16 grey living room ideas

Grey is the hottest new neutral to hit our homes so if you’re ready for a living room update, look no further than this versatile colour

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Designing a living room with grey? It comes in a multitude of shades, some warm and some cool, and because of this it can be a tricky colour to get right. Choose the wrong the shade and your room will feel cold and uninviting, but layer your greys in the right quantities and your living room is suddenly the epitome of chic, modern styling. 

If you love the idea of using grey in your living room but don’t know where to start, we’ve identified 15 different ideas, with tips and advice on getting it right, every time. 

1. Layer up different grey tones

Use just one shade of grey and your room can feel flat and dull so it’s important to layer the shades, one on top of the other. Start with a base layer, a grey that really inspires you, and add different shades through furniture, soft furnishings and accessories. 

This John Lewis Croft sofa is deep and dark and works well against the backdrop of dark wall and cooler living room flooring. The throws and cushions in grey add texture too.

Modern rustic living room in grey from John Lewis

(Image: © John Lewis)

2. Choose grey living room furniture 

Don’t limit your love affair with grey to just wall colour, if you love this hue consider new furniture pieces in this shade to add a modern edge to your living room. Storage units are a great way to add in grey, and particularly good when you don’t want wood or white melamine. 

This bookcase also has a fold down desk making it perfect for a small home office in your living room. Available from Cuckooland.

Milton shelf with desk from Cuckooland in grey

(Image: © Cuckooland)

3. Mix grey with metallics

There’s nothing so glamorous as some beautiful gold accessories which, of course, pair well with a base palette of greys. Use different grey shades layered throughout the room for your neutral backdrop, retaining the focus on the metallics and any other colour you choose to introduce. Keep it soft or add bold, bright accents; just ensure they don’t detract from the shine and sparkle of your metals. 

Olivia, Blogger at Lust Living, has the most stunning living room pairing Cloud Burst from Crown Paints on the walls with some beautiful gold metallics. Gold coffee table is West Elm.

Grey feature wall with paintings mural from Woodchip and Magnoli

(Image: © lustliving.co.uk)

4. Create the perfect backdrop with grey walls

With its charm and appeal lying in the ability to offer the best neutral base for interior décor, grey is the ideal shade with which to decorate your walls. Using a grey wallpaper or paint won’t intrude on the brighter accent colours if you use them; darker greys give them depth; paler greys help them to pop. 

Grey modern living room

(Image: © Urban Avenue)

5. Try a monochrome colour scheme

Black and white doesn’t have to be a boring combination – when teamed with a pale grey, it can look exceptionally striking. Use soft greys on walls, particularly when you want to accent details and original features, then add a mix of darker greys with black and white accessories. Mix them up to get the full impact of this dramatic scheme. 

The Hendrix coffee table from Cuckooland softens the monochrome look yet the black legs help tie the scheme together. 

Grey sofa and light grey moulded decorative walls with monochrome accents

(Image: © Cuckooland)

6. Choose a simple (but chic) grey sofa

We all love on-trend colourful sofas but sometimes we want to keep it simple and uncomplicated. That’s where a grey sofa really comes into its own. It suits all styles of living room, from country cottage to industrial to contemporary, and anything in between. Give it some life and add a few strong accent colours or simply layer your greys for a more monotone feel. 

The Izzy Medium Corner Sofa in Dove Grey Smart Velvet is available at sofa.com and mixed with the colourful Felix Footstools makes a big impact in a simple and elegant living room.

Grey corner sofa in a high-ceilinged living room with bay window

(Image: © Sofa.com)

7. Add drama with a dark grey living room 

If you’re not one to shy away from being bold and daring, then go dark with your greys. Painted on the walls and even the ceiling too it can act as a striking basis for bright colours and rock and roll décor. You’ll need to get your living room lighting right to make the space useable at night, but these darker charcoals make a room feel exceptionally moody and atmospheric. 

This living room is packed full of personality. Walls painted in Valspar Black Heron, slogan art work from Anthony Burrill. See more of this homeowner’s style on Instagram. 

Dark grey living room with eclectic artwork

(Image: © Pati robins)

8. Warm up grey with golds and greens

Greens and botanical prints work effortlessly with grey tones as shown here in this bright, light living room. The homeowner has paired a subtle shade of grey with golds and greens allowing the features to shine, with a bold print that doesn’t impinge on the lighter feel of the space. 

