Living room gray decor ideas

Living room gray decor ideas DEFAULT

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Let's face it: Gray might not be the first choice that comes to mind when picking a color for your living room. However, the timeless hue can work well with a range of styles and add personality to an interior that's void of character. Click through these 12 stylish gray living room ideas that will inspire you to experiment with this classic shade in your own space.

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This living room features a bohemian flair, thanks to gray walls, a kilim-covered sofa, and patterned throw pillows.

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Picture Perfect

Gray walls add character to this light-filled living room arrangement, featuring a leather chesterfield sofa and a well-styled bookcase.

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Soothing Gray

Walls in a soft shade of gray and pops of light blue allow for natural light to pour into this elegant living room design.

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Festive Look

This living room proves that gray walls are the perfect choice to set the foundation for a Christmas set-up.

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Statement Triptych

New York-based home stager Cheryl Eisen chose gray walls as the backdrop for a striking triptych, which she says can "instantly up any room's wow factor."

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Striking Charcoal

Charcoal-colored walls paired with framed art within the fireplace serve as a focal point in this inviting living room.

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Soft Gray

Soft gray walls, along with black armchairs for contrast, play up this living room's sophisticated flair.

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Paneled Walls

In this Christmas-ready living room, gray and white paneled walls add to its welcoming atmosphere and act as an understated backdrop to the personality-packed holiday decor.

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Gray with Yellow Accents

Gray walls and carpeting balance pops of yellow in this charming living room.

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Neutral Mix

A neutral palette, including shades of gray, enhance this living room's cozy, layered look, which was crafted by interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt.

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Calming Grays

Gray and touches of blue and beige unite in this elevated living room.

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Preppy Touches

This preppy Georgia log cabin is enveloped in classic shades of gray, black, and green. Gingham curtains and plaid pillows pull the look together.

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40 Gray Living Rooms That Are Far From Boring

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Layer Light Tones

Historically, gray is used as a soft, subtle alternative to white or cream. However, this classic living room designed by LJ Savarie proves these hues can be used together. "I really wanted to evoke sophisticated and modern sensibilities in what is usually a traditional suburban setting," she explains. Savarie used Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter on the moldings and completed the room with cream cloth chairs, a marble hearth, and a crisp white ceiling.

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Keep an Airy Atmosphere

You don’t need to use a dark, brooding shade of charcoal to make a statement. Jade and Anthony of House of Chais created a light and airy environment by pairing a tufted dove loveseat with blush accents and a white coffee table in this living room. A printed rug in shades of light orange, blue, and gray rounds out the look, proving that subtlety will never go out of style. And neither will house plants, if we have anything to say about it.

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Dress up Your Beams

We're swooning over this elegant living room by Dan Rak. If you've ever considered painting your ceiling beams, let this be your inspiration: Deep gray paint brings a beautiful sense of contrast to the white walls and ceiling, just dark enough to make the beams stand out without overwhelming the room. Thanks to a gray area rug, the ceiling beams feel intentional and blended in this space.

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Jazz It up With Jewel Tones

As this room by Desiree Burns proves, gray and jewel tones are a match made in design heaven. While you’d think an emerald green couch would be an unapologetic pop of color, Burns gives this furniture a subtler approach by pairing it with gray walls and a matching sofa. Together, gray and green are complementary, not in competition with each other. Burns expertly ties it all together with textiles and artwork in shades of blue, teal, and yellow.

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Build Layers of Texture

Want to give your space dimension? Take a cue from interior designer Marie Flanigan and couple your gray tones with plenty of texturized accents. "The quickest way to liven up a gray living room is with dynamic textures and materials," she shares. Woven baskets, knit throws and pillows, sculptural artwork, and even unique architectural details will give your gray living room an effortlessly chic vibe.

The rich brown tones of natural materials will also help warm up your gray space if it's feeling a little too cool.

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Make a Bold Move

Strike a balance between subtle and statement by mixing gray with a bold hue, like fire-engine red. A red living room might feel overwhelming—we all know how Mr. Big’s red accent wall in Sex and the City turned out—but designer Alexander Doherty managed to soften the look with a small charcoal accent wall and light gray sofas. This setup just gives off such sophisticated energy.

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Say Goodbye to Accent Colors

This space is a lesson in minimalism. Liljencrantz Design has mastered the art of the less-is-more aesthetic by blending monochromatic gray tones and skipping the accent colors entirely. Wood floors bring just the right amount of warmth to the design, while mix-matched textures from the marble fireplace to the fur accent chair make the dynamic space feel visually interesting.

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Retreat to Nature

As it turns out, gray looks absolutely fierce with earth tones. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this living room by designer Kevin Dumais. Here, a charcoal sofa is deftly combined with an olive green wall treatment, a reddish-brown ceiling, and yellow throw pillows and blankets, mimicking a luscious forest. When all these earth hues are paired together, they create a living room that’s moody but bursting with character and life.

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Create an Orange Oasis

If you want to decorate with orange but are nervous your home will veer into Halloween territory, add some gray to the mix to keep things down to earth. In this cozy room designed by Arbor & Co., a slate couch punctuates the tangerine-colored walls. Fluffy throw pillows and a printed rug in lighter shades of gray soften the contrasting color palette, with no sign of Halloweentown in sight.

