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47 Cool Gray Living Room Ideas (Photos)


Discover 46 cool gray living room ideas. All styles and sizes. Great gallery with designs by top designers worldwide.

Gray being a highly versatile color has the ability to work well with a number of accent colors. In this gray-themed living room, shades of brown and white add an element of joy and liveliness.

Gray being a highly versatile color has the ability to work well with a number of accent colors. In this gray-themed living room, shades of brown and white add an element of joy and liveliness.

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The large concrete dividing wall in open concept loft along with the light gray sofa gives this living room an overall gray color scheme. It’s balanced with very dark wood flooring.

Check out this terrific living room with two matching gray sofas, gray area rug and a magnificent gray coffered ceiling. 

Check out this terrific living room with two matching gray sofas, gray area rug and a magnificent gray coffered ceiling.  Source: RedfinSee all of this incredible house here.

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Go for cozy minimalism by pairing down excessive furniture, art, and knick-knacks in your living room. By choosing this design, you will sign up for everything that is modern, sophisticated and has a right tinge of grey hue.

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Go for cozy minimalism by pairing down excessive furniture, art, and knick-knacks in your living room. By choosing this design, you will sign up for everything that is modern, sophisticated and has a right tinge of grey hue.

Elegant light gray living room with area rug and columns

The above house is a spacious house built in 1906 which has since been remodelled as you can see by the updated interior design.  The living room is a very light gray (almost white) with access via elegant columns.  See more of this home here.  Source: Redfin.

This design reveals the trick for how you can decorate your spacious living room and incorporate gray items into it. The living room is a perfect blend of light gray sofas that complements well with the bright white and dark gray decoration pieces.

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This design reveals the trick for how you can decorate your spacious living room and incorporate gray items into it. The living room is a perfect blend of light gray sofas that complements well with the bright white and dark gray decoration pieces.

With the stunning gray walls, this living room style points out that there are several ways to feature gray hues in your living room beside having gray-colored embellishments. The velvety navy blue sofa in the center takes the living room to a whole new level.

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With the stunning gray walls, this living room style points out that there are several ways to feature gray hues in your living room beside having gray-colored embellishments. The velvety navy blue sofa in the center takes the living room to a whole new level.

This sleek living room design indeed shows that gray is the new white! If you are a brave-hearted soul and aren’t shy of displaying your knack for gray interiors, this is definitely the design you should go for.

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This sleek living room design indeed shows that gray is the new white!

If you are a brave-hearted soul and aren’t shy of displaying your knack for gray interiors, this is definitely the design you should go for.

While this living room is simple in its appearance, the distinctive colored sofas and walls make this room one of a kind. The addition of a little bit of gray can go a long way in making your room appear stylish.

Designed by: NMD Nomadas

While this living room is simple in its appearance, the distinctive colored sofas and walls make this room one of a kind. The addition of a little bit of gray can go a long way in making your room appear stylish.

If you are looking for a way to style your room in a budget-friendly way, this is the design for you. It is also a great option for people looking for a low-maintenance option, as this living room is quite simplistic in appearance with minimal furniture and knick-knacks.

Designed by: SuperLimao Studio

If you are looking for a way to style your room in a budget-friendly way, this is the design for you. It is also a great option for people looking for a low-maintenance option, as this living room is quite simplistic in appearance with minimal furniture and knick-knacks.

Achieve a rugged and rustic living room style by having a bare gray wall as boasted in this modern design. Carve out a small space for firelight to keep you and your family warm in teeth-grinding winters. To give a fresh feel to this kind of living room, the addition of a few small plants is all you need.

Designed by: Ben Amzaleg

Achieve a rugged and rustic living room style by having a bare gray wall as boasted in this modern design.

Carve out a small space for firelight to keep you and your family warm in teeth-grinding winters. To give a fresh feel to this kind of living room, the addition of a few small plants is all you need.

This is the design idea to prove those people wrong that think gray can’t make your room lively. Just look at that wonderful match of color between the sofa and carpet and how fabulously all the other trendy furniture comes together.

