If you are looking for grey bedroom ideas, you are in good company. Of all the bedroom colours, it is on-trend grey that is fast becoming the New Magnolia and it seems to be everyone’s shade of choice when it comes to decorating. This is good news because high-street and designer outlets are bursting with grey in all its multiple gradations and across every conceivable product – from beds and storage to wallpapers and fabrics, lighting and flooring – the only difficulty will be deciding what’s right for you.
Grey is a versatile shade that runs from near-back gunmetal at one end of the spectrum to the palest pastel at the other. If using grey on walls, think about the mood you want to create. You may prefer a darker, dramatic feel over a bright and airy scheme so pick your paint shade accordingly. Or consider paring it with white for a delightful Scandinavian feel.
Decide on how and where you are going to use pattern. If you go for plain, painted walls you will want to introduce florals or stripes on curtains or blinds; bed linen or carpet. Some people prefer to limit pattern to these easier-to-change elements of a room rather than decorating with it, but blowsly florals and smart stripes in tones of grey can be stunning in a bedroom and you might want to consider them. A well chosen wallpaper pattern can be the making of a distinctive bedroom.
Take your style into consideration when deciding on a colour scheme. If you prefer a modern bedroom style, you may want deeper, more dramatic shades of grey. Team them with metal and glass for an industrial edge and keep your scheme predominantly monochrome for a clean, crisp look. In a country-style, vintage-look or more traditional bedroom scheme you might like to bring in gentle powdery tones of blue or pink to temper the grey. One of the joys of this shade is that it can be as masculine or feminine as you like depending on how you use it and what you put with it – a quality that makes it super versatile especially if you and your partner have different bedroom interior design preferences.
After more bedroom design inspiration? Take a look at these bedroom wallpaper ideas
Use a grey striped wallpaper to lead the way in a symmetrical decorating scheme. This one has been hung on a feature wall behind the bed and it throws a pair of white matching wardrobes into sharp relief, highlighting the central role of the bed below. Don’t be afraid to mix stripes and florals. Intersperse pattern with areas of plain white and dark grey for a look that is so beautifully balanced it creates its own sense of calm and serenity.
For an ultra-modern bedroom, be brave and go for key statement pieces. Here the wallpaper, bed and lamp are all stunning choices in their own right, but when brought together create a bedroom scheme that is truly individual. The stark monochrome of the knitting-pattern design wallpaper is knocked back by the gentle powder blue of the luxury upholstered bed. Ruffled off-white bed linen adds a cloud-like touch, softening the feel.
In an eaves or attic bedroom, make decorative use of sloping walls and ceilings. In this room, a gentle grey has been used on the feature wall to offset the white paint used elsewhere. The contrast emphasises the lovely lines of the architecture, opening up what is quite a small space. Darker grey has been limited to lighting, bed and throw here, with exquisite touches of pattern on cushions and a primrose armchair that warms up the greys.
If deep grey is a bit scary in a small bedroom, accessorise with it rather than decorating with it. This grey bedroom is actually a completely white room, but the luxurious velvet bed throw, cushions and smart Roman blind dominate the room. An open shelving unit positioned behind a bed can function as headboard and bedside tables as well as storage.
Pick mid grey for walls but keep ceiling and woodwork white for a sophisticated backdrop to a bedroom decorating scheme. Look for a modern take on the four poster bed – this darkwood version has something of the East about it. Soften the frame by draping with a silk or satin floral fabric – this one is in a pretty, toning pink.
If you are going all out for glamour, pay attention to your headboard. Choose an ornate scrolling design that will set the benchmark for the rest of the decorating scheme – this one sports a burnished silver finish. Look for a wallpaper design that can emulate its ornate design and bring in mirrors and polished chrome lighting. Silver finishes have a natural affinity with lilac so use it as your accent shade on bedding.
