Spice Up a Gray Living Room With These 9 Color Schemes

Gray (or “grey” if you’re British) is one of the most classic and versatile colors in interior design. And a gray living room, contrary to what many people think, doesn’t have to be boring!

More than any color, shades of gray span across all styles and aesthetics, from calming to chic to casual. But most of all, gray is a great neutral base you can easily play up or down to suit your space. You can go bold with moody gray paint colors for your walls, or you can opt for a gray living room with furniture in softer shades to add a bit of flair without too much drama. There are endless stylish gray living room ideas you can experiment with, but it really comes down to what’s right for your home and space.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite gray living room ideas in a range of styles and looks to inspire your own space at home. Plus, we’ve included tips for how to work in different gray room color schemes and combos along the way. Read on to find out more!

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1. Gray and Blue

When it comes to gray living room ideas, this is a classic interior design color scheme. It’s perfect if you want a gray living room that’s easy to work with. Most shades of gray and blue will work well together—it just depends on how cool or warm you want your space to feel.

Consider a wide range of gray paint colors to start. Deeper grays and blues will play up a sense of coziness while lighter shades will give your room an airier look and feel.

Be sure to also mix in a neutral color, like the off-white seen here that warms up the design a bit. A white sofa is always a great neutral anchor. (If you’re not sure about a white couch, read our guide on should you get a white sofa?) Finally, mix in metallic details for polished finishing touches, whether it’s chrome that reflects light or brass coffee table legs that add sparkle.

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2. Gray and Teal

If you love a color scheme that’s effortlessly glamorous, consider the teal and gray living room. With this combination, you’ll want to lean towards darker gray paint colors for your walls to match the drama of teal.

Additionally, because teal is such a bold color, a little goes a long way no matter the interior design of your space. Use it as a pop of color, like this tufted sofa, which brings an energetic and eclectic-chic vibe to the space.

This is one of our favorite gray living room ideas given the effortlessly elegant look. Round it all out with lots of small metallic touches, like brass or silver or gold, to balance out the boldness of the colors. Check out our gallery of living room design ideas for more ways to layer in teal and polished accents.

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3.Gray, Pink, and Gold

For a gray living room color scheme that’s not overwhelmingly gray, we love this soft, feminine, and glam combination. It’s also one of the simplest gray living room ideas to pull off at home.

Blush, gray, and gold make for a foolproof interior design palette. It has modern appeal and is versatile and easy to work with. Any style furniture in these colors will mix together seamlessly. Our designers love pairing Mid-Century and glam designs in these hues.

With this palette, it’s also a good idea to anchor your space with a light gray living room sofa. This provides an easy foundation for you to add in blush upholstery and other shades of gray and touches of gold without it all feeling like ‘too much’. Another key trick is to balance this palette with pops of white as a way to lighten up the palette even more.

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4. Gray and Mustard Yellow

Part casual, part contemporary-chic, this is the perfect color scheme for a gray living room look that’s laid-back but still feels sophisticated.

If you love modern and contemporary interior design but want colors that are family-friendly, gray and mustard yellow is your answer. It’s a palette that feels urban and hip as well as livable. Try keeping to one mustard-yellow tone, then pair it with varying shades of gray in your furnishings and patterns, like the striped rug, pillows, and sofa here.

When it comes to approachable gray living room ideas, this is likely the most everyday-friendly, as the colors are warm and inviting to look at but still provide a fun pop.

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5. Gray, Camel, and Rust

File this under masculine gray living room ideas with a twist. Gray and camel are a handsome and sophisticated color scheme, but when you add in rust hues, you’ll have a palette that’s deeply warm, welcoming, and modern.

This is a gray living room look that’s rooted in moody shades of gray, so opt for upholstery and gray paint colors on the darker side. Offset the deep grays with camel and rust in both big and small ways, such as the tan-leather armchairs, suede pillows, earthy-hued art and accents here.

