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posted January 21,2014 By Hilary Sharp
Grey sophisticated bedroom design

A Shade of Grey

Elephant Breath by Farrow And Ball

Ever since British luxury paint makers Farrow and Ball introduced their famous colour “Elephant Breath” I have been fascinated with the colour grey. 

Often regarded as dull or drab it is often underutilised.  Growing up in Ireland, I just wanted to escape grey!   

However, I have learned to love it and here's why!

Cool Calm Grey Bedroom with White linen

Why does Grey work? 

Firstly, it’s a neutral colour and therefore ideal for creating calm serene settings with it. 

It also provides the perfect backdrop to be adventurous with colour. 

Its a safe colour, so its easy to be bold, simply by adding a "pop" or small amount of a brighter bolder colour, you can make a dramatic statement.  

Check out how the neon pink below really sits well, yet the scene still looks calm and peaceful.

Have fun with accessories!

Grey with neon for bedroom

Grey and Pink sitting room

Above all, I love Grey for bedrooms.  This neutral subtle shade can be either warm or cool and creates a restful backdrop for a bedroom.  

In the southern hemisphere, be mindful that south facing bedrooms will appear colder and darker.

Here are some of my favourite images from pinterest showcasing grey bedrooms.

grey Linen for bedroom

Grey Pinstripe Throw Rug

Grey Throw rug woollen

Grey Bedroom with cream Pendant


Now Get the Look!

Porters paints have some beautiful grey shades that are eco and low VOC and worth checking out.  

Even painting one wall will bring another dimension to your room.  Here are some accessories you could use to recreate the look from the image above.  Use the Fig pendant lampshade in cream to hang as bedside pendant light.  

Dress the foot of your bed or an occassional chair with the Foxford Woolen Mills Throw rug in pinstripe grey.

Linen bedlinen is coming very much back in vogue but worth checking out too is bamboo - more eco than cotton!



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