5 daringly dark grey living rooms giving us cosy, autumn vibes

Let these dark grey living rooms inspire you to cosy up your living room and get it ready for autumn...

Neptune dark grey living rooms
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There's nothing quite like a gallery of dark grey living rooms to get you excited for autumn and winter. As much as we all love summer, cosy, dark and inviting interiors are by far our favourite, so we have rounded up some lovely grey living room looks so you can switch up your space with the seasons. We have a massive gallery of more grey living room ideas, so if you want to continue your love affair with this classic hue, be sure to check that out next. 

1. Mix in plenty of different grey tones

Extended Victorian home

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

2. Make a dark grey living room cosier with cushions and throws

Neptune grey living room

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Like we said, dark rooms can feel quite stark, but just look at this grey living room, it's the cosiest space imaginable. Make sure you add plenty of cushions and throws and keep all the furniture as soft as possible to counteract those dark colours. 

3. Or create a very modern clean dark grey living room

black living room with black walls and a monochrome mid century sofa and ornate fireplace

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But maybe you want those quite dramatic, contemporary vibes in your living room. In that case you can keep the furniture very sculptural and slimline and enhance the drama of a dark space. The Mid-century modern furniture works so well in this minimal space and creates a really quirky contrast with the traditional design of the room.

Another top tip that can be taken from this dark grey living room – keep the floors light. If you have wooden floorboards either strip them back to a very light wood or try painting them in a lighter, softer grey. We have loads of tips on painting floorboards so check that out first. 

4. Mix white into a dark grey living room design

Monochrome living room with large wooden coffee table, cow print rug and leather sofa


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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 too and make the most of that cosy feel created by the dark walls by adding layers of sheepskins for warmth and texture. 

5. Add touches of a dark grey paint 

Grey living room designed by Neptune

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If you don't want to paint every wall a really dark, dramatic grey, use grey paint to highlight alcoves in a living room. It's a neat trick for creating depth in the room, showing off artwork hung on the darker walls and exaggerating the height of the ceiling in the room. Just be sure to light the alcoves with wall or table lamps so that the grey becomes a warmer tone at night. 

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