Additionally, this is a color approach that goes especially well with minimal and contemporary interior design styles with a traditional sway. Take a cue from the armless sofa, rounded edges of the armchairs, and the streamlined coffee table here. You’ll also want to keep to modern materials, such as leather, suede, and metal, which lend a sense of richness and timelessness to this palette.

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6. Gray, White, and Black

Edgy and modern, you can’t beat the foolproof look of a gray, white, and black color scheme. For those who love the contemporary loft or city apartment vibe, this color approach will give you a gray living room look with a similar cool and curated interior design aesthetic.

With gray living room ideas that are grounded in high-contrast shades, the key is to create warmth by adding in lots of texture into your interior design elements. For instance, in this gray living room, the woven wool rug, the array of patterned pillows, and the mix of wood and metal furniture throughout provide hard and soft contrast as well as add depth to the space.

Just keep in mind that this palette looks best with industrial, minimal, and modern styles, so make sure to stick to furniture and accents that are clean-lined and feature high-contrast tones. You’ll also want to make sure there are plenty pops of white to break up all the dark shades. Check out our Guide to Decorating With White for tips on working in white tones.

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7. Gray and Purple

This color scheme guarantees an elegant and formal gray living room. That’s because pairing gray and purple naturally results in a glam and elevated interior design look. It’s one of few gray living room ideas where the palette will always look and feel on trend and of-the-moment.

While all shades of gray will work, we love a softer shade because darker grays can sometimes appear muddy next to purple. So keep to lighter gray paint colors and furniture to start, like the tufted chesterfield sofa and paneled walls in this living room. Then mix in a range of purple tones, from mauve to lavender to deep plum, such as the ottoman, overdyed rug, and abstract art here. To round out the palette, add metallic touches, especially brass, to break up the colors.

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8. Gray and Sage

If you’re working with a large open living space, soft gray and sage can make for a very attractive color scheme. It brings both an airiness and earthy vibe to your interior design, resulting in a gray living room that’s anything but stuffy.

Sage is a soothing color, and light gray has an ease and groundedness to it, so together they can bring a sense of calm and comfort to large living rooms. Pairing this palette with natural materials like wool, jute, and wood will help bring in a more balanced feeling. The key is to also mix in pops of black that are evenly spread throughout the room as small focal points to add depth and contrast.

This color pairing is definitely one of our more unique gray living room ideas, since most people don’t immediately consider pairing light gray and sage. But it can really warm up a spacious living room when they’re thoughtfully layered together.

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9. Gray and Beige

If you think a beige and gray living room sounds boring, think again. While this color scheme can easily fall flat, it can also be the most comfortable and cozy palette when there are tons of textures mixed into the room.

The key to mastering a gray and beige palette is to pull in as many textured furnishings as you can into your design. Here, the plush gray sectional, woven tan rug, marble table with brass legs, natural-fiber basket, and textured pillows and curtains all add up to cozy touches that lend major comfort to the room. Try also aiming for beige tones in larger furniture pieces, such as wood cabinets and side tables to enrich the overall gray and neutral palette.

If you love modern rustic interior design but want a family-friendly space, this is one of the best gray living room ideas that marries both.

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7 Foolproof Color Schemes For Red Rooms

We’ve explored green room color schemes. And we’ve broken down blue room color schemes. Now, we’re turning our focus to red, a color we’re seeing pop up in homes all over. Although, it can be a little challenging to decorate with red color palette because it can easily feel overly aggressive or loud. So we’re here to help offer some guidance.

Red is obviously a vibrant color, so it adds impact wherever it’s used. Whether it’s a dining room painted with bright red walls or a living area with pops of cherry red, the color injects instant personality into spaces. Red also works with lots of other colors—the trick is finding the right pairing or combination so that you won’t get tired or overwhelmed by all of it. All to say, balance is the name of the game when decorating with red.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best red color schemes for your home along with tips from our designers. Read on for our ideas on how to bring the color into your rooms.

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The Color Scheme: Red, White & Blue

One of the most classic color combinations is a red, white, and blue palette. Which means it’s timeless and foolproof! It’s a palette that works in any space, and you can use pretty much any shade of red, white, or blue.

