23 Grey Bedroom Ideas - The Perfect Balance of Calm and Style


23 Grey Bedroom Ideas - The Perfect Balance of Calm and Style

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Traditionally speaking, cool colour schemes are employed in 'shared' spaces within the home, such as the bathroom, kitchen, and living room, while any warm or vibrant colours are used in bedrooms to make them feel cosy and inviting.

Despite this, grey colour schemes are incredibly popular right now because of the casual, clean sophistication and open feeling that they offer. This makes the use of grey especially helpful when decorating a small bedroom space.

However, if you're stuck for grey bedroom ideas, the following examples may be just the inspiration you need!

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1. Sophisticated Grey Bedroom

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Grey bedroom ideas like this do nothing unique, but the whole colour scheme of soft grey and warm greys gives the space a harmonious look and elegant design.

The use of the large padded headboard as a centrepiece complements, but stands out from, the darker grey walls and is a perfect way to create depth.

At the same time, the warm grey tones of the curtains and bedding offer a warm and welcoming feel, whilst the pale, almost white rug, stands in stark contrast to the classic wooden floors.

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If you don't have as much space as in this example, opt for a smaller headboard and consider putting a mirror above it to draw the eye up. This will give the illusion of height and extra space.

If you're seeking professional guidance with your grey bedroom ideas, or wish to achieve a certain look, companies such as Alder & Tweed interior design offer valuable expertise in creating the bedroom of your dreams.

2. 50 Shades of Grey Bedroom

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With grey bedrooms, using every shade of grey available to you is a great way to give your room a more 'metallic' appearance. The wallpaper and coving in this room almost look like brushed metal and invite touch, despite being perfectly smooth.

The deep pile grey carpet is sumptuous and decadent while looking a little faded and well-loved, and the silver fireplace catches the natural light from the window perfectly. The addition of a grand antique gold wall mirror above the bed lifts the whole look and prevents grey overload, which is often a mistake with some grey bedroom ideas.

While coherent colour themes are important, a flash of contrasting but complementary colour is often the final touch it needs.

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3. Artistic Grey Bedroom Styling

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This modern apartment's grey bedroom uses furnishings that give the illusion of floating, this is a great way to make any room seem more spacious.

When this type of bedroom furniture is paired with a grey colour scheme it creates a hazy, almost ethereal feel to the space. The horizon effect, which is created by having a pale floor and lower-panelled wall beneath a darker upper wall space, only adds to this. The artwork alone has the power to make the space feel artistic and creative rather than plain or bland.

The dark grey accents, cabinet doors, and dark grey skirting board all serve to ground the feel of the overall room. A few extra elements like the modern canvas and framed prints, show why wall art is so important to the final touches of a rooms design.

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4. Stately Bedroom Beauty

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Large rooms with high ceilings may be the most compatible with bold or dark colours, but a current trend in grey bedroom ideas is for bright colours and dramatic shades. These generally feature neutral tones like cool-toned greys and silver as well as reflective surfaces.

This approach to such spaces enhances their size and height, giving a sense of grandeur, but if you have a smaller room it can give a feeling of space that would otherwise not be there.

The panel of darker greys and white on the patterned wallpaper creates a sophisticated backdrop and focal point, to which the rest of the room can connect.

A dark throw pillow on the bed, the shape of the chandelier and the light grey curtains all tie into some aspect of the floral panel, bringing the bedroom design elements of this sleeping space together.

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5. Eclectic Grey Bedroom

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When a bedroom has east-facing windows, it can be hard to control how bright the room is without keeping curtains or blinds closed. Using dark colours on your bedroom walls, ceiling, and flooring is usually not recommended, but this design shows it can be truly beautiful.

The panelled dark grey wall decor and ceiling, perilously close to black, soak up the light from the large windows while the pale floorboards and bedspread provide balance.

The faux bookcase wallpaper at the head of the bed also adds clear depth to the room. This serves to make a room of this relatively small size seem larger than it is.

Adding a mirror in a contrasting gold colour adds texture and warmth to the room, while ornaments, accents, and furnishings bring the whole look together in a cohesive way.

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6. Geometric Grey Bedroom Design

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When considering modern grey bedroom ideas, this contemporary grey bedroom decor mixes different tones and shades, which is common in rooms which use grey. However, this unique design mixes different shades and tones using single mediums.

A mixture of grey tones within the geometric wallpaper mixes light and dark shades of grey, to give it a sense of movement and depth, creating the ultimate feature wall within the bedroom space.

The panelled structure behind the bed has a white with tonal greys wood-grain effect, whilst the bedroom flooring almost looks like weathered concrete.

The dark greys of the suede headboard and bed base stand out in contrast to all of the other design elements, as do the touches of colour in the soft furnishings and rug.

These flashes of colour also serve to emphasise the muted sophistication of the grey bedroom scheme, rather than draw attention away from it.

