Grey Living Room Ideas

Living room ideas

Have you been planning to redesign your lounge, living room or sitting area but do not want to make any structural changes? 

We have put together this bespoke inspiration guide to help you create your ideal living room.

Choose the right shade of grey paint

Living room painted in grey colour

Grey walls have been trending in just about every interior design blog and magazine this year, and using a shade of grey to paint your living room is sure to win approval from your family and friends.

If you like cooler tones, consider using Dulux Polished Pebble or a slightly darker Chic Shadow. If you prefer a classy grey paint with a hint of green, you could opt for Little Greene's French Grey, which comes in pale, mid and dark. Or, if you feel that a warmer grey with beige undertones would be better for your room, you could try Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.

If you feel that grey might be a little bit too dark for your room, why not paint just one or two walls, and leave the rest white. Or you could pain only a part of the room, such as the chimney breast. 

Decorate one wall with a textured wallpaper

Textured wall paper on a living room wall

Modern wall coverings have got little in common with old fashioned rolls of paper sheets that were difficult to apply and got damaged easily. Contemporary wallpaper is usually fashioned out of vinyl or fabric, giving it a luxurious feel, while also making it last longer.

Applying a textured wallpaper to one of your living room walls is a brilliant way of adding character to the room while making it look truly bespoke. The tone of your wall coverings should match the paint. If your wall is a cool-toned grey, your wall covering should have blue, silver or lavender undertones. If you have painted your walls in French Grey, you could go for a muted green shade such as sage. For pewter walls, beige, stone and mink brown coloured wallpaper will work best. If you are still not sure what colour scheme is best for your room, consider getting help from experienced residential interior designers.

Wall-mounted TV

Mounting your TV onto a wall will save you space while allowing you to choose the perfect height and angle for your television so that you can watch your favourite shows without straining your neck muscles. Why not use the now-empty sideboard surface to display your family snaps or your favourite candles. Unless you are a DIY expert, it's safer to call a handyman to mount your TV. 

A wall-mounted TV in a beautiful living room

Work with your lighting scheme

The style and type of your lighting can make a noticeable difference to the look and the feel of your living room. The right light arrangement can add warmth and make your interiors more welcoming.

These three types of lighting that can be incorporated into your sitting area. 

  • Ambient lighting - The most common type of light which is supposed to mimic the daylight, therefore should be as natural as possible to create a comfortable and relaxing environment. Spotlights, pendants or chandeliers will help you achieve this.
  • Accent Lighting - This is a concentrated light often strategically placed to draw the eye to a specific area of the room, highlighting things such as artwork or texture of the wall. You can accomplish this by adding wall lights, table lamps or a large floor standing lamp.
  • Task lighting - The purpose of this kind of light is to help you with tasks such as reading, studying and other hobbies. Swing arm floor or table lamps are best suited for this purpose.

Just like the paint and decorative finishes, layering your lighting, when done correctly, can contribute to creating a homely atmosphere. If you are getting a new chandelier, pendant or a set of lamps, make sure their design fits your room's colour scheme. 

Hang colourful art

Large pop art above a grey sofa in a sitting room

The great think about grey is that it goes well with almost any colour. Some of the most popular combinations are a cooler toned grey and yellow, white and black, while a warmer toned grey goes hand in hand with beige, cream and gold.

This means that you have an unlimited choice when it comes to choosing your wall art. Whether you have your eyes on a piece of eye-catching modern pop art, a set of simple framed black and white photographs, or a more traditional watercolour painting, each one will look fantastic on your wall. You can opt for one large canvas, or you could hang several smaller prints.

Create unique cushions

There are hundreds of beautiful scatter cushions readily available on the market. But if you are after something one of a kind, try searching pages such as Unsplash for unique modern art. When you have found something that you love, save the pictures and send them to a photo printing company to have it turned into original cushion covers.

Get a good quality rug

If you have fallen out of love with your flooring but do not want to undergo an extensive renovation, you could utilise a large rug to make your floor more exciting. Rugs are an excellent and inexpensive way to add texture, colour and warmth to your sitting area. A good quality wool rug will give your grey living room a touch of luxury while softening the acoustics. 

Find an unusual coffee table

Solid wood drum coffee table in a sitting room

Of course, you could get an ordinary coffee table, but with so many unique and edgy table designs available, why not give your living room a contemporary edge.

Below are just a few original coffee table ideas:

  • Solid wood drum coffee table (pictured above)
  • Round hammered metal coffee table in antique brass or gold finish
  • Circular marble top coffee table
  • Quality polished tree root such as teak (with or without glass top)
  • Clear tempered glass table
  • Epoxy resin and wood (river table or lava table)

Bring a little bit of nature into your sitting room

Decorative plants in a living room

Now you have a new table, why not liven it up with a bit of nature. If you are not into fresh cut flowers, why not get a living plant. If you think regular flowerpots are boring, why not put your plant inside a large seashell or a halved coconut shell.

Alternatively, you could fill a glass bowl with some twigs, moss and pine cones for a forest-inspired centrepiece, or add sand, shells and some seaweed to bring a piece of the seaside into your home.

Now you can finally sit back and enjoy your stunning grey living room or sitting area.

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