Designed by: Ben Amzaleg

This is the design idea to prove those people wrong that think gray can’t make your room lively. Just look at that wonderful match of color between the sofa and carpet and how fabulously all the other trendy furniture comes together.

Say goodbye to boring ceilings with the installation of these eye-catching dimensions in your living room. If you choose this room design idea, then make sure to contrast the gray items with something that is more bold and playful, like this sexy velvet red sofa!

Designed by: IROJE KHM Architects

Say goodbye to boring ceilings with the installation of these eye-catching dimensions in your living room. If you choose this room design idea, then make sure to contrast the gray items with something that is more bold and playful, like this sexy velvet red sofa!

This living room style is a testament to the fact that gray can easily work well with several other hues like wine color, wooden brown, white, and beige. If you have a living room with a size as big as this one, you know how to experiment with different colors.

Designed by: Grupo Arquitectura

This living room style is a testament to the fact that gray can easily work well with several other hues like wine color, wooden brown, white, and beige.

If you have a living room with a size as big as this one, you know how to experiment with different colors.

If your living room feels a bit messy and cluttered, this design will inspire you to declutter it..or better – revamp it comletely! This living room style screams minimalist but looks gorgeous nonetheless. How? The magic lies in the combination of comfy sofas with exclusive sandstone tiles.

Designed by: Axis Mundi Design

If your living room feels a bit messy and cluttered, this design will inspire you to declutter it..or better – revamp it comletely! This living room style screams minimalist but looks gorgeous nonetheless. How? The magic lies in the combination of comfy sofas with exclusive sandstone tiles.

Ditch gray furniture and walls for the voguish charcoal tiles. To brighten up the space, a bold and bright colored carpet or furniture will easily do. This room design is another great example of how a minimalist living room can look utterly chic and versatile at the same time.

Designed by: Grupo Arquitectura

Ditch gray furniture and walls for the voguish charcoal tiles. To brighten up the space, a bold and bright colored carpet or furniture will easily do.

This room design is another great example of how a minimalist living room can look utterly chic and versatile at the same time.

You can achieve the very same result with a large living room as long as you maintain its visual spaciousness which the interior designer has brilliantly achieved through minimalist designing. The use of warm-toned gray on the floor and furniture give the room a contemporary appeal.

Designed by: Grupo Arquitectura

You can achieve the very same result with a large living room as long as you maintain its visual spaciousness which the interior designer has brilliantly achieved through minimalist designing.

The use of warm-toned gray on the floor and furniture give the room a contemporary appeal.

With the floating staircase and mid-century modern sofas, this ultra-cool living room shows us how you can give a modern spin to a standard style. The mix of wooden tiles and lovely gray sofas is a gentle reminder of how these two poles-apart colors can go well together.

Designed by: Studio GYZA

With the floating staircase and mid-century modern sofas, this ultra-cool living room shows us how you can give a modern spin to a standard style.

The mix of wooden tiles and lovely gray sofas is a gentle reminder of how these two poles-apart colors can go well together.

Again, this beautiful, spacious living room shows how brilliant gray sofas with timber tiles look together. Don’t clutter your living room with unnecessary furniture if the room is as big as this; after all, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Designed by: Studio GYZA

Again, this beautiful, spacious living room shows how brilliant gray sofas with timber tiles look together.

Don’t clutter your living room with unnecessary furniture if the room is as big as this; after all, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

If your living room is next to your pretty garden, now you know how to design it to accentuate its beauty. Large glass windows are the perfect way to have the perfect view of the outside from the inside.

Designed by: Moloney Architects

If your living room is next to your pretty garden, now you know how to design it to accentuate its beauty. Large glass windows are the perfect way to have the perfect view of the outside from the inside.

This image further affirms our belief that you can never go wrong with wooden and gray items together, no matter how unconventional they look. In fact, the more eccentric your furniture is, the more it pleases the eyes.

Designed by: Slade Architecture

This image further affirms our belief that you can never go wrong with wooden and gray items together, no matter how unconventional they look. In fact, the more eccentric your furniture is, the more it pleases the eyes.

