Navy blue and grey bedroom ideas - 10 ways to work this classy colour pairing

Warm grey tones and velvety navy blues can work beautifully in the bedroom - here's how

Bed with grey and white bedding and navy blue headboard, next to bedside table with books
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If you're looking to introduce navy blue and grey bedroom ideas into your space, rest assured there are a multitude of ways to pull off the pairing and achieve classy, stylish results. 

Navy and grey are two versatile colours which can complement each other beautifully, and they're becoming an increasingly popular duo in bedroom colour schemes. 'We see navy blue and grey colour schemes regularly in our community', says Emily Chance from painting and decorating brand Harris Brushes. 'Both can work brilliantly with most other colours, and combine here to create a cosy aesthetic with a mature, adult edge – perfect for the bedroom.'

'Navy blue pairs beautifully with the more neutral hues of warm greys to bring feelings of calmness into the bedroom', agrees Joanna Ross, General Manager of Design at Sheridan.

If you already have grey bedroom ideas that you love, simply add to these with navy blue accents and create a space that feels both updated and familiar. 

Navy blue wood panelling walls with bed, blue bedding and wooden bedside table

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Our navy blue and grey bedroom ideas cover all bases, from choice of shades, to wall decorating options, to layering and textures. Whether you combine multiple ideas from the list below, or select just one of them, you'll soon have a grey and navy blue bedroom worthy of many a Pinterest dream board inspiration.

1. Use warm greys to balance out navy's cooler hues

Bed with warm grey cushions and grey throw, navy headboard, warm grey wall and bedside table with plant

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The key to pulling off a navy blue and grey bedroom is to avoid creating an overly cold palette, which cool grey shades might do. 

Warm grey hues however will nicely complement navy and create a more comforting atmosphere. 'We recommend a warmer grey shade to avoid making your colour palette appear moody and negative', says Emily from Harris Brushes. 'Try something like Dulux’s Dieskau, Warm Pewter, or Timeless Grey, to leave room for your navy to work wonders.' 

Have a look through the best grey paint for walls, or try COAT's Peel & Stick swatches to test how your chosen shade looks against any navy furniture or decor.

2. Bring in patterns

Navy blue and grey bedroom with block navy walls and grey wallpaper, including fireplace, prints and bed

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Patterns are a sure way to keep things visually interesting in a navy and grey bedroom, and can steer the colour palette away from being overly sombre.

You can simply add a navy and grey patterned quilt to your bedspread, or create a feature wall using wallpaper if you fancy something a little more elaborate. There are plenty of bedroom wallpaper ideas to choose from, and the navy and grey tones will already have been combined for you perfectly. Or, choose wallpaper in one of the colours and paint the surrounding walls in the other colour for contrast.

3. Add a deep navy headboard

Bed with grey and white bedding and navy blue headboard, next to bedside table with books

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A plush navy headboard behind the bed can create an elegant, regal effect, and will be sure to catch the eye as a stand-out centrepiece in the bedroom.  

Martin Waller, Founder of luxury furniture brand Andrew Martin, says that a striking navy headboard can compensate for other pieces of decor. 'We no longer need artwork in bedrooms when we have a striking navy headboard shaped to elaborate perfection or upholstered in a bold-patterned fabric', he says.

4. Paint a navy feature wall

Bedroom with bed, grey headboard and pink throw, next to bedside table and plant with navy blue wall behind

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Navy walls make for a striking bedroom, and work particularly well in larger master bedroom ideas. 'If you have a larger bedroom, using a darker colour such as navy can visually bring walls inwards', says Justyna Korczynska, Senior Designer at Crown Paints.

Navy walls offer a stylish contrast to any grey furniture, or decor pieces you might want to hang on them. According to decor expert Andrew Martin, 'darker colours such as navy blue form a much better background for paintings and artworks than white or other neutral shades.'

5. A greige carpet will bring softness

Bedroom with pale grey (griege) carpet and navy wall, with rug, bedside table and bed

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A soft carpet can provide the final comforting touch to the bedroom, and greige - the popular beige and grey combo shade - would complement a navy and grey colour scheme perfectly.

'A great alternative neutral to white, greige is a soft shade that balances a room, creating a relaxing and calming atmosphere', says a decorating expert from Neatsmith. A griege carpet would soften the navy elements of the room and provide a welcoming light contrast to darker tones. 

