Perennially chic, let grey pave the way
Grey living rooms aren’t just for winter months. Grey paint has the ability warm scheme in colder months and also cool a space in the summer – with the lighter shades keeping a room looking bright and fresh. A light, muted palette will open up a space, while darker tones bring intimacy to larger rooms. Each shade of grey is capable of creating a completely different look. From Dimity to Down Pipe, grey is the most versatile colour on the spectrum; it can channel edgy Rock ‘n’ Roll vibes or a calming rustic feel. It’s no wonder grey rooms are among the most popular images on Instagram. Read on for living rooms that prove grey can simultaneously feel warm, light, fresh and airy, with gorgeous grey painted walls offering the perfect backdrop for modern furniture and art. Keep it fresh by painting skirting and ceilings white, and sticking to a minimal Scandinavian inspired scheme. Looking for something with more drama? Browse our gallery of dark and moody living rooms, or find inspiration in our smoky and sophisticated Scandi Noir story.
The family room has an elegant yet edgy feel. The overall mood is natural, but styled with a contemporary eye.
Get the the look: The vintage armchair was found at Pure White Lines. The cushions on the sofa are House of Hackney’s Palmeral design. The Beni Ourain rug is from West Elm. The artwork, left on the chimney breast, is by Blacklist. The Nice View typographical print is by Nathan Johnson for Blacklist. This is Tom Dixon’s Copper Bronze pendant. The vase is from House Curious.
This industrial-meets-bohemian interior is a light and airy oasis. The original oak parquet floor was painted white to enhance the low-key mood.
Get the look: For unusual architectural salvage, try Lassco. This is Jan’s New Sofa by Paola Navone for Linteloo. The Brick stools are by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. This is the 265 wall light by Paolo Rizzatto for Flos. The sculpture is from Objeto de Deseo in Barcelona. The large white panel is a period roof tile discovered in an antiques market in Girona.
Original shutters and radiators have been retained for a rustic look. A soft grey palette and modern classic furniture keeps it fresh.
Get the look: These are Oscar sofas by Matthew Hilton for SCP. The Conran Shop has a classic Butterfly chair. The reindeer rug at Heal’s is similar.
While there are subtle visual flourishes – including contemporary lighting designs by the likes of Marcel Wanders, as well as high-street finds that look as 21st century as can be – the decor is kept calm by avoiding overtly pop flourishes and brash colours.
Get the look: The sofa is from sofa.com. The faux shagreen bedside trunks – two of which are used as a coffee table – are from Oka.
A modern artwork, sofa and table lamp inject youthful energy into this grand room. The grey on the walls feels light and calming, rather than drab and dreary, and the black painted radiator offers a nice contrast.
Get the look: Find skull artwork like this at Other Criteria.