14 gorgeous grey wallpaper ideas

Designing a space that's stylish and sophisticated? Our grey wallpaper ideas are just what you need for a modern finish

Obsidian Panel A Wallpaper by Anthology
(Image credit: Anthology)

Grey interiors are definitely having a bit of a moment, and our obsession with this versatile colour isn't going anywhere anytime soon. So, to pay homage to this gloriously on-trend colour we've rounded up our favourite grey wallpaper ideas which are both stylish and sophisticated. 

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1. Choose warm grey for a calming space

As with every colour there are different tones of grey to choose from. This very pretty Floris wallpaper in Spring Rose from Romo has a warm grey background which is fitting for the Japanese style blossoming branches that appear hand-painted. It has a pearlescent finish which adds a gentle sheen to the surface which reflects the light.

Tempted by florals? Browse our beautiful botanical wallpaper ideas for more inspiration (and a bit more colour).

Floris wallpaper in Spring Rose from Romo

(Image credit: Romo)

2. Get a modern look with a wall mural

Traditional wallpaper rolls are not the only option, you can now buy panels of three metres in length that can be bought as single panel or joined to make a large continuous mural.

The Obsidian Panel A by Anthology is an interpretation of an original ink and salt-printed silk fabric that has glacial qualities. Prices start from £236 per three-metre panel.

Murals are a popular alternative to wallpaper, browse our pick of the best mural design ideas to see why.

Obsidian Panel A Wallpaper by Anthology

(Image credit: Anthology)

3. Choose a neutral botanical print for subtle style

While bright, botanical print wallpapers are still all the range, there are plenty of subtler solutions if colour isn't really your thing. 

We love the grey mix design of this Deco Palm Wallpaper from the renowned Cole & Son, particularly when paired with bright accessories in a similar art-deco style. Find it in pretty mustard, green and pink colour-ways, too.

Geometric II Deco Palm 105-8036 wallpaper and is from Cole & Son

(Image credit: Cole & Son)

4. Add period charm with grey florals 

If you're decorating a home with period charm, a light grey, floral repeat-pattern is a classically stylish solution that adds pattern and interest to a space subtly. By opting for a paper with a delicate pattern, you create a great base for incorporating other colours, patters and prints, too, should you wish to.

This pretty Atacama Wallpaper from Farrow & Ball shows an intricate botanical design that’s inspired by a coloured swatch found nestled in an old fabric mill. There are six other colour ways to choose from, including white, green, blue and another shade of grey.

Atacama 5801 Purbeck Stone No.275 and Ammonite No.274 wallpaper from Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

5. Get a style hit with Scandi-inspired wallpaper

This simple, yet effective floral wallpaper is inspired by Swedish folk art and is an easy means of adding interest to a space without compromising the minimalist style that so many of us associate with Scandi-inspired interiors.

The Erin Wallpaper from the Croft Collection at John Lewis is versatile and will work with most existing colour schemes.

Erin in slate is part of the Croft Collection at John Lewi

(Image credit: John Lewis)

6. Be creative with fun prints in a children's bedroom

Who wouldn’t love clouds on their walls? Obviously this print is designed for a child's bedroom, but its simple style and timeless colour palette makes it an option thats likely to be in-keeping with the rest of your home scheme.

Printed on high quality non-woven paper, this Cloudy Wallpaper by Karlie Klum, available from Lime Lace, comes with a luxurious matt finish and comes in pink and white colour-ways, too.

For more tips on how to design a kid's room, take a look at our comprehensive guide. We have plenty more ideas when it comes to wallpapers for children's rooms, too.

Cloudy Wallpaper by Karlie Klum at Lime Lace

(Image credit: Lime Lace)

Similarly, this grey Twinkle Wallpaper, available from John Lewis & Partners, offers a subtle solution that's perfect for kids' bedrooms, thanks to a star-inspired repeat pattern.

Twinkle grey star pattern wallpaper

(Image credit: John Lewis)

7. Create the illusion of space with stripes

If you're looking for design tricks that will make a small space look larger, it doesn't get much easier than stripes. In a space with low ceilings, consider using a vertical stripe to make the space seem taller; similarly, horizontal stripes will make a space feel wider.