6. Bring in texture through rugs, cushions and throws

Bedroom with navy accents - navy throw and cushions, textured rug

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Added texture through furnishings and decor is key to making the bedroom feeling cosy, especially when working with a cooler colour palette such as grey and navy.

A fluffy navy rug would be a warm addition to the room, and could be matched with cushions and blankets on the bed. Or, use these elements to bring a pop of colour to contrast with the blue and grey, such as a muted yellow or botanical green. Anything that makes the room feel more snug will work a charm. 

7. Paint the ceiling navy

Bedroom with blue and pink bedding, grey walls, navy wall art and navy blue ceiling

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While navy might not seem like the first choice of colour for a ceiling, its richness can envelop a bedroom perfectly. 'Navy looks amazing behind the bed then up and over the bed onto the ceiling in a canopy effect', says Creative Director at Dulux, Marianne Shillingford. 

Homeware expert Joanna Ross agrees. 'Blue can have a positive effect on our mood before sleep as it connects us to a blue sky and the feeling of being in nature, which helps us feel more relaxed.' A navy blue ceiling is the perfect way to bring forth this idea and create feelings of serenity and calm.

8. Complement the duo with a third accent colour

Navy blue wall behind bed with grey patterned bedding and pink cushions with metal frame and prints on the wall

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Adding a third pop of colour is a wise choice for a grey and navy bedroom, so you can warm the palette up and even make the space feel a little more fun. 

Pastel yellows would contrast beautifully against navy furnishings, as would a muted dusky pink. 'Grey’s neutrality means that most mid-range greys will naturally complement a vast range of colours', says Emily Chance from Harris Brushes. If you pair it with a naturally cool shade like navy, a third accent colour will provide welcoming lighter hues.

9. Use colour blocking for a stunning feature wall

Grey and navy blue wall behind bed seperated by shelf with picture frame, books and plant

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Colour blocking is a smart bedroom paint idea to create a feature wall, and is great for cementing your chosen colour duo into a room. 

'Colour blocking has become the new feature wall over the last couple of years, because it adds interest in a really simple way and all you need is some paint and some masking tape', says Aaron Markwell, Colour Expert at COAT. 'Paint the ceiling and the top half of the wall the same light grey, to reduce visual noise in the room. Then paint the bottom half of the wall in your navy.' 

A grey and navy feature wall would look particularly stylish as a backdrop to your bed, as the natural focal point of the bedroom.

10. Use succulents for added serenity

Patterned bedding with standing succulent plant, shelf holding printed art in front of neutral background

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Indoor plants would be a soothing companion to a navy and grey bedroom, and add a relaxed botanical green element into the mix.

There are a lot of house plant ideas which you can bring into the bedroom, including hanging wall plants or potted succulents which you can place beside the bed. A plant or two would complement the natural, earthy tones of the navy and grey perfectly, and contribute to a relaxed atmosphere.

Do navy blue and grey go together in the bedroom?

Colour combinations that inspire feelings of peace and relaxation should be a priority for the bedroom. Navy blue and grey can therefore work particularly well because they both have cool undertones, and are often associated with natural, earthy hues. 

'Grey and navy blue work brilliantly together in a bedroom where they create a relaxed grown up space in which you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep', says Dulux's Creative Director Marianne.  

What shades of grey go with navy?

'When pairing grey with navy, the trick is to choose a deep cocooning navy with a pale, warm grey to avoid the space feeling too cool', says John Ashton from Albany. 

Marianne from Dulux agrees. 'It's especially important to choose 'warm' versions of grey to pair with navy, as combining two 'cool' colours could easily make a room feel less cosy than you might have wished.' 

Look for pastel greys with pebble or clay-like tones, and avoid harsher greys such as charcoal and graphite. These darker shades won't contrast well against navy blue, and risk creating an overly negative or moody palette. Remember that the bedroom should feel like a welcoming space where you feel comfortable and relaxed, and a cold colour palette won't help you achieve that feeling.

Katie Sims

Katie Sims has been writing for Ideal Homes since spring 2022. She qualified from her Master’s in Media and Journalism in 2021 and has been writing freelance since. She has worked on Ideal Home’s ecommerce team where she researched the best home products on the market, and on the news team, researching the latest trends for feature pieces.