Fifty Shades of Grey – The Grey Room

Fifty Shades of Grey – The Grey Room
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I had you at Fifty Shades, didn’t I.

Apparently grey is the new white and it’s popping up everywhere in everything from clothing to carpet to paint to décor items.

It’s hard to imagine grey as a sexy color but it’s elegantly neutral and intoxicatingly luscious in a bedroom.  Let’s take a look at fifty shades of bedroom grey possibilities to put some sparkle in your spank after you and your sweetie go see Fifty Shades of Grey, opening soon at a theater near you.

Paint – Sherwin Williams is my go to paint and they have a program called Color Visualizer where you can upload a photo of your room, then drag and drop a color onto your walls so you can visualize before you buy.  I go through paint like I go through purses, the color changes with the seasons.  You can brush up on your strokes in the bedroom by roller or brush, spreading every inch with silky smooth paint.  Now think about how much fun you could have painting together!

Let’s take a look at a grey color palette …don’t be afraid to go bold, you’re not hand-cuffed to it for life!  If it’s too dark or light, wait a day or two, sometimes you just have let things linger a bit and it’s not so bad after all.  Worse case scenario you’re going to spend another 40 bucks and slap on another coat.  The DIY version of multiple orgasms!  Oh my.  If you don’t want to spring for another can of paint, it’s time to pull out your blindfold.[shareprints gallery_id=”4402″ gallery_type=”masonry” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]Back to the walls…now I’m not a professional designer by any means but I know the ropes of basic decorating and that whole accent color wall thing is way too 2000 to 2010 if you ask me.  Been there, done that, over it.  I went grey about a year and a half ago and I’ll never go earth tones again. I know, never say never but I promise you, never. I’m telling you, grey is so neutral you can always switch up the accessories and know that whatever color you choose, it’ll look great.  Slide through these examples of bedroom scenes and see how you can accessorize in neutrals or jewel tones.[shareprints gallery_id=”4405″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]Grey is dreamy in a bedroom, isn’t it?  Let’s talk about the wood in your bedroom.  If you have an outdated bedroom suite, don’t be afraid to paint it.  I hail from the Annie Sloan school of painted furniture and think chalk paint is the cat’s meow.  I’ve painted all my cherry furniture and absolutely love it more than when I purchased it when cherry was the big craze in the 90’s.  And if you were fortunate enough to have had grandma’s antiques handed down to you but you’re not loving the tired dark oak stain, resuscitate it with chalk paint!  Now don’t get all tied up on thinking you need to keep its original finish, if grandma were alive today she’d give it the Mick Jagger treatment and would paint it black.  Here are some great ideas to inspire your imagination and have you begging for more.[shareprints gallery_id=”4417″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]There’s nothing like a big, voluptuous mattress to greet you at the end of the day with a sexy comforter to engulf your passion.  Here’s where you can really have fun with that grey color and set the mood in your chambre à coucher.  Crawl into comfort in exquisite sheets, pillow cases and comforter from The Company Store.  It’s pristine luxury unlike any other.  Once you slide these on your four-poster, you’ll never wear any other linens again.

[shareprints gallery_id=”4426″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”] The key to achieving a professionally decorated look is layering and no bed is made properly unless it’s anchored with a throw.  Toss on something with texture and you’ll never want to leave your room!  I encourage rich fur or chenille, personally, I have a passion for big, chunky knits.[shareprints gallery_id=”4435″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]If you think Christian Grey had a fascination for accessories in the red room, these accoutrements will take your breath away in the grey room.  If you want a real Christian Grey effect choose a large, dominant art piece in a sultry color like crimson.  To anchor your space, consider metal and mirrors, it could quite possibly function as a rear-view mirror. Oh my!  I’m head over heels for mercury glass, I just can’t get enough.  Oh heck, if your room is large enough, you could even hang a swing or hammock.  I dare you to peek….[shareprints gallery_id=”4444″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]No bedroom is complete without an accent chair to drape your clothing over when it just doesn’t quite make it on the hanger.  I love the look and function of a bench at the end of the bed, designed as comfortable seating, a footrest or….[shareprints gallery_id=”4455″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]Now that you’ve created an intimate atmosphere, don’t miss a minute of the action with poor lighting.  Here’s how to achieve romantic ambience with a few quick moves.  Ceiling lighting; why not something whimsy hanging from the ceiling?  Table lighting, the possibilities are endless.  I tend to lean toward big, barrel bases because I think they should make a statement but that’s just a personal preference.  And there again you can bring in texture with the shade in either a light color, a dark shade or a metal sconce.  Change it up a bit so it doesn’t become boring.  And if there isn’t a dimmer switch on your main bedroom lighting, add one.  The ability to soften your lighting is always a good thing.[shareprints gallery_id=”4463″ gallery_type=”slider” gallery_position=”pos_center” gallery_width=”width_70″ image_size=”large” image_padding=”0″ theme=”dark” image_hover=”false” lightbox_type=”slide” titles=”true” captions=”true” descriptions=”true” comments=”true” sharing=”true”]Now I haven’t even touched on feng shui rules in the bedroom but here are a few basics.  Symmetry is the key to feng shui so you’ll never, ever want to have just one nightstand.  If you’re single, you’ll remain single and if you’re married, you’re most likely not happily married.  Don’t have a vase with a single flower, have multiples.  According to feng shui rules, the right corner of the bedroom is the love center. So no matter if you are single or a couple, you have to build a love shrine in this spot. This can be done by placing a table or shelf in this corner with a picture of yourself and your partner, a heart-shaped box, books on romantic poetry and a pair of candles on it.  Isn’t this fun!

Now before I wrap this up you’ve probably been wondering (or not) why is grey sometimes spelled gray?  Well according grammarist.com, gray and grey are different spellings of the same word, and both are used throughout the English-speaking world. But gray is more common in American English, while grey is more common in all the other main varieties of English. In the U.K., for instance, grey appears about twenty times for every instance of gray. In the U.S. the ratio is reversed.

So there you have the down and dirty on how to decorate your passion pad in grey tones to bring out your inner God or Goddess.  A room so delightful you may want to sign that contract after all and give those hard limits a try.

Have fun!

Lynn

 

 

 

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