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Add a Touch of Greenery

If you're warming up a gray living room but don't want to mix too many accent colors, keep it simple by adding fresh houseplants. This design trick is an excellent way to make your home feel lively without compromising its clean aesthetic. Here, large branches with lush green leaves create a focal point on the coffee table. In the corner of the room, muted colors come out in the leaves styled in a clear glass vase on the wooden chest.

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Wow With an Accent Wall

Want to have a total wow moment with gray? Paint an accent wall. Here, designer Maite Granda zhuzhed up this living room with a moody charcoal statement. When framed by crisp white walls, this gray hue feels dramatic but not as drastic as, say, an inky black. This room might have a neutral foundation, but it’s far from dull. Granda adds a splash of personality with a striped area rug alongside blue and light gray seating.

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Get Tangled up in Blues

Anyone who wants their living room to be the design equivalent of a breath of fresh air should consider pairing gray with blue. With gray herringbone wallpaper, a coordinating gray couch, and sky blue wainscoting, this space by Gail Davis Designs is equally soothing and statement-making. This palette will instantly put you at ease without feeling like a snooze-fest.

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Find Your Style Fit

"Gray is a perfect foundation and foil for any aesthetic as it is incredibly adaptable," designer Isabel Ladd tells us. To ensure a warm, welcoming environment that still feels fresh, Ladd paired these leather sofas and wooden barn door with Sherwin-Williams’ Dorian Gray walls and printed armchairs. "Combined with the tactility of various textures, patterned throw pillows, and fabrics, this room is anything but boring," says Ladd. We couldn't agree more.

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Go Bold With Wallpaper

Alvin Wayne brought bold accents to this living room through a patterned gray wallpaper with light shades of blue. The floor lamp ties the furniture back to the walls, while a jewel-toned sofa becomes the focal point with velvet upholstery. Natural hues in the woven throw pillow set a background for the bright, patterned pillow to rest against.

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Aim for High Contrast

What’s black, white, and chic all over? This living room by Katie Hodges Design: While black and white is a timeless color combination, it can feel a little harsh. Fortunately, Hodges peppered the high-contrast room with varying shades of gray to bridge the colors. A charcoal couch, matching throw pillows, and an area rug make the space feel softened.

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Take It to the Floor

If you're not ready to commit to gray paint and furniture, take a cue from designer Reena Sotropa and style the color in your space with a large area rug. This living room feels clean and fresh with white walls and accent chairs, but subtle shades of gray on the floor and in the marble fireplace bring depth to the design. We love the use of neutral colors with a custom midcentury wood accent wall to round out the space.

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Keep a Consistent Theme

In this open living and dining area, designer Sarah Fultz continued the gray theme throughout both rooms. If you're working with an open concept design, opt for a theme that ties each space together with consistency. Gray barstools blend with gray accents on the living room's rug and throw blanket for a clean, simplistic look.

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Craft a Colorful Crib

Calling all maximalists: If you want to mix several bright colors into one space, paint your walls gray. This shade adds extra nuance to your room, making the bold pops of color feel intentional—not erratic. Let this joyful living room from designer Lucy Gleeson show you how it’s done with subtle gray walls and bright-as-can-be blue seating that just works.

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Dress the Hearth

Once the temperature drops, your fireplace will become one of the most beloved parts of your entire home, so it might as well look good. We love how this living room from Gray Space Interiors reimagined its hearth in a cool, minimalist slate with texture. The sliver of color makes a statement but isn’t as daring as a full accent wall. Whether you use a coat of paint or slabs of stone, this hearth is just as mesmerizing as the fire raging inside.

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Stay Golden

To up the warmth and sophistication of your monochromatic gray living room, just add hints of gold to the mix. Designer Jojo Barr of House Nine gave this traditional space a modern edge with a slim gold frame paired with brass accents. Finished with a whiskey decanter, etched glasses, and an oil painting, this space strikes a stunning balance between old and new.

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Embrace Minimalism

This living room is proof that minimalism can still pack plenty of personality. Designed by Pure Collected Living, the airy room pairs gray wood floors with an upholstered sofa for an inviting, lived-in vibe. The key is in the accents: Dark colors from floor baskets to the side table bring contrast to the room by adding depth.

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Have an Artful Eye

If you want to revitalize your gray living room, take a page from A. Lantz Design and wow with a gallery wall. "The good news is if you have gray as your base color throughout your home, you’ve got a blank slate to play with," president Amanda Lantz tells us. "Grays are fabulous when you want the focal point to be on the art." Gold frames and hints of mustard give this space an eye-catching edge.

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Keep It Casual

Give your living room a cool California casual look by mixing gray with neutrals like cream, black, and brown. This space by LeClair Decor has a West Coast edge with a versatile wooden coffee table, deconstructed club chairs, and a massive tapestry. Anchoring the entire room is the gray couch, offering the perfect midpoint between the room’s light and dark hues.

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Defy Gravity

In case you didn’t get the memo, painting your walls isn’t the only way to make a creative statement. Interior designer Sandra Weingort took the versatile shade to new heights (literally) by coating this ceiling with a light gray concrete treatment. Layered with blue and wood furniture and blush artwork, this room looks good from all angles. After all, the only way to go is up.

