this season. Suddenly, he became popular about two years ago and still does not lose his leading position.

However, this fact is not surprising, because this seemingly unsightly shade has several dozen nuances, the competent use of which allows not only to change the appearance of rooms beyond recognition, but also to influence the atmosphere and mood in an imperceptible way.

For example, anthracite tones will help to achieve the desired depth and seriousness, light gray surfaces will make the space light and sophisticated.

Of course, the above does not mean that there will be no more other colors in the interior. After all, no less popular and perfectly combined with the trend are white, silver, black and especially yellow shades.

We invite our readers to look at the amazing yellow-gray union and elegant interiors decorated with it.

As a rule, in this combination, the main role belongs to a restrained dark shade. Accordingly, sunny tones are used as bright accents, which, by the way, will balance, refresh the space and create a festive atmosphere in it.

See how incredibly stylish and elegant this combination of colors in the interior looks in both classic and modern design variations. At the same time, yellow tones can be used in doses (in the form of point accents: table lamp supports, flowers in the picture, etc.) or as the main shade (in this case, it is used to decorate several pieces of furniture). But in any case, it looks attractive and cute.

Gray shades as an ideal background for interchangeable accents

Speaking about the incredibly successful combination of gray and yellow, it should be noted that there are several variations of combining these colors. One of the most commonly used by designers is to create a dark background, which is especially attractive against cheerful accents in the form of individual vases, lamps, cushions, etc.

Not only does this combination look great (although there are some amazing room designs dominated by a variety of sunny hues), it also makes it easy to change your home décor in line with fashion trends.

At the same time, choosing deep shades of gray, used mainly to create a warmer and denser space, they can be combined with pastel and expressive yellow tones.

But in the case when the main background is delicate light, it is recommended to pay attention to the bright palette. Otherwise (not necessarily, but it can) the room will look pale, expressionless and monotonous.

The magic of black for yellow-gray interiors

As mentioned above, a fashionable combination of gray and sunny shades does not require strict adherence to only such a scheme (yes, it will be difficult). It is usually complemented by other tones.

For example, when decorating living rooms, designers often use white and shades close to it, as they are also an ideal backdrop for bright or contrasting accents. But how unexpectedly, boldly and very attractively black can look in the union in question, you can see from the photos below.

Atmosphere Interior Design Project

In this combination, according to the advice of interior designers, you should try to choose lighter gray tones, and yellow and black components should be dosed. This rule allows you to visually balance the space and create a unique and memorable interior design.

Curtains in the interior or a gentle touch of silk

Despite the fact that one of the trends in modern home design is the almost complete absence of curtains, it is this element of decor that has a significant impact on creating the overall atmosphere in the room.

Firstly, the created image seems more perfect and complete. Secondly, the presence of such products on the windows creates a sense of security. Thirdly, it’s just beautiful. By the way, rare interiors of Russians do without curtains or at least blinds.

And, of course, it should be noted that the curtains can also serve as a background or accent in a stylish gray-yellow interior. And for a sophisticated design, you want to use light flowing fabrics, such as silk.

An undoubted find of architects is the creation of two-color products that reflect the main palette of design and decor of the room. At the same time, the sunny tone, as a point accent, incredibly refreshes the room and, most likely, on cloudy days will create a visual effect of additional lighting.

In an interior design of this concept, dominant colors can be swapped, and gray accents can be introduced into a room dominated by yellow tones. As for the option of coloring silk curtains, you need to focus on your own preferences: you want more light and homely warmth, choose light shades, you need to emphasize elegance and style – dark ones.