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Who ever said that gray was boring? One of the best reasons to theme your room and your bedding around gray and white tones is because they’re so versatile. You do whatever you want with them without making some major color matching faux-pas. 

However, if you want to decorate your bedding, and maybe your room, in a gray and white theme there are some basic patterning and color matching basics you should be aware of to make sure your decor is up to its best. 

But don’t worry you aren’t restricted to one kind of decor. There are multiple ways to go about decorating with gray and white. You can start with your bedding, the pattern, the look, and then move out from there in your theme.

There are ways to effectively implement white and gray into your room, and make room for pops of brighter color as well. You don’t have to go without one or the other.

We’ve broken down some of the best patterns and matching suggestions for you to follow, as well as some products you might be interested in when it comes time to shop. All in one convenient place! 

  • Keep it cool and monochromatic
  • Go with a dark contrast
  • Break it up with a pattern
  • Try natural “woodsy” shades

Color rules to abide by

First, and foremost what should you be doing when styling gray and white bedding? Of course, you can do whatever you want, you don’t have to follow any guide if you don’t want to. But there are some colors that will generally just go better with white and gray.

You can stick to the neutral theme and work in that vein, more whites, more monotones with sparse pops of color. Or you can go in a more opposite direction, with lots of accompanying color to contrast with your bedspread or your wall art.

No matter what you choose, we’ve broken some methods down to help with your decision so you don’t feel completely left in the dark. 

Keep it cool and monochromatic 

One, you don’t have to deviate from your gray and white theme at all if you choose. You can stick with a “monochromatic” style by relying heavily on these colors, and these colors alone.

If you want something in this vein, it’s best to stick with lighter grays to accompany your whites. Marble, or metal-themed accents for your storage, decorations on your desk. Occasional color pops could work in small knickknacks or flowers in a vase. 

Go with a dark contrast

So maybe you don’t want to go with so many bold colors, but you also don’t want to stick with the same gray and white shades that you’ve planned on. Time to be a little adventurous but not overboard. Plan then, to decorate with dark contrasts.

By dark contrasts we usually mean black. Black is bold, black is classic, it’s also a great compliment for every color, not just gray and white. So get a black blanket for your bed. Black stick-on wallpaper.

Or if you don’t want to go with black, you can try for another darker contrast color as well. Burgundy for those with a liking to red, or even a dark olive or pine would work as well on your sheets or your wall art. 

Break it up with a pattern

It’s time to pattern mix! Or pattern break-up. When you implement a pattern into a room where there’s a lot of one color it gives a break to your eyes. No one wants to see one kind of everything everywhere, so get a bright and bold pattern somewhere.

This will work best with wall art. One, because there is so much wall art out there that you can quite literally have anything you want up there. It’s a great outlet for creativity and personality, showing some of yourself in the things you choose to display.

Two, people generally will look to your walls for decor anyway when it comes to college. Whether it’s a tapestry or a poster from your university’s poster sale that they’ll no doubt have the first week you’re there. 

The options are limitless, and frankly a little overwhelming. But take your time when looking for an art piece to display. And make sure that it’s not heavy on the white or gray, which would very much defeat the purpose of the whole charade. 

Try natural “woodsy” shades

A pattern you might not think of when trying to find something to complement your white and gray tones is “wood”. Why would you think of it? Real wood is expensive, and you only have so much room to work within your dorm room. 

Well, you definitely don’t have to go with real wood here. Just the pattern works fine, and it can bring a whole different vibe to your room when you’re decorating. You can do this with wooden wall art or knickknacks. 

It’s a very natural look, and you can further accentuate this “woodsy” feeling by trying your hand at keeping some houseplants in your dorm room to take care of. Yes, not everyone has a green thumb, but hey you’re at college now trying out that whole responsibility thing might be a good idea.

Best to start with a plant. If you kill it, well, it’s not as big of a deal in the grand scheme of it all. 

Bedding to try out 

Now that you know how to match the gray and white with other colors when decorating, well what products exactly are you going to buy?

Start with your bed. It’s the most important thing in your room, and you’re going to want a nice bedspread for it. Gray and white bedspreads are very common, so you have plenty of choices, but we’ve picked a few for you that you might want to take a look at first. 

Get your decor process started with a pattern everyone loves, gray and white marble-esque patterning. 

Nita Comforter

This comforter conveys all the class and style that’s been coming with the marble and granite trend of interior decorating. There’s a reason people love the patterning so much because it looks good in any room you put it in.

While your bedspread is most definitely not a part of the marble countertops of your parents’ fancy kitchen back home, it does convey that same “expensive” and “chic” feeling. The Nita Comforter which carries this pattern is a great bright white and gray option for a bedspread.

Fitted for a Twin XL-sized bed, which is the bed that most colleges have in their dorms, if you want a lighter colored bedspread this is the option for you. Just be careful when eating and drinking on it, those stains might not come out as easily. 

Savannah Comforter 

Sometimes you just want to stick with something you’re comfortable with. There’s no shame in that, there’s a reason you might like the less crazy bedspreads and blankets. If cozy works for you then cozy works for you.

The Savannah Comforter has the wonder of being a simple and easy gray comforter with no patterning, but the added bonus of a little pizzaz with some patterned accents on the fabric, that adds just the pop of style you need for your dorm room.

Made as well for a Twin XL-sized bed, this a great comfort to buy if you’re going to have more bold and wild decorations on your walls or by your desk. This will offset some of the crazier patterns and colors you have going on with a lovely muted gray. 

Everyone needs a good balance in their life, and, their decorating, buying this comforter will make sure you don’t go overboard. Nice and easy in the gray and white color scheme.

Five Piece Bedding Bundle

Now, you can shop for comforters all day. But what if you don’t want the hassle? What if you don’t want to buy everything individually? All your sheets, all your blankets, all your pillowcases. Getting all these things separately can be a waste of time and money.

Instead, get them all in one package, and in white and gray of course, with OCM’s Five Piece Bedding Bundle. 

Now, this bundle is set to fit a queen or king-sized bed so if you’re looking for something sized for a twin you’re going to want to skip this one. Check out some of the other bundles OCM has instead. But if you’re sticking around for this, you have a great bundle in-store.

This comes with one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, two pillowcases, and one comforter. The gray and white version comes with a gray crisscrossed patterned comforter and some soothing white and gray sheets. 

Try not to be intimidated when you're planning your decor. 

This all might seem overwhelming. Pattern matching and color coordinating, it’s all intended to make sure that your room is looking its best. It’s your new home, and you want to feel like it’s a place you can relax and be happy in.

Starting by choosing your bedding is the best first step on your dorm decorating journey, hopefully, some of these suggestions will have helped you better decide what you’d like your theme to be. And when it comes time to move in, you’ll have everything up and ready to go.