In this post: The goal for this secondary bedroom was a sophisticated but feminine look. Inspired by many grey bedroom ideas, I settled on lilac accents.
While I really enjoy design updates, seasonal decor, and styling vignettes, there are still several rooms in our new home I haven’t shown at all. One of those is the lilac and grey bedroom that serves as my adult daughter’s room when she’s staying at the house. If you’ve been reading for a while, you may recall the mood board I did for this room, way back when we hadn’t even moved yet. Here’s a glimpse of it so you can see how the finished product relates to the plan.
It was exactly a year ago that I posted the concept for this room, touting the mix of menswear patterns with feminine frills. If you’d like to see the outcome, scroll ahead.
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 moved in and was living with us for a few months. I wanted her to feel comfortable with the design, 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 from Minted.com which really embodies the look we were going for – both young and fresh, yet also soft and romantic. I was provided with the artwork from Minted for this post, and as soon as I perused their website, I knew I had to have this piece, called Three Little Pears.
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Instead of my usual gilding we went with more silvery tones in the accessories. The mirrored and glass boxes and the mercury glass vases add a pretty luster to the space, while the crystal boot is a particularly meaningful touch for my daughter.
The bedding is mostly from Ralph Lauren and the mix of patterns in the pillows embodies the essence of what we were trying to achieve. I love the way the mens-y pinstripe contrasts with the white embroidered pillow, and the lilac silk pin dot pillow punctuates the mix as a men’s tie would with a suit. The lilac oxford sheets and pillowcases, as well as the pinstripe and pin dot pillows are from Ralph Lauren’s Haberdashery Collection. The sateen shams are RL Vintage Silver and the white pique shams are the Hemstitch Bloom Euro Sham.
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. Here’s a similar white desk.
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. Ours was purchased at Soft Surroundings, but if they are out of stock, you can find a similar one HERE.
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. Coming soon, I’ll be posting my daughter’s new room in her first apartment, but that’s for another day.
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