Grey has been the colour of the moment for a good few years now, and with good reason – it’s adaptable and fashionable, with so many shades for any interior. It works well with both neutral and vibrant shades. Charcoals will give you a sleek, modern feel, while grey with warmer tones leans towards classic and elegant. Here are our favourite home styling tips and grey living room furniture ideas to help you get the most from on-trend grey.
The perfect grey living room sofa
When choosing grey furniture for your living room, you will find a great deal of choice in terms of sofas. This is a very fashionable colour right now, and being Quatropi, you know we have many, many fabrics in various shades of grey, so grey sofas are available in just about every size and style, from two-seaters to corner sofas, with fabric and leather options in our made-to-order ranges.
The size and configuration will rely on your space, so think about how and where you want the sofa to sit, and how you plan to make the most out of it - we can even digitally design the sofa in your space - get in touch to find out more! Painting the wall behind the same colour, then using coloured cushions and throws is one way to bring it to life. Or use the sofa as part of a grey palette, with varying shades for the wall behind and the accessories to create a contemporary feel.
Mix up those greys
There are lots of different greys out there, so be sure to mix it up in your lounge. Sticking to shades that are very similar, will make the room seem dull and flat. Avoid this, if you're layering greys, by choosing one shade as a base colour on the walls, another for your grey living room furniture, and a different one again for your accessories.
With the walls, opt for a matte grey paint, as anything too glossy will give an industrial metal effect. Unlike matte white, a matte grey actually hides marks and imperfections quite well. A cream coloured skirting board or cornice, rather than stark white or a pebble grey, will set it off nicely too. And when you introduce throws, cushions and other accessories to vary those greys even more, remember that lighting can help. Grey is the colour of shadow, so multiple light sources, from table lamps to sconces, will add even more depth and warmth.
Try a grey feature wall or mural
Rather than painting every wall in your new favourite shade, you could pick just one to turn into a feature wall. This could even work as a backdrop for your grey living room furniture, painted a matching or complementary hue, with accessories bringing in the accent colours.
There are no rules with a feature wall or mural - keep it simple and elegant, or be bold. Paint a chimney breast or the wall and shelving in your chosen colour, try a vibrant grey-based wallpaper, or make your own picture or photo gallery on a single grey wall. Dark greys suit a moody, modern room, with softer greys perfect for that traditional, elegant look. A print will add texture and depth, which can be useful when working with a limited colour palette.
Add contrast to grey living room furniture with colourful accessories
A vibrant yellow, pink or green works well with grey. You could even try a metallics, such as chrome or brushed steel, think mirror frames or the legs of a console table or coffee table. Metallics and an accent colour can work together with grey, as long as nothing detracts from the overall sparkle and shine of the metals.
Picking a darker shade for your walls or your grey living room furniture is a great way to bring out bright colours, which you can introduce through your choice of accessories. And you don’t need to stop at a few small items – a blue armchair or vivid red scatter cushions will make an even bolder statement.
Black and white complement grey too, creating a stylish monochrome look. Use a pale grey as a base colour to get the most from this look, then build up with dark grey and black-and-white accessories, such as rugs, picture frames, shelving and lighting.
Celebrate the wonderful array of autumnal colours to go alongside our various hues of gorgeous greys. Check our range of dusty pink dining chairs, golden cushions and new additions to our 1649 dining chair range.