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Cheerful Sophistication: 25 Elegant Gray and Yellow Bedrooms

What do you get when you combine a versatile, trendy neutral hue with a refreshing, bright color that steals the show? Surely a space that exudes refinement along with plenty of oomph! Gray has been topping the ‘popular neutrals’ chart for what seems like forever now, and yellow brings energy and joyful exuberance to almost any space it adorns. Bring these two together in the bedroom, and you have a personal retreat that is both exciting and relaxing at the same time.

Shiny glint of silver adds chic glamour to the smart bedroom Cheerful Sophistication: 25 Elegant Gray and Yellow Bedrooms
Shiny glint of silver adds chic glamour to the smart bedroom [Design: Decorating Den Interiors –The Sisters & Company]

While gray is indeed a classy, trendy hue, it does look dull and lifeless when used on its own in the bedroom. In fact, experts suggest that a touch of a bright, invigorating shade is almost a must in bedrooms to keep away both boredom and depression. Doing precisely this is energizing yellow. And today, we take a look at 25 of the very best bedrooms draped in gray and yellow!

Play with the Shades of Gray

We do love the many shades of gray and the adaptability that the color has when it comes to being used as a predominant neutral in the bedroom. By simply picking a darker gray, you can easily give the room a more serious, sophisticated look. On the other end of the spectrum are the lighter smoky gray shades that can be used more extensively in the room without any hassle. Explore these many engaging shades before you really pick the right gray for your bedroom. Those trying to achieve a cheerful, Scandinavian style in the bedroom should prefer shades closer to white with restrained pops of red.

Gorgeous bedroom in gray with stunning view of the Pacific [From: Leanna Rathkelly Photography]
Gorgeous bedroom in gray with stunning view of the Pacific [From: Leanna Rathkelly Photography]
Luxurious master bedroom in gray with yellow accents [Design: Michelle Hinckley]
Luxurious master bedroom in gray with yellow accents [Design: Michelle Hinckley]
Mirrored nightstands steal the show in this bedroom [Design: Arizona Dream Vacation]
Mirrored nightstands steal the show in this bedroom [Design: Arizona Dream Vacation]

But having a small bedroom does not mean you use only gentle shades of gray. Make the confined room darker with a color like Evening Hush and use the yellow additions to achieve a glamorous, Hollywood Regency-inspired look. A chic mirror or two and a plush tufted headboard further add to the aura of opulence in the room.

Mirror above the bed adds glamour to the room [Design: Judith Balis Interiors]
Mirror above the bed adds glamour to the room [Design: Judith Balis Interiors]
Give your bedroom a relaxing ambiance with gray [Design: Hotel Collection]
Give your bedroom a relaxing ambiance with gray [Design: Hotel Collection]
Dark gray accent wall in the contemporary bedroom [Design: CDA Interior Design]
Dark gray accent wall in the contemporary bedroom [Design: CDA Interior Design]
Cool gray offers the perfect backdrop for bright yellow additions [Design: IBB Design Fine Furnishings]
Cool gray offers the perfect backdrop for bright yellow additions [Design: IBB Design Fine Furnishings]
Bring textural contrast to the bedroom with grasscloth wallcovering [Design: ZeroEnergy Design]
Bring textural contrast to the bedroom with grasscloth wallcovering [Design: ZeroEnergy Design]

Draped in Elegance

One of the most underrated elements when it comes to bedroom decorating is the use of drapes and window blinds. Drapes enhance the aesthetics of the room, soften the visual and add a luxurious vibe. While this is pretty obvious, the moment you take a look at any of the bedrooms below, what many homeowners miss is the insulation that drapes provide. Gorgeous drapes in gray and yellow will not only give the bedroom a cozier ambiance this winter, but will also efficiently keep out the cold. Cutting down on energy bills and offering adequate privacy, drapes are an easy way to accentuate the yellow-gray combination in the bedroom.