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Play With Patterns

If you want to up the ante in your gray living room, incorporate thoughtful patterns. With a textural armchair, printed throw pillows, and patterned area rug, this living room by Tyler Karu is a masterclass in layering graphic prints. Because the designer stuck with monochromatic colors and fairly small-scale prints, the living room feels opulent but not over the top.

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Give Off an Inviting Ambiance

When it comes to painting your walls, white might be the go-to hue. However, white walls can run the risk of feeling sterile. We love how Havenly’s Vivian Torres created a warm, inviting atmosphere by coating the walls in a soft gray shade, then grounded the room with a slightly darker gray rug. From the built-in bookshelves to the hints of purple, this living room feels incredibly cozy and chic.

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Mix Shades of Gray

Why settle for one shade of gray when you can mix several? While she didn't quite reach 50 shades, designer Gillian Segal offers some visual intrigue by pairing her light gray walls with a curvy charcoal couch and sculptural stone-colored accents. She also adds black, white, and brown details to turn gray into a statement. The result? A living room that’s sophisticated but comfortable.

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Blend In Natural Materials

Natural materials like leather and wood are perfect choices to bring some warmth into your gray living room. In this space by Ashley Montgomery Design, a woven accent chair pairs with gray details in the light fixture and soft wall color. Thanks to deep blue built-in cabinetry and gold hardware, this gray design feels anything but bleak.

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Pair Paint and Furniture

For a soft, laid-back look, match your wall paint to the color of your furniture. Cathie Hong made this living room feel clean and cozy by pairing fresh greenery with the natural wood tones of the architecture. Monochromatic hues in the throw pillows keep the space feeling intentional while adding a touch of visual interest and depth.

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Choose Accents Carefully

In this space by House of Harvee, an almost-white shade of gray on the walls keeps consistent with the room's bright, airy style. The paint color is paired with pink accents that tie the sofa and wall art together for a warm pastel vibe. The marble coffee table contrasts white with similar gray tones to complement a light area rug.

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Focus on the Ceiling

This inviting space by Bespoke Only features warm hues on the walls and furniture, but a gray ceiling brings metallic accents to the room. Styled with similar shades on the chair and area rug, the ceiling stands out to make the design's neutral colors blend together. We love the combination of vintage and modern décor that creates an eclectic vibe with plenty of unique character.

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Opt for Monochromatic Designs

Designer Kaya Boutique chose monochromatic colors in this space, and the color palette paid off. By opting for white paint on the walls, the stylist was able to achieve a bright, minimalist vibe while incorporating plenty of dark décor. Black-and-white patterns on the throw pillows complement the area rug, while a gray coffee table brings balance to the center of the room.

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Warm up Cool Hues

Gray hues certainly don't look flat in this living room by House of Chais. The designers warmed up the space by pairing light walls and furniture with natural accents, from the sofa's wood arms to the archway's shelving. To round out the design, lively plants bring in a hint of color around the room.

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Contrast Your Trim

To make your gray walls pop, use a bright, high-gloss white paint on your living room's trim. Home by Polly created plenty of depth in this space by blending in neutral hues throughout the room: Plush throw pillows, woven baskets, and a cozy area rug all stand out against gray walls. A modern leather sofa serves as the room's focal point while bringing warmer tones to the cool, airy design.

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Work With Visual Height

This dynamic design by Kendall Wilkinson feels complete thanks to layers of gray from the floor to the ceiling. By styling a modern gray chandelier with similar tones in the furniture and rug pattern accents, the neutral color is apparent throughout the room without overtaking its blue statements. Varying patterns on the chairs and rug help to keep the clean style visually interesting, while soft shades complement sharp lines in the architecture.

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Style Earthy Fabrics

In this living area, the main room is open to the staircase which ties together gray accents from the rug to the stairs. Lauren Ashley of LA Designer Affair opted for natural fur-inspired materials on the runner for a unique, eclectic look that complements the room's elegant design. In addition to the stairs, a light gray round rug carries the color across the space and blends with bright floors and walls.

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Choose a Vibrant Backdrop

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41 grey living room ideas – decor in shades from dove to dark grey

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  • Grey is the wall colour of the Millennium, and it&#;s so easy to see why grey living room ideas appeal to so many. 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 suggests the myriad possibilities of this favourite decorating shade and explains 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.

    ‘The term ‘grey’ covers a huge number of colours which are often not true greys but contain colours that create distinct warm or cool undertones,’ explains Farrow & Ball’s very own Colour Curator Joa Studholme.

    ‘When it comes to choosing grey, it is the temperature of the tone that is most important and will affect the feel of the space. Greys look different in different light and different size rooms so we have created some tried and tested groups of colours that each have a distinctive character.’

    All of this goes to explain that, over and above our blue, white, pink and green living room ideas, grey continue storage be a favourite.

    Grey living room ideas

    1. Paint all the woodwork


    Cranling Floor Lamp with white marble base and Pink Velvet cone shade brass cap, £, all Pooky

    A super-soft dove grey works as a gentle contrast to rosy toned upholstery and accents. Painting all of the woodwork in the same colour has created a chic, seamless look that works beautifully with the art-deco inspired fluted chairs.

