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Join our newsletter Name: Your Email Address Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands Thank you for signing up to Realhomes. Whether you are a lover of cool-toned greys that work amazingly in minimal homes or, if you're keen to embrace the dark side with dark grey and deep charcoal hues for a cozy and enveloping finish – you'll be able to find the perfect shade.

Fittingly, we've covered all the different grey color schemes possible for living rooms so that you can pick your perfect look. 'The best way to perceive grey is as a neutral which can create the ideal canvas for spaces that require calm and relaxation such as the living room,' says explains Patrick O'Donnell, brand ambassador at Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab). An archway is a beautiful architectural feature that feels oh-so-inviting in a grey living room. Abstract art, jewel velvet cushions and tactile footstools all add to relaxed and free-spirited vibe.

Pair a grey sofa with navy blue living room elements like shiplap wall paneling and upholstered chairs to create a cozy theme. We also enjoy the subtle celestial nods scattered around the space, ideal for a dreamy evening spent around the fire. But, by introducing a corner fireplace into your grey living room, you can carve out this area of relaxation.

In line with the wooden flooring and abundance of houseplants, this fireplace is built from grey brick to create a sense of bringing the outside in. Modern living rooms can often be modest when it comes to decor, with only the best statement furniture making the cut. Combine pared back décor with Scandi-inspired tactile textures to create a stylish yet warm feel.

Exposed brick walls, concrete and original floorboards are softened by natural materials such as linen, cotton and leather for a harmonious balance. A neutral palette of grey, white and pale wood evokes a sense of stillness, giving a calm and mindful ambience. The delicate balance of faux fur on the armchairs and footstools plays with texture to create a restful space to chill out and relax.

Less is more with this look, so scale right back and only choose defined, purposeful accessories that will subtly complement the scheme.

We know all about the benefits of layering living room lighting, but this duo of paned glass can really help to give the perception of a larger lounge space too. Choosing a cool grey like Benjamin Moore's Metropolitan AF-690 (opens in new tab) will help as one expert explains:

'Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,' says Ellen O’Neill, director of strategic design intelligence, Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab). Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous grey creates a soothing, impactful common ground.'

Fashion has been responsible for teaching us the power that lines and stripes have to make us look slimmer or elongate our silhouette and the same discipline can be practiced in a grey living room. Here, Carpetright's Westmoreland Twist Carpet in Misty Zig-Zag (opens in new tab) will help to stretch out that floor plan to maximize the space you have.

What's more, a busy pattern like this will help to disguise spills and stains – which is perfect for whatever modern life throws at us. Carpet is also one of the cheapest living room flooring options, so shop around to make sure you bag yourself a bargain.

Much easier than cutting reams of this fabric by the meter, you can have more control with this measurement – which is especially important if you're doing the job yourself. Scandinavian interior design has taught us a lot about how to create a sophisticated and stylish grey living room that looks and feels homely too.

Whether it's finding pictures of the family to frame, or going online and picking up some budget-friendly reprints from Desenio (opens in new tab) – this is one of the more simple living room ideas that everyone can get on board with. To maintain balance and a cozy vibe, add a grey-scale rug, or pillows in similar shades. Grey rattan garden furniture is a great investment for the summer time, but as the evenings get a little chillier, and the nights get shorter, it risks becoming redundant until the next year's signs of spring. We love this calming grey and white living room with shiplap walls and lots of indoor plants.

One very quick and easy way to inject country charm into your grey living room is through your choice of couch. The best grey sofas to serve this style could incorporate an all-over check, plaid or gingham pattern. Mix it up with a contrasting print like Laura Ashley's Beckworth table lamp (opens in new tab) for a more modern finish with the practical bonus of added task lighting also.

Start with a base layer, a grey that really inspires you, and add different shades through furniture, soft furnishings and accessories.

As a general rule when it comes to grey living room ideas – the cooler the tone you choose, the warmer the lighting should be – think about the room at night, you'll still want it to feel cozy and welcoming despite the cool grey color scheme. Living room storage units are a great way to add in grey, and particularly good when you don’t want wood or white melamine.

