Definitive Proof That Gray Living Rooms Make a Striking Statement

Updated 12/12/18

The living room often serves as the first impression guests have of your home and is where you spend most of your time entertaining. For that reason, deciding on the color scheme and design of your living room is an especially important part of styling your home. No matter your style, there's one color scheme that exudes understated sophistication: gray.

Gray living rooms are a wonderfully neutral—yet far from boring—way to center your home and provide a sense of calm. For those who favor minimal, pared-down approaches to design, this uncomplicated color scheme is a gorgeous way to bring attention to clean design and quality finishes.

So we've rounded up photos of gray living rooms that make a striking statement.

traditional gray living room
ACP/Trunk Archive

The neutral gray palette makes this living room's eye-catching artwork—and matching throw pillows—stand out.

modern gray living room
Fantastic Frank

The modern design of this space proves even more striking in shades of gray.

minimal gray living room
ACP/Trunk Archive

Minimalism at its most beautiful, this living room boasts clean, streamlined design in white, black, and gray.

cozy gray living room
Ashlee Raubach for Studio McGee

For a cozier feel, grays with a touch of blue and accented by greens can bring more life into the space.

gray living room design
ACP/Trunk Archive

The subdued gray of the couch plays off the large concrete wall detailing and works with the pared-back palette.

gray living room loft
Alyssa Rosenheck

The use of gray in this living room—for the couch, rug, side table, and back wall—allows the other pieces—a blue velvet throw pillow, a natural leather chair, or an oversize black fireplace—to act as accents.

gray and purple living room
Fantastic Frank

This gray hue is warmed up when paired with purple via a rug, throw pillows, and florals.

gray living room couch
Fantastic Frank

Grays look great with natural wood and brass finishes.

gray living room décor
Fantastic Frank

Having gray center the living room can be as simple as choosing pieces in gray and metal tones and letting accents like wall art, vases, or other décor details pop out against the neutral base.

Gray living room design—Alyssa Rosenheck
Alyssa Rosenheck

This living room is surrounded by gray concrete ceilings and walls but somehow despite that, it still feels warm. The texture of the rug and the sofa helps to create a homely vibe here in a room that could easily turn stark.

gray living area
Brooke Holm ; DESIGN: Robson Rak Architects

This living room is super minimal and sleek with mostly gray from the walls to the rug and the furniture. The forest green velvet cushions really help to lift it with a hint of color. 

gray living room ideas
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

The gray paint of this living room is offset 

Paris living room
Courtesy of Jean Charles Thomas

This is the epitome of elegant chic in Paris. The mouldings on the walls and the ceiling really help to bring life to the gray monotone hue along with the velvet sofa and glass bulb chandelier in smokey gray.

California living room
Amy Bartlam ; DESIGN: Katie Hodges Design

This is a classic blend of gray with beige to create that elevated "greige" hue. Katie Hodges has cleverly fused the two bringing in natural elements such as the tan leather safari chair, and fiddle leaf fig in the corner to bring the monochrome look to life. The exposed beams are also helping a lot.

Stockholm living room
Courtesy of Fantastic Frank

Give your gray living room some depth with unique wallpaper. This one also has some muted pastel pink layered in for a little visual interest and warmth. 

This post was originally published on January 19, 2018, and has since been updated.

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