Yellow and grey living room ideas – from subtle hues to bold brights there’s a shade pairing for all

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  • Totally chic and ultra modern, grey has become the decorating colour of the decade, especially in living rooms. Why? Because it makes the ideal contemporary neutral that works with almost any secondary colour, especially bright colours as they jump out against their aloof partner with zing. One such shade is yellow the ultimate mood booster.

    When teamed together, yellow and grey are a match made in heaven as the pair work in harmony, making yellow and grey living room ideas a winner.

    Yellow and grey living room ideas

    Calming grey tones down the strength of yellow and in return the uplifting, sunny shade gives grey a personality and strength it wouldn’t have on its own. Grey and yellow living room colour schemes can be worked to suit any style.

    For instance pretty primrose and grey can add a twist to traditional floral wallpaper in country rooms, also with connection to the industrial trend cement and charcoal shades become even more dramatic and contemporary with warm mustard. Or, if you are after a more traditional style you can’t go wrong with sophisticated old gold teamed with soothing ash.

    From playful, zingy looks to a more classic approach our gallery of the latest yellow and grey living room ideas are sure to inspire all.

    1. Temper a patterned wallpaper with mellow yellow

    light yellow and grey living room with patterned wallpaper feature wall

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Jeremy Phillips

    Creating a feature wall of bold wallpaper in your yellow and grey living room? The room will benefit from a softer approach to using colour pairings for the wall. Using a mellow, creamy lemon shade will inject the brightening quality of yellow without overpowering the statement wallpaper. A mellow undertone is cheerful without being too in-your-face.

    2. Pepper a tonal grey living room with yellow accents

    grey and yellow living room with original fireplace

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole 

    Take a softer approach to this colour scheme by mixing a variety of tonal greys to create the perfect base to add hints of vibrant yellow. Versatile grey has many shades to redefine a space, for instance the palest of shades can form a light, bright base for key furniture pieces and accessories to stand out.

    3. Get creative with painted yellow accents

    Grey living room with yellow painted archway

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Jo Henderson

    Add subtle yellow accents to a grey living room with thoughtful living room paint ideas. From painting doorframes to architectural details between two adjoining rooms, a little splash of colour can go a long way to introducing a statement accent tone. In this stylish living room a slither of yellow on a structural wall helps to welcome a hit of vibrant contrasting colour – paving the way to add more of the same colour through furniture and accessories.

    4. Go for retro

    Yellow and grey retro living room with flower wallpaper

     Image credit: Future PLC

    Make the colour combination work with your own tastes. This fine example shows how a retro style works perfectly for a yellow and grey living room idea. From confident charcoal to cool pebble the grey palette encompasses a wide spectrum of useable tones.

    Pair a bold retro floral wallpaper on one wall with shades of matching grey and yellow paint on remaining walls to keep the scheme running throughout the room. Dress the decor with vintage furniture pieces to enhance the retro vibes.

    5. Inject colour on different levels

    Grey living room with yellow pendant light

    Image credit: Future PLC

    When it comes to add a constant accent colour to a room the key is to introduce splash on different height levels, from floor to ceiling to ensure it feels even. Welcome bright injections of colour in its boldest form give rooms confidence and freshness.

    6. Captivate with completely constructing shades

    Pale grey living room with bright yellow painted wall and fireplace

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dan Duchars

    Make a statement with your yellow and grey living room by contrasting to the max. Pair soft, pale shades of grey paint with that of vibrant sunshine yellow. The two extremes of colour contrasting helps welcome a maximalist approach to decorating. Used on walls choose to paint one feature wall in the yellow or be inspired by our use of the brighter shade below a mid point, to make a statement of a fireplace.

    To further the injection of colour welcome further accent colours to clash with the yellow and grey, such as a pale pink with a bold blue. Add the accent colours via furniture choices, if you’re feeling brave, or accessories to make it less impactful.