The combination of two neutral colors – white and gray – results in sheer sophistication and elegance – That’s precisely what this living room style is exhibiting. If that’s the kind of replica you want for your living room, make sure that your room has the right balance of white and grey elements, nothing less, nothing more.

Designed by: ARS-IDEA Interior and Architectural Design

The combination of two neutral colors – white and gray – results in sheer sophistication and elegance – That’s precisely what this living room style is exhibiting.

If that’s the kind of replica you want for your living room, make sure that your room has the right balance of white and grey elements, nothing less, nothing more.

It is easy for a gray living room to look a little dull, but if you embellish it with silver decoration pieces, you can make the space appear rich and gorgeous. For more cheerful and perky effects, place beautiful flowers around the room where it is easy for everybody to look at and smile!

Designed by: ARS-IDEA Interior and Architectural Design

It is easy for a gray living room to look a little dull, but if you embellish it with silver decoration pieces, you can make the space appear rich and gorgeous.

For more cheerful and perky effects, place beautiful flowers around the room where it is easy for everybody to look at and smile!

The idea of a refined and ultra modish living room can come to life when you design it according to this image. The chocolaty brown sofas with a black shelf of books and table harmonize with the gray colored walls. And let’s not ignore the details – a lovely green plant and a hanging lamp – that add the oomph factor to the sophisticated living room.

The idea of a refined and ultra modish living room can come to life when you design it according to this image. The chocolaty brown sofas with a black shelf of books and table harmonize with the gray colored walls.

And let’s not ignore the details – a lovely green plant and a hanging lamp – that add the oomph factor to the sophisticated living room.

The subdued gray-and-white hued sofa and cushions take center stage in this room. To complement the sofas, there are wooden tiles and furniture along with a beautiful grey carpet set up in the room. And the cherry on top are the amazing hanging lights.

The subdued gray-and-white hued sofa and cushions take center stage in this room. To complement the sofas, there are wooden tiles and furniture along with a beautiful grey carpet set up in the room. And the cherry on top are the amazing hanging lights.

Add a feminine touch to your living room by placing baby pink hue and floral cushions. With a slight alteration to the details, you can completely change the outlook of your room, and this image is the virtual proof of that.

Add a feminine touch to your living room by placing baby pink hue and floral cushions. With a slight alteration to the details, you can completely change the outlook of your room, and this image is the virtual proof of that.

Add a feminine touch to your living room by placing baby pink hue and floral cushions. With a slight alteration to the details, you can completely change the outlook of your room, and this image is the virtual proof of that.

Add a modern edge to your living room by revamping it according to this super stylish design. The gloominess of gray stoned walls is subsided by the addition of head-turning seats and clock. The accumulation of blooms in a white-partitioned shelf perks up the room instantly.

An elegant living room that features subdued colors including dark gray and white create a modish vibe. Polished tiles with a comforting fireplace complete the space.

An elegant living room that features subdued colors including dark gray and white create a modish vibe. Polished tiles with a comforting fireplace complete the space.

An overall gray living room is just as pretty as the one that has a tinge of vibrant hues. A subdued living room creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that everyone naturally expects from a living room.

An overall gray living room is just as pretty as the one that has a tinge of vibrant hues. A subdued living room creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that everyone naturally expects from a living room.

This family-friendly living room boasts two kinds of walls – shiny gray walls and stoned ones. Together with phenomenal detailing, it gives the room a modern touch.

Needless to say, the shiny brown sofa steels the spotlight as a remarkable choice for adding a pop of color to an otherwise subdued living room. The white solid wooden table with a small comfy chair takes the room a notch higher.

This living room embraces an all-gray theme except for its complementing white sofas and indoor plants that add a pop of color to the room.

This living room embraces an all-gray theme except for its complementing white sofas and indoor plants that add a pop of color to the room.

Transform your living room into a place where you can welcome your guests. And this utterly sophisticated all-grey living room shows how you can achieve that precisely.

Transform your living room into a place where you can welcome your guests. And this utterly sophisticated all-grey living room shows how you can achieve that precisely.Do you want to make your living room appear more expensive? Well, invest in crystal decoration pieces and impressive embellishments that grab your attention instantly. And do you know what else will stand out? Gray striped walls!

