Use this suits-all shade to update an ailing interior or tone down a busy bedroom
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Grey interiors have been doing the rounds for years, but this sleek, contemporary neutral isn’t going anywhere. Equal parts modern and classic, it’s a doddle to work with. Introduce a piece of grey furniture to your existing bedroom to see how it lifts and simplifies the scheme. These exquisite examples should serve to soothe and inspire.
Create the perfect closet
Supersize your clothing capacity and add an interesting architectural feature with panelled wardrobes. These wall-to-wall wonders are divided into two sections on each door to balance the room’s high ceilings. An application of flat greige eggshell provides a non-shiny finish to complement the neutral scheme.
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Collar a classic
A pair of grey bedside tables is an elegant addition and suits most colour schemes. These tables have been designed in the midcentury model – meaning clean lines and dainty feet. Their top-heavy shape is a good choice for ensuring lots of storage without making the room feel congested or overloaded with furniture.
Ensure you’re sitting pretty
Whether it’s a grey pouffe for your dressing table or a bijou bedroom chair, a touch of upholstery is a must for adding contrast and texture. Choose a luxe fabric such as velvet for plush appeal or opt for nubby linen to create a more rustic feel. Pair with warm wood or soft metallics for an eye-catching, layered effect.
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Enhance an alcove
Freestanding storage is essential for homes with little in the way of built-in cupboards. This wall-mounted ladder shelving will fit most fireside alcoves, accommodating toys and decorative items. Silver-toned baskets increase its usefulness further, meshing with the cool grey palette and adding subtle sparkle.
Add an accent
Accessories are an easy way to refresh your sleep space, giving a different feel to the room. This grey mirror accents the beautiful fireplace as a focal point, but its neutral tone doesn’t compete with the bright red tiles. Other small switches you could make for a new look include side tables, stools, shelves, laundry baskets or a bench seat.
Blend a fitted or freestanding desk in with the walls by using one colour of paint across both surfaces (note that walls and wood will need slightly different finishes). This technique will help to make a shop-bought desk look more bespoke, as well as lending the whole scheme a sophisticated colour-blocked effect. Combine with a flash of fabulous fabric elsewhere to seal the deal on a sweet study space.
Lighten the mood
If you find grey a bit dreary – or prefer a more lively look – paler tones of the colour balance out the sugary sweetness of some pastels, as here. Very light greys with a slight blue tinge will create the impression of a soft off-white that’s easy to live with. This French-style chest of drawers tones in with the wooden panelling behind to provide a counterpoint to the room’s blush-pink walls.
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Dress to impress
For those with space to spare at the end of the bed, a smart blanket box will create extra storage and a place to perch while putting on your socks! This grey-stained wooden piece provides a flash of colour thanks to the bright seat. Alternatively, an upholstered ottoman with buttoned top is a design classic that will flatter most bed styles.
Triple the texture
Divan bed bases are a practical choice, particularly when they contain useful drawers to house spare linen. Partner yours with an elegant upholstered headboard that sits snuggly against the wall, saving on space. Choose from an endless array of styles, such as this handsome herringbone offering, which will work with other patterns.
Find your fancy
Upcycle a second-hand find for a fun, characterful addition. This vintage treasure, now stuffed with shoes, probably started life in a haberdashery shop before working its way home as this striking cabinet. Original wooden finishes can add organic appeal when combined with carpeted or painted floors, but may feel heavy. Painting your prize piece in a coordinating colour is the quickest way to ensure a cohesive effect.
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