One of the big benefits of houseplants is that they can bring so much interest into even the simplest of color schemes. We love how the green looks against dark walls, giving this grey living room even more depth and drama.

Pink and grey where the color power couple for a moment back there, but we are loving this new, more grown up take on it.

Mixing a pale, cooler grey with a lovely warm blush pink creates an almost neutral space, especially if paired with white walls and wooden furnishings as seen here.

Add in a touch of muted light blue to bring out the cooler tones of the grey. 'To avoid giving off a ‘hard’ expression, which grey has a tendency to do, we recommend adding details such as softer colors like gold and pink,' says Wallin.

'Display black and white photo prints in gold frames, and add pink as an accent in the grey interior. Bring in those darker colors with cushions, throws rugs or even an accent armchair. Keep it soft or add bold, bright accents; just ensure they don’t detract from the shine and sparkle of your metals. 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 living room walls.

If you can't decide between a beige room or a grey one, it's actually a perfect warm-toned color that combines the two hues. We love how it's been styled in this living room with splashes of sage green and pale mustard yellow.

Black and white doesn’t have to be a boring combination – when teamed with different layers of grey, it can look exceptionally striking. Use a deep grey on your living room wall, and then mix in plenty of black and white accessories to get the full impact of this dramatic scheme.

Give it some life and add a few strong accent colors or simply layer your greys for a more monotone feel.

Painted on the walls and even the ceiling to it can act as a striking basis for bright colors and rock and roll décor. 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. 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.

Blogger, Arianna (opens in new tab), has created a sumptuous, cozy and candy-hued space packed full of texture and warmth. 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 artwork.

Include pops of color through your soft furnishings and make the most of your cozy feel by adding layers of sheepskins for warmth and texture. For a farmhouse touch, we love the look of this cow-print rug, but anything statement will do to add interest underfoot.

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. Add some natural materials like rattan and wicker plus lots of house plants, and you have a very on-trend living space.

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. But there is a reason we're all so in love with is swirly, opulent, qualities, marble just brings elegance into a space like no other material. The smooth and swishy finish works perfectly with lots of different shades of grey.

Anyway, yes, murals – a great way to add even more texture to a living room with a limited color palette.

They are also a fab option if you are decorating a rented home, because you can choose to hang a mural rather than paste it permanently to your wall. You can create a beach house-inspired interior using light greys and lots of layers of different fabrics and materials.

Rugs, cushions, baskets, wall hangings can all be incorporated into your current space to create that relaxed, laid back feel that the coastal look is all about. To copy the look, choose a grey paint with cooler tones (something like Farrow & Ball's French Gray (opens in new tab)) and, to further enhance the cool color, pair it with darker tones and furniture that has clear, sharp black lines.

Light the alcoves with wall or table lamps so that the grey becomes a warmer tone at night.

If you want those quite dramatic, contemporary vibes in your living room, 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. We just love the decorative stone horse on the living room fireplace which stops the mantel looking too bare, while also adding interest.

Wallpaper is such an easy grey living room idea, potentially the quickest way to add a dose of this stylish hue. Most of the time you will be able to find a shade of grey that will work with your current scheme, so it can be the simplest way to update your space.

Mix it in with some natural materials and lots of textures for a really cool contemporary grey living room idea. The living room in this gorgeous renovated home in Shrewsbury uses grey to a calming effect. The darker the grey, and the less yellow or even pink tints within it, the cooler the room begins to feel, so accessorizing or furnishing it in warm colors is essential. We really love warm, natural colors and textures or spice shades against grey – it brings out the best in both.

However, any warmer color will help make a cool room feel instantly more welcoming. This tan leather sofa set for example is the perfect furniture if you want to create a vintage retro living room. The grey also looks great mixed with the fresh, clean white and the warm dark woods of the Mid-century style furniture.

The mid-tone grey works so well with the lighter wooden floors and the gold accents and it's all softened up with cozy soft furnishings.

What we love about grey living rooms, is they can be both fresh and chic but really cozy and inviting at the same time. Then it's just a case of making the space softer with plenty of cushions, throws and even house plants can help add a kind of cocooning feel.

