Trendspotters: Light Grey + Pale Wood

Posted by Samantha Drury Shore on

Welcome to Trendspotters. A round-up of interiors inspiration on a given theme, by your friends at White Black Grey. Oh, and spoiler alert: modern, minimal and monochrome are the order of the day, so no bright colours here #sorrynotsorry.  

Image of modern kitchen in pale grey with light wood island and grey chairs. Text reads "Trendspotters: Light Grey + Pale Wood"

This edition, our theme is Light Grey + Pale Wood, inspired by the  STUNNING kitchen above by Zephyr & Stone, Australia

Combining neutral shades with timber accents is a classic Scandinavian look, and for a more modern vibe, you can't beat going pale. Here are some inspo images if you fancy bringing this soft chic look to your own home. 

Sticking with kitchens, we love this from the home of one of our fave bloggers, Cate St Hill. There's something so timeless about grey cabinetry. Bonus points for tiny dogs:

Modern grey kitchen with pale wood floor and mismatched dining chairs. Dachshund dog running across floor

 I don't think there are many rooms that a soft grey wall does not work in, but for dining spaces I find it especially pleasing. Pair the lightest of grey walls with a classic wooden dining chair (from Carl Hansen if you can afford it), and you really have a look to last a lifetime.   

Dining table in grey painted room with classic Scandinavian dining chairs and some flowers This image found via Coco Lapine DesignStyled by JosefssonLjung Interiör AB, photographed by Anders Bergstedt for Entrance Makleri


Large dining space lit by very tall window. White table, modern wooden chairs, grey rug, grey walls This image by Frederica Furniture.

 Round dining table with flowers, wishbone chair in front of a grey wall

This image found via Coco Lapine Design.  

Neutral paint tones and pale wooden floors also allow an unobtrusive backdrop against which to showcase bolder textures, as in this living room by Nina Holst, Stylizmo Blog.  

Grey living room with white sofa, black metal coffee table and a cork stool

 I mean, Nina is obviously an interiors genius, but look at the way the rustic softness of the rug sits with the clean lines of the metal table, and then add in a bit of cork! Why not?!

Pale grey is such a cozy colour for the bedroom, though choose carefully between cool and warm tones. They will work very differently depending on how the light comes into your home... always paint a test patch first!

Love the tones the natural light brings out in both the grey wall and wooden furniture here... 

Wooden chair with a blanket and string shelves against a grey wall with patches of sunlightThis image found via Hege in FranceStyled by Marie Ramse and Pella Hedeby for JM. Photos by Sara Medina Lind.

Here's some grey in the bedroom done right, by our friends at The Bath Apartment. Also, hands down the best bed IKEA ever made...

Minimal bedroom with grey walls, wooden bed with white bedding and anglepoise lamp on bedside table

There really isn't a room in your home where the light grey + pale wood combo doesn't work. Check out this gorgeous bathroom makeover by the very lovely Abi at These Four Walls blog...

Bathroom corner with white tiles and wooden vanity unit. Grey towels and accessories

I'm rounding off back in the kitchen with this epically beautiful house in Ålesund by Ask og Eng. Do take the time to view the entire place, it's an absolute stunner. 

Kitchen with dark wood cabinets, pale wood walls, grey painted walls

I love the contrast of the darker wood kitchen units with the pale plywood walls. I dream of a plywood clad interior. One day!

If you're not quite ready for a full renovation job right now, check out my favourite grey products from our shop right now:


Reed diffuser with pale grey ceramic vase



Pale grey jesmonite tray


Pale grey towel wrapped as though around a body
Candle in grey ceramic pot with grey packaging also shown
Oval grey trinket tray with a glass jar of moisturiser and some rings on it


Pile of 4 round pale grey coasters


Grey soap bar with letter 'L' logo

Have you used Light Grey + Pale Wood in your home? We'd love to see it! Drop us a line with your pics, if you like :)  

All image credits as listed in the article. 

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