Grey is the perfect colour choice for a bedroom: light tones are calming and restful, deep tones are dramatically cocooning – and both look fab in daylight and under lamplight. Better still, grey suits both contemporary and period homes. Our grey bedroom design ideas will give you plenty of inspiration to get started on your new space.
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1. Pick the right shade of grey
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Picking the right shade of grey is a must if your bedroom is to feel welcoming. So, follow these guidelines:
When considering which shade of grey to use, consider the natural lighting in the room. Strong, warm greys (they'll have a tinge of yellow in them) will work well in an east or north facing room that has a naturally quite blue light and needs warming up to feel inviting
A bedroom that gets lots of sun – such as a south or west facing room – and that naturally has a yellower light will look good with a subtle cool grey shades.
Take inspiration from this bedroom by Australian brand Norsu to create a laid back look by adding texture, contemporary lighting, and soft muted hues to a pale grey backdrop.
For a similar shade try Dulux Goose Down, Farrow & Ball’s Blackened and Grey Hints from B&Q Colours range.
Find out how to design a north-facing room in our guide.
2. Layer up for luxury with matching tones
For a sophisticated look, layer the same shade of grey in an assortment of fabrics – look for those that have an interesting surface pattern like the luxurious silk wallpaper and Marble fabric used here to cover the headboard. The white pillowcases, taupe lampshade and soft teal cushion cover prevent the overall look from feeling flat and dull.
3. Choose a dark, moody shade for an on-trend look
Give your bedroom a period look by adding smart panelling behind your bed. Farrow & Ball’s Railings paint is at the darkest end of the grey colour spectrum and works well on walls and woodwork to create a dramatic, enveloping feeling, which is ideal if your bedroom is solely used for rest and relaxation, but not so good if it’s a space you need to do your make up (in which case, install good bedroom lighting).
Be inspired by more dark and moody room schemes to transform your home.
4. Use furnishings to update your bedroom to grey
Love grey but don’t want to use it on your walls? Textiles - cushions, bedlinen, curtains, blinds - are a great way of introducing the colour of the moment into your home without making a big commitment. This dark grey blind could look cold teamed with bright white walls, but adding a lamp shade and bedspread in warm taupe and bedding in soft grey makes the overall effect warm and inviting.
Find out what you need to know about roller blinds before investing.
5. Up the glam-factor by teaming grey with gold
Who says grey can’t be glamorous? Not us. The parquet flooring, panelled walls and soft furnishings in this room provide a sleek and sexy backdrop to the gold ceiling light and side table, by Luxxu.
6. Grey works for children's bedrooms, too
Furniture in grey tones works particularly well in children’s bedrooms, looking warmer than white and more modern than wood. Here, a grey bed frame is teamed with Cole & Son star scattered wallpaper to create a dreamy scene.
Want more kids' room design ideas? Browse our gallery.
7. Up the light levels: match grey with white
If you’re worried about dark grey walls feeling too oppressive, then think again. By mixing them with white floors and wardrobes, and furniture in pale to mid-tones of wood, you can create a surprisingly fresh look. Well designed bedroom lighting is key in this scheme, too, so make sure you have a good selection of ambient and task lighting options.
Gjöra bed frame by Ikea.
8. Choose a subtle wall mural in soft greys
Wallpaper or wall murals with a grey design are a great way to add pattern to your room without being overly in your face. The gorgeous trees mural by Sian Zeng is painted using Chinese inks in a non-traditional style. Adjust the height by trimming as much of the white top end of the wallpaper panels as you need to (the maximum white space between the tallest tree and the end of the panel is 109.5cm).
See more beautiful wall murals if you love this idea.
9. Create a fun feel in a teen's bedroom
We think the retro design of the Village wall mural would look great in a teenager’s bedroom. Mix it with mint green pastel bedlinen for a pop of colour.
10. Add texture for warmth
Come over all Julie Andrews with this mural (yes we love murals, what of it?). Capturing the peaks and mountains of the Lake District, you can allow yourself to be transported to an imaginary mountainscape with Woodchip & Magnolia's Arcadia wall mural. Keep the rest of your room’s design simple with natural, rustic wood furniture and woven baskets.
Find more grey wallpaper design ideas in our gallery.
11. Soften the grey with warm peach
Speaking of warmth, adding touches of warm neutrals and peach will give a room that's dominated by grey a welcoming appeal. Love the idea of grey but not sure it'll work in your room? Limiting the grey to curtains and a lighter shade for bedlinen is a good way to half commit – plenty of impact with minimal outlay.
12. Go for a statement grey bed
Want instant design impact in trendy grey? Easy – pick a statement grey bed. By statement we mean opulent and upholstered in a luxurious fabric such as velvet, and with a proper headboard.
This grey bedroom has been furnished with the gorgeous Odeon Bed from Barker and Stonehouse.