A decade or so ago, a grey bedroom would have been considered slightly crazy. Beige and brown, sure, but grey? After all, it’s considered a grim and cave-like tone that’s meant to be used in conjunction with other more striking hues, right? Not anymore! Lately, grey has been seen popping up in more and more trends, thanks to the fact that its personality has changed from sombre to sophisticated. It slowly creeped into popular colour palettes reserved for the public spaces of the house (like living rooms and dining rooms), and now it has reached the ultimate private room: your bedroom. And it works!
But don’t think that you can just splash a dove grey hue onto a wall and add a stone-grey duvet to your bed and call it a day. Like all colours, grey needs to be approached from a certain angle to make sure it works. And that’s what we’re going to attempt today with our grey bedroom ideas. Grey is most often seen in industrial environments, as the industrial style usually shies away from loud colours. And as grey is neither black nor white, it doesn’t draw attention to itself.
In terms of colour psychology, it’s interesting to note that grey is the only colour with no positive traits. It’s the colour we wear when we want to hide or convey seriousness. The fact that it reminds us of cloudy and rainy weather doesn’t help, either. But don’t let this put you off, for it’s been proven over and over again that grey does, indeed, belong in the bedroom – when used correctly. It’s all just a matter of finding the shade that resonates with you, as there are warm greys (yellow-based) and cool ones (blue-based).
We all want our bedrooms to feel welcoming, to us if not for anybody else. Thus, start your search for the right grey the right way. Consider the amount of natural lighting in your bedroom. Strong, warm greys (that show off a tint of yellow) will be ideal in an east- or north-facing room that requires a bit of warming up to feel friendly. Likewise, bedrooms that get lots of sun (like south- and west-facing ones) can be cooled down with subtle cooler greys sporting a touch of blue. Pick up some samples at a paint store and paint a few blotches onto your bedroom wall. Leave it for a few days to see how the colours change during the day. Then decide which one to proceed with.
The easiest way to introduce this no-nonsense tone into your room is through the walls. Just remember: the larger your room, the darker the grey needs to be. Splashing a soft cloud grey onto the walls of humongous room will just result in a space that seems clinical. Of course painting is not your only option, thanks to the wonder that is wallpaper. Wallpaper is actually recommended for anyone who requires a bit of pattern with their colours. But if you plan on adding patterns and character through your bedroom’s décor and furnishings, a simple painted grey on the walls might be best.