Stylish grey colour schemes 2013 - 10 decorating ideas

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Soft pastel shades are a good decorating idea for prettying up a grey room scheme. Teamed with fresh white furniture, the grey tones in this dining room scheme feel light and calm.

Farrow & Ball


1/10 Chairs

Table with flower and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Britain)


2/10 Serene grey and white bedroom

Bedroom with white walls and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jake Curtis)

Soft greys and crisp whites create a peaceful and serene environment in this relaxing bedroom. The layering of textures generates a cosy feel.

Nicole Farhi Home

3/10 Grey Shaker kitchen-diner

Kitchen with white walls and chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/Richard Gadsby)

Wooden units painted a soft grey are a great decorating idea for creating a relaxed Scandi-style kitchen. Team with crisp white and natural wood tones to complete the look.

John Lewis of Hungerford
Bar stools
Original BTC
Fridge freezer

4/10 Dark purple and grey bedroom

Bedroom with pillows and curtains

(Image credit: TBC)

A good decorating idea for adding drama is to team soft grey tones with rich purple shades. A four-poster bed and ombre wallpaper add a romantic feel to this bold bedroom scheme.

Four-poster bed
Francesca Mills
Designers Guild
Floral cushion

5/10 Grey and white coastal living room

Living room with white walls and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The grey and white-painted flooring, open beams and deep linen-covered armchair create an understated coastal atmosphere in this living room; ideal for quiet contemplation.

Alexander & Pearl
Console table
Andy Thornton
Farrow & Ball

6/10 Relaxed grey and white bathroom

Bathroom with white window and wash basin

(Image credit: Future PLC/Trevor Richards)

Using grey in a bathroom is a great decorating idea for creating a relaxing spa-like feel; here the wooden shutters, painted vanity unit and wooden sink all create a calm atmosphere.

Andrew Martin
Vanity unit
Scumble Goosie
Aston Matthews

7/10 Contemporary grey dining room

Dinning room with grey wall and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Scott)

Using grey in an industrial scheme is a good decorating idea for offsetting rough textures and metallic finishes, as demonstrated in this contemporary dining room.

Table and benches
Rose & Grey

8/10 Grey and white bathroom with textiles

Bathroom with curtains and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mel Yates)

Layering up soft textiles is a great decorating idea for softening a grey bathroom space. In this scheme, a luxurious bath mat adds warmth to the floor and a ruffled shower curtain adds interest.

Bath mat
House of Fraser
Shower curtain


9/10 Dark grey living room with zingy brights

Living room with grey wall and sofa

(Image credit: TBC)

Using a dark grey shade on the walls and floor is a great decorating idea for highlighting the dramatic impact of bright zingy colours as illustrated in this contemporary living room.

Walls in Mercury
Fired Earth
Coffee table

Abigail Ahern
Dandelion canvas


10/10 Grey and yellow home office

Yellow chair with leather desk and pot

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Wreford)

Zesty yellow sits perfectly against grey tones and mixing the two colours is a good decorating idea for creating a sophisticated home office.

Charles chair
The Dining Chair Company
Similar desk

Baileys Home and Garden
Chair and desk top in Gaucho

JAB Anstoetz.

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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.