25 Gray Bedrooms That Prove The Color's Even More Soothing Than Blue

If you're looking for a tranquil space, this is it.

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Stay away from gray? We get it, it seems dull, but it's actually seriously underrated. From silvery shades to cooler blue tones, this hue is about to be your color go-to. And since it also has a calming effect, it's the ideal tone for your bedroom. Not sure where to start? We've got some ideas that might inspire you.

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Style It Boho

If you're using all that color and pattern, gray won't seem as dull, right? Add some artwork on the walls, and it'll break it up even more.

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Combine Gray With Wood

Is this not the sleekest, sexiest bedroom you've ever seen? Accent a wood-paneled room with gray walls.

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Skip The Walls

An alternative for gray skeptics? Keep your walls white and add in gray bedding and a rug.

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Designed by Emily Henderson, Photography by Melissa Oholendt
Use Jewel Tones

Deep blues, purples, and jewel-tone greens liven up a gray room. To up the vibe even more, add in brass accents like a lamp, drawer pulls, and a chandelier.

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Get Rustic

We're so here for this wood headboard. The neutral color palette helps the artwork stand out even more.

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Decorate In Varying Tones

Switch up the grays from your wall to your headboard to your rug. That way, it'll feel more interesting and have dimension without having to add in bold color.

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Make It Natural

Even if your space is mostly neutral, you can add character—and coziness—thanks to natural textures. This room features alpaca pillows and a throw, a suede shade, and linen.

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Try Pink

Pink is decidedly less little kid-ish when mixed with gray. The soft pastels create a calming feel.

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Go Minimal

Wall-mounted lights take up less space than table lamps, and eliminate the need for bulky nightstands. If you've got your bed tucked into a little sleeping alcove, you need this hack in your life.

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Use It Opposite A Window Wall

Spoiler: Dark gray will feel much lighter then there's that much natural light coming in. You almost want a darker wall so the room won't feel too washed out.

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Add In Some Black

If you're already going with the dark and moody vibe, throw some black in. If you had a chic black lamp, ever better.

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Let Exposed Beams Stand Out

If you've got killer exposed beams, choose a soft gray wall color so it doesn't detract from them. Let the architectural details stand out rather than a bold wall color.

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Make It Glam

Choose a gray with silvery undertones to take it from blah to totally glam. Add a pendant and brass lighting and you're set.

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Match Your Walls To Your Headboard

A gray wall is cool, but a gray velvet headboard takes it over the top. Keep your bedding light so it doesn't feel too matchy-matchy.

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Accent With Blue

If you think blue and white is good, wait until you see it with gray. It's a little less stark, but still just as classic.

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Try A Gallery Wall

Here's how to make your family photo collection actually look cool. Plus, now you don't have to buy art.

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Victoria Pearson
Incorporate Pom Poms

Neutrals colors were used to create a calming atmosphere in a California home—even the floor was painted gray. A pom pom duvet and plush rug add cozy texture.

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Tara Donne
Go Color Crazy

In the master bedroom of a New York apartment, gray walls help ground all the bold color. Even though it's busy, it still feels light & bright.

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VICTORIA PEARSON
Play With Texture

In this master bedroom, lavender accents contrast against walls in a grey tweed. All the rich textures makes the room feel extra cozy.

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Miki Duisterhof
Modern Meets Farmhouse

This bold spindle bed is the focal point of this Vermont farmhouse bedroom. The contrast between this and the rest of the room's soft colors and velvet fabrics makes it feel all kinds of romantic.

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JAMES MERRELL
Nautical-Inspired

This Massachusetts home puts a new spin on nautical decor by featuring soft blue accents against a gray backdrop, instead of the usual navy blue and anchor takeover.

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BJÖRN WALLANDER
Soften Up Asymmetry

The petite scale of this Colonial-era bedrooms required abandoning symmetry and overlapping one of the windows. To help soften this, walls were painted a light gray and the window trim white to help them blend together.

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laura resen
Create A Calm Space

This master bedroom is all about softness, from the fabrics to the muted gray walls. Brass details keeps the palette warm and welcoming.

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Stephen Kent Johnson
Try Wallpaper With Texture

This New England home layers shades of gray with autumnal colors. Our favorite part is def the walls covered in this soothing silk-and-abaca wallpaper in a silver gray palette.

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Jonny Valiant
Hang Some Curtains

Curtains aren't just for your windows—in this bedroom, curtains cocoon the bookshelves, as well. The overall effect is private and intimate.

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