According to the dictionary, "gray" is synonymous with words like "dull," "dismal," and "gloomy." Seriously, look it up! And while Merriam-Webster is entitled to their own opinion, it's time to give the neutral hue the credit it truly deserves.
Ranging from deep charcoals to soft pewters, this elegant shade boasts the power to transform any space—especially the bedroom—for the better. While you could go all in and paint the walls gray, simple décor accents can work, too, if you're looking for a small-scale room update. "I would opt for décor accents like bedding (linen and a plaid ), a lamp for the nightstand, gray pillows, and maybe a rug," says interior stylist Mariska Oldenburg.
Meet the Expert
Mariska Oldenburg is the interior stylist behind Corner House Creatives. She specializes in aesthetically pleasing interior design.
Accent With Gray
According to Oldenburg, gray makes an ideal accent color. After recently painting her bedroom, the designer opted for décor accents in a gray hue. "The room is super light and neutral. which makes it easy to add some contrast with gray. There is a little bit of gray in the marble heater as well." Consider accenting a neutral room with gray linens, pillows, or a headboard.
While most coastal designs utilize sandy shades of tan and relaxing blue hues, we love how this bedroom makes gray feel like a seaside escape. The pearly silver on the walls, paired with textured bedding and black and white surf imagery, will transport you to the California coast, no matter where you reside.
Raw concrete walls are usually found in cool city lofts and boast an upscale, trendy cachet. Whether you own a high-rise or not, you can recreate the same look with a couple of gray paint shades and a sponge applicator. The final result will look just as expensive, no city loft lease needed.
Make It Moody
There's something about dark colors and tonal shades that feels incredibly expensive. This cool-toned charcoal on the walls has a blue undertone that pairs perfectly with the sapphire details on the bed. Matching drapes and gold details create a bedroom setting that feels like an opulent hideout.
The best part about the color gray is it's so complementary to other neutral tones. Unlike other hues, mixing a handful of gray shades only enhances the space rather than clashing. To recreate the look in your own bedroom, pile on the patterns in all shades of gray via a printed wallpaper, throw pillows, and additional decor.
If you're looking for proof that the color gray can feel airy and completely sophisticated, here it is. This Parisian-inspired bedroom boasts a color palette that includes grays on all ends of the spectrum, from a barely there pewter to deep charcoal shades. Elements like thick molding, a ceiling medallion, and light fabrics complete the look.
Paint a Single Wall
If you're looking to achieve an upscale hotel feel at home, take note from this gorgeous bedroom. Painting a single wall (preferably the one behind your headboard) in a deep gunmetal shade makes your white bedding and framed art pop without making the rest of the room feel dark. Paint all other walls in a bright white and let the light in for a modern, airy feel.
Opt for Greige
This room is a serene getaway if we've ever seen one. The light warm-toned greige (which is a mix of gray and beige) color palette paired with gold details has a spa-like feel we'd love to retreat to at the end of the day.
Although we've already established that gray pairs well in a variety of tones, we also love a look that incorporates a single shade throughout. This bedroom flawlessly displays a mushroom gray hue from floor to ceiling, including the curtains, bedding, and flooring, and the result is absolute design perfection.
Take It Light and Airy
This is the ultimate grown-up getaway that strikes a balance between light and airy and cozy and inviting. Elements like the tufted headboard, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and pom-pom-lined throw blanket, mixed with a color scheme of white, gray, and pale pink, feel luxurious yet totally livable.
A super soft shade of greige on your bedroom walls makes the perfect backdrop for a midcentury-modern-meets-boho vibe because it pairs well with natural textures like wood and leather as well as black and gold fixtures. Incorporate some greenery, and you have yourself a serene environment with tons of personality.
Keep It Subtle
You don't need a bold shade of gray to make a major impact. Unlike stark white walls, this space boasts a little something extra special, thanks to the barely there gray shade on the walls. Although it almost reads as white at first glance, it feels softer and much less jarring than a bright white wall. Cream-colored additions like the light fixture, bedside lamp, and rug just add to the neutral but not boring vibe.
Try an Earthy Palette
Allow us to introduce you to our new color combo: warm gray and tan. We're obsessed with the neutrals in this bedroom, from the pearly shade on the walls to the camel suede color of the headboard. The palette feels earthy yet glamorous and somehow seems appropriate for all ages.
Choose a Blue-Gray
On the flip side, a darker shade of gray with deep blue undertones has an androgynous feel to it. Upon first glance, it feels mostly masculine, but soft textures via faux fur pillows, a shaggy rug, white curtains, and a dainty headboard make it truly unisex. We also love the color-blocking on the walls, which adds a moody element with the deep gray shade, but doesn't make the room feel too dark.
Try an Achromatic Color Scheme
Usually, we'd say sticking to two colors (or lack of) could feel bland, but this modern bedroom utilizes an almost-achromatic color palette in the most sophisticated way. So many elements of this space work like a charm, from the spot-on shade of greige that melts from the walls to the bedspread to the rug, to the mix of patterns that incorporate the secondary color. It's all just *chef's kiss.*
Glam It Up
High-contrast spaces have a way of exuding feminine glamour, and this one is a perfect example. The almost-black gray shade on the walls, paired with clean white bedding and furniture and the occasional hint of gold and metallic surfaces, is as glamorous as it gets. Incorporating a tufted headboard, fresh flowers, and a touch of velvet doesn't hurt, either.