    The walls aren’t broken up by different finishes, so the uninterrupted flow of grey paint plays with the proportions of the room, creating the illusion of more space and an airy, open room.

    Take care when picking the best grey paint for your walls – you&#;ll need to consider your room&#;s size and situation.

    2. Use silvery tones


    Image credit: Joanna Henderson/Future PLC; Fragments wallpaper, £31 per sqm, Rebel Walls; Lampert Sofa, from £3,, Jonathan Adler

    The striking rough-luxe wall mural brings texture and movement to the space. The metallic highlights of the silky silver rug and wallcovering reflect the light, giving this glam living room even more of a lift.

    A plush velvet sofa in a deeper grey punctuates the space and layers on the luxe. Combining touches of blush pink with the cool grey creates grown-up sophistication.

    If you like this combination, or the previous look, our pink living room ideas are worth seeking out. 

    3. Add jewel accents


    Image Credit: Dominic Blackmore/Future PLC; Walls painted in Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball

    To turn a living room with high ceilings into an inviting, sociable space, opt for the deeper end of the grey spectrum to bring the walls in. Such an intense shade is the perfect way to showcase brave shots of colour.

    Bringing a bold twist to the space is the fuchsia accent chair, ochre curtains and teal lampshade &#; taking this sitting room from sensible to sensational.

    4. Create a textured wall


    Bronwyn four seater scatter back sofa in Woodland Moss, £1,, Furniture Village

    Paint effects are back! But we’re not things have moved on since the sponge effect championed on Changing Rooms. Textured emulsion paint such as the Craig & Rose Artisan Concrete Effect Paint and Crown’s Suede paint will create a rustic, artfully imperfect finish. 

    Alternatively, a limed effect can be created using watered down flat matt emulsion, chalk paint or a specialist limewash such as Bauwerk&#;s selection. 

    Start by applying a bonding primer for plasterboard or previously painted walls. Then with a wide brush, apply the paint in random, sweeping strokes. A second and third coat needs to be watered down to allow the layers and textured effect to build.

    Complement the walls with tactile velvet, layered in tonal hues for a vibe that’s calm, yet cost and oozes easy elegance.

    5. Let architectural features pop

    Grey living room with grey corner sofa and RSJ

    Image credit: Dulux

    It&#;s common to want to hide architectural features such as RSJs. But in a grey room, letting them sing by painting them in white can create an interesting structural contrast. It also helps zone the space and therefore make it seem cosier – a neat trick, particularly if you&#;re using a cooler grey palette.

    Use accessories to tie the look together further – white cushions on a grey sofa and a white tabletop do the job here.

    6. Integrate shelving


    Washington Corner chaise, £, Madison coffee table, £, Siena rug, from £39, all Dunelm

    Smart and sophisticated, charcoal grey brings depth to this elegant living room. Smart geometric designs on the cushions and rug along with polished chrome accents, bring a timeless touch of boutique chic to space.

    Create the illusion of expensive, built-in storage by painting shelving the same colour as the walls. The alcove becomes a smart feature wall idea that&#;s easy to adjust. But sticking to a simple palette of black, white and silver reflects the pared back aesthetic of the room.

    7. Use grey as an accent


    Bowie seat sofa in Monsoon brushed linen cotton, £,

    If wall-to-wall grey isn’t for you, inject modern anthracite accents. A sofa in warm grey is not only a fail-safe style choice, it&#;s a practical option too. Tie in other features around the room such as fireplace surround, door or windows.

    The floor to ceiling wooden framed windows are a striking feature, but the grey picks them out against the neutral walls and highlights the shape and detailing. If you don&#;t have wooden framed doors or windows, UPVC windows can also be painted, just look for a specialist primer or paint for durability. 

    8. Lift your grey scheme with a mix of sorbet brights

    grey living room with yellow painted divide

    Image credit: Joanna Henderson
    Styling credit: Charlotte Boyd

    If you are not a fan of washed out sorbet tones but the idea of primary brights scare you to bits, why not try this punchy-pastel alternative. Think Primrose yellow, not lemon sorbet and blues that veare towards turquoise rather than soft powder blue.

    Choose a neutral grey colour to allow you to experiment with the palette on artwork and accessories.

    9. Add depth with different shades

    grey living room idea

    Image credit: Colin Poole

    Use a variety of greys to give depth to your grey living room. Use a lighter, warmer grey when painting the walls and layer darker saturations with a painted fireplace surround and statement furniture pieces. Layering the same colour in different tones creates a calming atmosphere that feels cohesive.

    Soft grey and dark charcoals are both equally enhanced with the addition of some natural greens, whether real foliage or as accent soft furnishings. The flourish of green helps to connect the space with a sense of nature.

    Wow with brooding dark shades

    Dark grey living room

    Image credit: Colin Poole

    There&#;s no denying interior trends in recent years have very much embraced the dark side. As confidence in colour has grown homeowners has been looking to express their personalities more with bold colour choices. A striking almost-black charcoal grey is ideal for an attention-seeking statement.

