9 Colors That Go with Gray Bedroom Furniture

Cool, modern gray bedroom with pops of color.
9 Colors That Go with Gray Bedroom Furniture
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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With gray being a popular color choice for bedroom furniture and painted walls, how do you make a superb coordinated cohesive bedroom with colors that match and contrast gray? It may seem easy, but get it wrong, and you could find your bedroom is out of sync, looking lackluster and somewhat wishy-washy.

In this article, we will guide you through the colors that work superbly with gray bedroom furniture giving you choices and inspiration on how to make a stunning bedroom.

Let's jump in and learn what colors will make your bedroom amazing and more such as:

  • Shades of gray.
  • Vivid cerise.
  • Lemon yellow.
  • Ultra-modern, look further than the bedroom.

What color goes well with gray bedroom furniture?

With a wide range of shades of gray, the task of coordinating colors can be difficult, requiring lots of thought to ensure you have a bedroom that you find relaxing and visually awesome.

Here are some pointers to colors that will go with gray and make your bedroom look awesome:

  • An all-time classic combination with gray is blue, and depending on the shades of gray you have will depend on the shade of blue in this symbiotic relationship of colors. For lighter shades of gray light blue, or electric blue bring life and energy to the bedroom with perfect harmony.
  • Turquoise, add a turquoise accent wall to bring some depth to the bedroom, gray and turquoise inhabit a calm space with a level of serenity and tranquility.
  • Where would we be without white shades? gray and white may look like you have taken the path of least resistance but the combination works well. Even with light shades of gray there will be no color diffusing.
  • Explore pastel tints. A large range of pastels from mint greens to soft pinks will add a feminine vibe to your bedroom. Lilacs and mauves coordinate perfectly with light and dark gray tones.
  • Go bold or go home! Gray is one of those colors where you can go bold and use a flaming yellow to bring a sense of vibrancy to the bedroom, in an accent wall or with accessories. The color combo is beyond belief.
  • Take a walk on the dark side and use black. Black is not cold or morbid, it's a trending bedroom wall color that of course, goes with gray shades from ash gray to charcoal for a bedroom with gravity and grandeur.
  • Royal blue, and darker tones may not be colors you associate with your bedroom but with a dark navy blue accent wall, you can create a bedroom that feels regal with its dark tones and gray.
  • Gray on gray and shades of gray work well together as you explore the color gradient, add dark gray with light gray, and experiment with textures and tones to produce the perfect balance of the same color with varying shades.

The color palette for gray bedroom furniture is wider than you may have appreciated with gray being a forging color of brighter and darker tones.

1. Shades of gray

Using gray tones together can create a spectacular bedroom, especially when the bed frame is dark gray, allowing you to paint your bedroom walls gray or a shade thereof. Having gray as the main color of your bedroom says you are balanced and enjoy neutrality which is a wonderful place to be!

The great thing with a gray bedroom is you can introduce brilliant white bedding and a white roman blind with a matching gray border. Gray is one of those colors that is accepting of colors that you may not think will go in this semi-austere colored bedroom, but the truth is adding some pink into the bedroom will firmly give the bedroom a feminine stamp of approval.

Gray has clear demarcation lines, which make for crisp, precise lines in the bedroom where color changes happen, such as the walls to the ceiling.

How to create this look?

Decide on the shade of gray for the bedroom walls. In this instance, the bed frame is dark gray, which calls for lighter gray walls, but they could have been darker than the image with the amount of natural light flooding the bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

It's a relatively easy bedroom to achieve as far as color goes. You will need reasonable cutting skills when you come to the change of color at the ceiling and around the window frames, gray paint has clear lines due to its shade, and errors will be visible.

2. Contemporary concept

Dark gray accent wall and light gray modern chair and then brilliant white, does it work? Yes, it's a marvelous look for a bedroom, and simplicity almost always works the best, the bedroom is not austere despite its minimalist feeling. 

Gray works well with white and other tones of gray, so it's worth the time to explore how you can apply this simple painting technique in your own bedroom. The decor would work equally as well in a smaller bedroom bringing bright white as the ultimate contrast to the dark gray accent wall.

The expanse of white does not wash out the light tones of the gray in this concept bedroom, it makes the perfect decor for the minimalist lifestyle.

How to create this look?

