Grey interior design ideas: 8 homeware buys to pull off this stylish bedroom trend

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Home decor trend klaxon: grey has been named the most popular colour used in interior design for UK homeowners.  

Although many of our favourite interior design Instagram and Pinterest accounts have shown a lot of love for eccentric décor recently, a new survey has shown that Britons have an enduring taste for a simpler style.

Topps Tiles, a leading UK tile retailer, has reported that a 2,000 person survey of homeowners has shown that grey is by far the nation’s favourite colour to decorate with.

According to research, not only is the hue an overwhelming favourite, but when used in the bedroom it also contributes to a better night’s sleep. In fact, 67% of respondents said that they felt refreshed in the morning after sleeping in a grey bedroom.

Sian O’Neill, head of marketing at Topps Tiles, commented further on the findings, saying: “This research reveals that grey is a colour that has seeped into our homes over the years, with more and more people choosing to surround themselves with grey hues.”

The great thing about grey is that it can be layered in different shades to create a seamless, well-finished look that’s actually easy to pull off.

You see, if you’ve ever set out to try something a little bit wacky in your home, you’ll know that it’s a lot harder than you might first think to convert those Pinterest decor dreams into a reality.

Suddenly, when acting as part-time interior designer, we can realise just how tricky it is to get it right. The clashing pink and red prints you’d planned to hang together, for example, that just look jarring in real life. 

The brilliant thing about grey is that, thanks to its soothing tones and effortless chic, it’s one of interior design’s most accessible trends.

If you fancy trying out the trend in your home, but aren’t ready to make a commitment like re-painting the walls, these grey-themed touches are the perfect subtle nod. 

  • Grey ceramic door knobs

    Grey interior design: door knobs

    This is a super simple way to give your a bedroom an update with one of 2020’s most prominent trends. 

    Take an old chest of drawers, bedside table or door and add a more interesting (and in this case, grey-hued) door handle. Voila, it looks brand new. 

    Shop grey ceramic door knobs at G Decor, from £3.49

  • POPINJAY chest of drawers

    Grey interior design ideas: Loaf chest of drawers

    This beauty is practical and pretty, with some unique touches that make it stand out. 

    As well as three sizeable drawers and two smaller ones (perfect for bits and bobs that don’t have a home), details like bone handles and a striking teal-painted interior, make this piece a must-buy.

    Buy POPINJAY chest of drawers at Loaf, £825

  • Island Spirit chair

    Grey interior design ideas: Anthropologie vase

    We usually love the minimalistic look of grey furnishings but there’s something about this playful pineapple design we can’t resist.

    Exclusive to Anthropologie, this design has been created in collaboration with creative Kendra Dandy whose work is known for its exotic themes of flora and fauna. 

    Shop Island Spirit chair at Anthropologie, £398

  • Deltona grey round glass vase

    Grey interior design: Habitat vase

    Ooft, we absolutely love the hue of this grey vase. It’s almost blue-ish depth will add another element to your grey interiors scheme and break up any paler tones you’ve used. 

    Invest in some good quality faux hydrangeas in a bold lilac for a chic centrepiece for your table. 

    Shop Deltona grey round glass vase at Habitat, £25

  • Ornate velvet fringed table lamp

    Rose & Grey lamp
    Grey interior design ideas: Rose & Grey lamp

    This lamp ticks three major trend boxes, so we love it thrice as much. 

    Not only is the velvet very of the moment, but the vintage feel of the fringing and interesting stand makes this lamp something special. 

    Shop ornate velvet fringed table lamp at Rose & Grey, £150

  • Monroe Cushion

    Soho Home grey cushion
    Grey interior design ideas: Soho Home cushion

    The silver tone of this Soho Home cushion adds a metallic depth which sets it apart from the rest. 

    Crafted from 100% cotton velvet, we’re sure it’ll make a comfortable addition to your sofa.

    Shop Monroe Cushion in Silver at Soho Home, £65

  • Tapered candles

    Grey candles
    Grey interior design ideas: candles

    Sophie Conran does things a little differently, which is exactly why we’re such fans. 

    These tapered candles are a unique shape and come in a trio of shades, adding another dimension to your dinner party table setting. 

    Shop elegant grey tapered candles set of 12, £35

  • Cotton storage basket

    Grey baket
    Grey interior design ideas: H&M basket

    Dirty laundry or bits and bobs need not be an eyesore on your interior design vision with this chic storage basket.

    The textured material couldn’t suit grey more and we love how it draws together a plethora of shades.

    Shop cotton storage basket at H&M, £17.99

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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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