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Decorate by Number: Serene Grey Bedroom

Get the look of this chic grey bedroom with our affordable decor finds!

With my "Decorate by Number" series, getting the looks of the pristine interiors that grace your favorite decor magazines is as easy as 1, 2, 3! This week, we're recreating a serene grey and white bedroom with furniture and accessories from, Land of Nod and more.

Grey is often thought of as a bland neutral, but I disagree! For the bedroom, it's the perfect hue to create a calming and welcoming space, without looking drab or boring. Decorating with grey and white lends itself to a high-style space without much effort or a big budget.
In the inspired room (above), the bold wallpaper pattern and mix of textured and layers in the duvets and rugs create a comfortable space, while the asymmetrical layout and minimal use of color keep it is sophisticated and luxurious. It’s a space I'd want to call home and crash after a long day’s work! I also love the mix of contemporary and traditional influences. This inspired room is a good example of looking at grey in a new light: it’s a color that is flexible, sleek, and serene.

To achieve a similar look, select the largest items - such as the headboard and wallpaper - in light grey. A high style, low cost tip? Go with a headboard as opposed to a bed. You can save a lot of money by forgoing a bed frame, without sacrificing style. With your larger pieces covered, layer on your white comforter and neutral rugs. A good decorating tip to remember is that monochromatic pieces and neutrals can look more expensive as opposed an eclectic room with a variety of colors. Finally, a sunburst mirror can serve as the focal point of the room and bring the space together.

What do you think about grey in the bedroom?

A new look at grey

1. Sunburst Mirror, $69

2. Trellis Print Wallpaper, $56/roll

3. Faux Hide Rug, $80

4. Quilted Coverlet, $99

5. Moroccan Leather Pouf, $199

6. Decorative Pillow, $20

7. Hanger Desk Lamp, $90

8. Notched Headboard, $349

For even more home décor inspiration, visit my blog, A Vintage Splendor.

Inspired Bedroom Credit: Nesting Place
I love grey, I think it's a great 'colour'. My bedroom is not as luxe as that one but mine is black and grey with pops of pink. I like that I can change up the colour easily but just changing my accent colour, next might be yellow.
#1 Shanondoah (Homepage) on 2014-04-18 12:40 (Reply)
Love this bedroom, but was disappointed with your credit. This the Nester's (former) bedroom, and she has a fabulous blog (, and a book coming out in 4 days - I bet she would appreciate some love as the brains behind this look! And also - that isn't wallpaper behind the bed - it's duct tape! So cool, right?
#2 Joy K on 2014-04-25 16:30 (Reply) is the link to her post on the project
#2.1 Joy K on 2014-04-25 16:32 (Reply)
Wow duct tape?! Talk about budget fabulous! Thank you so much for bringing the original source to our attention, I've updated the credit to avoid confusion.
#2.2 The Budget Babe on 2014-04-25 19:43 (Reply)
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