Looking for grey living room ideas? Well, we’ve got you covered because grey just happens to be our fave colour to decorate with. Whether you love the cool-toned greys that work amazingly in minimal Scandi interiors or you want something warming and cosy, we can talk you through the multitude of shades and how to style them for your living room. 

Looking for more living room ideas? Don’t miss our hub page. And for advice on how to design a living room, check out our in-depth advice feature. 

1. Layer up different grey tones

Use just one shade of grey and your room can feel flat and dull so it’s important to layer the shades, one on top of the other. Start with a base layer, a grey that really inspires you, and add different shades through furniture, soft furnishings and accessories. 

This John Lewis Croft sofa is deep and dark and works well against the backdrop of dark wall and cooler grey living room flooring. The grey throws and grey cushions in add texture too.

Modern rustic grey living room from John Lewis

Living room by John Lewis

(Image credit: John Lewis)

2. Choose grey living room furniture 

Don’t limit your love affair with grey to just wall colour, if you love this hue consider new furniture pieces in this shade to add a modern edge to your living room. Storage units are a great way to add in grey, and particularly good when you don’t want wood or white melamine. 

This bookcase from Cuckcooland also has a fold down desk making it perfect for a small home office in your living room. 

Check out more living room storage ideas. 

Grey living room storage

Bookcase from Cuckcooland, find similar stools at Maison du Monde

(Image credit: Cuckooland)

There’s nothing so glamorous as some beautiful gold accessories which, of course, pair well with a base palette of greys. Use different grey shades layered throughout the living room for your neutral backdrop, retaining the focus on the metallics and any other colour you choose to introduce. Keep it soft or add bold, bright accents; just ensure they don’t detract from the shine and sparkle of your metals. 

Olivia, Blogger at Lust Living, has the most stunning living room pairing Cloud Burst from Crown Paints on the walls with some beautiful gold metallics. Gold coffee table is West Elm.

Pink and grey living room with metallic accessories

Room painted in Cloud Burst from Crown , coffee table from West Elm, find similar chairs at made.com

(Image credit: lustliving.co.uk)

4. Create the perfect backdrop with grey living room walls

With its charm and appeal lying in the ability to offer the best neutral base for interior décor, grey is the ideal shade with which to decorate your living room walls. Using a grey wallpaper or paint won’t intrude on the brighter accent colours if you use them; darker greys give them depth; paler greys help them to pop. 

Check out more of our favourite paint colour schemes for living rooms if you are still in need of inspiration. 

Grey living room with grey walls, grey cushions and grey throw

(Image credit: Urban Avenue)

5. Try a monochrome colour scheme in a living room

Black and white doesn’t have to be a boring combination – when teamed with different layers of grey, it can look exceptionally striking. Use a deep grey on your living room walls, and then mix in plenty of  black and white accessories to get the full impact of this dramatic scheme. 

Monochrome living room

(Image credit: Cult Furniture)

6. Choose a simple (but chic) grey sofa

We all love on-trend colourful sofas but sometimes we want to keep it simple and uncomplicated. That’s where a grey sofa really comes into its own. It suits all styles of living room, from country cottage to industrial to contemporary, and anything in between. Give it some life and add a few strong accent colours or simply layer your greys for a more monotone feel. 

Need some help finding your perfect sofa, grey or otherwise? We’ve put together the ultimate guide to choosing a sofa. 

Grey living room with rug by Designers Guild and sofa by Sweet Pea and Willow

Sofa and rug, both Sweetpea and Willow

(Image credit: Sweet Pea and Willow)

7. Add drama with a dark grey living room 

If you’re not one to shy away from being bold and daring, then go for a dark grey scheme in your living room. Painted on the walls and even the ceiling too it can act as a striking basis for bright colours and rock and roll décor. You’ll need to get your living room lighting right to make the space useable at night, but these darker charcoals make a room feel exceptionally moody and atmospheric. 

Love this look? Check our more of these dark and atmospheric decorating ideas. 

Orange sofa in black living room by Vanessa Arbuthnott

(Image credit: Vanessa Arbuthnott)

8. Warm up a space with grey and mustard

Greens and botanical prints work effortlessly with grey tones as shown here in this bright, light, grey and yellow living room. The homeowner has paired a subtle shade of grey with golds and greens allowing the features to shine, with a bold print that doesn’t impinge on the lighter feel of the space. 

Kimberly, from blog Swoon Worthy has used Dulux Dusted Moss 2 on the walls and accented the space with a yellow tub chair by Oliver Bonas and a gold sunburst mirror from eBay.

We have loads more green living room decorating ideas if you are after more inspiration. 

Soft light grey in a living room with alcoves and glam touches

Walls painted in Dulux Dusted Moss 2, tub chair from Oliver Bonas and a gold sunburst mirror from eBay

(Image credit: Kimberly Duran)

9. Mix soft grey with pretty pastels

Use soft warm greys and mix them with pastels for a pretty colour living room scheme. Prevent it from feeling too sweet and sugary by accenting with darker, moodier shades seen here with black and white cushions and dark wood table. The result is a calm living room suitable for the whole family. 

Blogger, Arianna, has created a sumptuous, cosy space packed full of texture and warmth. The wool throw is from The Future Kept; art work from Desenio; and a selection of cushions including pretty pink ones.

If you love the look of this pink and grey living room, go and have a look at these pastel decorating ideas for more ways to work candy hues into your home. 

Pink and grey living room with black and white prints

Dark wood coffee table and throw cushions from Ikea, find similar prints at Desenio

(Image credit: Arianna Trapani)

10. Make dark grey feel warm and cosy

If you opt for a darker, charcoal grey on your walls yet don’t want the living room to feel all doom and gloom, lighten the space by using white based art work. Include pops of colour through your soft furnishings and make the most of your cosy feel by adding layers of sheepskins for warmth and texture. 

Monochrome living room with large wooden coffee table, cow print rug and leather sofa

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

11. Paint a feature wall grey

Create a quirky focal point in your living room with some grey based wallpaper. It’s such an easy way to introduce colour into your room but still focus on the neutral hues of grey colours. You can be as mad and outlandish as you like, or keep it simple and elegant; the choice is yours. 

This striking wallpaper from Woodchip and Magnolia features ink dipped artwork on a mid grey background and gives the living room a true pop of eclectic colour. For a similar look that’s a bit more personal, paint your walls grey and add your own gallery wall. 

For tips and tricks on adding your own gallery wall, check out our guide. 

Grey feature wall with paintings mural from Woodchip and Magnolia

Wallpaper from Woodchip and Magnolia, find a smilar accent chair at John Lewis

(Image credit: Woodchip & Magnolia)

12. Add texture to a grey living room for an on-trend look

Palest greys and darkest blacks come together with stark whites to create the nomad look which has become rather popular in the last few seasons. Mix up your greys with a black and white pattern in shaggy textures. Add some natural materials like rattan and wicker plus lots of house plants, and you have a very on-trend living space. 

The Kilim chair is the perfect monochrome piece in this look from Maisons du Monde. Add berber cushions, a grey and white chair plus a grey berber rug to complete the look. 

Love the vibes of this living room? Go and get some more inspiration from these brilliantly boho design ideas

Boho grey living room from Maisons du Monde

(Image credit: Maisons du Monde)

13. Don’t ignore the floor, pick out a grey rug

When you’re not sure how to start designing  a grey living room, look down. The floor is often the best place to begin when you’re building a scheme and if you want to include grey, this is a great kicking off point. Pick a larger grey rug as a centre piece or layer up your rugs for a more laid back, relaxed look. 

Grey living room with grey sofa and large grey rug

(Image credit: Argos)