Do you want to make your living room appear more expensive? Well, invest in crystal decoration pieces and impressive embellishments that grab your attention instantly. And do you know what else will stand out? Gray striped walls! Some soft white sofas, beautiful lights, blooming flowers, and neatly painted gray walls are enough to make the living room feel warm and welcoming.

Some soft white sofas, beautiful lights, blooming flowers, and neatly painted gray walls are enough to make the living room feel warm and welcoming.

What makes this living room design different from the rest is the gray carpet that covers the entire floor. If you follow this design, then you can uplift the flooring with a pop of color as the image features a stunning white and orange seating arrangement. Make your large living room appear posh with luxurious ceiling lights and grand furniture, and expensive indoor plants; all of them which sit well with gray walls and a carpet.

Make your large living room appear posh with luxurious ceiling lights and grand furniture, and expensive indoor plants; all of them which sit well with gray walls and a carpet.

The soft palette of this room lends the room a warm, relaxed atmosphere. People generally think that gray is a dark, moody hue but with this interior designing it radiates comfort and ease.

If you are not a huge fan of explicit gray shades, then you can go for this minimal-gray living room design. The beauty of this living room is that it only features distinct gray walls that stay low-key compared to the other elements of the room.

The gray tones and immaculate furniture draw one’s attention instantly. The beautiful hues and lush fabric invite visitors to stay in and feel right at home.

The gray tones and immaculate furniture draw one’s attention instantly. The beautiful hues and lush fabric invite visitors to stay in and feel right at home.

Reminiscent of a beach-y living room, this breathtakingly beautiful living room has one outstanding feature to it, which you can place in your own room as well, and that is – a classy wooden treasure chest!

Reminiscent of a beach-y living room, this breathtakingly beautiful living room has one outstanding feature to it, which you can place in your own room as  well, and that is – a classy wooden treasure chest!

Sheer sophistication is easy to produce by using a single toned gray hue, but this living room design makes use of different tones of colors, making the room a picture of both grace and grandeur.

Sheer sophistication is easy to produce by using a single toned gray hue, but this living room design makes use of different tones of colors, making the room a picture of both grace and grandeur. Use soft textures and gray rooms won’t look so dark and dreary and this stunning living room design totally proves that.

Use soft textures and gray rooms won’t look so dark and dreary and this stunning living room design totally proves that. The clever use of royal blue pieces to complement gray sofas and a splash of gray color on walls make this living room utterly dreamy and stunning.

The clever use of royal blue pieces to complement gray sofas and a splash of gray color on walls make this living room utterly dreamy and stunning. Make your small living space appear larger with a white and gray color scheme. This design will not only make your space spacious but cozy as well. Details like sheer curtains, scented lilies, and lighted candles will make the room snugger and pleasant.

Make your small living space appear larger with a white and gray color scheme. This design will not only make your space spacious but cozy as well.

Details like sheer curtains, scented lilies, and lighted candles will make the room snugger and pleasant. Bring this living room idea to life if you want sophisticated brown hues to take center stage, while the gray colors are as subtle as it gets.

Bring this living room idea to life if you want sophisticated brown hues to take center stage, while the gray colors are as subtle as it gets. Make your living room stand apart from the rest with distinctive home furnishing as evidenced in this mesmerizing design. The real treat to the eyes is how well the wooden floors are looking with dark gray borders between the large windows and doors.

Make your living room stand apart from the rest with distinctive home furnishing as evidenced in this mesmerizing design. The real treat to the eyes is how well the wooden floors are looking with dark gray borders between the large windows and doors. Whether it is a light or dark gray room, it needs a little warmth, and it can easily be accomplished with warmer tones in the furniture, which is achieved here through a dark wooden table and darker gray cabinets in this living room design.

Whether it is a light or dark gray room, it needs a little warmth, and it can easily be accomplished with warmer tones in the furniture, which is achieved here through a dark wooden table and darker gray cabinets in this living room design.

