The 11 Best Gray Paint Colors for Your Bedroom

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Tired of white walls? Consider a fresh coat of paint. There are certainly plenty of colors from which to choose, but there's something about gray — with its chic, calming, and cozy effect — that's particularly beautiful, whether it be in the living room, bathroom, or bedroom. Ahead, (in no particular order) are 11 shades of gray that are sure to seduce and induce rest and relaxation in your dreamy boudoir.

1. Sherwin Williams Ellie Gray

Soft gray walls exude an air of elegance that counterbalances the heavier wooden elements without sacrificing an ounce of rustic, country charm.

2. Farrow & Ball Mole's Breath

Saturated gray walls set the mood for this sleek and sexy bedroom. A fuchsia velvet headboard and Bauhaus-style Kronleuchter crystal chandelier deliver a double dose of glamour. Graphic floral-print pillows are the perfect finishing touch.

3. Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

We love this restrained, contemporary approach to beach chic. Charcoal walls are accented by pops of navy and white. Stylish furnishings — including a tufted wingback linen upholstered bed — coastal decor, natural wood elements, and a mix of patterns round out this restful retreat by the shore.

4. Behr Elephant Skin

For a space that's anything but expected, pair gray walls with pops of color. Bright orange pillows, a rich magenta throw, and a lime-green painting create an exuberant bedroom befitting of Kim Myles, the winner of HGTV's Design Star.

5. Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray

Walls cloaked in a mid-gray with barely-there blue undertones, plus white-washed floorboards, lots of light, and cozy linens enhance the English countryside aesthetic of this Edwardian home in Surrey, United Kingdom.

6. Benjamin Moore Rhine River

To design a master retreat that's serene yet sophisticated, Jan Showers opted for a cool, grayish-green hue (to offset the Houston heat) and layered in coral and gold flourishes throughout.

7. Sherwin Williams Dovetail Gray

Dovetail gray sets the tone in this master bedroom redux. A wood slat headboard and matching bench lend a zen, organic quality. Diamond-patterned drapery panels evoke a sense of midcentury playfulness, while balancing the dark walls.

8. Jeff Lewis Dusk

Jeffrey Toraichi Eyser chose muted gray hues for his Silver Lake oasis. Exposed ceiling beams, floating pendant lights, a reclaimed wood bed frame, and a soft-shag rug complement the laid-back Cali vibe.

9. Farrow & Ball Hardwick White

Chalky-gray paint — originally created to refurbish the old limewash at Hardwick Hall in England — is a timeless backdrop to the sophisticated furnishings in this Lake Geneva bedroom designed by Turner Pocock. A pair of purple accent pillows mimic the color of the wildflowers and add a beautiful pop of color.

10. Behr Pewter Mug

This Washington Heights home is a magnificent mix of feminine and masculine. Pewter walls, white ceilings and trim, and hardwood floors are a neutral canvas. Mirrored nightstands and a fanciful light fixture radiate a ladylike allure, while navy drapes and a wood sleigh bed infuse a gentlemanly charm.

11. Sherwin Williams Gibraltar

We love the combination of charcoal and bright yellow in Michelle Hinckley's master bedroom. The vivid accents set against deeper tones delivers a striking contrast and punches up the personality.


​Lindsay Cohn is a freelance writer with a penchant for design and travel. Follow her on Instagram @​lindsay_cohn.

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