During my eight years or so of blogging, I’ve written numerous times about the importance of feeling at home, while at home. This is our second apartment in NYC and while we loved our first year in the brownstone apartment, it wasn’t until we moved into our new apartment that, well, that sometimes elusive feeling (the X Factor?!) of being truly at home in our apartment, finally arrived. There’s a softness to the natural light in this space that I find very calming. In fact, it was this that partly inspired my decision to choose a gray paint color (remember how I was torn between two colors?!) for the bedroom walls. The gentle light pairs effortlessly with the Gray Frost PPG Paints color, don’t you think? I truly love how this room has come together and I’m excited to share a full tour of the master bedroom with the before and after. Click through to take the tour for some gray bedroom decor inspiration!
Last month, I shared my paint and decor plans for the bedroom. Before I dive into the full reveal and gray bedroom decor inspiration in my second post in partnership with PPG Paints, I thought it would be useful to share some painting tips for that perfect straight line. As you can see from the top image in the post, I decided not to paint Gray Frost all the way to the ceiling. This was because I wanted to use the color on all four of the bedroom walls, so to keep the space feeling airy and fresh I left around one foot of white wall from the ceiling down. Taking this painting approach (vs. painting straight up to the ceiling line) does take more time but I think it’s 100% worth it, especially in smaller spaces. My top tip for making any painting makeover or project look professional is prep, prep, prep. If you invest the time upfront to ensure everything is properly prepared and ready for the actual paint – think: washing the walls of any grease; taping drop sheets to the baseboard and floor; gathering your arsenal of painting tools and brushes in advance, and so on – then you will speed through the painting part and have a new look space in no time at all! For the straight line, I used a compact self-leveling laser line tool, which you place on a flat surface or tripod at the desired height to project a perfectly straight line onto the surface you wish you paint. It’s then super easy to stick painter’s tape along the line on the wall so that you get that perfectly straight line when you peel back the tape. Remember to slightly dampen the tape once you’ve applied it (this helps to prevent paint seeping underneath), and to peel the tape off the moment you finish painting (and before it dries) – this helps minimize the opportunity for tears in the paint along the line.The result of the white ‘banner’ around the top of the room serves two purposes: firstly, it helps to reflect light at the top of the room, visually raising the ceiling; secondly, it gives added impact to the Gray Frost painted walls below, encouraging the eye to be drawn down into the room, and therefore making the bedroom feel more intimate in the process. And, here it is! Ta-da! I love stepping out of bed onto the reindeer hide rug, it’s so soft and comforting..I joked over on Instagram how I was sweating the details of the space so that they perfectly paired with the Gray Frost color of the room. Well, I’m pleased I did because this has turned out to be my favorite bedroom I’ve ever decorated – I love it so much! My aim was to create a serene and cocooning space that still felt fresh and not imposing, and it really does tick all those boxes. The Princeton plug-in sconces are the perfect nightstand lights, as the antique black finish and cord are a subtle reference point to the Petra Ebony fabric that was used to upholster the Ella bed.I dressed the nightstands with pieces that reflect my love of Scandinavian forests: a gorgeous Gran tray (remember how I used the same print as wallpaper in one of my old London apartments many, many years ago?!) and a reindeer candleholder. The gorgeous misty forest print adds the splash of mountain pine blue-green accent color I was looking for in the space, while the graphic black and white stripes of the Zebra print from Minted add a splash of pattern. I introduced texture with a few silver birch branches in the corner to complete this vignette.I love the subtle forest reference created by the upside down ‘V’ shapes in the Northern Flow 2 print next to the left-hand nightstand. I dressed the bed in washed gray linen bedding and repeated the upside down ‘V’ pattern on a smaller scale in two Euro shams from West Elm. The gray-green color of the Sanela curtains was the perfect final splash of accent color in the space. Love!Finally, I hung a trio of prints – Apache Jack, Dark Fog and As You Are – to create a small monochrome gallery wall as a way to disguise the wall-mounted television. I choose the monochrome palette to both contrast with the Gray Frost paint color, and harmonize with the black and white casing of TV to make it ‘disappear.’ I hope you have found some gray bedroom decor inspiration within the post?! What’s catching your eye from my gray and green bedroom scheme? You can find your nearest PPG store here and you can use this coupon to get $10 off any paint purchases over $25!// Art direction, styling and photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with PPG Paints; all views my own.