This bedroom has more than color to consider,you will need to create a cohesive balance through your understanding of scale in your bedroom. If your bedroom is on the smaller side then adding a dark gray stripe say 2’ wide would work spectacularly well.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 6.

Use the proportions of the bedroom to your advantage, if the room is smaller and darker then clearly white should be the dominant color and vice versa. Aim for balance and harmony in a bedroom with larger dimensions.

3. Ultra-modern bedroom

Cast your focus outside of the bedroom and let's look to nature for some inspiring colors that match and contrast dark gray tones. If we start at the top the gorgeous sky blue is the perfect contrast between dark gray and light gray. The soft white of the Stratus clouds is an awesome combe for all grays, the deep blue ocean with its depth and saturation is a marriage made in heaven when paired with grays of all shades.

The brown of the sandstone is an unlikely match but it works extremely well with all shades of gray, and last but not least the leafy deep green foliage brings nature directly into your bedroom and contrasts with all shades of gray.

Look beyond the bedroom if you have a large expanse of glass take your color cues from nature, it's rarely wrong!

Let's not forget the jet black window frames are the perfect color match for such a dark tone of gray.

How to create this look?

This bedroom has a wonderful open aspect to the ocean and the sky, the colors should be inspiring to you as a combo with gray tones. The bedroom uses a charcoal gray with light gray bedding, it's always going to be complementary of each other.

The sandy brown cushion's colors emulate the sandstone rock albeit they are more vibrant and work well in the bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

With such a large expanse of glass, it's hard to get the decor wrong in this bedroom, the wood floor tones brighten the bedroom decor. Is it an easy look to achieve? If you live by the ocean maybe otherwise use the same color pallet and use artificial lighting to make the bedroom feel warm and bright.

4. Surprising colors

It's hard to find a bedroom with such an expanse of emerald green, it is normally an accent wall but this bedroom demonstrates what a wonderful bedroom color emerald green actually is. The depth of the wall needs contrast and gray in its various shades fulfills the role of contrasting colors perfectly. Of course, the radiant yellow bedroom chair and foot still bring added excellence into the bedroom.

Textures can play a big part in bedroom design and the salt and pepper gray bed throw is inviting and a masterful piece of soft furnishings for a room of this color.

The brass or gold tones are meant to complement the emerald green, which they do but inadvertently accentuate the presence of the gray tones in the bedroom.

The token black lampshade is an important design feature for the emerald green and gray tones.

How to create this look?

The bedroom is dominated by a relaxing emerald green which needs contrasts and elevation to make the color shine as it should. Gray is the obvious contrast choice together with the black lampstand. And elevation is from the vibrancy of the yellow chair and footstool.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 7.

There are a lot of design cues in this bedroom due to the impressive emerald green color adorning the walls. Gray and shades of gray from light to dark are an essential element of the bedroom, and the texture bed throw is awesome. It's hard to take away the showstopper, the yellow chair, and the stool.

5. Purple and pink

The only piece of gray bedroom furniture is the bedside set of drawers, but the concept is the same for adding color to a bedroom with gray furniture. It would be hard to deny that the soft tones of the dusty pink bedding and diaphanous drapes combined with a plush purple headboard are nothing short of genius.

Charcoal gray has a warmth of its own that is enveloping and to contrast this envelopement the purple headboard brings a majestic feel to the bedroom. The sumptuous pink bedding fills the bedroom with the headiness of the nicest female perfume. The feminine touch is present in what could have been a male domain.

The purple and mauve artwork reinforces the design cues in a gentle manner allowing the charcoal gray to be the perfect backdrop for these majestic and sensual colors.

Hints of gold from the draw knobs and modern chandelier and bedside lamp are essential elements of the bedroom. As always, a black accent to the room is added to complete the bedroom cohesively.

How to create this look?

A charcoal gray backdrop and then purple and pinks will make the room buzz with feminine vibes. The pink voiles bring a diffused soft light into the bedroom creating a warm ambiance.

Add some foliage to the bedroom for additional contrasting color, the green is an amazing addition to the bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 6.

Painting with charcoal gray needs the walls to be prepared perfectly to remove faults and anomalies in the surface that may throw shadows if not repaired correctly. The purple headboard and pink bedding are easy to emulate in your own bedroom.

6. Lemon happy days

If you need inspiration and confirmation that yellow is the perfect color to match with gray then look no further, this lemon yellow bedroom is actually dominated by a dove gray backdrop but you didn't notice as yellow takes over the bedroom.