Gray and yellow bedroom with vintage black and white photograph on the walls [Design: Musso Design Group]
Gray and yellow bedroom with vintage black and white photograph on the walls [Design: Musso Design Group]
Lovely drapes accentuate the gray and yellow color palette in the room [Design: Tobi Fairley Interior Design]
Lovely drapes accentuate the gray and yellow color palette in the room [Design: Tobi Fairley Interior Design]
Tufted headboard and silken drapes give the room an air of luxury [Design – Decorating Den Interiors – Sharon Binkered]
Tufted headboard and silken drapes give the room an air of luxury [Design – Decorating Den Interiors – Sharon Binkered]

Think beyond the plain gray drapes this season and opt for curtains with bold geometric prints inspired by Midcentury modern trends. Iconic patterns like the David Hicks hexagon in snazzy yellow obviously are a timeless hit that will serve you well for years to come. A plush matching rug with an equally alluring print in yellow will complete the look.

Stylish bench at the foot of the bed in yellow [Design: Tamsin Design Group]
Stylish bench at the foot of the bed in yellow [Design: Tamsin Design Group]
Shutters add cheerful yellow glow to the bedroom [Design: Weatherwell Elite - Aluminum Shutters]
Shutters add cheerful yellow glow to the bedroom [Design: Weatherwell Elite – Aluminum Shutters]
Curtains add geometric pattern to the bedroom [Design: Redstart Construction]
Curtains add geometric pattern to the bedroom [Design: Redstart Construction]
Beach style bedroom in yellow with a splash of gray! [Design: Libby Langdon Interiors]
Beach style bedroom in yellow with a splash of gray! [Design: Libby Langdon Interiors]
Contemporary bedroom with a colorful bed in yellow [From: Peter Landers Photography]
Contemporary bedroom with a colorful bed in yellow [From: Peter Landers Photography]

Bedding, Bedside Lights and More

Have you ever thought about a sensational bed in canary yellow? Or maybe a dresser in delightful yellow is what you need to complete your fashionable bedroom in gray. If you are already happy with such basic decor and want to infuse yellow in a more visually apparent fashion, you can always turn to bedding and throw pillows. This is an easy way to also switch between hot accents while keeping the neutral backdrop constant. Bedside table lamps or even simple vases on the nightstand can also make a big statement when the rest of the room is completely clad in muted hues.

Add a couple of throw pillows to infuse yellow zest to the room [Design: Carl M. Hansen Companies]
Add a couple of throw pillows to infuse yellow zest to the room [Design: Carl M. Hansen Companies]
Bedroom in granite gray along with a delightful yellow dresser [Photography: Michelle Rasmussen]
Bedroom in granite gray along with a delightful yellow dresser [Photography: Michelle Rasmussen]
Bold red bed enlivens the Mid-century modern bedroom [Design: Brion Jeannette Architecture]
Bold red bed enlivens the Mid-century modern bedroom [Design: Brion Jeannette Architecture]

Unlike daring interiors drenched in black or ones embracing tantalizing orange, working with gray and yellow is fairly easy and straightforward. Of course, with a hint of creativity you can always put your own fun little spin on this graceful color palette that will serve you well across all seasons.

Bedding with pops of yellow is all you need! [Design: Great Neighborhood Homes]
Bedding with pops of yellow is all you need! [Design: Great Neighborhood Homes]
Bedding and vases add pops of yellow to the gray bedroom [Design: Atmosphere Interior Design]
Bedding and vases add pops of yellow to the gray bedroom [Design: Atmosphere Interior Design]
Exquisite use of gray, yellow and orange in the bedroom [Design: Directions In Design]
Exquisite use of gray, yellow and orange in the bedroom [Design: Directions In Design]
Stylish use of gray in a light shade in the bedroom [Photography: Harry Lim Photography]
Stylish use of gray in a light shade in the bedroom [Photography: Harry Lim Photography]
Yellow beside lamps bring symmetry to the room [Design: Judith Balis Interiors]
Yellow beside lamps bring symmetry to the room [Design: Judith Balis Interiors]

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