    A colour of this nature is not just for larger rooms either, used wisely it can be a great small living room idea also – says Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

    Using dark paint to make space feel bigger might seem counterintuitive, but Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explains that particularly when you have a wall-mounted television, painting the space behind it will work much better.

    Echo natural shades of grey

    grey living room with stone wall

    Image credit: Richard Gadsby

    Allow the colour of natural stone to inspire your grey colour choices. Use your paint samples on a piece of card to hold against the original walls to determine the perfect pairing to compliment the natural warmth on the walls. Offset the light grey decorating with darker accents on the furniture to add depth.

    Keep grey understated and sophisticated

    grey living room idea with pink furniture

    Image credit: David Giles

    Sometimes understated can have the biggest impact, especially when paired with bold furniture and furnishing choices. The light grey on the walls can help to act like a blank canvas, without being as stark as white.

    &#;Our most popular group of greys is made up of Wevet, Ammonite and Cornforth White – colours that are so relaxed and easy to live with you barely notice that they are there&#; explains Joa Studholme at Farrow & Ball.

    &#;They have a gossamer-like appearance so are perfect for those who prefer understated decoration which does not challenge us very much but gives a huge amount of versatility.&#;

    Layer a tonal colour palette

    grey living room with layers

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    How irresistibly cosy does this living room look, thanks to the layers of texture. With a mix of neutrals forming a soothing foundation, grey-toned blues and warming oranges add energy to the scheme.

    At first glance you&#;d be forgiven for thinking this shade on the walls isn&#;t grey, but it is that of Farrow & Ball&#;s No5 Harwick White. This rich and warming shade of grey is the perfect colour to add depth to a living room. While it provides a comforting backdrop for gentle neutral colours and honest materials, it&#;s equally rich enough to hold its own against darker contrasting colours – such as black ironwork and ebony wood accents.

    Create a sanctuary with slate and wood accents

    grey living room ideas

    Image credit: Simon Whitmore

    Slate grey walls look anything but cold when paired with rustic, natural woody furniture accents. Fill the room with plenty of textures such as a fluffy berber rug and straw basket for storing blankets to complete the relaxed living room scheme.

    Cocoon yourself with a warming grey


    Image credit: Dulux

    Colours that whisper rather than shout are a must for rooms designed to promote relaxation. Deep greys like this – Stable Gates by Dulux – gently cocoon and visually don&#;t distract, so you can focus on a film or good book.

    Stable Grey&#;s warm make-up also means that it works as well with a terracotta or blush as it does with a pale or stonewashed blue – or indeed, a forest green. That versatility comes in handy if you like to switch up soft furnishings on a regular basis.

    Warm up grey walls with bright prints

    Grey living room ideas 1

    Image credit: David Parmiter

    A floor to ceiling pale grey colour palette is the perfect canvas to make a splash with brightly coloured wall display ideas. A floating picture shelf is a great non-permanent solution to displaying wall art. You can easily swap one print for another as your collection grows and changes.

    Putty and blue-coloured patterned cushions and a geometric rug in dark navy add pops of muted colour for a sophisticated, yet cosy living room.

    Use warm tones of grey to soften statement patterns

    Image credit: Polly Eltes

    Pale grey walls create the perfect backdrop for statement patterns. The warm undertones of grey absorbs busy patterns, meaning it&#;s less stark than, say, white walls. This quality allows pattern to sit more comfortably within the overall scheme. Want to see if white works better? Our white living room ideas show you how this shade can be used.

    Create calming vibes with natural foliage

    grey living room ideas

    Image credit: Jo Henderson

    Cool shades of grey can have a calming effect on an interior space. This can be enhanced further with the addition of natural foliage, a hugely popular accessory choice for The cool tones of the Dulux Grey Steel 2 wall colour in this living room is the perfect backdrop to enhance the lush green of the botanicals incorporated into the scheme.

    If you are thinking of pair grey with greenery, consider some house plant ideas that are easy to live with.

    Take the colour from the floor to ceiling

    grey living room ideas

    Image credit: David Giles

    Grey tones kick off with Farrow & Ball&#;s Pavillion Gray Estate on the walls and even the ceiling, to create a box of cocooning colour. Moving down to a large grey corner sofa and light grey carpet. This key colour is also picked up in statement floor rug. We say you can never have too much grey!

    Try a panelled wall


    Cricket 2 Seater Sofa in Velvet Slate All Over, £, Chair, Floor Lamp, £, Sofology

    In addition to the cocooning deep, blue-toned grey, the fine ribbed panelling creates cosy texture. It&#;s a great trick for adding features to new builds and boxy rooms that don’t have any architectural interest.

    This contemporary, corrugated wall panelling idea is totally on trend too. Pitch the line of panelling above key pieces of furniture. Ramp up the intimate feeling by painting above the panelling and the ceiling in a dramatic charcoal. 

    Update a grey country scheme with paisley print


    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Update the backdrop in a classic country scheme with paisley-print living room wallpaper ideas, pictured here in a smart grey. Choose cushions and upholstery in opulent weaves, soft linens and plush damasks, with Moroccan-style metal tables to add glamour.