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With this color combination, start with white as your base, going with white upholstery and keeping your walls bare. This will give you a crisp foundation to layer on your blues and your reds. Add in simple light blue accents, like a solid baby-blue pillow or an ocean-blue striped ottoman, which will look more like a neutral, to complement your white furnishings. Balance it all out with bright red accents, such as pillows and nautical art. Alongside the blue and white, they add a bright burst of color without overpowering the space.

Why We Love It:

This is a great way to ease into red decor. If you love the coastal or Americana traditional styles, this is also an easy palette that naturally lends itself to those looks.

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The Color Scheme: Pops Of Earthy Red

Pops of burnished red against a neutral palette are great if you want to dabble with the color without committing to a full red look.

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You want to kick things off with a base earthy tones, so pull in furnishings and accents in natural wood tones, woven textures, and light neutrals. Be sure to play with textural accents like curtains, art, and pillows, which are easy to pair with other colors and less expensive to swap out. Anchor it all with a rug that has hints of burnished reds and browns. This will make work beautifully when you layer in earthy orange-reds, be it with pillows, a throw, or art.

Why We Love It:

This color combo has a warm, homey, and inviting vibe. It’s the perfect blend of boho and sophisticated and you can easily dress it up or down with more orange red tones (or fewer) depending on the seasons.

The Color Scheme: Terracotta + Green

For an even more earthy approach to red, try terracotta red mixed with woodsy green and natural tones. It’s a color combination that offers just the right amount of rustic while still looking sophisticated.

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Bold is the name of this color game, so you want to incorporate this color combo in a big way. Terracotta red is a saturated hue that works beautifully with green, especially a muted, earthy green. Start by painting a wall or look for a rug that’s accented with terracotta red. From there you can layer in a green sofa, pillows, and balance it all out with natural wood pieces. The result will be a space that feels rustic with an organic, southwestern look.

Why We Love It:

Warm and welcoming, this color combination is a cozy take on red living room designs and can work with a wide range of interior design styles. It’s the perfect foolproof palette for a transitional or modern rustic look.

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The Color Scheme: Red and Black

Cherry red and black is a surefire color combination for an edgy and modern look. It’s a great pairing if you tend to gravitate towards industrial, ultra-modern, and mid-century style designs.

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With this color combination, you can dial it up or down. Consider whether you want to go with just pops of red and black or take a full-out approach with the colors, like this teenage boys room. Either way, start with black (with white) as your backdrop, then work in your reds. You want white to be the neutral that balances out the bold-on-bold look of red and black. Try a black-and-white wallpaper along with furnishings and accessories accented with red. You’ll get an instant high-contrast look that’s cohesive and contemporary.

Why We Love It:

This is a great color pairing to use with wood tones for a clean, contrasted look. We love that it’s a palette that also works well with bold patterns. In fact, it’s best to lean into red and black patterned designs with this palette, which will keep your space from feeling too dark.

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The Color Scheme: Wine Red

Wine red is a color that always makes a statement, and it looks best when used in a bold way. Play up wine red with warm neutrals, such as ivory, eggshell white, and beige, which will give your rooms a sophisticated and elegant look and feel.

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For this color palette, go with a painted wine red wall or statement art and upholstery in the shade. The key is to use this red as the base (versus neutrals), then layer in soft touches of white and beige tones. Think whitewashed dining chairs, beige slipcovers, a white wooden cabinet, or a white marble table. It will create an elevated red-and-white look that’s rich and saturated without feeling stuffy.

Why We Love It:

We love how wine red adds character and a traditional look to spaces, but it doesn’t feel old or dated. It’s a great color choice if you love saturated reds. For a more transitional look, you can also try pairing wine red with modern pieces in a range of white tones.

The Color Scheme: Fuschia and Yellow

If you love color combinations that go with contemporary designs, consider glamorous red tones like coral, fuschia, and cherry red paired with a bright yellow. Because yellow and red are opposite each other on the color wheel, they work perfectly for a colorful high-contrast look.

