15 Gray Bedrooms That Play With Color

gray and green bedroom

Design: Ajai Guyot for EHD/ Photo: Ellie Lillstrom

Not so long ago, a gray bedroom would have been unthinkable. Beige and brown were the neutrals du jour, and gray was considered grim and cave-like. Today, gray has taken its place as a neutral that not only adds serene sophistication to the bedroom but is also versatile enough to play well with every other color of the rainbow. If you’re wondering how to spark up an otherwise gray room, take a look at the fifteen bedrooms featured here. Each adds just a touch of color, and yet, it’s just enough.

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    Set off the Sizzle With Red

    gray and red modern bedroom

    Gray Space Interior Design

    If you want to add maximum excitement to an otherwise neutral room, you can’t go wrong with a touch of red. Just one throw pillow is enough, although you could take the heat further by adding touches of red in the bedding, rug, or artwork. You can mix many shades of gray for a sophisticated yet soft oasis of tranquility.

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    Peaceful Green and Gray

    gray and white bedroom with olive green half wall

    Design: Ajai Guyot for EHD/ Photo: Ellie Lillstrom

    Fresh, cool, and vibrant, green conveys a vibe of health, growth, and wellbeing. That makes it a perfect color for the bedroom where it helps to soothe and relax you. When green works its magic in a space that is otherwise gray and white, the result is tranquil and yet sophisticated. It's even better when the green comes in the form of a dramatic wallpapered accent wall.

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    Gray and White Is Always Right

    gray and white bedroom

    Alvin Wayne

    Gray and white are classic, clean, and peaceful. If not done carefully, however, it can be a bit monotonous. If you want to make things a bit more playful, you can add plenty of patterns or include some bold accents. Strong—yet not overpowering—decor will keep the eye moving throughout the space and add the necessary interest to a monochromatic color scheme.

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    Gray and Blue With a Touch of Whimsy

    light gray walls with blue bedding and wicker headboard

    D Burns Interiors

    Here’s how to have fun with gray: add a lovely dose of blue. This bedroom takes the modern feel of gray and pairs it with a plush blue comforter. The color scheme is a soft one, but the touches of blue on the throw pillow, quirky bedside collectibles, and right-in-between-gray-and-blue walls add plenty of interest and a whole lot of charm.

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    Orange Appeal

    gray bedroom with orange accents

    Kendall Wilkinson Design

    Looking for a way to light up an otherwise dark room? Then take a look at orange. This citrusy hue is bright and cheerful, with just a touch of retro appeal. It transforms a neutral bedroom into something unexpectedly wonderful. Orange is a great counterpoint for any shade of gray; it’s bright and cheerful like yellow but has more depth, making it strong enough to hold its own against even the darkest gray.

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    Think Pale Pink (and Gray)

    gray bedroom with light blush pink accentd

    Kendall Wilkinson Design

    This modern bedroom, with its light color scheme and symmetrical layout, may have you convinced it's solely a neutral space, but take a closer look—the throw pillows and wall sconces a light shade of pink. The combination with a soft, smoky gray creates a calm, collected space. This room also proves that pink isn't just for a little girl's bedroom; pink is a great way to add a touch of fun and romance to any neutral color scheme.

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    Many Shades of Gray

    monochromatic gray bedroom

    Mary Patton Design

    When working with just one color, it’s crucial to add plenty of texture. You can do this with metal trim, glass, patterns, quilted bedding, and even a stunning accent wall. If you’re worried about too much gray in your bedroom making it appear gloomy or mundane, then use brilliant accents of white, glass, or other textures and hues to add some character and charm.

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    The Power of Dark Purple

    gray bedroom with purple velvet bed frame

    Kendall Wilkinson Design

    Depending on the intensity of the purple chosen, a purple and gray bedroom can be subtle and sophisticated or bright and dramatic. Since purple is such a strong color, most people use it as an accent in an otherwise neutral bedroom. Just a touch of purple through the plush headboard and bed frame, and the room takes on a whole new vibe.

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    Here Comes the Sun

    gray bedroom with sunny yellow accents

    Twelve 15 Design Studio

    When cool, calm, and collected gray meets sunny, cheerful, and outgoing yellow, the result is a bedroom that is both welcoming and soothing. It doesn’t take a lot of yellow, either: A yellow duvet cover and yellow decor or artwork is just enough color to light up the space beautifully.

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    Gray and Beige

    gray and beige bedroom

    Charlie Interior Design

    If you're familiar with griege, then you'll understand why we love pairing gray and beige together. The two neutral tones have a way of balancing each other out, creating the perfect amount of subtle contrast. The pair is ideal for your bedroom, as it has a calming vibe to it. If you worry two neutrals is too much, try adding some patterns to liven things up.

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    Gray and Navy

    bedroom with gray walls and headboards with white and navy accents

    Jules Interiors

    Gray can work with multiple shades of blue—including the dark, rich tones of navy. Opting for a modern, elegant approach, navy adds a complexity to the color scheme that somehow almost serves as a neutral itself. Navy bedding or ottomans at the foot of the bed are perfect ways to bring the color into play.

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    Gray and Lavender

    gray bedroom with lavender walls

    Mary Patton Design

    While deep, royal purple adds intensity, a lighter version such as lavender does the opposite. Lavender evokes a sense of relaxation, perfect for a bedroom color scheme. Paired with a moody gray, the two make an elegant pair—especially when accented with a glass chandelier or modern furniture.

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    Gray and Warm Tones

    gray bedroom with warm neutral accents

    LeClair Decor

    Realistically, gray works with just about any color. Even the lightest of grays, though, adds a cool tone to a space—so pairing it with warmer hues is a match made in heaven. The light wood and tan colors are inviting, and when matched with a light, airy gray on the walls, chair, and headboard, you get a neutral bedroom that feels incredibly charming.

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    Gray and Dark Pink

    gray accent wall bedroom with peach comforter

    Modern House Vibes

    Another gray and pink combo here, but this one goes decidedly bolder. The charcoal gray on the accent wall is already an intense statement piece—but pair it with the vibrant pink blanket and throw pillow on the bed, and it truly transforms the whole room. Whether you choose magenta, salmon, or even a peach-toned option, any will serve as a perfect companion to a dark, sophisticated gray.

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    Gray and Black

    black and gray bedroom

    Alvin Wayne

    Naturally, depending on which shade you use, this pair could initially look redundant. Yet a black base paired with light gray additions is perfect for an upscale, modern bedroom. Colorful artwork can be a perfect pop of color if things feel too dark, but overall, this pair works well if you want to make a daring statement.

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