If you want more inspiring home decor ideas, make sure you take a tour of this first time buyer's Scandi-style house renovation. The walls in this space are painted with Manor House Gray (opens in new tab) from Farrow & Ball.

It's a favorite in contemporary homes and does need quite a bit of light so as not to look flat but it the right space paired with warmer colors it looks so chic.

You could add in some velvet curtains or even just a few cushions too if you are looking for a quicker, more affordable living room update. 'Display your black and white posters in a collage, and mix in oak frames to elegantly add wood details to the grey decor. This depends on the vibe you are trying to create – if you want to play it safe and like a neutral scheme, then layering greys with creams and whites is always a classic look.

'Bluer-based greys will team wonderfully with rich blue tones, brick reds and terracotta shades. Whilst browner greys look beautiful with an added punch of warm burnt orange and chartreuse yellow in your accessories through to more restful layering of caramel and chocolate tones,' explains O'Donnell.

Thank god, because it's our personal fave color to decorate with and we think it works in every room of the home.

Oh, and nice slubby linen cushions will help – check out H&M Home (opens in new tab) for our fave picks.

living room with grey walls, yellow painted archway and matching artwork and pastel cushions.
living room with grey walls, yellow painted archway and matching artwork and pastel cushions.
living room with midnight blue feature wall, white ceiling and walls, grey floor, blue rug and furniture, wood burning stove, and colourful decorative touches
living room with midnight blue feature wall, white ceiling and walls, grey floor, blue rug and furniture, wood burning stove, and colourful decorative touches
Armchair in front of glass patio door with lit fire and kitchen with pale cupboards in the background.
Armchair in front of glass patio door with lit fire and kitchen with pale cupboards in the background.
Living room with orange patterned armchairs, chimney breast with fireplace and built in cupboards either side
Living room with orange patterned armchairs, chimney breast with fireplace and built in cupboards either side
Grey living room with Ercol Marinello Small Fabric Sofa, £1,500, Oyster Bay Accent Chair, £695, Earth Ladder Shelving Unit, £499
Grey living room with Ercol Marinello Small Fabric Sofa, £1,500, Oyster Bay Accent Chair, £695, Earth Ladder Shelving Unit, £499
A grey living room by Benjamin Moore with two mirror over fireplace mantel
A grey living room by Benjamin Moore with two mirror over fireplace mantel
Living room with painted floorboards, fireplace and mirror and sofa in a former Victorian mill, a renovated period house in Yorkshire, home of Lee Thornley.
Living room with painted floorboards, fireplace and mirror and sofa in a former Victorian mill, a renovated period house in Yorkshire, home of Lee Thornley.
A grey living room with Carpetright SS19 Westmoreland Twist Carpet In Misty Zig Zag
A grey living room with Carpetright SS19 Westmoreland Twist Carpet In Misty Zig Zag
A grey living room with grey and blue carpet tiles, blue floor lamp, framed wall art on floor and floating shelves, a traditional black woodburning stove in concrete alcove and potted houseplant
A grey living room with grey and blue carpet tiles, blue floor lamp, framed wall art on floor and floating shelves, a traditional black woodburning stove in concrete alcove and potted houseplant
A grey living room with grey sofa and gallery wall with posters from Desenio
A grey living room with grey sofa and gallery wall with posters from Desenio
Airy living room with fireplace filled with real and faux potted plants.
Airy living room with fireplace filled with real and faux potted plants.
A grey living room with plaid patterned sofa and floral table lamp
A grey living room with plaid patterned sofa and floral table lamp
A modern rustic living room in grey from John Lewis with blue sofa and matching footstool, shiplap walls and ceiing and statement pendant light
A modern rustic living room in grey from John Lewis with blue sofa and matching footstool, shiplap walls and ceiing and statement pendant light
A grey living room by Neptune with exposed brick wall, overhead beams, floating shelves
A grey living room by Neptune with exposed brick wall, overhead beams, floating shelves
A grey living room by Ikea with shiplap wall, wall mounted flat screen TV, grey coffee table and grey pouffe footstool
A grey living room by Ikea with shiplap wall, wall mounted flat screen TV, grey coffee table and grey pouffe footstool
A grey living room idea by Neptune with grey-blue upholstered sofas, framed wall art and large houseplant
