Grey sofas: a look that you will love for years to come

A sofa is central to most living room schemes, but when it comes to choosing the right match for your space, we often become flustered. Great for almost any scheme, grey is leading a colour revolution in our homes. Here are 6 ways to work this look in your living room

From oyster-coloured hues to dark charcoals and pale pebble tones, grey is the coolest (and most popular) colour choice for our sofas. Fifty shades, anyone?

1. Introduce a relaxed L-shape

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If space allows, consider incorporating an L-shaped sofa into your scheme. Sleek and sophisticated, this contemporary design is the epitome of luxury. These L-shaped seating arrangements are perfect for open-plan spaces, and for laid-back lounging.

White living room with grey L-shaped sofa and a coffee table

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2. Go for a modern modular design

Don't be afraid of the dark. Darker colours can work both together or with lighter shades to add moody sophistication or dramatic contrast. The beauty and balance here comes directly via a smart use of colour and accessories.

Modern living room with grey sofa, colorful pillows and pink coffee table

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3. Choose a contemporary classic

The classic Chesterfield is a winning design that will never go out of style, but if you have a modern interior, give it a gentle update by choosing dark velvet, rather than traditional leather. This charcoal grey number adds elegance and interest to a minimal room.

Grey living room with a magazine on a grey sofa

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4. Create a focal point

An unusual sofa – especially a modern one – can really add to the character of a room. This grey-buttoned design with draped edges makes an effortless centrepiece in this arty, minimal space, and is perfect for solo reading.

Grey buttoned sofa with a modern lamp and a rug

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5. Add layers

As a grey-white neutral, pebble brings a fresh feel to a room when used as a main colour, but it can feel chilly. For a wash of country warmth, bring in a few coloured accessories, such as pink, mustard and terracotta tones.

Pebble grey sofa with colorful accessories

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6. Consider texture and pattern

This understated grey living room is decorated with woollen soft furnishings for a cosy and calming look. Thanks to the abundance of texture and pattern in the wool, a single splash of yellow is the only colour needed to prevent the scheme from feeling gloomy. Everything on the sofa is very tactile, and invites louche lounging.

Grey living room sofa with wool furnishings and accessories

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Do you love a grey sofa as much as we do? Let us know!



Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.