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In the Bedroom, Shades of Grey Reign

In the Bedroom, Shades of Grey Reign

A sampling of Matouk’s grey bedding styles, clockwise from right: Gordion Knot, Sullivan, Pearl, Marlowe, and Harlow.

Grey is extremely popular right now, and not because of that book. Over the last couple of years, every shade of grey, from pale mists to the moodiest charcoal have infiltrated homes as the new neutral, where once all manner of beige and taupe prevailed.

While grey is easy to imagine in a living room, it’s recently found incredible popularity in the kitchen, where wood cabinetry is being treated to glossy grey paint and brass hardware. Painting the master bedroom grey has also become a popular, as homeowners seek tranquility from hectic days.

Interior designer John Bernson says of his grey bedroom, which has a pale blue ceiling, he says, “When I’m in bed, it seems as though I’m floating through the mist.”

Fittingly, grey is a popular shade for Matouk bedding; we have many styles of gray embroidered sheeting and duvets, grey coverlets, and grey blankets. Our Dream Modal blanket in silver is an insider favorite.

You can shop our website for our large selection bedding offerings in grey, and check out our “Shades of Grey” Pinterest board. It includes over 100 images of grey bedrooms, grey living rooms, grey kitchens, and other rooms, along with the grey paint color selections. But first, let’s see what the five interior designers we spoke with have to say about grey.

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Photo by Eric Roth.   

Interior designer Kelly Rogers, whose firm Kelly Rogers Interiors specializes in family-centric design, uses grey as the foundation in her own master bedroom to “promote peace and calm.” Rogers chose a medium-value grey paint color, Benjamin Moore Cosmopolitan, in order to create a cozier, enveloping feeling, especially given it’s a relatively space.

Opting to go monochromatic with the largest pieces—the tufted, upholstered bed, area rug and draperies are all grey, with just a hint of contrast—to give the sense of a cocoon. A variety of textures amplifies the cozy factor.

During the day, she says, “I needed a zing of brightness. I felt it was important to infuse a bit of energy as a foil to all that grey.” A sunny yellow was a natural choice for this room, which has two big east-facing windows. She says, “On clear mornings, the light pours in and the yellow accents are almost like little bits of sunshine, helping to give me a positive start to the day.”

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Left photo by Richard Mandelkorn; right photo by Sarah Winchester. 

When Boston-based interior designer John Berenson redesigned his own bedroom a number of years back, he went with the elegant and now quite popular combination of grey, white, and gold.

Berenson has long been inspired by grey, though until recently, it was not the easiest sell when it came to clients. He first became interested in greys during his first trip to London and Paris in the mid-1980s, where he remembers seeing the color used frequently. He says, “There was a restaurant in Knightsbridge swathed in sensual dove grey velvet draperies alongside modern, polished steel furniture, and accented with canary yellow flower arrangements.

He views grey as a contemplative color that can be as simple or as complex as one would like, depending on what colors you pair with it. Berenson says, “Some of my favorite shades to mix with grey are acid green, tangerine, any shade of purple including lavender, orchid, and fuchsia. “Throw in some chocolate, the palest pink, or lemon yellow,” he says, “and you’ll have a wonderful combination.”

Finally, he notes, “I find grey to be the easiest color to live with, since I can change it up easily with accessories and art.”

Lifestyle blogger Robin M. Anderson, whose charcoal-walled bedroom recently debuted in Rue Magazine, has been busy re-imagining the entire condo that she and her husband share with two young sons. Paint is always her first go-to, since it’s inexpensive and easy to execute (especially given her energetic little helpers).

Anderson chose Farrow & Ball Downpipe for the walls, the perfect foil for the simple wood slab headboard. Anderson says, “I really wanted to do accessories that would pop against the moody gray walls, so I went with colorful art framed in white and brass sconces. A red lacquered tray pops against the Maya Lin stone side table, and the bedding is pale blue, but reads gray, keeping things calm.

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Photo by Sarah Essex Bradley

Christina Graci of New Orleans-based Graci Interiors tells us that she’s designing a lot of grey rooms at the moment. But how to keep them looking fresh? Graci says, “Add patterns to the mix.” In this light grey bedroom, a patterned headboard adds relief while still sticking to the overall color scheme. The animal print pillow and starburst mirror provides a deeper tone, while the glossy red nightstand and abstract painting offers contrasting pops of unexpected color.

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Robin Pelissier of design firm Robin’s Nest based on Massachusetts’ South Shore, is a master of designing comfortable but pulled together family homes. For this teenage boy’s bedroom, Pelissier turned to a handsome mix of browns and grey, using a medium grey grasscloth wallpaper as the rooms backdrop. Pelissier says, “We sought to evoke a menswear inspired space, which we felt was appropriately grown -p for a high school senior.”