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Going grey

From habitat plus - bedrooms

Because of its sheer neutrality, grey – which is after all a straight mix of black and white – is the sort of colour that suits any bedroom be it for male, female, young or older, contemporary or traditional.

Grey can be turned into any flavour or style simply by adding accent colours in bedding and accessories. Some current favourites to try are ochre, rust, lavender, peach, creamy white, stormy blue and soft green.

A luxury silvery grey bedroom

Layer silvery greys to create a bedroom with a touch of luxury.

Walls in Resene Half Stack and corner circle in Resene Surrender. Flooring in Resene Silver Chalice with circle in Resene Half Grey Friars, bedside table in Resene Double Stack, door in Resene Surrender with circle in Resene Half Grey Friars and lightshade in Resene Half Grey Friars.

A charcoal grey bedroom

Atmospheric charcoal greys are versatile and can be used everywhere from chic modern apartments, villas with high ceilings and ornate cornices to a laidback bach.

Tongue-and-groove wall in Resene Armadillo, floor in Resene Colorwood Natural wood stain, bedside table in Resene Triple Tapa and chair in Resene Zeus.

Silvery or dove greys, like Resene Half Concrete and Resene Athens Grey are elegant and soothing. These pair well with pale timbers, washed linen bedding and fleecy whites, like Resene Merino, for a pared back Scandi look or made to sparkle with icy whites, like Resene Alabaster, and pewter or silver accessories, deep pile carpet and a velvet duvet cover.

Mid-tone greys like Resene Silver Chalice or Resene Half Stack strike a more serious note and are a good gender-neutral midground. They can be brightened with icy whites like Resene Half Alabaster and accents of a mustard colour like Resene Lemon Ginger, terracotta hues like Resene Tuscany and reds like Resene Pohutukawa.

Almost-charcoals like Resene Half Tuna and Resene Quarter Baltic Sea create a smouldering sanctuary-like haven. This type of colour pairs well with either a luxe aesthetic with velvets, chandeliers and antique gold accents or an ultra modern architectural space with industrial furniture.

Best bedroom colours
View a selection of other Resene colour palettes to gain inspiration and help design your ideal bedroom!


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