    &#;Be extravagant with finishing touches for an opulent look&#; advises Ideal Home&#;s Style Editor, Michela Collling. &#;For example, double up on fabrics so curtains feel fuller.&#;

    Use grey as a base for soft geometrics

    grey living room ideas

    Image credit: Tim Young

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

    Team warm grey with soft ivory for effortless elegance


    Image credit: Perch & Parrow

    Make a living room more inviting with a warm grey wall colour that mixes well with other neutrals. Pile up the sofa with cushions and throws in complementary shades, with a Berber rug as your anchor point.

    &#;If an all-grey scheme feels to flat and monotone, work in an extra layer of colour with an elegant ivory for a subtle lift,&#; says Vanessa Richmond, Ideal Home&#;s Editorial Director. Flashes of mustard, olive green or softer tones of nude or blush work well with any yellow-toned greys.

    Curate a grey scheme

    Grey living room ideas

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Who says grey can&#;t be cosy, warm and inviting? This scheme debunks that theory. A hugely comfortable armchair is the perfect place to start, and this one certainly delivers.

    Opt for chunky knits, pattern and texture to give a grey living room a welcoming feel. Curate a wall with monochrome prints and photography for a chic. stylish space that you just won&#;t want to leave.

    Bring grey to life with bright colours

    grey living room ideas

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Worried grey alone might seem a bit dull? Then choose your accessories carefully. A blue sofa, yellow chair and tomato red lamp really sing out against a mid-grey backdrop. Pull everything together with a rug that features all the different shades that you are using, and voilà – decorating perfection!

    Add warmth with vintage pieces

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    Here, the grey comes courtesy of carpets, curtains and two squishy sofas. But the owner of this real home has been careful not to make it too cool. Blush cushions, old shutters hung up on the wall and a vintage trunk introduce cosy tones, making this the perfect space to snuggle.

    Combine colours

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    Take the intimidation out of a grey living room colour scheme by warming up this look with oh-so-fashionable copper accessories. The rose-gold undertones have a lovely way of adding a glow to the scheme, making it warm and inviting.

    If you don&#;t want to go grey-all-over, consider creating a winning colour combination by teaming grey with pink. This pretty duo packs a stylish punch.

    Inject a shot of sunshine yellow

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    If you&#;ve already dipped your toe into the grey trend with pale walls, you may now be ready to take things a few shades darker. As you can see, it&#;s a sophisticated way to go, and will instantly make a room feel cosier.

    However, if you&#;re nervous it will seem too dark, stick to one feature wall – you can always paint the others at a later date. Yellow accessories will also brighten things up, provided you choose a strong enough shade. This deep daffodil shade is ideal.

    Give florals a trend twist

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    There&#;s something almost regal about this deep grey living room, with pops of colour provides by the curtains, cushions and purple upholstery. Using such a dark backdrop really brings out the brighter tones, and it does something magical to a floral print, making it appear edgy and modern as opposed to mumsy or in any way old-fashioned.

    Go global

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    Grey makes a fine backdrop to these energising Ikat patterns and hints of rich orange. Try this look with mid-century furniture, add elegance with smooth, dark woods, or create a Wild-West feel with weathered wood and leather.

    Start with a feature wall

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    A feature wall is always a good place jump-off point if you&#;re nervous of working with a new shade. You could even start by painting a chimney breast. Or you could take it to the next level and commission built-in furniture from a local carpenter, then finish it in a deep grey. Coordinate with carpets and upholstery in a paler shade.

    Use grey furniture

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    This traditional living room creates a striking feature using floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. The unit has been painted the same soft shade of grey as the walls, allowing it to blend seamlessly in with the rest of the room. The grey of the sofa and radiator brings the whole look together while splashes of colour have been added using the books themselves and scatter cushions.

    Mix grey with warmer neutrals

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    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.

    Introduce plenty of pattern and texture

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    Stop all-grey from looking flat by adding texture and pattern. For a winter-proof living room you&#;ll 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 patterned dainty curtains, a statement rug and chunky weaves are all it takes.

    Start with a grey sofa

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    While dark blue and green sofas are gaining popularity, if you&#;re looking for a sofa you won&#;t tire of, grey is a strong choice. A smart silver grey sofa like this Model 01 sofa from Swyft has simple, unfussy lines that ensure it won&#;t date in a hurry, while its tone can be easily layered with other shades of grey – such as these dark charcoal walls and blue-grey rug.

    Keep it classic

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    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.

    Play with trends

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    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.

    Experiment with different depths of grey

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    Pick a plump sofa for lounging. This charcoal grey number adds elegance and interest to a minimal room. Explore the many depths of a grey colour palette by layering tones to create a scheme that looks cohesive.

    By using the same colour, but in both its palest and deepest incarnations, you can create a rich, contrasting look that is co-ordinated. A glass coffee table and side table add a glamorous note.

    Create a grey coastal scheme

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    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.

    Go smart with grey

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    Smarten up a family living room with a modern grey and monochrome scheme with a graphic linear wallpaper as the focal point. 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.

    Pretty up grey with pink

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    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, and works just as well as a grey bedroom idea.

    What are the best grey paints for a living room?

    Each shade of grey paint 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 living room 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.

    How do you add warmth to a grey living room?

