Looking for grey living room ideas? You are not alone. Grey’s amazing versatility is what makes it so popular. Grey can create a warm scheme as easily as a cool one; it can channel edgy modern and charming country; be calm and soothing or vivid, lively and energetic. Just a quick peek at a Farrow & Ball paint chart is testament to the possibility of this favourite decorating shade and its enduring appeal: from the barely-there neutrals of Dimity and Ammonite, to the mid tones of Lamp Room Gray and Calluna, through the green-edged Mizzle and Pigeon, blue-hued Parma Gray and Lulworth Blue and out the other side to deep dark Down Pipe, Plummett and Brassica.
Each shade of grey is capable of creating a different look, feel and style of living room and the shade that you choose will be part and parcel of your own personal style. Modern schemes tend to call for cooler, darker, dramatic charcoals or near-blacks, while vintage and classic-inspired styles have a natural affinity with warmer blue and green-toned greys.
Think about the patterns and accent shades that you might want to bring into your grey living room. If you have grey painted walls, consider pattern on flooring, curtains and upholstery. If you favour plain upholstery and flooring, consider using a grey patterned living room wallpaper. In a modern scheme, this might be stripes or geometrics in gradations of grey or black; in a country-style living room the pattern possibilities are limitless – if the tonal mix is right it’s possible to use florals, stripes and polka dots in the same scheme.
Don’t underestimate the effect of a block accent shade in a modern scheme. A bright pink coffee table or orange designer chair can turn your grey living room scheme into something extraordinary. But if you’re not quite so brave, worry not. Keep accent shades for accessories rather than furniture.
Grey living room with fuchsia pink coffee table
This modern living room combines the palest of greys on a feature wall, a plush velvet Chesterfield sofa in a beautiful deep grey velvet and an oversized rug in a shade that bridges the two. The bright pink lined coffee table brings vibrancy and life to what would otherwise be a monochrome scheme. The black border on the rug adds drama and emphasises the position of the sofa and table at the centre of things. It is a clean, simple design where every element earns its keep.
Create a relaxing living room with a tightly controlled palette of toning greys and neutrals. Mid-tone grey walls and flooring provide a warm, inviting backdrop for a neutral sofa and rug and delicately patterned cushions. The footstool and lustrous throw introduce a deeper accent grey, while the painted wall is tailor made for a gallery of black-and-white family photographs, mounted in matching white frames. A white lamp and side tables balance the darker grey accents, bringing the scheme together.
Go dark for a dramatic modern living room scheme. A low-profile deep grey velvet sofa adds a touch of luxury alongside tactile flooring and toning wallpaper in this stunning design. Touches of stone and copper bring lustre and shine to the mix and a fabulous contrasting orange ties a designer Egg chair to a single scatter cushion. Hang a chandelier to emphasise the glamour.
Nothing says country like a leaf motif and this smart modern living room doesn’t hold back making full use of it. Walls, upholstery, cushions and flooring sport a selection of different designs and all are kept in check by a colour scheme that manages to include blue, lime, pink and white but never confuses the eye or overwhelms the senses. This owes much to the wooden furniture – all painted to match in a soothing matt grey – which anchors the lively scheme and keeps it smart rather than scatty.
Keep a living room cosy by paying attention to textures and materials as well as colour and style. This small space sports a cool grey on its feature chimney breast, fitted storage and full-length curtains, but it ups the snuggle factor with natural wood, leather, cashmere throws, deep-pile rugs and knitted cushions. Once that woodburning stove is lit, you will never want to leave…
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Use a room-size rug in the palest of greys as the centrepiece of a living room design. This rug sets the parameters for a circle of seating that surrounds a central coffee table. Design a symmetrical room – this one pairs classic high-back armchairs, modern low-slung sofas and side tables, all in a shade of grey just one notch deeper than the rug. White walls and storage brighten the feel, a wooden floor introduces warmth and co-ordinated throws and cushions bring in those stripes. Look for show-stopping artwork that will add a splash of colour to a plain wall.