Kimberly, from blog Swoon Worthy has used Dulux Dusted Moss 2 on the walls and accented the space with a yellow tub chair from Oliver Bonas and a gold sunburst mirror from eBay.

Soft light grey in a living room with alcoves and glam touches

(Image: © Kimberly Duran)

9. Mix soft grey with pretty pastels

Use soft warm greys and mix them with pastels for a pretty colour scheme. Prevent it from feeling too sweet and sugary by accenting with darker, moodier shades seen here with black and white cushions and dark wood table. The result is a calm living room suitable for the whole family. 

Blogger, Arianna, has created a sumptuous, cosy space packed full of texture and warmth. The wool throw is from The Future Kept; art work from Desenio; and a selection of cushions including pink cushion from Trouva.

Grey living room with blush pink elements and geometric touches

(Image: © Arianna Trapani)

10. Make dark grey feel warm and cosy

If you opt for a darker, charcoal grey on your walls yet don’t want the living room to feel all doom and gloom, lighten the space by using white based art work. Include pops of colour through your soft furnishings and make the most of your cosy feel by adding layers of sheepskins for warmth and texture. 

The sheepskin rug is Ikea; wall lights from MADE.com; and wall colour is Valspar Arrowhead. This interior designer’s home is eclectic but cosy and very inviting. 

Dark grey living room walls with grey sofa and textured soft furnishings

See the striking blue bedroom in this home

(Image: © Karen Knox)

11. Paint a feature wall grey

Create a quirky focal point in your room with some grey based wallpaper. It’s such an easy way to introduce colour into your room but still focus on the neutral hues of grey colours. You can be as mad and outlandish as you like, or keep it simple and elegant; the choice is yours. 

This striking wallpaper from Woodchip and Magnolia features ink dipped artwork on a mid grey background and gives the living room a true pop of eclectic colour. For a similar look that's a bit more personal, paint your walls grey and add your own gallery wall

Grey feature wall with paintings mural from Woodchip and Magnolia

(Image: © Woodchip & Magnolia)

12. Add texture for an on-trend look

Palest greys and darkest blacks come together with stark whites to create the nomad look which has become rather popular in the last few seasons. Mix up your greys with a black and white pattern in shaggy textures. Add some natural materials like rattan and wicker plus lots of house plants, and you have a very on-trend living space. 

The Kilim chair is the perfect monochrome piece in this look from Maisons du Monde. Add berber cushions, a grey and white chair plus a grey berber rug to complete the look. 

Boho grey living room from Maisons du Monde

(Image: © Maisons du Monde)

13. Don't ignore the floor 

When you’re not sure how to start, look down. The floor is often the best place to begin when you’re building a scheme and if you want to include grey, this is a great kicking off point. Build up your look layering rugs, furniture and accessories to create the living room which suits you and your family perfectly. 

Here, the simple grey floor is a blank canvas for the patterned Curve rug which in turns softens the leather sofa from Habitat.

Dark blue green sofa in a living room set by Habitat

(Image: © Habitat)

14. Luxurious look? Put marble in the mix

While we might not all want to invest in marble furniture, a marble style feature is a great way to incorporate some greys into your living room. Marble effect wallpaper, on one wall or throughout the room looks elegant and opulent, and mixed with golds and rich textures creates a very inviting space. 

Marble wallpaper, seen here mixed with other marble pieces – Marble and Gold Cushion and Plum Marble Vase– all Dunelm.

Dunelm living room with grey marble wallpaper and feature light

(Image: © Dunelm)

15. Set a cool tone in your living room  

Due to its versatility and fashionable standing in the interiors world, grey must be one of the easiest shades to work with. Creating a living room which feels cool and crisp is easy when you use a piece like a darker grey rug to anchor the space. When you feel like a change in accent colour, no need to invest in a new rug every time, the neutral shade always works.  

This dark grey rug from Ikea sets the tone for this cool, crisp living space. 

grey living room with aqua blue seats and grey rug

(Image: © Ikea)

16. Play around with multiple shades of grey

Grey doesn't have to mean monochrome, or matching all the grey items. Grey actually has surprising range, from warm, greenish hues to grey so light and cool it's almost white. Try combining a warm grey paint colour with a cool sofa. 

This grey living room has been furnished with the Borelly Corner Sofa from Barker and Stone. 

Borelly Corner Sofa from Barker and Stone

(Image: © Barker and Stone)

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