Warm grey is such a pleasing, restful shade in a bedroom so let it shine. Keep painted walls uncluttered and reference the shade with cushions and throws. In this room, exposed brick and warm wood storage provide a nice counterpoint. Hang a chandelier for a little touch of sparkle in a simple scheme.
All the elements of this smart scheme come together to mark out the bed as the statement piece. Metal bedsteads are enjoying something of a return to popularity and designs with impressive footboards like this one can make real impact. Position next to a window where possible and dress with eye-catching curtains. The grey paint shade on the walls provides a dramatic backdrop to white bed linen and curtains. The chandelier above provides the illusion of a draped corona.
In this modern bedroom, a linear design wallpaper in subtle gradations of grey makes a showstopper of a contemporary white bed frame. Teamed with a white wall panel, the furniture is positioned to create layers of overlapping geometric shapes in grey, white and black. Monochrome shades are carefully balanced across the room, save for a pair of camel-coloured bed cushions, which add a wonderful tactile touch.
Keep to a single tone of grey for walls, window treatments and flooring and bring a dark feature bed into the scheme. This one, upholstered in dark grey and with impressive wraparound headboard, spans two windows and is centred below smart fitted pelmets and an impressive pair of Roman blinds. Where you have a single toned backdrop like this, be sure to include an accent shade so that things don’t get too cold. Pretty pink more than rises to the occasion here – in plains and stripes on bedding and cushions.
Metallic materials and silver tones bring elegance and glamour to a grey scheme. This tile-effect wallpaper in distressed shades of pewter adds intensity to this striking bedroom scheme, which is finished with Prussian blue velvets and winter furs.
Dark floorboards set against whitewalls could look harsh, but a grey wall makes the scheme easier on the eye.Black & white prints and monochrome bed linen unites the soft furnishingswith the decor and gives this master bedroom a contemporary look.
A light grey colour is a more welcoming and relaxed alternative to white, and proves that going grey doesn’t have to mean dark and moody. A brilliant option for bright and airy bedrooms, this shade prevents the space becoming stark and provides a soft backdrop for a mix of original arts, crafts and retro details.
An unexpected but successful pairing, hints of vibrant green work wonderfully when combined with a dark charcoal grey shade. Habitat’s bright bedspread uplifts this dark scheme and contributes to a look that is both warm and welcoming.
Moody and sensual, this contemporary bedroom is a master class in how to layer different shades of grey to winning effect. Bed linen in a mixture of tones creates a relaxed look that avoids being try-hard, while light-diffusing blinds bring texture.
Grey is a cosy choice for a bedroom, especially in its darker tones. It also makes a fantastic backdrop for bold, graphic patterns, such as the chevrons on this upholstered headboard. Soften the look with pops of pink in your accessories and add extra glow with exposed squirrel cage lightbulbs on colourful cables – these will also make a neat alternative to bedside table lamps if you’re short on space.
This bedroom uses shades of grey to create a calming haven. The feature wallpapered wall, while covered in a busy pattern, uses the palette of grey and white, which softens it. The colour theme continues throughout the room, with grey walls complementing bedside furniture. Different tones are used in the soft furnishings to ensure the colour theme does not become monotonous.
Ranging from light grey to darker tones of slate and charcoal, all shades in this monochrome-cool bedroom are united by repeated motifs, patterns and materials. A collection of early black-and-white photographs is a perfect fit for the room, while shutters add a sense of drama.
To avoid an overly masculine or dark look, flashes of bright colour can be used to break up the scheme and add a modern edge. Cerise pink lamps work brilliantly with the grey scheme in this guest bedroom and immediately draw the eye to certain parts of the room.
An understated and quiet shade, grey is an ideal shade to use as a backdrop for loud patterns and textures. Here, a soft and subtle grey wall is the perfect foil for a bold geometric print, metallic accessories and wooden mid-century style furniture. A pillow in the same shade ties the look together.
Buy now: Pimlico Four Poster Bed, £995, The White Company
Buy now: Harlequin Throw, £495, Niki Jones
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