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How to style a bedroom that is painted grey


Imagine having to renovate your ensuite bathroom. That's not a one day job surely! Sounds more like a 10-15 day job to me (or at least that's the plan but who knows). Whatever the timeframe, we're planning to start at some point soon(ish) and that means sleeping in the master bedroom while works take place is going to be problematic. Think about all the dust! Solution: move to the guest bedroom for a staycation until the work is complete. Job done!


But the guest bedroom is there to serve a very specific purpose right now: a (very) temporary solution to accommodate friends and relatives that visit occasionally. Not much thought (or love) has gone into it and I am sad to say, it has no character. It feels a bit sterile in a sense. If I am going to spend the better part of 10-15 day in it, I would need to jazz it up a little.


My moodboard for this makeover started pretty simple and was dictated by the colours available already in the room: Moles Breath, a warm grey by Farrow and Ball on the wall; complemented by grey roman blinds. On the floor the classic Stockholm rug in black and white stripes by IKEA. And most importantly, the bed: a classic cream metal frame with brass details (similar here). So grey is currently the main colour in the room and the one I would need to work around. What goes well with grey?


Ochre is the first thing that comes to mind. It's such a classic combo and one I have loved for some time. With this in mind I added a large pendant shade in this colour which as you can tell contrasted beautifully against the grey wall. White also looks more crisp against dark walls so the cream bed frame was really suited here.

How to work the grey trend in bedroom Farrow and Ball Moles Breath

Adding character to a room goes beyond adding a lick of paint on the wall. For me, it is about the little details, items that give away a little of your personality like art and decorative objects that can be serious or fun, as long as they are inspired by your own style. Both my husband and I are collectors: we mostly like to collect art, so art will always need to be part of a room setting.


Decorative objects that have a bit of character in themselves. Where can you get these? Little antique shops, independent interiors stores and thrifty shops can all help you find some real gems and inspire your scheme. One one such visit I managed to source not one, but a collection of 7 cei