Lemon yellow may not be everyone's idea of a color scheme for a bedroom but the truth is it works well and compliments gray en masse as in this bedroom or as an accessory.

The alcoves in yellow are design mastery which makes you feel happy and the gorgeous bed brings a smile from ear to ear.

Of course, let's not forget the white as it interjects its clean bright lines into this awe-inspiring bedroom. The brown-orange rug is somewhat redundant with the vibrancy of the yellow and white in this bedroom.

How to create this look?

Use a medium gray tone for the wall color and paint the alcove frames white, add bright lemon yellow paint to the backs of the alcoves to create a spectacular look.

Lemon yellow bedding and the bedroom is complete.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

Wear your sunglasses when decorating this bedroom, the vibrant colors fill the bedroom with excitement and fun, it's the perfect color for a younger person's bedroom or someone with a young heart.

It's an easy look to achieve.

7. Salmon pink

If you have a modern style bedroom, say a loft apartment then it may feel cold and dull at times when the light is not bright, so paint it salmon pink. Salmon pink is an ideal color for a larger bedroom with natural light. Its natural tendency is to make a bedroom feel warmer.

Salmon pink is not one of the most forging colors in the world but when paired with shades of gray it is complimented extremely well.

Salmon pink enjoys being with darker tones that contradict the color, so choose dark grays for the most dramatic effects in your bedroom. 

Beige or greige is an obvious choice for matching with salmon pink and the yellows of timber are defined by salmon pink.

How to create this look?

Make salmon pink your accent wall, it can be overpowering, when selecting gray contracts use darker tones so the lines of the furniture are defined perfectly.

Natural wood tones also work incredibly well with darker gray tones.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 4.

It's a painted accent wall, it's an easy look to emulate but be careful salmon pink does not make your bedroom feel dated.

8. It has to be blue

If there is a color that matches best with dark grey tones it has to be blue, or in this case, violet which is close to blue so we will go with it.

Gray accepts most colors from vibrant tones to the more subdued mature tones of darker grays and darker shades but variants of the blue like lilac or even blue create an unforgettable sense of harmony and tranquility in a bedroom.

Wood tones are brought to life by the color combination making the bedroom feel rich and luscious. You will need to bring some lighter shades through bedding or accessories such as neutral tones of greige, khaki, and beige.

White walls and ceiling are essential with such a dark color palette and simple white lamp shades will tie the bedroom together.

How to create this look?

It's an accent wall with the beds placed against the walls which allows the blue/violet to be absorbed into the main color of the bedroom and gives a contrast. You will need to add lighter tones such as white walls and ceilings, together with lighter bed sheets and accessories.

If it's possible to introduce wood into the bedroom through furnishings, the wood will compliment the tones of the bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

The bedroom seems complicated due to the bunks and construction of the bedroom, but focusing on the color palette it's an easy color scheme to create that will look wonderful.

9. Timeless colors

If you have a traditional home with gray dove walls then you could add a cerise headboard that is plush and gorgeous, it's a timeless look that will be in vogue forever and a day. It complements the gray walls and brings a sense of love and sensuality to the bedroom. Cerise translated from French means cherry, but the color ids far from cherry with its vivid tones.

The bedding is white which we already know favors the tones of gray, beiges, and light tones adorn the bedroom with a token pink cushion to make sure that madam is in control in this bedroom!

Gray is a wonderfully versatile color for the bedroom and should be expired at every opportunity.

How to create this look?

Light gray walls are a classic look but need to be elevated with a color that is vivid and vibrant. Soft furnishings are neutral from the drapes to the seating, (even the dog) which provides the opportunity for the Cerise headboard to be gloriously magnificent.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

It's an easy look to achieve, many period homes will have gray bedroom walls, so adding color is essential and an easy process.

Colors That Go with Gray Bedroom Furniture

If you have gray bedroom furniture, you made a good choice because many colors will mix and match your gray furnishings.

You may wish to take a mature approach and create a bedroom that has classic lines and add some vivid colors through accessories. It's a wise choice to make, allowing you to dip your toe in the waters of design colors.

If you feel brave and excited about the prospect of bringing in vibrant bright colors, then you can go wrong with the lemon yellow. It's an easy vibe to achieve. If you have an alcove, great if you don't you could paint some lemon yellow rectangular shapes that are symmetrical to give the same effect.