UncategorizedA Blue-Grey Bedroom Oasis

February 29, 2024by cheree

One of the reasons I love my job is that I get to see some of the most beautiful houses in my community. Recently, I visited a home perched on a hill in Eastbourne, and from every room, you could see the harbour. It was beyond breathtaking. 

However, the homeowner was in a world of disappointment because they were unsure if they could carry out their architectural plans due to the COVID price hike.

Instead of a major overhaul right now, we decided to address a couple of the main living spaces for a cosmetic upgrade. The primary bedroom was the homeowner’s least favourite room and one she wanted to tackle first. 

As soon as I stepped into the bedroom, I knew why she disliked this room so much. There were all kinds of colour conflicts. First, we have a pink-beige carpet and then yellow-beige walls. Together, these two neutrals make the colour palette feel dirty. In the corner, we have a grey sitting chair. 

I love a good antique occasional chair, but as I’ve said before, grey looks best with clean colors. Think apple green, cornflour blue, and daisy yellow.


I have covered up the family photos on the right wall to protect the privacy of the homeowners.

What I did like in this room were the yellow curtains with various soft coloured florals, which we could use as our colour pattern to set the direction for the room.

Whenever I design a room from scratch, I start with a rug, duvet, cushions, or curtains with at least three dominant patterns. I can then use these colours to set the vision for the room.

After I explained what was working and what was not working in the room, the homeowner wanted the curtains and the carpet gone! I asked her what colours she was drawn to, and she said blue but not bold. 

Blues are an excellent choice for a bedroom because they offer a sense of calm and tranquility.  Here is a beautiful blue bedroom by Emily Henderson. 

If you put blue into a bedroom or bathroom, it’s essential to warm up this colour with lots of wood tones, warm textures, and gold/brass accents. Otherwise, the room will appear cold and flat.  As you can see Emily has done a wonderful job with the cute bed sconces, gold reading lamps, cognac bed pillow, and natural wood windows.  

Upon showing the homeowner all my blue A4 swatches, her eyes were immediately drawn to my blue-grey colour boards. I know why because these neutrals are muted with silvered grey and, in different lights, can shine various complex colours. Also, I think she just wanted to do a 180-degree turn from the beige land she currently lives in.  

These Dulux blue-grey will shine more blue than grey in certain light.  I think going 50% strength on the walls will be lovely.

Although the homeowner was happy with picking the wall colour as her starting point, I explained this should be your last decorating decision. You have much more choice finding a paint colour to match your duvet than the other way around. A mood colour board is a great way to see if your future furniture and soft furnishing will all work together.  And it’s also helpful to spot any of those pesky undertones. 

You can create mood boards in Canva, Apple Slides, Photoshop, or Google Slides.  Here is one I did for our bedroom in Photoshop.  

We chose a violet-grey for our walls.

I’m excited to see what the homeowner eventually decides after testing the paint colour.  If we have lift off with a design plan, I’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, if you need colour help or want me to address a colour question in my next blog, please contact me at cheree@mywayhome.co.nz.

Until next month, take care.