    7. Take an earthy approach to yellow by using mustard hues

    Living room grey brick wall mustard yellow sofa

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    Yellow is the colour of sunshine, but of course there are many shades of sunshine – a warm mustard tone is reminiscent of an ambient sunset. This delicious shade of yellow offers an earthier feel to a decorating scheme, perfect for introducing warm tones of wood furniture and natural wood flooring. In this stylish living room the brick wall has been painted with a pale grey shade to offset the warmer tones beautifully.

    8. Create a coloured focal point

    Grey living room with yellow fireplace

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    As yellow stands out so well against grey you can use the uplifting colour to make a fabulous focal point. Here, a traditional wood fire surround has been given a super modern twist with coat of buttercup yellow. The results not only fill the room with energy but pulls the classic style up-to-date. White furniture balances the room look while monochrome art makes a smart and sophisticated finish.

    9. Make it subtle with diluted shades

    grey and yellow living room

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Scarboro

    In its palest forms grey and yellow makes a illuminating ambience that is super crisp and light. Start with a soft wallpapered backdrop with subtle pattern and choose white comfortable seating then add gentle character with pleasing lemon fabrics and accessories.

    This diluted palette needs added depth so layer up tones of the same shade as seen here with painted slate grey coffee tables, smoked glassware or even an almost black book shelf.

    10. Create a contrast with dark hues

    Living room with dark grey wall and yellow curtains and cushions

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Sussie Bell

    Give the colour pairing real pizazz by contrast with dark and light shades of the two tones. Charcoal grey is a hugely popular choice for brave decorating choices right now. Add a more mellow yellow to take the edge off the saturated element. The beauty of a faded lemon shade by natural light, such as these curtains is that they add a soft glow when the light is shining through them, like a little ray of sunshine.

    11. Inject colourful patterns

    yellow and grey living room ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Tim Young

    Team cool grey and geometrics with primrose yellow for a vintage look with a modern twist. Keep the scheme contemporary cool with a backdrop of grey walls and furniture, then add warmth with hints of yellow in geometric prints and accessories. Wood cube tables and copper details complement the retro vibe.

    12. Soften the look with flowers

    grey and yellow living room

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore

    The perfect balance of primrose yellow and cool lead grey creates a harmonious and relaxed feel that’s perfect for a country living room. Add in warming wood accessories to keep the room rustic and cosy. Break up a pretty floral wallpaper with a central grey painted chimney breast to balance the scheme.

    13. Encourage the combination to feel contemporary

    grey living room with yellow sofa

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Mel Yates

    Create contemporary cool by keeping the backdrop simple with pale grey walls and let the furniture do the talking. A modular, mustard yellow sofa instantly livens up the scheme which is then enhanced with an array of interesting and strong shapes. Above the sofa, a display of geometric shelving painted with pops of yellow makes a stunning statement while dark charcoal accessories drama and depth.

    14. Introduce uniformed pattern

    Yellow and grey conservatory

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Tim Young

    Create a restful yellow and grey living room with a cool colour combination and whimsical floral patterns. Paper a feature wall with a trailing print of large blooms. Fanciful curved furniture will continue the romance while white shutters and woodwork will add a French twist. Bring in cushions in complementary shades with contrasting prints to finish the look.

    15. Allow the shades to take on a Scandi vibe

    yellow and grey living room ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore

    In their palest forms grey and yellow can be used in harmony to create a tranquil space. This Scandi scheme has turned the tables and used yellow as the primary colour and grey to accent. Soft lemon walls highlight a curved and comfortable sofa upholstered in the coolest shade of grey while crisp white storage keeps the look bright and fresh.

    Now all you need are characterful details to make this living room space stylish and interesting; a yellow geometric rug is cheerful and modern, pale wood furniture adds subtle warmth feel and finally floral cushions with just a hint of plum is pretty and sophisticated.

    16. Compliment the colour pairing with texture

    yellow and grey living room

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Mel Yates

    Introduce another element without having to overwhelm with further colour. the look can be tailored to look more diverse with hints of a global influence, such as natural woven textures and dark lacquered furniture pieces.

    Which yellow and grey living room look is your favourite?

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