    How you add warmth to a grey living room. is by choosing the right shade of paint for walls – depending on the light quality. Getting the right temperature of grey will help to instantly make the shade feel warmer in all lights.

    &#;If you have a south-facing room that you are using during the day then you can afford to choose virtually any grey,&#; explains Joa from Farrow & Ball. &#;But you need to be wary in north-facing rooms where grey can appear cold and clinical, so you should opt for a shade with warmer or more beige undertones. Elephants Breath and Skimming Stone always come to the rescue in these circumstances.&#;

    What colours go with grey in a living room?

    The ideal colour to go with grey in a living room will depend on the depth you&#;ve chosen. Generally speaking warmer shades of grey will benefit from equally warm accent colour such as rich greens, vibrant yellows and pops of bright pink. Colder tones pair naturally well with paler colours such as blush pink and watery blues.

    Love these grey living room ideas? Will you be incorporating grey into your next living room colour plan?

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    Need to revamp your living room, but not sure where to start? Pick grey to colour it. No longer associated with dungeons, dull office blocks or unpainted walls, grey is a hue perfectly understated, making your furniture look contemporary sans large risks in design. Cut Lego-style stairs into a shaft concrete wall, amidst relaxed L-chairs in the hue. Go fifty shades darker, with charcoal leather couches, LED-lit bookcases and a roaring fire all in tone. Brighten it up with light grey walls, framed monochrome prints and a cornered Corinthian column. Effortlessly achieve a cool, up-to-date edge with our forty grey living rooms as your inspiration.

    Combine grey and green together for a look that’s fresh. The tropical leaves and pineapples in this grey and white interior make a splash upon an exposed brick wall, two grey ottomans and two Scandinavian nesting coffee tables built to match.

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    Grey living rooms take on many styles. This light grey number simulates Scandinavia with its six monochrome prints, two square leather chairs and structured, rectangular furniture. A Greek column fireplace in the corner adds a touch more character. Check out our 50 Inspirational Scandinavian-Style Living Rooms post for more interiors in this theme.

    Prefer dark Scandinavian interior design? Paint a wall almost black, colour your floors in dark slate and pop a cat on its frontage, like this bold interior. A lighter grey couch, industrial light and a range of potted cacti provide items of interest.

    Go simple yet functional with a lounge in grey. The slick concrete feature wall of this black-and-grey interior is peppered with an artsy staircase, grey L-seater and abstract oval coffee tables.

    Grey creates space for dominant features. Mis-matching wooden floors, grey couches and muted accessories make way for a large facial abstract on an exposed brick wall. Red-lined shelving and a miniature yacht help tie the artwork in.

    Grey’s a great base for a modern living room. This decor employs dangling lights to illuminate a grey couch, floor and ottoman with a matching kitchen bench and sprinkles of red and blue. A Turkish rug and floral print add pattern to form.

    Grey walls need not be dark. This light and bright lounge is backgrounded by almost-white tiles, a snug suede L-seater, and pops of pastel in a pink seat and beige print. A multi-jointed lamp to the side stretches beside a paint-splashed table leg.

    Use many shades of grey. This room combines fingerprint artwork, a grey-tiled floor, corrugated iron wall and marble fireplace to make grey with green creepers look effortlessly sophisticated.

    Decorating a small space? Grey and white can make it look larger. This attic-roofed interior coats a wall and a half in mid-grey and a floor in splotches, amidst framed prints, photographs and square suede cushions. A potted tree in the corner speaks nature.

    Grey works fabulously as a minimalist shade. This smooth painted wall provides shelving behind a suede L-seater and simple grey rug. A swing arm lamp illuminates a scramble of white cushions and accessories.

    Go dark for the ultimate in living room class. An inset modern fireplace, LED-lit shelving and charcoal leather couches frame a black velvet rug and acrylic coffee table. Lighter, textured wallpaper in the centre focuses the eye as windowed light streams in.

    Make your bookcase a feature. The stencilled lines of this lounge’s black shelving hold a multitude of reads, tribal statuettes and vases, as a soft block couch and ball light enhance their enjoyment. A concrete wall and polished grey floor form a slick backing canvas.

    Grey works with pops of colour. Paired with many different patterns and shades in pink, the shade covers the base wall, pendant and shelving niche to avoid cluttering.

    Use grey and a shape as your design staples. With grey colouring an exposed brick wall, rug, walls and couches, rectangles come to the party in an inset fireplace, ceiling LEDs and one of the longest L-seaters known to man.

    Grey allows your living room to host more patterns and textures. This lounge spices it up with a wooden slat wall, quilted rug, smooth book cabinet and painterly canvases. A sprig of orchids to the side adds polish.

    Let texture be your focal point. Showcasing an abstract artwork at its centre, this lounge’s grainy wall tiles, suede seating and woollen rug keep more than a hint of the cosy in a room wide and spacious. Check out our living room wall textures post for more focused inspiration.

    Accent grey furniture with wooden features. This structured living room seats its almost-futon sofas on a wooden floor, its ornaments on wooden shelves and a zigzagging floor lamp against wall-to-ceiling wooden panelling.

