I’ve always had a love / hate relationship with grey. I love the way it looks, both in fashion and interiors. But I struggle to make it work. When I wear grey I look less ‘urban cool’ and more ‘washed out’ and when I try to use it in my home it ends up feeling cold and bleak.
So far I’ve had a failed attempt at a grey bathroom wall (it just made me feel depressed every morning) and bought a dark grey knitted throw (that was relegated to a cupboard after a week on my bed). So when I redecorated my bedroom recently – take a look at the finished makeover here – I decided to tackle my issues with grey and try to find a way to work it into the scheme. Because as a neutral it’s just such a fantastic tone – I much prefer it to warm yellowy cream tones.
But I needed some inspiration. How had other people used grey and managed to make it work? And what other patterns or colours worked well with grey to lift it? After a bit of research, the one thing I quickly realised was that I needed to pretty it up in order to feel comfortable with it in my home. I was trying to use it in a contemporary, urban way, but that’s just not my style. My style is very light and minimal, and I’m partial to vintage floral patterns, lot of texture, soft pink or pastel shades and metallics.
So after looking at some wonderful images for inspiration I finally reached a solution for my bedroom. Rather than using grey as the main tone I decided to keep the room largely white and instead to mix in soft mid-tone greys with dusty pinks, warm metallics and a few stripes as accents. Below are a few of the beautiful grey bedroom schemes I found on my travels that really inspired me.
2. I fell in love with the colour combination of pink, white and grey after seeing this Loaf image. Grey has been used as an accent in the rug and throw and teamed with a blue/grey wall colour for a lighter, fresher feel. And I loved how the black and white stripes keep the room feeling fresh and contemporary.
3. This crumpled linen bedding set in grey and pink is quietly pretty and very similar to the colour scheme I ended up with.
7. I loved how this bedroom from the White Company teamed mid-grey and white with aged metallics. I have a vintage gold mirror that I wanted to use in my bedroom makeover and this inspired me to add it to the mix.
9. I also toyed with the idea of painting my wooden bedframe grey – I loved the way this bed frames the crisp white bed linen. So, all of those elements went onto my moodboard and influenced the final scheme. Take a look at my grey and pink bedroom makeover here.
I’d love to know what you think of grey as a bedroom scheme – would you choose it?