46 Beautiful Grey Living Room Ideas and Styles to Modernize Your Space

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Grey is an “it” design color right now, and everyone is searching for unique grey living room ideas. It is sophisticated, understated and works well in any room in your home — but my favorite place to use it is in the living room. 

If you are concerned that grey is too boring — think again! There are so many ways to integrate it into your design, no matter what your style. You can go all out by painting your entire living room in a shade of grey, or you can use it more subtly by choosing an area rug or piece of furniture. If drama is more your speed, you can even find artistic and unique ways to fit this neutral color into your space. 

Now, I want to share some of my favorite grey living room ideas to modernize your home. 

Don’t Be Afraid To Mix It Up

Mix up the greys

Here, the light grey walls are perfectly accented by the darker grey tiling on the fireplace and multiple sofas, and it keeps the room looking light and bright with a sense of warmth. 

Balancing The Colors Is Key

Balancing The Colors Is Key  

The floor to ceiling windows, white tray ceiling, and the light marble fireplace work well with the darker grey walls and carpet to keep a balance in the living room decor. 

Grey Can Give A Mostly White Room Style

Grey Can Give A Mostly White Room Style 

The medium grey floors and dark grey accent shelving in this mostly white room give it more dimension and personality. 

Subtlety Is Not Overrated

Subtlety Is Not Overrated 

Grey is incorporated into this soaring living room with the texture above the fireplace, flooring, accessories, and different shades of grey on the cushions of the chairs and sofa furniture. 

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The sleek grey panels in this living room are so seamless you can barely tell they are there. The grey rug, couch, and pillow also bring grey statements to the room in a subtle way. The brown leather chair and wooden accents really pop and add warmth.

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All Grey Is Definitely Okay

All Grey Is Definitely Okay 

The dark grey beams and tiled fireplace give this living room a sophisticated industrial feel. And that single brown pillow really pops.

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This all grey living room is spiced up with pops of the bright blue chairs and red in the artwork, cushions, and furniture. 

Take A Cue From The Landscape Outside

Take A Cue From The Landscape Outside 

Grey paint on the walls and ceilings and the clay-look fireplace play well off of the beautiful landscape outside the picture window. 

Grey Can Combine Industrial With Natural

Grey Can Combine Industrial With Natural 

The gorgeous grey walls in this living room mimic concrete and give a balance of industrial and natural elements when mixed with the wood-paneled ceiling and brown chairs and console. 

Using Texture Makes Grey Anything But Boring

Using Texture Makes Grey Anything But Boring 

The texture in this grey living room is nothing short of spectacular. The concrete fireplace, carpet, and grey tiled walls work well together to give the room personality without using bright colors. 

Use Grey To Accentuate Other Aspects Of The Living Room

Use Grey To Accentuate Other Aspects Of The Living Room 

Grey wall paint picks up the hues in the piece of art to make it the major focal point of the living room. 

Don’t Forget The Windows!

Don’t Forget The Windows! 

The floor to ceiling window is the accent point of this living room, and the grey window coverings make it pop. 

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Custom grey window blinds blend with the light grey wall and blues in the carpet and accent pillows to give your home a comfortable yet contemporary feel. 

From The Windows To The Walls

From The Windows To The Walls 

This space is the perfect example of a grey living room done right. The grey is used perfectly throughout the room, especially the herringbone floors, light grey furniture, cushions, and window coverings. 

Use Grey In Your Modern Fireplace Design

Use Grey In Your Modern Fireplace Design 

The dark grey on the wall behind the stairs combined with the base of the fireplace gives the living room a modern feel while the lighter tones on the floor and furniture keep the room from looking too dark. 

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The double-sided fireplace separating the two sitting areas of this living room is an industrial steel grey, tying it in with the grey elements in the rest of the space. The red pops of color from the hanging pendant lights and fruit bowl add hints of warmth.

Grey Doesn’t Have To Remind You Of An Overcast Day

Grey Doesn’t Have To Remind You Of An Overcast Day 

Grey doesn’t have to darken a living room. You can see the proof in this serene living room design with soft grey armchairs. 

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Dove grey is the accent color of choice in this light and bright living room design. 

Changing The Furniture Is An Easy Way To Incorporate Grey

Changing The Furniture Is An Easy Way To Incorporate Grey

The use of grey furniture, like these cozy armchairs, helps to bring together the grey in the rest of the room, like the wallpaper and the hues in the area rug. 

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Check out this massive grey sofa with giant cushions! How would you like to cuddle up on that for a chill movie night? I also love the low brown suitcase coffee table.

Don’t Go Overboard with Too Much Grey

Don’t Go Overboard with Too Much Grey

In this living room, I love the subtle pop of grey as the backdrop of the television. You don’t have to use too much grey to give it a main role in your living room decor. 

Find A Marble Pattern With A Shade Of Grey You Love

Find A Marble Pattern With A Shade Of Grey You Live 

From the perspective of the sofa table, you can see marble used as a fireplace surround is a way to bring grey into your living room design without the color dominating the space. 