    Draw the eye in with pops of dark grey. This mostly-wooden clad room paints a TV frame, coats an ottoman and offers a seat in charcoal colouring. Bursts of white in a matching quilted seat and foot stool match the foreground coffee table.

    Grey can work with warmer colouring. This autumnal living room creates heat with an olive green feature wall and terracotta cushioning, as grey softens the scene with an L-seater couch, woolen rug and TV panel. The retro colors and mid century modern coffee table capture the charm of a bygone era. A roaring fire, wood stack and two Chinese lanterns make it feel like home.

    Create a contemporary tribal look using white, green and grey. Mid-grey walls pair with a circular charcoal art piece, grey-wooden table and stretching hover lamp. A volcanic ash vase holds sprigs of bamboo, as lush green fernery hides behind the sofa.

    Bring the outside in. This concrete living room uses large wall panels and a grey-tiled floor to make noise between two rows of creepers. A simple wooden coffee table boasting a stone corner mingles with grey armchairs and pot plants in this 21st Century scene.

    Use grey to accentuate your lounge’s sense of the unusual. Ceiling-height olive trees stand tall in this two-level design, as brown leather couches catch their fall afront a stencil bookshelf. Grey colours the rug, floor, walls and chairs, creating coolness with a contemporary twist.

    Grey lets brighter colours shine. This lounge’s orange accent chairs strikes a pose alongside hints of dusty pink and a rug, marble plinth, walls, blinds and sofa in grey.

    After living rooms with large wall art? This darker grey room is a lesson in using shades, as its walls stretch seamlessly across light and dark panelling. The painterly canvas finds friends in two bright orange cushions and a stencil coffee table.

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    Monochrome prints are perfect for grey lounges. A full-length photographic decal meets our gaze beside a simple grey couch, differently-shaded cushions and a mottled rug. Black elements in a series of pipe lighting, a standing camera light and marble splashback make its contrasts seem natural.

    Like your lounge clean and spacious? Keep it tidy with grey inset shelving, a woollen rug and leather L-seater beside exposed brick. A yellow and grey abstract adds creative edge.

    Create contemporary drama with a living room in grey. The bold contrasts between the almost-black side wall and pendants, the light grey couch and kitchen appears almost monochrome in this design. A deep berry chair and resonating artwork avoid a clash in themes.

    A yellow accent living room nicely twists grey. Homer peeps from a cushion on a couch in the hue, as grey stretches behind and below the sofa. Relaxed wooden furniture holds pieces in white, allowing room for a sunny yellow panel.

    Keep it light, bright and shiny. This almost-white living room introduces grey in a comfy corner seater, greyscale photography and zebra-striped cushions. An artistically-lined rug and black square fruit bowl tie the pieces in.

    Grey is perfect for the minimalist living room. This space designs with angles only, bathing a block L-couch and exposed brick wall in grey. Stark monochrome finds in a TV, artwork and chair add drama to form.

    Grey and metallics are the best of friends. Lit up with firework chandeliers and a designer table lamp, here the luxurious Atollo lamp, this room screams luxury with mid-century modern pieces. Grey and gold wallpaper, a partly-living wall and a pea green armchair bring the antique to modern day.

    Grey can make double-height living rooms majestic. A dangling cluster of pendant lights make the most of high ceilings, amongst charcoal curtains and a many-tiled wall. A stacked stone fireplace and fluffy mushroom rug make the space warmer.

    Pair grey with yellow for a personal touch. This lounge screams through a trio of buttercup pendants, a Greco-Roman bust, printed canvas of a rapper and modern wooden platform. Grey ensures it’s not busy with muted Roman blinds and a sofa half in colour.

    Create a French boudoir feel with a contemporary twist. Accessorized with a small standing bust, white-bulb chandelier and swing arm wall lamp, French panelling gets moody aside simple grey furniture and white-bordered walls.

    Grey can lend room to more dominant features. The glass bauble chandelier, zigzagging floors and turquoise couch of this living room are afforded coolness with light grey paint and wallpaper.

    Going industrial? Grey is the perfect colour scheme. The rough wooden rafters and cabinetry of this lounge-come-kitchen are made modern with a soft grey L-seater, fluffy rug and floors. Walls and ceilings come to the party in full-scale concrete.

    Prefer the look of the artist’s retreat? With a ceiling and feature wall in shiny stone, grey wooden floors and slumped couches join to chill. An electric guitar and potted twisted cane hint at greater creativity.

    Create a rustic living room in black and grey. Centred around a trio of tree trunk coffee tables, this grey winding sofa and ceiling-height bookcase are beautifully lit up by a train station window.

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    Let yellow and wood add interior pizzazz. Set upon textured grey, wood forms into ceiling rafters, Scandinavian shelving and a rustic coffee table. Yellow bandages grey seats with striking lines of colours, as a metal TV cabinet and iron chandelier cement this industrial-style living room design.

    Grey acts inspirational in this industrial loft. As wood streamlines the space in rafters, couch frames and a winding staircase, grey adds polish in slick concrete, distressed walls and a darkened, piping-feature glass panel. A bouquet of lightbulbs completes the look.

    Continuing with grey throughout the home? Do check out:

    42 Gorgeous Grey Bedrooms
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