Don't you just love zinc? Pre-Haussmann architecture in Paris is full of oeil de boeuf windows and roof finials or fleurons. Although Paris is known for it's dismal, grey exteriors, grey can be a good thing for interiors!
Neutrals in a room allow the eye to rest. They provide quiet statements that balance the stronger elements in the composition.
I love using greys , especially zinc, to balance an environment, indoors or out.
Can't you see a collection of zinc urns across a mantel or in a bookcase?
These fleurons would be great outdoors or simply as an architectural piece inside.
Grey has been on my mind probably because last week I painted these walls for a client's dining room.....
....washes of subtle color mimicking old plaster....
Look at how the lithograph sets off the collection of gilded candlesticks and urn.
They sit back quietly and let the stronger colors sing! When planning a room, keep your focal points to a minimum filling the remaining space with lots of neutrals and greys.