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How to use grey in your living room decor

Grey decor doesn't have to be dull - au contraire! Here's our guide to using grey in your living room for maximum effect

Living Room Interior With Picture Frame On Gray Walls

Searches for grey paint and grey decor ideas soared during 2020, with its meteoric rise in popularity topped off by Pantone naming Ultimate Gray as one of its two colours of the year for 2021.

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We adore grey because it’s such a versatile colour… from soft, feathery dove tones to intense, chalky charcoals, there’s almost definitely a shade to suit your style and the mood you’re trying to create.

Once viewed as a ‘cold’ shade suited to industrial or institutional interiors, designers all over the world have shown that, if styled right, grey can be a comforting and timeless tone. What’s more, with some clever planning, it that can be styled up to suit your taste exactly – then restyled as it changes!

So, if you’re thinking of going for grey but aren’t quite sure which shade to choose, these grey living room ideas are here to give you some inspiration.

Pair charcoal with dusky pink, copper and monochrome prints

Grey living room ideas

If charcoal grey is your thing, balance your room and keep it feeling soft and cosy by opting for warm toned furnishings. Dusky pink and copper accessories work perfectly at stabilising a cool grey –  just keep the look fresh by adding striking monochrome prints.

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Choose goose down grey as a base for rustic-industrial textures and accessories

Grey living room ideas

For brilliant white lovers who want something a bit more impactful, goose down grey is the way to go. The feather-like tone creates a beautiful, gentle backdrop for rustic-industrial textures like weathered tiles and black wire – just be sure to add in some softness with pampas grass and warm wooden finishes.

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Mix sculptural shapes and concrete tones for a laid back, minimalist look

Grey living room

Layer tactile soft furnishings in a neutral colour palette against concrete-coloured, sculptural accessories. Add in dashes of intense chocolate and terracotta, and your room will feel chic and airy, but with added depth and warmth.

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Warm dove tones with brushed gold and ash wood furnishings

Grey living room ideas

Pair feathery dove grey with ash flooring to achieve the ultimate laid-back Scandi-style, but be sure to dial up the homely feel with a touch of brushed gold. Balance the harsh edges of your room with curved mirrors and furniture to keep it feeling inviting, adding in rattan and pops of natural green for a fresh and airy feel.

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Put a twist on traditional with airy cornflower grey

Grey living room

Stylish wall panelling and built-in alcoves can be kept looking contemporary with light, cornflower grey. Juxtapose traditional furnishings with quirky beachside pieces to create a look that’s worthy of the Hamptons… freestanding globes and droplet chandeliers mixed with coastal ceramics or driftwood (as pictured above) look amazing.

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