Rafa Kids add a touch of grey-blue with low level panelling.

Lately I just can’t get enough of grey-blue. I’ve noticed for months now that this colour has been jumping out at me everywhere – I can pick out the tiniest glint of it at 100 paces! I find it really soothing and love how versatile it is against bright and muted colours alike. Have you noticed it popping up on your radar too? When we started working on the kids room, I wanted to find an accent colour that was a little different from the pistachio green they had in their last room which worked well with bright whites, the black in the fireplace and pale wood. Although it’s quite a classic colour suited to period homes, it translates beautifully to more contemporary spaces too, and given that we’re working to blend the history of our new home with a more modern style I felt a grey-blue would fit perfectly. I’ll tell you more about my ridiculous quest to find the right shade when I share my next bedroom update, but for now, here’s three grey-blue kids rooms which caught my attention…


Shades of blue create a quiet style © Emily Slotte

A darker shade of grey blue creates a sophisticated, restful environment, especially with the pale wood floors. Here, Emily Slotte has mixed in vintage floral textiles and crumpled linens in her son’s bedroom making a cosy space for bedtime.


Two-tone grey © Maiju Saw.

Maiju Saw combines flea market finds and natural textures in her children’s room, blending a darker grey wardrobe against the wall colour for subtle contrast.

Whilst it’s not always possible to introduce the colour onto your walls (particularly if you’re renting) there are other ways to incorporate it. Rafa Kids have used additional low level wall panelling made from painted MDF or plywood (see first image) and created a zoned play area from the space. Alternatively, look for accessories in varying grey-blue tones for depth such as storage baskets, bedding and rugs. If you’re looking for paint, try Celestial Cloud by Dulux or Farrow & Ball‘s Oval Room Blue.

grey blue kids room inspiration

Wall pouch, Numero 74 at Smallable | Star bedding, H&M | Toggle light switch, Dowsing & Reynolds | Black + white socket, Dowsing & Reynolds | White + oak Scandi bunk bed, Oliver Furniture, Nubie | Grey storage basket, Numero 74 at Smallable Bench door handles, Chocolate Creative White column radiator, Wickes

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