I’m consistently amazed by the versatility of gray. There are so many different shades and tones of gray that it can encompass any mood you’d like it to. Heather is gray is a shade that will undoubtedly bring me comfort, whereas more silver grays will undoubtedly feel modern and sophisticated.
Gray is also a great base color if you’re looking to play around with colorful accessories and accents in your interior and you are growing a bit tired of plain white walls. So many natural materials are gray, allowing you to play with different types of stones.
This interior design collection is dedicated to gray living room ideas. Here you’ll find gray used in more classic looks, contemporary looks, and looks you’d never imagine for yourself! Hopefully, here you will find all of the inspiration that you need for your very own gray living room decorating ideas.
1. The Wood & Stone Living Room
Floors & Walls: We’re starting out with a living room that is doing an excellent job of combining antique aesthetic charm and contemporary accents – a marriage of the old and the new, as folks like to say.
This beautifully rustic but elevated space starts with antique wood floors that have been stained black – which is a great way to make something feel super modern – and walls that alternate between being made of huge concrete slabs and dark gray accent walls. The enormous arched windows with black framing do a great job of ensuring that the room doesn’t become too moody.
Furniture: I really like the quaint size of the living room in this loft apartment. Just the width of the room dividing wall, this living room space features a cozy leather sofa in a cool gray tone with nice grainy wood framing.
Matching your coffee table with an accent table is a great way to make a room feel cohesive, and the darker tones look really great against the cooler tones of light gray found in the concrete wall and patterned area rug.
Decor: We have very elegant and chic decoration in this home decor that is really keeping along with the subdued theme. An impressive statement piece of a light fixture illuminates the sofa, while small vases in black, white, and gold add a touch of kitschiness.
2. The Gray Craftsman Living Room
Floors & Walls: We’re really switching gears with this gray living room inspiration. While the other felt hyper-modern, this one feels classic and cozy but with a clearly stylish execution. Warmly tinted hardwood floors do a great job of ensuring the room doesn’t end up feeling too cool, while the ceiling of white wooden slats and gray-painted beams is a great way to elevate the look.
Furniture: This inviting sitting room comes together nicely with two matching light gray sofas with nice deep seats and a simple wooden and black framed coffee table in the center of them. A light gray credenza is host to the television set and provides some extra storage in this spacious room.
Decor: The decoration in this room feels very classy and understated, with a neutral-toned area rug under the sitting area, big and happy green plants, and a couple of pops of interest in a vase of light yellow flowers and some framed colorful artwork.
3. The Sleek Gray Living Room
Floors & Walls: This modern and elegant living room area is adorned with nothing but different shades of gray. The shining concrete floor is an elevated version of the regular industrial concrete floor, and the gray tones of the concrete pillars and cement facade around the fireplace work well with the neutral color of the white walls.
Furniture: Keeping up with the elegant and chic theme of this room with the furniture choices as well. A clean white sofa almost fades into the background, while a round and low set coffee table with a matching leather accent chair act as great contrasts against the cool light gray area rug. And every room is, of course, made better by a fireplace.
Decor: In my personal and very biased opinion, this room is a little bit too cool for me. In order for a room to feel cozy (and I think that the main job of a living room is to feel cozy) I believe that in needs a rustic element which can be found in wooden pieces, a textured element in throw blankets or a super fuzzy rug, plants for life and movement, and color for interest. This room is a great base, but it could use a bit of personality!
This chic and stylish living room has been designed by Desjardins Bherer.
4. The Cozy Stone Living Room
Floors & Walls: I think this is one of my favorites in the collection. This wonderfully cozy but timelessly stylish gray living room starts with wide-set wood flooring panels in a nice distressed stain. I think the choice of wall materials is what makes this room particularly special.
Having a concrete block facade for the fireplace and television area brings about an industrial vibe while also being practical (and most importantly, long-lasting), while using lightly and warmly stained wood for the window framing, ceiling, and other walls provides that rustic warmth, we were talking about earlier.
Furniture: The open and airy living room is made so because of the simplicity of the furniture. A very generously sized sectional suede sofa provides the perfect warm shade for the room, and an understated and plain black coffee table brings cohesion considering many of the black accents throughout the room.