How To Get The Look:

Set the foundation with a glamorous red tone. Any bold design in red, like the fuschia rug in this dining space, will help you figure out the best way to work in your yellow as well as other accent colors. For instance, the rug here makes for a vibrant backdrop that balances out the equally bright yellow dining chairs. Be sure to round out the colors with one big white furniture piece. It will help ground and tie everything together in your space.

Why We Love It:

This color combo is both glamorous and very modern, and it lends itself perfectly to tropical and eclectic style rooms. At the same time, we love how it energizes a space but still looks curated and sophisticated. And if you love jewel tones, this is the foolproof palette for you!

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The Color Scheme: Red-Brown Shades

Red-brown tones with dark wood tones make for a color combination that’s warm and inviting. It’s because red-browns have a richness and earthiness to them that gives them cozy appeal. It’s what makes them the ideal palette for both red bedroom designs as well as pink bedrooms.

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When working with red-browns, it’s good to note that the shades span a broad spectrum. And they’re all muted but stately, so they go well with traditional style furnishings and spaces. One of the most elegant red-brown tones is coral, which is close to a deep, cozy pink. It can easily complement dark wood pieces, like the bed and matching nightstands here, while adding warmth. With any red-brown, however, be sure to mix it with pops of light tones, such as a tan or white, to make it feel less muddy and more sophisticated.

Why We Love It:

We love the versatility of red-browns and how seamlessly they work with dark wood pieces. It’s a grounding red that’s perfect for timeless, elegant, and classic-style rooms.

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11 Living Rooms That Prove Pink Can Be Sophisticated and Stylish

Since the Millennial Pink craze a few years back, the color has reinvented itself as more than a hue for Barbie and Elle Woods. While the craze is over, one thing is clear: Pink interior design is here to stay. The world of interior design, in particular, has fully embraced all shades of pink for the home, from pink bedrooms and living rooms to blush pink furniture and textiles.

If you’re not sure how to decorate with pink, start small. You can ease the color into rooms with a stylish throw blanket or rug. For something slightly bolder, try going for soft pink walls, which often turn out far lighter than you think. Also, check out our pink bedroom design tips for more easy ways to incorporate the color. No matter your space, there are many ways to design with pink and make it chic.

To further inspire you, we’ve rounded up our favorite pink living room ideas to help you think pink in a whole new way. Read on to see the spaces and get our tips for working pink into your home!

pink living roomPink As Neutral

With its soft red and white undertones, blush pink reads more like a neutral. In living rooms, a pale pink sofa comes off more neutral if you surround it with other neutral accent pieces, such as cream-colored chairs, off-white walls, and gentle textures.

Style Tip: For a cheery pop of color, choose a hue that’s brighter than blush, like yellow, which also adds a bit of warmth. Keep it to one punchy bright color for a cohesive look. If you want more color, layer in greenery for a vibrant and natural note.

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Touches Of Blush

Blush pink is a great way to bring subtle color into any space. Look for accent decor in the hue, such as table lamps with rose quartz bases, pink artwork, or blush sheers and curtains. The varying materials and textures in these pieces will bring beautiful contrast to your space while keeping to the overall blush color story.

Style Tip: When working with softer shades like blush, an interior design rule of thumb is to make sure you have at least two accent pieces in the hue so that they can play off each other. Otherwise, it’s easy for the color to simply fade into the background!

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pink living roomA Perfect Pairing

Pairing blush pink with caramel or saddle leathers has become one of our foolproof living room ideas. The two work fabulously together and they tons of warmth to a living space. If you love the Santa Fe look, this is a perfect color pairing since it instantly evokes that rustic boho vibe.

Style Tip: To round out the colorful but earthy look, layer in an array of tall and small plants for a lush note and a bold touch of color that contrasts with the browns and pinks.

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Modern & Millennial

The use of ever-so-subtle blush pink across multiple furnishings in this space makes it one of our favorite pink living room ideas. By having multiple big pieces, like the sofa, rug, and cabinet, it all reads more like a blend between cream and blush. The result is a space that feels neutral and Millennial but is layered with chic color that’s easy on the eyes.