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7. Breezy and Bright Bedroom

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When considering colour and design schemes, people often wonder what colour goes with silver, and the honest answer is that any colour can pair well with silver. It all depends on matching the shade of silver or grey with an appropriate partner.

In the case of this grey bedroom idea, the textured, light silver wallpaper is paired with navy blue, while the weathered blue and silver mirrors keep the grey bedroom light and airy. The darker grey padded headboards add depth and texture.

Splashes of deep blue in the bedding and decorations, along with the porthole-like mirrors, conjure up a seaside feel and make this a cool refreshing room. Grey and navy blue complement each other so well in many situations, this can be seen to great effect in these grey and navy living room ideas.

This beautiful grey bedroom scheme has resulted in a restful space with refined warm tones.

8. Industrial Chic Grey Bedroom

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Bedrooms which are small, but have tall ceilings, can shine with a grey colour palette. Industrial chic, as it is sometimes called, is becoming increasingly popular because of how it mixes grungy, gritty aesthetics with polished modernity.

This grey bedroom idea is a perfect example of how faded, concrete grey can be perfectly paired with high-shine glass. The low-sitting bed, with its grey blankets and bedspread, increases the sense of height in the room, while the broad, battered grey wall panel is reminiscent of concrete factory flooring. This works well with the slim, long dangling LED lights.

Meanwhile, the dark grey curtains and rugs complement the dark, tinted glass that makes up the front of the sliding wardrobe.

Grungy but clean-cut, this grey bedroom feels fashionable and captures the industrial look perfectly. If this is a look that resonates with you, feel free to check out our ideas for an industrial living room for inspiration.

9. Twilight Chic Grey Bedroom

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While other rooms decorated entirely in white can feel clinical, bedroom designs done in differing shades of grey feel clean and sophisticated.

This master bedroom design is classy and modern, making the most of varying grey shades and tones, to prevent the bedroom from becoming bland. Something you never want to happen with any grey bedroom ideas.

You may want to know what colour curtains go with grey walls, the answer to this is that you can ultimately pick any colour, as long as you tie it in with an overall theme.

In the case of this grey bedroom idea, grey curtains have been chosen which are slightly darker than the grey walls. They have then been paired with dark grey accents, furniture, flooring, and bedding (as well as a few splashes of red).

10. Earthy Bedroom Tones

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Grey as a colour is very versatile and can have either cool or warm undertones. The interior designer of this grey bedroom idea has made grey warmer by using an iteration with brown undertones and pairing it with dark wooden flooring.

The warm grey ceiling and bed hangings, pale grey bedding, and greyish-white walls all add to the overall colour palette perfectly.

By also adding touches of pale brown on the side of furnishings, in the rug, and darker brown in picture frames; this design manages to make a grey bedroom which is warm as well as light and inviting. This is no easy task for any grey bedroom ideas!

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The largest bed was built In 2011 in the Netherlands, it broke the world record for the biggest bed ever at 186 feet wide and 53 feet long!

11. Light & Airy Coastal Bedroom

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Many people would avoid light grey bedroom ideas because they fear it will look slightly 'washed out', but this look can work to your advantage if you like a natural, coastal kind of feel.

Think driftwood and pale stones on a sandy shoreline and the shifting grey sea; that's the aesthetic that this room has gone for (very successfully).

The pale grey walls are almost white but lack the brilliance of true white. This is contrasted with soft grey-toned decorations, paintings, and soft furnishings. The slightly cool-toned wooden headboard brings the whole room together making it light and airy, with a natural cosy feel.

12. Penthouse Grey Bedroom Chic

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Open-plan flats and houses are excellent at making the best of small living spaces, but finding a colour theme versatile enough to transition from space to space can be tough. That's why grey is a perfect choice.

Using a gradient which darkens in more private areas of an open-plan space can bring atmosphere to even the smallest studio apartment.

As grey bedroom ideas go, this is a perfect example. The indented space used to house the bed features a darker, more weathered grey than is seen on the outer walls, while the black wardrobe and lampshades make it feel cosier.

The room gradually brightens the further you get from the bed, making these spaces feel less intimate and more open.

13. Elevated Bedroom Comfort

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When researching grey bedroom ideas I discovered that grey is also a great colour to deploy in carving out a space which is intended to stand in relief to the rest of a room.

This room contrasts natural wood with a raised area of textured grey, made to look like brushed concrete.

The large windows let in copious amounts of light and offer a beautiful view. The wood almost seems to invite the forest in and seamlessly blends the outside with the inside. The raised grey platform, however, carves out a 'man-made' space as the ultimate refuge.

Using grey as an accent rather than as the whole theme is less common, but can be effective in a grey bedroom design. The addition of charcoal grey bedding and black detailing adds a little more depth and cosiness.

14. Rough and Rustic Style Bedroom

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The dark colours of dark grey bedroom ideas, especially cool dark colours, are often seen as masculine and while this is not always the case they do lend themselves to a rustic and traditionally masculine look.