Decor: I find it amazing how effective a big window and a little bit of life can be. All we have in terms of decoration – and it’s not even meant for decoration – are some cut logs for the fireplace, a couple of potted saplings, and the beautiful view of a winter wonderland outside. It’s the middle of summer as I write this, but this view is making me eager to gear up for winter!
This sweet and cozy living room has been designed by Ben Amzaleg.
5. The Open Gray Living Room
Floors & Walls: This is clearly a home that has been designed for hosting. This impressive living room starts with shining concrete floors and rather impressive construction of cement blocks to create a multilevel home. You can tell that this place would definitely survive an earthquake.
Furniture: This open-concept living room has tons of seating space found in a light gray sofa with deep seats, a darker gray sectional sofa, and a couple of deep purple leather armchairs. While there is so much gray in this room, it really doesn’t feel like it’s too much because of how it’s dispersed. I particularly love the coffee table in this space that’s made unique by two different levels made of different materials.
Decor: This room is decorated with a huge collection of throw pillows of various colors and textures, and also just by the simple but astounding foundation of the space.
Grupo Arquitectura designed this amazing living room.
6. The Sunroom Hosting Room
Floors & Walls: Here is another example of a room designed purely for hosting. This gorgeous, open, airy, inviting, sophisticated, exciting interior starts with elegant black stone tiles for the floors, incredibly tall ceilings supported by black pillars, what looks like a wood facade for the back walls, and another entire wall made purple from windows with black framing.
Furniture: This room really entices you to lounge, and I think that’s because of all the super low-set furniture. This is a common approach that a lot of midcentury modern-inspired rooms take: deep and wide furniture that is set low to the ground.
Here we see matching sofas in a beautiful sandy gray color, with very deep seats and low backs. These are met with a couple of low-set armchairs made from caramel-colored leather, and it’s all brought together with a low-set black coffee table.
Decor: While this interior isn’t currently decorated, the foundation of the room is so beautiful that anything would just elevate the space. I can imagine some huge plants in the corners, a sandy-colored furry rug, and some midcentury modern-inspired mobiles hanging from the ceiling. Just delightful!
This impeccable space was designed by Grupo Arquitectura.
7. The Industrial Dream Living Room
Floors & Walls: This impeccably stylish living still manages to be inviting for several different reasons. This enticing room starts with richly stained, dark hardwood floors that really manage to warm up concrete walls, but this shade of concrete feels a little bit lighter-toned than your standard cool-toned concrete.
A floating staircase is a rare thing to see, but it certainly does a good job of impressing its onlookers. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows allow for that essential natural light to come in while giving us a blessed view of the landscape outside.
Furniture: This low-set gray furniture set is part of the reason why this extravagant room still feels warm and inviting. Warmer tones of gray have been used to upholster these beautiful pieces of furniture, and deep-set seats with plush-looking back cushions indicate that you can stay awhile.
While there isn’t much in this room, each piece is very special. A gorgeous stone coffee table with elegant marbling uses are darker tone of gray, and acts as a statement piece, will the sofas are a bit more subdued.
Decor: This room is decorated with a small plate of candles to create a little ambiance. I would personally add some splashes of color on the walls and, as always, a collection of happy plants who would absolutely love all the daylight coming in from those enormous windows!
This amazing space has been designed by Studio GYZA.
8. The Daylight Living Room
Floors & Walls: For a moment, I thought that this was just another of angle of the previous room, but it turns out it just has a lot of the same elements! Dark hardwood floors feel warm, while the floor by the floor-to-ceiling windows is made from cement. This matches the cement walls and foundation pillars, but the absolutely huge windows do a great job of making the room feel light and expansive despite the grounding materials used for the floors and walls.
Furniture: The furniture set in this room uses dark heather gray upholstery for its sofa and chair, and deep-set seats invite you in to stay awhile. A contemporary leather chair sitting by the windows (and also by the wood fireplace) seems like the perfect place to read a book.
Decor: This room is elevated by its decoration, found in uniquely shaped squiggly light fixtures, a shelf holding nothing but old bottles turned into candle holders (this is something I do myself!), and a cool textured tug underneath the glass coffee table.
Studio GYZA designed this special living space.
