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From slubby grey linens for that on-trend rustic farmhouse look to minimalist Mid-century modern designs for those who love a contemporary aesthetic, there's plenty here to inspire. And the fact that this neutral can be used to create pretty much any look makes it the perfect hue for a couch that brings together multiple styles. 'Making reference to its elegant 19th-century facade, we designed this Knightsbridge townhouse to have a timeless base, layered with a modern scheme and striking contrasting palette. 'The statement sofa was selected to sit at the heart of the scheme, breaking up the formal reception room with its striking angular design.

It's contemporary in style with fitted seat cushions and a fully upholstered base, yet its subtly curved edges make a nod to the mid-century modern era. We chose a tactile wool-blend boucle fabric in a warm oatmeal tone, making it soft and inviting.'

An easy trick to making a small living room look bigger is to in fact go oversized with the furniture – especially the sofa. explains Deborah Bass Creative Director of Base Interiors (opens in new tab) who designed this elegant living room.

'We worked with neutral shades, whites and finely textured natural fibers which give depth and tone in the absence of stronger colors or patterns.

The sharp tailored feel of this grey Donghia living room sectional sofa allowed us to introduce the comfort of an l-shape sofa into a smaller living room, we chose a warm but light grey Rubelli fabric in this instance to avoid overwhelming the space and to create a feeling of calm spaciousness.' When faced with a strange nook in one of the home’s main rooms, the Albion Nord (opens in new tab) team gave the spot purpose by swathing the walls in dark green fabric panels and adding a striped L-shaped sofa (the fabric is from Penny Morrison (opens in new tab)). 'Mimicking nature and referencing the lushness of nearby Hyde Park was a big inspiration point for many of the spaces, so they kept the theme going with houseplants.

The sofa is in scale to the room and yet you barely notice it within the space, allowing the bold prints and impressive architectural features to be the focus. 'There was a riot of color in the room from the art to the rug so the sofa, due to its size, needed to be a neutral grey.

We opted for a sofa with a soft, rounded shape to it so that the children felt that they could play all around it and that it didn’t feel too imposing in the room.'

Start with the soft base linen colors for your sofa, and then try mixing in the hotter pink cushions for added zing.

Harris continues ‘Cushions with added details like the ever more popular trend of frills adds a touch of real depth and texture to an interior space. These sorts of textures add instant impact and drama to a room and the range of designs and fabrics are endless, it’s a real way to bring some fun into a scheme.’

Using a grey sofa as a base to layer up beiges, creams, whites and browns creates a living room with depth, giving the space a warm and cozy atmosphere while still feeling chic and neutral. 'At our Knightsbridge Mews project, the complete renovation of a three-story home near Hyde Park, we opted for the sofa in a warm grey color.' As the living area was sunken and floors were a creamy polished concrete, we opted for a neutral fabric to feel tonal and complimentary, and wrapped it in an earthy walnut veneer.'

'We wanted to create a sanctuary in the city and so the space was all about calm luxury, with bronze tones, textured fabrics, leather and the two-story green wall.

The sofa blends into the room but becomes a feature through movable cushions and blankets, which are easy to change if the clients wish in a few years.' In this living room the view was the focus, and the idea was for none of the furniture to block the large windows, so a low-slung pale grey couch was the perfect choice.

'The entire scheme of this house was based around the surrounding Devon countryside, and we designed this bespoke sofa especially for the space, with a low back so as to not obstruct the beautiful views.' 'Because it sits within a large open plan living area, we made it accessible by leaving the corner piece without a back.

Bolster cushions add some interesting shape detail, and we chose a textured heavy weight linen in a stone washed effect from Mark Alexander to tie in beautifully with the natural finishes throughout the rest of the property.' Pair it with driftwood accents, woven natural fabrics like jute and seagrass for a laidback beachy feel. Boucle is still going strong in the world of interior design trends and this lovely tactile fabric can give a grey sofa more interest, adding subtle texture and extra comfort. The grey sofa sits in a room overlooking the garden, filled will light and designed to bridge the outdoors and the interior to offer a calming, complaintive space.'

Grey can often work as a particularly good canvas for other pops of stronger color without making a scheme feel overwhelming. My instinct was to blend textural elements to bring warmth and visual interest to the home resulting in this modern mixed-material composition which is in harmony with the client’s desires.'

'This dark living room features a beautiful, dark grey sofa with white oak shelves that frame the tiled linear fireplace front and float over white, plaster-like wallpaper offering texture and balance to the room.

The soft-curved swivel chair was upholstered in Holly Hunt winter white wool as a juxtaposition to the masculine elements in the room.'

Modern grey living room with boucle sofa
Modern grey living room with boucle sofa
Small grey living room with large l-shaped couch
Small grey living room with large l-shaped couch
Green living room with grey striped sofa by Albion Nord
Green living room with grey striped sofa by Albion Nord
Modern living room with grey corner sofa
Modern living room with grey corner sofa
blue sofa with red cushions in a small living room
blue sofa with red cushions in a small living room
Neutral living room with grey l-shaped sofa
Neutral living room with grey l-shaped sofa
Open plan living room with corner grey sofa
Open plan living room with corner grey sofa
Linen grey sofa in boho style living room
Linen grey sofa in boho style living room
Living room with large L-shaped boucle grey couch
Living room with large L-shaped boucle grey couch
grey living room with fireplace and dark grey couch
grey living room with fireplace and dark grey couch

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