Grey living room ideas - how to get this shade right

Grey living room ideas to suit a range of modern styles

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Looking for some gorgeous grey living room ideas? Grey paint has the ability warm a scheme in the colder seasons as well as 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 modern living rooms.

Each shade of grey is capable of creating a completely different look. From Dimity to Down Pipe, grey is one of the most versatile colours on the spectrum; it can channel edgy Rock 'n' Roll vibes or create a calming rustic feel. It's no wonder grey living room ideas are among the most popular images on Instagram.

Of course, it's entirely possible to change the mood by changing a few accessories - cushions in burnt orange or a sunny yellow will add instant warmth when the temperature drops, while pale blue and fresh green accessories will feel lighter and brighter when the mercury rises again.

Read on for grey living room ideas that prove the tone can simultaneously feel warm, light and airy, or dark and dramatic, with gorgeous grey painted walls offering a beautiful backdrop for modern furniture, art and books. 

Fancy a room with drama? Paint the woodwork in the same grey as the walls, or go an even darker shade on the skirting to ground the scheme and create a cosy, cocooning effect. 

Why stick to just the living room? Soothing grey works well in a sleep zone too. Just check out these gorgeous grey bedroom ideas if you're not convinced!

TWO TONE

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Balance has ben achieved in this scheme with two different neutral tones below the dado rails. The grey shade on the lower section of the wall grounds the scheme and let's the colourful Flamingo artwork stand out.

TAUPE TONES

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The palest of grey on the walls is teamed beautifully with the rich parquet flooring and darker shades of grey in the soft furnishings. The tan leather chairs keep things bright and breezy.

BLOOMING LOVELY

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The big blousy blooms on this floral wallpaper soften this industrial space and are just the right size for the scale of room.

BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP

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Painting the ceiling, architraves and window frames in the same mid-grey as the walls creates a cool cocooning backdrop, where vintage furniture, one-off pieces and lush foliage can really stand out. 

PICTURE THIS

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Painting up to the picture rail in this pale grey puts the emphasis on the gorgeous gallery wall. Splashes of colour in the rug and cushions make the room feel fresh and vibrant. 

FADED GRANDEUR

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The charcoal lace sheers, mottled sofa fabric and faded rug are offset by the dramatic black chandelier and buttoned chair giving this room an air of time worn opulence.

SET THE TONE

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The sombre tone of these steel grey walls is instantly lifted by the bold abstract artwork, crimson red occasional chairs and the La Volière floor lamp.

GLAMOROUS GREY

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There's an overtly feminine feel to this room, with its lace-style wallpaper, glittery glass chandelier and Art Deco style shell love seat and chair. 

Find similar pieces at Sera of London.

IN THE PINK

Pink & Grey

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A pink rug brings a shot of vibrancy to this otherwise monochromatic palette. Get the look: The Shera rug, Imperial sofa and pouffes are by Layered. The armchairs are from One Kings Lane. The ceiling light is from Dusty Deco.

FADE TO GREY

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Artwork by John O’Carroll in layers of wax, resin, aluminium and steel shine out from the graphite-coloured walls, while untreated oak flooring adds natural warmth. 

Get the look The wax and the grey artwork are by John O’Carroll and the small painting is of Venice, where Sebastian and Patrina got married. The Etoile marble fireplace is from English Fireplaces. Ochre’s Club Chair is paired with Jessica Zoob’s It’s Complicated cushion for Black Edition by Romo. This is a vintage Twenties table lamp. For similar, try Anglepoise. The rug is by Linie Design at Heal’s.

TANTALISING TEXTURES

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This room is a textured, layered space, with a zebra printed cowhide layered over a vintage rug, a mix of cushions leaning against a sheepskin and a throw, and a squishy leather ottoman used as a coffee table. 

Get the look: Chandelier by Arteriors | Grass cloth wallpaper by Phillip Jefferies | Vintage area rug | Zebra Stenciled Cow Hide rug via Alice Lane Home | Bar Cart by Global Views

STAMP OF APPROVAL

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The dark, moody tones in this room beautifully showcase the carefully curated furniture and accessories. 

Get the look Find similar artwork at anncarrington.co.uk.

STAY NEUTRAL

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Various shades and textures were used for tone and warmth and mixed reclaimed pieces with big, comfy seating. 

