A Blue-&-Gray Bedroom

Decorating in Blue
A color palette of cool grays and bold blues creates a youthful energy in this bedroom. See how the homeowners packed the space with personality, and learn how you can do the same in your own home.

Evoke a Feeling

Although the homeowners share a love of the beach, a sea-inspired bedroom would have looked out of place in this 1800s Colonial-style home. Instead, a blue-and-gray color scheme, along with accessories such as brilliant cobalt blue lamps, makes a subtle nod to the owners' love of sand and surf.

Well Blended

An interesting mix of furniture styles and finishes makes this bedroom look collected and personal rather than predictable. The traditional-style wooden bed frame gets a jolt of modern appeal from the clean-lined, lacquered nightstands. Papering one wall with a modern floral wallpaper creates a focal point and helps define the bed as its own area.

Get the Look: Blue Gourd Lamp, Lamps Plus

Pretty Pillows

Add wow to a neutral bedding set with brightly colored or boldly patterned throw pillows. Layered on top of solid-color shams and a duvet, these pillows change the whole look of the bed. The floral and bird motifs also blend well with the patterned wallpaper.

Get the Look: Bird Pillow, Casa

Get the Look: Flower Pillow, Amazon

Sit in Style

A pair of benches tucked at the foot of the bed makes the bedroom feel well-appointed, like a posh hotel suite. The benches also function as a handy spot for putting on socks and shoes or for stacking pillows and throws when not in use. The embroidered chain-link pattern atop the leather seat cushions adds a subtle hint of pattern.

Get the Look: X-Base Ottoman, Amazon

Get the Look: Gray and White Rug, Bellacor

Artsy Accessories

A mirrored dresser, chosen for its artful character, adds a dash of Hollywood-inspired glamour. The mirror hung on the wall above was outfitted with a shapely curved frame, which offsets the boxy dresser and elevates the utilitarian object to something a bit more special.

Get the Look: Mirrored Dresser, Pottery Barn

Get the Look: Curvy Mirror, Amazon

Get the Look: Blue Vase, Overstock

Get the Look: White Lamp, Lamps Plus

Luxe Look

Paired with the mirrored dresser, the luxurious silk draperies add another layer of drama and glamour. The warm gray fabric features a slight sheen, which subtly mimics the glitzy accents featured throughout the room, but it doesn’t distract from the focal point wall.

Get the Look: Faux Silk Window Panels, Target

Comfort Zone

The homeowners divided the room into three areas -- sleeping, sitting, and dressing -- and used rugs to define each spot. Here, a sheepskin rug denotes the sitting area where a sofa and an armchair provide a spot to relax. Two dainty tables, rather than one large coffee table, atop the cozy rug prevent the area from looking heavy and can be easily moved when necessary.

Get the Look: Blue Armchair, West Elm

Get the Look: Sheepskin Rug, Wayfair

Get the Look: Green Table, Bellacor

Get the Look: Greek Key Throw, Horchow

Get the Look: Pink Chevron Pillow, Hayneedle

Get the Look: Wood Floor Lamp, Bellacor

Get the Look: Blue Velvet Pillow, Nordstrom

Storage Space

A bookshelf built right into the wall makes the most of limited space while providing plenty of storage capacity. The back of the shelving unit was covered with the same wallpaper as the nearby focal point wall, which creates a cohesive look and makes use of potentially wasted wallpaper.

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