If you fancy a more traditional feel in your living room, don’t overdo the grey. This wonderfully smart scheme uses a mid grey on walls and built-in storage, adds a hint of it in blue/grey occasional chairs, but gives the rest of the scheme up to white, leather and wood. An upholstered footstool and rugs are vehicles for warm red pattern. The Chesterfield sofa is a classic touch in keeping with the traditional fireplace and book storage. It is the footstool fabric and mid century-style chairs that update the look.
Use the gentlest of greys as a springboard for blush pink, plum and buff tones. Mid century-style furniture rubs shoulders here with contemporary pieces in brilliant hi-gloss white. The floor-to-ceiling curtain adds a lovely touch of dip-dyed pink, while cushions and floral displays channel rich plum tones. Grey and pink is a winning combination, particularly suited to contemporary schemes.
Contrast dark grey walls with brilliant white woodwork, ceiling, shelving, floor and furniture for a full-of-fun living room. Fill a wall with favourite framed artwork, photographs, books and mirrors and pick furniture in a mix of styles for a freewheeling, eclectic look. Striped monochrome curtains and a grey blind keep the window clean and smart, while a grey patterned rug and multicoloured patchwork footstool keep things interesting.
Try a fusion of styles with this grey living room that contrasts rough industrial with global grandness. The grey-toned neutral colour palette is the starting point, teamed with a mix of geometric and ikat print fabrics. Follow this with contrasting furniture styles, from the grand Chesterfield sofa and retro leather armchair to the industrial steel shelving and coffee table.
Channel mid-century style with cool pebble grey walls as your starting point teamed with a sleek, streamlined sofa in a toning shade of grey. Lift your scheme by introducing lots of retro geometric patterns and bright textured ceramics in punchy shades of mustard yellow, teal blue and black.
Skandi side tables
Give a country living room a contemporary twist with a modern interpretation. Start with country basics – weathered woods, ticking stripes and woven basketware – but bring in modern elements such as an L-shaped sofa, graphic artwork and a fresh colour palette of grey and white to mix things up.
The Dormy House
Smarten up a family living room with a modern grey and monochrome scheme with a graphic linear wallpaper as the focalpoint. Worried that a modern scheme might look too grey? Add pops of a bright accent colour on cushions and accessories. Bring in an informal element with a picture ledge positioned above the sofa – line with family photographs and favourite prints that you can add to and rearrange at leisure.
Tatami Stripe wallpaper
Try this take on a traditional coastal scheme but instead of sea blues, the colour palette here is a cool wintry grey. Start with a pale wash of grey over the walls, then bring in pieces of weathered-wood furniture and faded linen upholstery to give the room a lived-in look. Accessorise with whitewashed basketware, driftwood, smooth ceramics and opaque glassware to carry on the coastal theme.
A deep dark grey feature wall can be a thing of beauty in a living room. But make it work harder by using it to foreground a collection of colourful wall art. Bring in a neutral sofa and rug to keep things light. They will free you up to mix shades, patterns and styles to your heart’s content on cushions and throws.
This fab picture wall would work in almost any room a downstairs loo, staircase or dining room are all prime spots. In a living room, make use of a blank area above a console or sideboard opt for a smart contrast of steel-toned walls and eclectic, monochrome artwork, quotes and sketches. Add bright pops of white for a fresh, clean effect.
One of the great things about grey is its versatility, and this soothing limestone shade is the perfect example. A gentle wash on the walls is all it takes to soften a living room, while pops of aubergine, slate and mid-century-style furniture add character.
For a winter-proof living room youll want to hunker down in, texture is key. Furry cushions and super-soft blankets make this the perfect space to curl up in. Break up those shades of grey with some well-chosen pattern dainty curtains, a statement rug and chunky weaves are all it takes.
Grey is the perfect way to toughen up feminine pastel shades blue, yellow and pink are all anchored by a slubby grey sofa. Complete the look with tonal accessories and fresh blooms.
With its moody nautical palette, this smart living room is the perfect way to make grey feel cosy. Try textured walls (or cheat it with a DIY wallpaper!) for a cabin-inspired feel, then add smart, Danish-style furniture and blue-toned fabrics to finish the look.