Grey Paint For The Win

Grey Paint For The Win 

Paint is one of the most simple ideas I recommend to bring grey into a living room design, but the impact can be outstanding. 

Keeping Continuous Color Enlarges The Look Of The Living Room

Keeping Continuous Color Enlarges The Look Of The Living Room  

Here, the continuous marbled grey goes from the wall throughout the floor, making the room appear larger. 

Grey Can Be Masculine and Dramatic

Grey Can Be Masculine and Dramatic  

Dramatic and masculine best describes this living room. From the floor to ceiling dark grey drapery to the luxurious rug, it is the ideal place to settle in and have a glass of wine with that special someone. 

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This living room is the quintessential bachelor pad with grey tones throughout and a gorgeous yet comfortable leather couch. Not to mention all the timeless accessories that add warmth to the room. 

Area Rugs With The Color Grey Are Here To Stay 

Finding a grey area rug and armchairs you love is an ideal place to begin when starting your grey living room design. Notice the shelving also presents pops of color with carefully placed accessories.

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The natural woven grey area rug in this living room gives the space a pop of grey that blends with the artwork on the wall and the soft grey couch cushions. 

Don’t Forget That You Can Use Grey For Your Flooring

Don’t Forget That You Can Use Grey For Your Flooring 

Grey is becoming a popular color for flooring, and the muted choice in this living room gives the room a soft feeling and allows grey to be used throughout the space without being overwhelming. Also featuring a mid-century modern Aniline Leather Lounge Chair.

Light Grey Can Make Any Room Look Dreamy

Light Grey Can Make Any Room Look Dreamy

Sheer grey window panels give this mostly grey living room a romantic feel, and the patterned rug brings in just the right amount of modern. A modern lamp arches over providing ample light. Also featuring a “log” side table and a round glass-top coffee table.

Using Different Textures Mixes Things Up

Using Different Textures Mixes Things Up 

The grey wall is painted with a dimensional effect that is reflected in the two accent mirrors, giving the impression of a wider room. The orangy-brown wood gives this room a wonderful accent.

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Mixing textures allows you to use grey in most of your room design without it being too overwhelming. This living room is the perfect example with the paneled main wall, velvet couch, and plush rug, all in varying grey tones. 

To Eliminate Overpowering With Grey Stick To An Accent Wall

To Eliminate Overpowering With Grey Stick To An Accent Wall 

A grey accent wall is a great way to integrate the color into your living room design. This wall, complete with built-in bookcase, makes the wall functional as well as stylish. 

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Steel grey on the back accent wall blends well with the deep wood tones to give it a touch of modern with the otherwise traditional style. 

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The dimension in this grey paint technique makes the accent wall the main focal point of the room. The floating wood console and brown leather chairs add great contrast to the room.

Accessorizing Is An Affordable Way To Incorporate Grey

Accessorizing Is An Affordable Way To Incorporate Grey

Grey accents can be used to give your living room the impact you are looking for, which is shown in this room with the deep grey area rug and a grey trunk coffee table. 

Give Your Living Room Imagination With Grey Artistic Elements

Give Your Living Room Imagination With Grey Artistic Elements

Grey doesn’t have to be boring, and that is obvious in this stunning living room with the attention-grabbing greyscale painting and the artistic light fixture with grey spheres. 

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Here is another example of grey accessorizing with a statement art piece, wooden side tables, and grey couch to play off of the dark wall. 

Use Different Hues On The Greyscale

Use Different Hues On The Greyscale 

If you want grey to be the main color in your living room design, it is a good idea to mix it up and use different shades of the color. 

Modern Elegance In The Form of Grey

Modern Elegance In The Form of Grey

Grey is an elegant color when combined with details like a glamorous chandelier, built-in bookcase, and ornamental fireplace. 

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Elegance abounds with the dove-grey walls and dramatic ceiling in this living room. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Grey Living Rooms

How can I add grey to my living room without overdoing it?

How can I add grey to my living room without overdoing it? 

Can you really overdo it? Probably not. But, as I mentioned above, unless you are going for a monochromatic look, I would suggest using multiple shades of grey or using it as an accent by featuring the color in furniture, art, or accent walls. 

Is grey too boring?

is grey too boring?

Heck no! Check out all of the grey living room ideas I have shown you here, and it is easy to see that there are endless ways to fit grey into your style. Take the living room above, the circular art installation above the fireplace is a dramatic way to bring grey into the living room in a unique way. 

What are the most popular shades of grey paint for a living room?

What are the most popular shades of grey paint for a living room?

Honestly, this is a hard call. It really depends on your personal taste. If you want a bold room, I would suggest sticking with the darker tones of grey like stone, charcoal, or greys that mimic metals like dark iron or steel. Lighter greys like dove, pearl, or silver tones are better for an understated or serene design. However, that is why I love the world of interior design — there are no limits.

What are your favorite ideas for a grey living room? 

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Blake Lockwood

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I'm Blake Lockwood. I'm a self-proclaimed design snob and this is MY blog. I design fabulous interiors for a living so trust me, what I say is always what goes.