A grey living room idea by Neptune with grey-blue upholstered sofas, framed wall art and large houseplant
A peach, white and grey living room scheme with shelves, grey window seat, rattan chair and white linen sofa with pink cushions and small round coffee table
A peach, white and grey living room scheme with shelves, grey window seat, rattan chair and white linen sofa with pink cushions and small round coffee table
A blue and light grey coastal living room with white waffle-style sofa, black-framed windows and light wood and metal coffee table with metal floor lamp
A blue and light grey coastal living room with white waffle-style sofa, black-framed windows and light wood and metal coffee table with metal floor lamp
A light grey living room with wooden coffee table decor, arched alcolve with white vase, framed wall art with wall light and dog sitting on wooden floor with black rug
A light grey living room with wooden coffee table decor, arched alcolve with white vase, framed wall art with wall light and dog sitting on wooden floor with black rug
A grey living room or snug with black fireplace, grey armchair, concrete walls and logs in corner for burning
A grey living room or snug with black fireplace, grey armchair, concrete walls and logs in corner for burning
A grey living room with pink detailing and glam gold accessories
A grey living room with pink detailing and glam gold accessories
A modern grey living room by Urban Avenue using different tones of light and dark grey paint, pale wooden flooring and black floor lamp
A modern grey living room by Urban Avenue using different tones of light and dark grey paint, pale wooden flooring and black floor lamp
A grey living room with blue L-shaped upholstered sofa, rattan chair and white wall lamp.
A grey living room with blue L-shaped upholstered sofa, rattan chair and white wall lamp.
A greige living room by Cult furniture with upholstered sofa, assortment of cushions, wood and metal coffee table and metallic gold floor lamp
A greige living room by Cult furniture with upholstered sofa, assortment of cushions, wood and metal coffee table and metallic gold floor lamp
A white living room with modular black shelving, black chair with cream-colored throw, wooden log stump and cream and black rug
A white living room with modular black shelving, black chair with cream-colored throw, wooden log stump and cream and black rug
Grey living room with rug by Designers Guild and sofa by Sweet Pea and Willow
Grey living room with rug by Designers Guild and sofa by Sweet Pea and Willow
An orange velvet sofa in black living room by Vanessa Arbuthnott with grey armchair and grey and white patterned curtain
An orange velvet sofa in black living room by Vanessa Arbuthnott with grey armchair and grey and white patterned curtain
A soft light grey wall in a living room with alcoves with upcycled cabinet. Three mirrors on adjacent wall and mustard yellow chair with faux fur throw
A soft light grey wall in a living room with alcoves with upcycled cabinet. Three mirrors on adjacent wall and mustard yellow chair with faux fur throw
A grey living room with blush pink and striped monochrome cushions on sofa, palm-themed framed wall art and coffee table with decorative cacti ceramicware, and white floor lamp
A grey living room with blush pink and striped monochrome cushions on sofa, palm-themed framed wall art and coffee table with decorative cacti ceramicware, and white floor lamp
A black and white living room with bubble-effect wall art , cow print rug, disused fireplace and large black-framed mirror
A black and white living room with bubble-effect wall art , cow print rug, disused fireplace and large black-framed mirror
A grey boho-inspired living room from Maisons du Monde with black cabinetry, trio of ceiling pendant lights, white sofa with Aztec-print cushions, woven footstool, grey occasional chair and printed deck chair
A grey boho-inspired living room from Maisons du Monde with black cabinetry, trio of ceiling pendant lights, white sofa with Aztec-print cushions, woven footstool, grey occasional chair and printed deck chair
A living room with grey sofa, white beams on ceiling and sage-colored curtains by Argos
A living room with grey sofa, white beams on ceiling and sage-colored curtains by Argos
A light grey living room with marble coffee table, grey and wood armchair, wall art leant on white cabinets and gold table lamp
A light grey living room with marble coffee table, grey and wood armchair, wall art leant on white cabinets and gold table lamp
A grey living room with sofa bed, decorative ceiling coving, framed wall art, and a black floor lamp
A grey living room with sofa bed, decorative ceiling coving, framed wall art, and a black floor lamp