Get the look: The walls are painted in Tom’s Bakery Claypaint by Earthborn. The photograph of Primrose Hill at dawn is by Paul. The wooden bench came from a junk shop in Devon. The Anglepoise was found in a Cornish antiques shop. Try The Old Cinema for similar. The tin flight case was brought back from New York. The coffee table was made by Paul. This is a Trenzas wool rug by Gandia Blasco at Heal’s.

DROP THE BASE

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Zoning gives what once was an open-plan house a more generous sense of space, and areas with individual personality. 

Get the look These are original Senior armchairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex. The rug is from The Rug Company. The unit is by B&B Italia.

IN THE RAW

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This is where the owners retreat to read the paper, watch TV or simply get some ‘space’. Soothing grey tones are provided by lime plaster with a grey pigment on the lower part of the walls. 

Get the look The sofa is from made.com. The table was designed by Mark Lewis.

WALL TO WALL

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Colourful book spines stand out against the floor-to-ceiling grey bookcase. 

Get the look The bookcase was made bespoke by Rick Baker. The reclaimed chevron oak flooring is from Solid Floor. The rug is by The Rug Company. Ros sourced the coffee table from an antiques shop. Talisman stocks similar. The Salute sofa from sofa.com is a good match.

SMOKY TONES

Warm grey

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Gentle tones of charcoal, buttermilk, caramel and smoke add warmth. 

Get the look The walls are painted in Zoffany’s Silver flat emulsion. The sofa is from George Smith and the suede-upholstered chairs are by Pippa Paton Design. The resin flooring is from Senso.

COOL CONTRAST

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In a simple decorating scheme, pops of colour provide impact – here, it’s the glow of the yellow upholstery against the charcoal walls. 

Get the look For a similar paint shade, try Off-Black estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. For a similar round table, try Lombok. The armchair, an auction find, was reupholstered in Peonies in Lemon by Michael Szell for Christopher Farr Cloth. Head to George Smith for a similar chair. Find the Josephine T pendant light by Jaime Hayon for Metalarte at Foundry Light + Design.

JUNGLE FEVER

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This house was renovated on a tight budget, with most of the furniture found at flea markets or up cycled – a tight edit of colour and materials brings the scheme together. 

Get the look Find a bull’s head like this at English Lamp Post Co. The side tables are made from stumps of olive trees. French Connection Home does similar tables. The cane chair is a flea-market find. Try Graham and Green for similar.

DARK ARTS

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There is an industrial feel to this overall look, with exposed RSJs, Crittall screens, steel staircases, metal light fittings and varying shades of smoky greys and black. 

Get the look Both sofas are from Eilersen. The Caged 4.0 light is by Buster + Punch. The side table is from Stellar Works. The pouffe is from Made.com. The Justine artwork is by Matt Small at the Nelly Duff Gallery. The walls are painted in Pavilion Gray estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

VELVET UNDERGROUND

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In this room there's a contemporary take on classic interior style. 

Get the look The sofa is from The Sofa & Chair Company. The coffee and side tables were all bought at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. The silk cushions were brought back from Jaipur.

ECLECTIC MIX

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Moody and atmospheric, this living room relies on luxe finishes – marble, brass and leather – for its air of opulence. 

Get the look The blinds are made in Hackney Empire velvet by House of Hackney. The pendant light is by Soho Home at Liberty. The Chesterfield sofa, Tank chairs, rug and mirror salvaged from a train station in the Czech Republic are from Pure White Lines.

GOT THE BLUES

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The grey walls here are lifted by vast, sink-into sofas from Caravane and a pair of circular coffee tables, which were a bargain from French store Petite Friture. The design is owed to interior designers Turner Pocock. 

Get the look This is Caravane’s Victor sofa. The cabinets were made bespoke. These are Hollo coffee tables from Petite Friture and the Form 2 rug by Tom Dixon for The Rug Company. The vases are from a selection from Anthropologie and Holly’s House. The grey throw is from Cologne & Cotton.

BOHO VIBES

Boho Vibes

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This industrial-meets-bohemian interior is alight 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.

MODERN MASTERPIECE

Modern Masterpiece

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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.

SCANDI COOL

Scandi Cool

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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.

MODERN MIX

Modern Mix

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This movie-cum-music room has a distinct modern yet comfortable edge. 

Get the look The cabinetry is a bespoke design by the owner’s interior design company Magentapink Interiors. This is the Long Island sofa by sofa.com. The Moon Pebble coffee table is by Ochre. The Meurice wall sconce is by Jonathan Adler and the floor standing light, leaning over the sofa, is from Mr Resistor.

CASUAL CONTEMPORARY

Casual Contemporary

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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.

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