Style Tip: With blush pink furnishings, you can easily dress them up or down as needed. Simply layer equally soft-hued accents on to the pieces to bring out their pink tones. Or if you want to tone down their pink color, mix in more neutrals around it.

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Casual & Warm

For living room ideas where pink isn’t front and center, use it as an accent color to neutrals. Keep to warmer neutrals, such as off whites, creams, beiges, and grays, which work best with the red undertones of pink. Materials like jute, natural woods, and woven textures also go well with deeper shades of pink. Together, these hearty neutrals and deep pink hues will create an overall feeling of comfort.

Style Tip: When using pink as an accent, go with deeper shades of the color for your pillows, rugs, and wall decor. And try to keep to other accent colors at a minimum, like the blue here. You want your pink accents to stand out!

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Big Focus

If you’re going with darker shades of pink, make sure you’re using it on big accent furniture pieces. A bright or hot pink ottoman makes for a great statement piece that adds color and comfort. It’s also a stylish way to create a focal point in a living room and anchor a seating area.

Style Tip: Sometimes all you need is one bold pink piece to set your space apart from the rest of your home. Remember less is more when it comes to big bright pink furniture. The best pink living room ideas are often the ones that don’t overemphasize the color.

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pink roomAll Out Bold

On the opposite end of the less-is-more spectrum is totally bold colored rooms. If you’re a maximalist or love the idea of a bright pink living room design, go all out and paint your walls. Try to choose vibrant shades of pink that have an earthy base, such as the rich coral here, which lends a more grounding and comforting look and feel. Mix in equally colorful furnishings to match the cheery vibe of your wall color.

Style Tip: Pink walls are best supplemented with other bold pops of color throughout the furniture. For example, the mustard and periwinkle in this living room add to the room’s overall colorful and happy feeling.

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Full-On Jewel Tones

Another way to go bold with pink is to play the color up alongside jewel tones. Since you’re working with deep, vivid colors throughout, bright shades of pink will work best here. Try pulling in a large hot pink rug as a way to match the vibrant jewel tones in your room. A pink rug will also help set the tone and foundation of the room from the ground up, and it won’t get lost in all the other colors.

Style Tip: With these maximalist pink living room ideas, the bolder you are with your color choices the better your space will look in the end. Plus, a rug is a versatile accent piece. You can swap it out whenever you want to change up the look and feel in your space.

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pink living spaceEarthy & Soft

Mixing various shades of pink can have a warm and earthy effect in the living room. The subtle uses of pink in the rug, art, and pillow blend beautifully with the leathers and natural textures throughout the room. The color feels almost like a neutral but still has a presence.

Style Tip: Decorating with different shades of one color is one of our tried-and-true living room ideas. Be sure to spread out your pink accents when you’re decorating with different shades of it. This helps create a visual connection throughout your space.

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living room with pinkElegance With Pink

Try a classical interior design approach to decorating with different shades of blush pink. This formal living room plays up notes of pink throughout, from the wallpaper to the curtains to the pillows. They’re amplified by the darker hues that surround them, such as the deep greens, blues, and charcoals, which have cooler tones that help offset the warmer notes of pink. It all feels balanced and tailored without feeling overly precious.

Style Tip: Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to make a statement, but it’s also a great way to ease in touches of color and pattern. A design or motif that has small notes of pink is an elegant approach to bring the hue into a room.

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pink living room designA Glamourous Palette

You can’t go wrong with blush pink and black together. It’s a color combo that’s always glamorous and chic. Instead of over-the-top, try going with soft pink walls and black-and-white furnishings. This gives you a pink living room with a high-contrast look that’s elevated, timeless, and on-trend looking.

Style Tip: Be sure to play up black accents, such as art, accent chairs, and lighting and decor to make sure the pieces don’t simply recede into the pink backdrop. Use textured pillows, ottomans, and rugs to help add even more contrast that makes your furnishings pop.

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