Gray and beige have each had their heyday in the design world. While beige became the go-to color in the '90s and early 2000s, gray took over in the last decade to lend a cooler, trendier vibe. While both colors still hold a strong stake in interior design, the real secret is that they're better together. Gray and beige: The Grace and Frankie, Thelma and Louise, Lorelai and Sookie of the design world.
The perfect place to dip your toe into greige waters? The bedroom. While the gray tones keep it light and airy for daytime, the warmth of beige makes it an ultra-cozy hue perfect for a blissful slumber. Ahead, we're sharing six of the best greige bedroom color ideas to give your sleeping quarters a subtle facelift.
1. Use tone-on-tone furniture with pops of color
This greige bedroom color idea from Erin Gates of Elements of Style demonstrates how to incorporate subtle jewel tones (in this case, purple) with just a few simple touches. Colored throw pillows and a purple throw tossed on a chair offers a nice contrast against the light greige walls. Add a single, decorative lumbar pillow on the bed rather than a variety of throw pillows — the simplicity will pack an extra punch.
Get the look: Sherwin Williams Incredible White
2. Add sunny details to contrast a moody greige
Recreate this greige bedroom color idea from Young House Love with a moodier greige, like Benjamin Moore's Rockport Gray, and juxtapose with sunny yellow, green, and blue accent colors to keep the room feeling approachable and airy. Add a vintage wood dresser to create extra warmth and character.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray
3. Add board and batten for layered interest
If you're torn between crisp white walls or a warm, subtle paint color, this greige bedroom color idea is the perfect way to have both. Add board and batten, like Kelly Boyd did in this room, to create depth and architectural interest while allowing the greige walls to stand out even more against the wainscoting.
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4. Add texture for depth
A pop of color isn't the only way to add interest to a subtle shade like greige. Add a woven rug, wooden nightstands, and a beaded chandelier like Erica from Designing Vibes did in her otherwise neutral bedroom. Black throw pillows add additional contrast against the backdrop of creamy whites and beige.
Get the look: Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
5. Style with farmhouse touches for a modern, rustic vibe
This guest bedroom by Ashley from Little Glass Jar proves that you can bring plenty of personality to a neutral paint color. Imagine this farmhouse-style decor in your own bedroom with industrial stools as nightstands, an antique quilt, and framed typography hung over the bed.
Get the look: Behr Graceful Gray
6. Pair soft greige walls with a bold rug
The DIY couple behind Young House Love opted for a bold and oversize rug to anchor their ultra-light greige walls, complemented with blush pink pillow shams and a navy bench at the end of the bed. To recreate this look, opt for a creamy neutral foundation (bed, dresser, accent chair) and a sculptural chandelier. Finally, layer in a colorful, patterned rug for a dose of energy.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.