Grey is such a versatile colour as it comes in many different tones – from blue based greys to warm ‘pinkier’ tones. The wallpaper industry has jumped on board the ever popular grey trend and as a result there are plenty of gorgeous designs to choose from.
Whether it’s simple textures or beautiful intricate prints there’s something for everyone. The other great thing about grey is that so many other colours look fabulous with it; blush pinks, corals, sunshine yellow and indigo blues are all great choices for accessories to team with your walls for a stylish look.
1. All over floral
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.
2. Glacial panel
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 design. 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.
3. Deco leaves
Palm prints are still all the range, and if you don’t fancy a bold print then opt for this subtle grey mix design instead. It’s called the Geometric II Deco Palm 105-8036 wallpaper and is from the renowned Cole & Son. As well as the grey and white wallpaper design seen here, it does come in one other colourway consisting of pretty greens.
4. Two tone
This pretty print is called Atacama 5801 Purbeck Stone No.275 and Ammonite No.274 wallpaper from Farrow & Ball. It 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 including another grey and white wallpaper (5803), plus a pink and grey variant (5802).
5. Scandi inspired
This simple but effective floral wallpaper is inspired by folk art from Sweden. It’s called Erin in slate, and is part of the Croft Collection at John Lewis. This grey and white wallpaper is very versatile and will work with most existing colour schemes. It also comes in Loch Blue.
6. Fluffy clouds
Who wouldn’t love clouds on their walls? Obviously this print is designed for children, but we love it too! It’s called Cloudy Wallpaper by Karlie Klum and it’s available from Lime Lace. Printed on high quality non-woven paper, it comes with a luxurious matt finish and other colourways include pink and white.
7. Candy stripes
You can’t beat a good stripe when creating the illusion of space. If you have low ceilings then using a vertical stripe will make it seem taller. This grey stripe NA4104 design is part of the Nordic Elegance range at Galerie Wallcoverings and is priced at £32.95 per roll, it would look great in a girl’s room as the pastel shade of pink will be much loved!
8. Magnetic design
This fabulous Dino wallpaper in grey is magnetic and will whisk your children away into their own magical faraway land full of dinosaurs. 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.
9. Embossed style
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. The Nui wallcovering in carbon seen here is a great example of how it can work. It’s 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.
10. Circular swirls
Geometric designs are big this year and geometric wallpaper is a very effective way to add this popular trend to your home. Inspired by architecture and old lace, the Cadencia wallpaper by Harlequin has a relief effect in a mixture of matt and sheen finishes. It comes in three other colourways.
11. Classic trail
This clever Protea Trail in Monument design from the Tresco collection is by Paint and Paper Library. The grey floral design gives the impression of a stripe. Each strip has proteas, birds and butterflies on it on a plain coloured ground. It’s flexographically printed which provides a smooth surface that gives a more contemporary finish despite the traditional-style design.
12. Traditional toile
Toile’s are not necessarily a design you may think of for a modern scheme, but use it as a statement wall and teamed with some contrasting paint and it is the perfect wallpaper choice for a bedroom. This Stag toile wallpaper in moss is by Little Greene (paint also from there), it’s based on a classic Toile de Jouy design, but with a more simplified look printed in a single colour.
13. Twinkle twinkle
Often a popular choice in kids' bedrooms, this grey wallpaper is a little bit more subtle than some designs, making it work in many schemes. Twinkle by John Lewis features a repeat hand-printed star pattern and costs £23 per roll.
14. Grey and yellow
Tick the boxes of a few trends with this grey and yellow wallpaper featuring an allover geometric diamond design. It can be ruthlessly modern, but also works well in a traditional home as seen here. Diamond in yellow and slate by Layla Faye at Wallpaper Direct also comes in grey with teal blue or red and costs £39.50 per roll.