In this post: Are you looking for spare bedroom ideas? This grey bedroom features dark grey wall paint, white bedding and pretty pops of color.
I absolutely adore contrasting concepts when it comes to design.
Much like I love denim and diamonds or rustic with refined, the mix of masculine and feminine in a room is infinitely more interesting than one or the other. The opportunity to mix lace and tweeds, silk charmeuse with suede or florals with tartans is a pleasure to experiment with.
The curious blend of such opposites adds a note of sophistication and a good deal of individuality, and there’s no end to the possibilities when it comes to styling a room this way.
This is exactly what I had in mind when it came to decorating one of our spare bedrooms, a lilac and grey bedroom that serves as my adult daughter’s room when she’s staying at the house.
I started with a mood board before I committed to anything permanent, so that I could be sure my daughter was happy with the design. I knew the mix of menswear patterns with feminine frills would be right up her alley, as she’s a creative girl with a flair for design.
She loved the direction and we proceeded with the room.
Grey Bedroom Ideas
The one thing we started with in this room, which is quite different than the rest of our house, is darker walls.
My daughter is in her 20’s and hence this room is decidedly younger than most of our home. She had just graduated college when we first moved into this home, and was living with us for a few months. I wanted her to feel comfortable in the space, so that once she moved out, she would continue to see this as her room when she came back to visit.
We experimented with several grey bedroom ideas and began with a palette of warm greys and beiges and chose lilac as the accent color.
We kept my daughter’s bed frame from the old house, but bought several new pieces to update her room.
This wonderful painted dresser was part of our original plan, and we were delighted with how it worked with the room once it was delivered.
Above the dresser is a fabulous art print which really embodies the look we were going for – both young and fresh, yet also soft and romantic.
Instead of my usual gilding we went with more silvery tones for the accessories.
The mirrored and glass boxes and the mercury glass vases add a pretty luster to the space, while the Ralph Lauren crystal boot is a particularly meaningful touch for my daughter (she’s worked for the company in various capacities, including design, for many years).
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The bedding utilizes a mix of patterned pillows that embody the essence of what we were trying to achieve.
I love the way the mens-y pinstripe contrasts with the white embroidered pillow. (I alternate the lace one from the opening photo with the hotel stripe above.) The lilac silk pin-dot cushion punctuates the mix as a men’s tie would with a suit.
Lilac oxford sheets and pillowcases complement the pinstripe and pin dot pillows and together they exude a haberdashery look. A “hotel stripe” duvet cover and white pique shams round out the look.
On the nightstand is a fun table lamp with a drum shade and crystal drops for a bit of glimmer.
This petite painted desk used to be my desk in my old office but it fit well here (and left me open to get this gorgeous French Desk for the study).
We added this fun grey storage ottoman with nailhead trim as a comfortable place to sit that would not block the view into the room.
The mirror will eventually be replaced with something a little more interesting.
My daughter is a bit of a tea fanatic, which works well with my teacup obsession.
And no room is complete without a few candles thrown in for good measure.
The dusty lilac drapes actually came with the house and the big double window lets a generous amount of light into the dark-walled space.
A mirrored lingerie chest is on the opposite wall from the bed, another new piece from our original mood board.
I selected a non traditional distressed wood frame for my daughter’s degree, which we proudly display in her room.
There’s still more to do in this room but it’s finally starting to feel more finished than not. You can see my daughter’s new room in her first apartment and note some similarities (particularly the use of lilac accent), despite it being a much lighter room which was necessary for a tiny dark apartment.
I’m delighted she has a place to call home when she comes to visit and we encourage her to stay as often as possible!
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