A grey living room with large corner sofa, coffee table and monochrome rug
A grey living room with large corner sofa, coffee table and monochrome rug
A grey and white living room with sofa bed from Maison du Monde, white painted ceiling beams, low wooden coffee table and rattan chair, with set of three modular shelves and black floor lamp
A grey and white living room with sofa bed from Maison du Monde, white painted ceiling beams, low wooden coffee table and rattan chair, with set of three modular shelves and black floor lamp
A living room by Nest using a grey wall paint shade with green undertones, grey sofa, noticeboard, coat on hook, black chair, set of three coffee tables and grey rug with abstract detail
A living room by Nest using a grey wall paint shade with green undertones, grey sofa, noticeboard, coat on hook, black chair, set of three coffee tables and grey rug with abstract detail
A white living room with dark grey painted alcoves and blue velvet furniture designed by Neptune
A white living room with dark grey painted alcoves and blue velvet furniture designed by Neptune
A black living room with black walls and a monochrome mid century sofa and ornate fireplace
A black living room with black walls and a monochrome mid century sofa and ornate fireplace
A grey living room with cream low-slung furniture, ocher cushions and footstool and Sandberg mountain-motif wallpaper
A grey living room with cream low-slung furniture, ocher cushions and footstool and Sandberg mountain-motif wallpaper
A dark grey living room with traditional black fireplace, white mantel, large framed mirror over mantel, alcove shelving, cow-print rug, blue velvet armchair
A dark grey living room with traditional black fireplace, white mantel, large framed mirror over mantel, alcove shelving, cow-print rug, blue velvet armchair
A blue-grey living room in an extended Victorian home with soft velvet sofa, framed wall art and wooden floor
A blue-grey living room in an extended Victorian home with soft velvet sofa, framed wall art and wooden floor
A black living room with Berber-style cream rug, grey upholstered sofa with floral cushions, houseplant in geometric planter, brass-framed wall art, slogan neon light and decorative LED star
A black living room with Berber-style cream rug, grey upholstered sofa with floral cushions, houseplant in geometric planter, brass-framed wall art, slogan neon light and decorative LED star
A light grey living room with tan leather sofas, geometric rug, table lamp and floor lamp and white glass-doored cabinetry in corner
A light grey living room with tan leather sofas, geometric rug, table lamp and floor lamp and white glass-doored cabinetry in corner
A living room with grey wall, gallery wall, wooden console and white sofa with blue, mustard, grey and white cushions
A living room with grey wall, gallery wall, wooden console and white sofa with blue, mustard, grey and white cushions
A grey living room with renovated Victorian home fireplace, large mirror over mantel and set of whiskey decanters in makeshift home bar within alcove area
A grey living room with renovated Victorian home fireplace, large mirror over mantel and set of whiskey decanters in makeshift home bar within alcove area
Living room with light grey walls, original brown floorboards, grey sofa and matching footstool covered in pastel pink and black cushions and gallery wall
Living room with light grey walls, original brown floorboards, grey sofa and matching footstool covered in pastel pink and black cushions and gallery wall
A grey living room using Farrow and Ball's Manor Grey with tan leather sofa furniture
A grey living room using Farrow and Ball's Manor Grey with tan leather sofa furniture
A grey living room with dark grey sofa, black living room cabinetry storage, monochrome abstract wall art, woven basket, Edison-style decorative lights and mustard, blue and pink cushions on sofa
A grey living room with dark grey sofa, black living room cabinetry storage, monochrome abstract wall art, woven basket, Edison-style decorative lights and mustard, blue and pink cushions on sofa
A white living room with painted exposed brick, dark grey sofa and large mirror over fireplace
A white living room with painted exposed brick, dark grey sofa and large mirror over fireplace
A grey living room with bright blue carpet, traditional black fireplace and large black framed mirror with chandelier ceiling light in reflection
A grey living room with bright blue carpet, traditional black fireplace and large black framed mirror with chandelier ceiling light in reflection
Dark grey living room with yellow sofa
Dark grey living room with yellow sofa
Beige living room with grey sofas
Beige living room with grey sofas

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