How to decorate with grey - 10 of the best ideas

Give depth to a neutral scheme by using clever style ideas and subtle variations in tone and texture.

Give depth to a neutral scheme by using clever style ideas and subtle variations in tone and texture. The low shape and soft lines of this simple sofa typifies the quiet, unobstrusive elegance of Japanese design.

Sofa
Aram Store (opens in new tab)

1/10 Floor lamp

living room with floor lamp

(Image credit: Katya De Grunwald)

Gino Carollo for Calligaris (opens in new tab)

2/10 Hallway with muted grey metallics

hallway with staircase and muted grey metallic walls

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

Create drama on a staircase with a sophisticated metallic wallpaper. A disco ball overhead ups the glam factor.

Wallpaper
Castellani range Designers Guild (opens in new tab)
Mirror ball
DZD (opens in new tab)
Vases
LSA (opens in new tab)

3/10 Living room with subtle grey hues

living room with wooden flooring and white door

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

Play with expectations by painting the floor and adding texture to the wall. Use fabric for pared-back elegance.

Wallpaper
De Le Cuona (opens in new tab)
Similar rug
The Wool Company (opens in new tab)
Chair
Arne Jacobsen for Fritz-Hansen at Republic Of Fritz-Hansen (opens in new tab)

4/10 Grey home office with hot orange accents

home office room with blue wall and wooden shelves

(Image credit: Polly Wreford)

All-over grey can be cool and restful, but a home office space also needs to offer moments of inspiration. Here, hot orange accents like the desk lamp and the paint inside the open shelving, are used to spice up the scheme.

Paint
Sanderson (opens in new tab)
Desk and table lamp

Geoffrey Drayton (opens in new tab)
Storage unit

The Dormy House (opens in new tab)

5/10 Bedroom with grey textured fabrics

bedroom with white stool and bed with pillows

(Image credit: James Merrell )

Layered textures on the wall, headboard and bedding in multiple shades of grey create a luxe effect in this modern bedroom.

Wallpaper
Designers Guild (opens in new tab)
Headboard fabric
Andrew Martin (opens in new tab)

6/10 Modern monochrome bathroom

bathroom with grey wall and bathtub

(Image credit: James Merrell )

Love grey but don't want to paint a whole wall? Why not go for a metallic bath? The freestanding metal bath has an uneven, dimpled surface that reflects a flattering soft light. A bold, dark feature wall gives the overall bathroom design strength and depth.

Bath
Brissi (opens in new tab)
Mirrored drawer unit
Alexander & Pearl (opens in new tab)

7/10 Dark and dramatic grey walls

room with photoframe on grey wall and wall clock

(Image credit: Richard Powers )

A deep shade of grey paint provides a great backdrop for hanging paintings, prints and photographs. Choose a dramatic grey shade for the walls and decorate with a pinboard of images that inspire you.

Similar wall paint
Flint Gray from Eico (opens in new tab)

8/10 Bedroom in shades of grey

bedroom with wooden flooring and bed with pillow

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

The restful and elegant atmosphere in this bedroom is achieved with the use of soothing shades of grey and white.

Lamp
Tripod lamp at Habitat (opens in new tab)
Basket
Rockett St George (opens in new tab)

9/10 Living area in subtle greys

living room with whie bowl and table with grey chair

(Image credit: Ben Anders)

This bench and table combination is teamed with a sleek grey padded settle for a modern twist in the living room. Exotic ornaments provide a finishing flourish.

Sofa
Habitat (opens in new tab)
Table
Natuzzi (opens in new tab)

10/10 Bold yellow in a child’s grey bedroom

bedroom with white chair and yellow cabin bed

(Image credit: Jeroen Van Der Spek )

Grey works well in a child's room when teamed with bold furniture and colourful accessories. The map and bright yellow bunk bed add interest to this boy's bedroom.

Sleigh bunk bed
BUMP (opens in new tab)
Similar wall art
Dandy Star (opens in new tab)

Find more design ideas and interiors inspiration on our blog Lifestyleetc (opens in new tab)

Tamara Kelly

Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.