So which one of these stunning gray design ideas will you prefer for your living room? Hard to pick one, right?

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Based on our analysis of 220,359 living rooms, gray walls are in 16.9% of living rooms.  That’s the third most popular living room wall color.

What does gray mean?

Gray is a conservative color.  It’s neutral which makes for a sound wall color choice because it works with many other colors that you might incorporate such as blue, orange, yellow, white, black, etc.

It’s been called a “compromise color” because it sits between two non-colors (black and white) which creates a sense of calm.  Calm isn’t a bad emotional response for a living room color.

While the psychology of gray may come across as being negative, it isn’t at all.  What gray walls do is create a neutral background within which you can bring your living room to life without being overwhelming.  It’s no surprise to me that it’s the third most popular living room color these days.

Below is our photo gallery of “gray living rooms”.  Most are gray as a result of the walls, but in some instances we’ve declared it gray due to an abundance of gray within the decor.

Living room wall colors compared

Below is a chart and corresponding table setting out the percentage of living rooms that have various wall colors based on analysis of 220,359 formal living rooms.  Gray is the third most popular wall color coming in at 16.9% of living rooms (just behind white and beige.  In recent years, gray is becoming more and more popular, especially lighter tones.

Chart

Table

  • Beige: 31.4%
  • Black: .59%
  • Blue: 4.13%
  • Brown: 3.04%
  • Gray: 16.91%
  • Green: 2.73%
  • Multi: 1.67%
  • Orange: .46%
  • Pink: .21%
  • Purple: .31%
  • Red: .69%
  • White: 34.4%
  • Yellow: 3.56%

Are there styles where gray is the most popular?

No, but gray is definitely more popular with certain living room styles.  Examples include:

  • Transitional: Gray walls make up 25.77% of living rooms, which is the second most popular; again after beige, but in front of white.
  • Industrial:  Gray again comes in second, but this time just behind white.  Gray walls in industrial style living rooms make up 24.9% of walls while white makes up 45.6% of industrial living room walls.

Gray is more or less consistently popular among most design styles coming in at second, third or fourth most popular wall color.

I suspect given its currently popularity, it may take the top spot for some styles.

Gray Color Combos

When starting out designing your living room and going through color selection, it can be helpful to check out some proven color combinations.

Here are a few examples (we link to the really good resource below):

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These types of combos can really help plan your color scheme for several aspects of your room such as walls, art, furniture, rugs, etc.

Do you want the walls of your living room to be a neutral color but want something a little different than white or beige? As you browse our gallery of living room design ideas, you’ll notice that many of the living rooms are painted in a shade of gray or have gray accents.

Out of the 552,888 living rooms and 14 colors analyzed, 11.40 percent (or 63,052) have gray as the dominant color.

Choosing Gray as Your Dominant Design Color

Browse the paint swatch section of any hardware or paint store, and you’ll realize that there are more shades of gray than just light or dark gray. If you choose the right shade of gray, it can reflect the way you want your living room to be (formal, sophisticated, welcoming, or relaxed).

If you’ve never thought of using gray as the dominant design color in your living room, you might be surprised that it’s such a favorite color. When many people think of gray, they often associate it with being “drab” or even dirty. Choosing gray for your living room color works well with most living room design styles and sizes.

As with most colors, it’s important to consider the size of your living room before you start painting. If your living room is small, you’re better off painting your walls a light gray. If you want to incorporate dark gray, save it for an accent wall or furniture.

Larger living rooms are better suited for a dark gray color because it can actually make the room feel a bit “cozier.”

Selecting a Design Style

Although gray is often associated with Modern or Contemporary designs, it works well in all types of designs from Rustic to Scandinavian, just make sure you use the right shade of gray to complement all the features of the design you choose.

Accenting With Other Colors

There’s no rule that you have to add more color to a living room that’s decorated in various shades of gray but accenting in different colors can break up the room a bit. You can always use white as a trim but if you’re looking for a more vibrant hue consider fuchsia, red, violet, pink, or blue.

If you have warm wood tones in your living room, consider skipping the accents of color and letting the wood be the additional color.

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