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Totally chic and ultra modern, grey is fast becoming the colour of the decade to decorate with right now especially in your living room. Why? Because it makes the perfect contemporary neutral. It will provide the ideal backdrop to creating a grey living room scheme you’ll love whatever your taste.
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 to stand out, or a deeper more dramatic shade can form a focal point for you to work around, from confident charcoal to cool pebble the palette encompasses a wide spectrum of useable tones. And, being a neutral it 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; with a mellow undertone it is cheerful without being too in-your-face or in its boldest form will give rooms confidence and freshness. When teamed together, yellow and grey are a match made in heaven as the pair work in harmony. 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 many tastes and styles, 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 take a look at our gallery of the latest yellow and grey living room ideas that are brimming with personality and style.
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.
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Create some 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 add drama and depth.
Traditional doesn't have to be dull. Give a period scheme a complete fresh-over with buttercup walls painted up to the picture rail. Dress a large bay window with soft Ash coloured curtains and matching blinds which will in turn balance the rich buttery wall colour to create a twist on a quintessentially English Manor look. A neutral sofa will continue to take the intensity down a notch, while daffodil yellow cushions will complete the sunny style.
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.
Using grey as your neutral can be a practical choice for family living. A horizontal stripe wallpaper with silvery tones creates a modern back drop for a memory shelf filled with smart black and white photographs. Modular charcoal seating is a sensible choice when little fingers are about as it covers marks and the shape keeps well. Bring in pops of happy yellow that jump off the sofa with patterned cushions that can changed and updated if needed later. Pale curved wood furniture introduces a Scandi look.
In it's palest forms grey and yellow makes a bright 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 dilluted 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.
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.
Mix just the right tones and you'll create a modern-country look with a very particular mood. This chartreuse yellow and dark grey living room has been given a cosy cabin vibe with a white wood wall panels. The vibrant colour combo has all out attention thanks to the crisp white backdrop and white-washed floor boards. Such a zingy sofa colour needs a grey of equal depth so works perfectly with charcoal tones. Plenty of patterned cushions and wicker additions create a folksy feel for added interest.
In their palest forms grey and yellow can be used in harmony to create a tranquil space.
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.
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