Gray is a safe color for nearly any room in the house, but it is particularly versatile in the bedroom. No matter your home decor style, there's a gray shade that will work for you. A color often misunderstood, gray is rarely depressing or one-note. Instead, gray paint colors lend a tranquil, soft, and moody feel to a bedroom.
If your room receives little natural light, you can fool the eye into seeing the space as airier and lighter with a soft, shimmering gray. If you crave a sophisticated, elegant style, look to the darker, cool tones. For any mood you want to set in your bedroom, gray can play well with other colors and create a deep, personality-filled space.
- Color Family: Gray; shades can be warm or cool
- Complementary Colors: Works with most colors because it's a neutral
- Pairs Well With: Many colors including pink, red, green, blue, and white
- Mood: Calming
- Where to Use: Bedrooms
Here are nine best gray paint color ideas that are guaranteed to look gorgeous in the bedroom.
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If you're worried that a dark color will make your room feel smaller, think again. A rich hue like Dutch Boy's Ship's Anchor will actually make your bedroom walls seem to extend and disappear in a way that will open up your space. This shade adds endless depth to your space, whether it's cozy or sizable, and is a stunning accent wall color if you can't commit to the whole room.
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A light gray is a great choice if you crave minimalist, monochromatic styles but want a color that's a bit punchier than white. The Spruce Best Home Gravity Gray is a light, cool gray with blue undertones that lends a silvery touch to your walls. This shade pairs beautifully with other cool tones such as blue or crisp whites and is a great color for any size bedroom.
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Light enough to be considered a neutral, Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Gray is more of a greige than a true gray. This cool gray is a medium shade that works amazingly in contemporary or modern bedroom spaces. When painted on the wall, hints of its blue undertone shine through, allowing it to pair well with other cool hues and similar colors.
Priming your bedroom walls before painting will help the paint adhere better. Oil-based primers tend to be the best option for interior walls because they are more durable and cover up minor imperfections.
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Torn between gray and white? Consider Graytint your solution. This gray is light enough to be considered a dark white and is a brilliant color for bedrooms that lack natural light. It's misty, moody, and tranquil, creating an elegant hotel-like atmosphere in any bedroom once up on the walls. Pair with a white linen duvet for a space you'll never want to leave.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Magnolia's Chime Gray is a rustic, farmhouse-friendly gray that's nearly white with subtle green undertones. The green tint gives this gray a depth that feels homey and lived in. It also helps create a vintage vibe in any bedroom and looks great in a bedroom with dark wood floors. Pair it with bright whites or other muted colors for a stunning effect.
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If moody and calming is what you're after, check out Benjamin Moore's Wolf Gray. This dark shade has strong blue undertones and has a casual sophistication about it. It works well in all types of bedrooms. Pair it with muted dark tones like mustard or burnt orange or lighter cool shades of white or gray. This blue-gray shade also work well in coastal-style bedrooms that make use of ocean-inspired hues and nautical decor.
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We typically think of gray as a cool color, but it doesn't have to be. Repose Gray is a warm light gray with a slight yellow undertone that feels lived in and cozy. Try this shade with deep warm colors such as rich red or mustard yellow, or with different tints of the same shade. Repose Gray works best in a room with average natural light and on walls with pure white trim.
Consider hanging vibrant artwork against warm gray walls. Allow the colors of the artwork to determine the room's color scheme.
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Designers love Thundercloud Gray and for good reason. This cool, lighter gray is universally beautiful and a great choice if you want a fail-safe paint color for your bedroom. Match this hue with cool, crisp whites for a stunning combination that feels elegant and modern.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Sherwin-Williams' Sensitive Tint is an unexpected color that lends loads of personality to your bedroom. This cool, muted gray is similar to a light lilac and is a great way to add a dash of color while maintaining a modern vibe. Pair this hue with deeper cool purples for a regal bedroom vibe.
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