9. The Serene Gray Living Space
Floors & Walls: I think that this is my favorite of our collection of gray living room ideas. It has absolutely everything that I love in a room, and it starts with this absolutely gorgeous brown floor that has been created using speckled stone. I love the texture and warmth that it provides. Just stunning.
I also always appreciate a house that is more windows than it is walls, and we certainly get that here. While we have gray in the cement walls and the sofa, it too provides a warm aspect because the room is so naturally inviting.
Furniture: I love a sofa that looks so deep that you’re afraid you’d fall asleep in it. Modular sectional sofas are such a good idea for big spaces since you can change the configuration as you please, even turning the sectional section into an ottoman! I love the textile used for the upholstery here. A simple circular, wooden coffee table is the perfect warm counterpart.
Decor: This room is adorned with understated decoration, found in the gorgeous cowhide in the center of the room, the tiny accent table to hold your book and a glass of wine, and sparse artwork on the walls. The room speaks for itself. What could be more stylish than that?
Moloney Architects have designed this stunning space.
10. The Gray Accents Living Space
Floors & Walls: This is one of the more modest living rooms of the collection, which, in my opinion, is a good thing. I don’t need extravagance in order to be impressed. I need clever designs, beautiful upholstery, and quality work.
And we certainly get all of those things with this living room design. The floors set a stunning foundation with herringbone-arranged wood floors, that are complimented with white walls and accent walls made from huge slabs of concrete.
Furniture: The living room furniture in this room is really following a lovely theme. A superbly elegant sectional sofa in ivory upholstery entices you to sit down with super deep seats and throw pillows, and this matches the white chairs at the dining table.
The rest of the furniture follows a wooden theme, with a low-set coffee table with black framing, which matches the credenza, which in turn matches the dining table. The room has a lovely flow to it thanks to the smartly selected furniture accent pieces.
Decor: This is also probably one of the more decorated rooms which I appreciate! I find that more contemporary designs are so focused on minimalism (which itself is beautiful), but sometimes these restrictions miss out on the opportunity to have personality in a room.
Industrial light fixtures combine well with wall art and various vases, and other knick-knacks on the shelving unit that has been built right into the wall.
11. The Earthen Living Room
Floors & Walls: Maybe this one is my personal favorite of the collection. I think a lot of what contributes to the wonder of this space is the fact that it’s not square. So many of the spaces we see are encompassed by hard angles and strict lines, so it’s always so wondrous to see living room walls with round edges and fluid angles.
The cement floors and walls aren’t too cool, thanks to the other features of the modern living room. We see a gorgeous ivory wall with a mezzanine area that offers the perfect counterpart to the cement portion of the room.
Furniture: Despite such an extravagant room, the furniture is surprisingly homey. A beautiful sectional sofa in a cream color is such a classic choice, but it does a great job of ensuring the room remains inviting. A huge chest has been used for the coffee table, which not only fits with the sectional perfectly but provides a welcome rustic element.
Decor: This room is decorated in a very boho chic way, which is another great method of making a space feel inviting. This is found in the ceramic vases, the neutral-toned throw pillows, potted plants, and huge candle holder.
12. The Grand Gray Living Room
Floors & Walls: It’s hard to find the words to describe the beauty of the gray living room ideas in this space. A great one to finish off this collection with, this incredible space starts with rustic, warm hardwood floors and some of the most gorgeous windows I’ve ever seen. French doors line the bottom portion of the room, while huge windows line the top. The walls have been painted a gorgeous shade of gray/green which is both sophisticated and tender.
Furniture: There are so many beautiful pieces of furniture in this living room I hardly know where to start. Stunning wooden pieces are found throughout, including a live edge dining table, a low set wooden bench, a rounded edge side table, and two butcher-block style coffee tables for the center.
The other pieces are warm white, providing the perfect contrast to all of the wooden elements. Low-set sofas in cream-colored upholstery feel elegant, but their shape with more rounded edges and very deep seats bring that welcoming nature.
Decor: Not much else needs to be added to this space in order for it to feel complete, but I will always welcome a cream-colored area rug as shaggy as that. I can only dream since I have a dark-haired dog. I would spend the rest of my life in this room, and I think you would too.