This grey bedroom idea shows this to great effect; the dark grey, brushed wallpaper is a strong contrast to the white ceiling and pale grey floor.

Despite being plain, the textured walls have a sense of depth and movement that is complemented by the light grey curtains and the brick effect trim above the window.

Despite not matching the colour scheme, the use of natural wood furniture ties the space together, showing the power of contrast in interior decoration.

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15. Hotel Bedroom Decor Style

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One of the main criticisms levelled at grey colour schemes and many grey bedroom ideas is that they feel non-personal and plain, or that they are reminiscent of hotel rooms.

Of course, the best hotel rooms are designed to be neutral, calming, and aesthetically pleasing, so there's no reason to avoid mimicking them.

This soft grey bedroom design is a great example of just how this can be done well; the plain, functional furniture and sparse decoration make it feel spartan but welcoming.

Light pastel grey wood panelling on the wall blends into the grey of the curtains but is broken up by the image of a pretty woman above the headboard.

The grey textured rug and simple TV stand complete the look. It is a jutting, red headboard which is the star of the show and creates the wow factor.

16. Period Grey Bedroom

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In respect of grey bedroom ideas, wood panelling fell out of fashion a while ago, hardly suited to the smaller homes of today. This period holdover is most often seen in large, heritage homes where they have large expanses of walls to work with. Despite this, it is making a comeback of sorts.

Small amounts of panelling, as seen in this room, are increasingly being used as feature walls and the results can be truly stunning.

By using a dark grey with blue undertones and employing a slight speckling of lighter grey at the edges, the panelling draws you towards the bed, whilst the contrasting white walls and ceiling almost act as a funnel.

The padded light grey headboard and chest, at the foot of the bed, act as a focal point for the lower half of the room, while the cream, black, and brown floor add warmth and colour.

The result of this grey bedroom idea feels stately, despite being staged in a small room.

17. Plain Minimalist Grey Bedroom

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Some people love to put all of their personality into their bedroom, while others prefer a blank space which is neutral and devoid of complications. For those, the use of plain furnishings and a soft grey colour scheme can be truly revolutionary.

Grey bedroom ideas are warmer than white, less prone to staining, less sterile and have the same calming properties as pale blue. The almost ascetic simplicity of this room means that it certainly isn't for everyone, but the mixture of textures prevents the deep grey rug, bed frame, make-up station, bedding, and light grey bedroom walls from blending into one another.

Likewise, the brown wooden flooring enhances the simple beauty of the room and the large mirrors gather up the natural light from the windows, casting it across the room.

18. Touches of Pastel Bedroom Decor

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This use of pale, patterned grey feature wall wallpaper is unusual, to say the least; the lack of boldness almost makes it fade into the background. However, the grey headboard and contrasting dark panels which surround it, tie in and anchor it perfectly.

Likewise, the grey, fluffy rug draws the feature wall down again to give the illusion of a cohesive silvery grey block where there are only disparate blocks.

The dark bed base, dresser, and matching bedside tables connect with the panels around the bed to seamlessly tie them together. It is the purple chair and curtains, however, which set the tone of this grey bedroom by coaxing out and enhancing the undertones within the grey.

19. Simple Grey Bedroom Styling

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Applying colour to a bedroom ceiling, in this case grey paint, is a sadly underutilised design technique. However, having a panel of colour on the ceiling can tie a bedroom together.

As this example shows, keeping your grey colour scheme simple can pay off, no matter if you have a large or small space.

By deciding to pair grey with the walls and ceiling and offsetting them with a slightly paler floor, whilst also contrasting them with a flash of colour in the bedding this room, creates a sense of depth and intimacy.

For grey bedroom ideas that are slightly showier, grey floorboards are the way to go. Exposed wood is always in fashion, and when in direct sunlight, the grain will make the grey flooring sparkle.

20. Modern Traditional Grey Bedroom

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When coming up with grey bedroom ideas that you can utilise in your own home, using a modern take on traditional design is a great place to start.

21. Elegant Grey and Neutral Bedroom

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22. Contemporary Grey Bedroom

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23. Clean and Sleek Grey Bedroom

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Grey bedroom ideas are not just for those who want their bedroom to be a wash of differing tones of grey and nothing else.

This bedroom design shows how adding warm woods, and splashes of colour within the wall art, can add depth and interest to what is often considered a dowdy and cold colour.

My Final Thoughts

Each of these grey bedroom ideas is stunning in its own right and you can use many different design ideas to suit rooms of varying sizes and layouts.

You could even mix and match elements from different grey bedroom ideas to create a stunning grey bedroom that perfectly suits your style and taste!

Author: Matthew Chiappini

Author Bio: Matthew studied art and design at Stamford college, including interior design and colour theory. He still has a great love for art, home decor and interior design and is a keen DIYer, having worked as a carpenter after leaving school. Matthew has been writing home and home decor articles since 2020.

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