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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!

Struggling to land on a color scheme? Check out our guide on How to Choose a Color Palette to get started!

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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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5 Red Living Room Ideas that are Hotter than Hot

When it comes to color psychology, red is considered the hue of aggression, passion, and intensity. Whether it’s a shade of crimson, ruby, cherry, or apple, with that in mind, you might not think of red as the go-to color for decorating your home. In fact, red is known as a powerful, energizing color that many people shy away from in their homes. But if red is your favorite color and you want to bring it into your living room, it can be impactful, elegant, and  – when it’s done right. Here are our designer’s best tips for doing a red living room design right. Take a look at these 5 designs and see why they work.

red living roomRed Living Room #1 – The Classic Color Palette

This red living room features a class look, with a traditional color palette of red, white, and blue. Red is incorporated evenly throughout the space – in walls, base furniture, and decorative accents – to achieve a well-balanced look. The blue and white accents balance out the bold red on the walls and in the decor for a color palette that feels classically east coast and not overly aggressive.

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Stylist Tip: If you’re going all out with red walls, lean toward a classic design scheme with a rounded red, white and blue color palette. It will help bring a cohesive look to the room and tone down the aggression.

red chairRed Living Room #2 – The Accents In Red

In this red living room design, red is relegated to the accent furniture. It’s easy to incorporate bold reds with an armchair, sofa, or even a rug for a pop of the hot hue without going in full steam with red walls, etc. These dark red chairs are the perfect counterpoint to the zebra print rug and gold accents. The room looks polished and formal without feeling over-the-top.

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Stylist Tip: Balance out your red accents with pops of greenery. Red sits directly across from green on the color wheel, so a few splashes of green will help temper the red accents. The palette tones down the look but doesn’t detract from the overall impact.

red chairRed Living Room #3 – The Neutral Take

For a modern take on a red living room, this design features a washed-out shade of brick red on the walls balanced by white and black decor. The red walls and single red accent chair provide the only color in the room, so the look doesn’t feel too busy. Incorporating black and white patterns throughout the room also helps to temper the red and provide equally bold focal points in the space so that the walls don’t go unbalanced.

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Stylist Tip: Not all reds are the same! Be thoughtful about the shades you choose. Something on the darker side will feel more elegant and sophisticated. A bright, fire truck red could make your room too shocking or intense. We love this shade of clay red, which feels a little unexpected and is the perfect backdrop for our neutral decor scheme.

red chairRed Living Room #4 – The Subtle Pop

A more subtle approach to a red living room, this design incorporates the color into the decor. The rug, curtain piping, pillows, and art all feature a pop of red, but in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the space. This is great if you want to bring some of this fiery hue home in a less obtrusive way. The multiple red accents help enhance and highlight one another while not feeling too intense.

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red living roomRed Living Room #5 – The Bold Approach

The boldest of our red living rooms, this design features a red sofa paired with a red wall. The decor leans toward the traditional side, and the rich red hue plays up the vintage library vibe. The sofa and walls are the same shade of red, which actually makes the pairing feel less in your face.

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Stylist Tip: Balance out the red with neutral accents and natural materials to keep the look from feeling too aggressive. The jute rug and traditional art are the perfect counterpoints to all the moody red.

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