This Grey Stripe Wallpaper is part of the Nordic Elegance range at Galerie Wallcoverings.

NA4104 design is part of the Nordic Elegance range at Galerie Wallcoverings

(Image credit: Galerie Wallcoverings)

8. Get creative with magnetic wallpaper 

The perfect canvas for a child's bedroom, this unique Dino Wallpaper from Sian Zeng is magnetic and will encourage imagination and story telling.

To create this amazing scene you need to work through three stages: paste the magnetic liner to the wall, then the white lining paper, followed by the patterned wallpaper. Each pack contains everything you need plus three magnets.

Magnetic Dino Wallpaper in Grey from Sian Zeng

(Image credit: Sian Zeng)

9. Pick a textural grey wallpaper

It’s quite common that when you think of wallpaper you imagine big and bold designs, but you can opt for a texture instead of a print, particularly if you're designing a space with a contemporary or particularly luxe feel.

An abstract design inspired by Toro Nagashi – a Japanese ceremony where people float paper lanterns down a river to guide spirits of ancestors back to the other world – the Nui Wallcovering from Villa Nova is a great example of how effective textured wallpaper can be in enhancing a space.

For similar papers, browse our pick of the best natural effect wallpapers.

Nui Wallcovering in Carbon from Villa Nova

(Image credit: Villa Nova)

10. Embrace the trend for geometric prints

An on-trend wallpaper design, geometric prints are often associated with the bright colours and bold patterns of the 70's – many of which are too much for the average home. So, opting for a geometric print in a grey tone is a more subtle solution for incorporating this trend into your home.

Inspired by architecture and old lace, the Cadencia Silver Wallpaper from Style Library elegantly combines a mixture of matt and sheen finished to add depth to any room.

For more retro geometric wallpaper design ideas, take a look at our design guide.

Cadencia wallpaper by Harlequin

(Image credit: Harlequin)

11. Go for a twist on traditional floral design 

This clever Protea Trail Wallpaper, available from The Paint and Paper Library, combines the prettiness of floral prints with the space-enhancing effects of stripes.

Flexographically printed to provide a smooth surface, each stripe is made up of proteas, birds and butterflies, set against a plain grey background, for a traditional-style finish.

Protea Trail in Monument design from the Tresco collection is by Paint and Paper Library

(Image credit: Paint and Paper Library)

12. Get a romantic feel with Toile-style designs 

While toile prints are not necessarily a design readily associated with a modern scheme, they can make a stylish statement when teamed with contrasting paint in an appropriate space, such as the bedroom. 

This Stag Toile Wallpaper  by Little Greene is based on a classic Toile de Jouy design, but with a more simplified look printed in a single colour.

Stag toile wallpaper in moss is by Little Greene

(Image credit: Little Greene)

13. Mix greys with accents of yellow

Combine a desire for grey wallpaper with the mustard yellow and geometric print interiors trends, thanks to this stylish diamond-inspired wallpaper.

Perfect for a home with a modern scheme, it also works well in a traditional home when paired with neutral furnishings. The Diamond Wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct is also available in grey with teal blue or red and costs £39.50 per roll.

Grey and yellow diamond print wallpaper in a living room

(Image credit: Wallpaper Direct)

14. Create a Scandi-inspired panelled effect (for a fraction of the price)

Synonymous with Scandi summer houses, white washed or grey toned, wood panelling is a stylish option for the walls of a stylish, minimalist inspired space.

While it can be expensive and time-consuming to install the real deal, a wood effect wallpaper makes for an equally visually-effective alternative that you won't feel guilty for replacing, should you tire of the trend.

Find the Natural Sahara Wallpaper at Debenhams and hang vertically or horizontally depending on whether you want to add height or width to your space.

Find more cosy Scandi room design ideas in our dedicated guide. 

grey wood panel effect wallpaper from debenhams

(Image credit: Debenhams)

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Sophie Warren-Smith
Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 18 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie has a passion for flowers and colour and has recently launched an online styling course, Style with Blooms.