Gone are the years where gray is boring. For decades, gray has been on the walls, floors and decorative items of homes. It is now a popular hue, known for its earthy tones that brings a sense of welcoming calmness.
As we spend more time indoors, home owners are looking to make their homes more cosy, more spacious, or just something different. There has been an increasing interest in warmer gray shades, sometimes known as greige colours. The gray colour is loved for its versatility and the sophistication it helps to bring about.
Besides the warm shades, gray has also become the king of neutrals.
From cool to warm shades, more homeowners are leaning towards having some gray tones for their homes. Since different shades of gray evokes different emotions, we need to consider which best fits our decorative intentions.
If gray is something you have been looking to add in your homes, here are some decorating ideas to inspire your next living room project.
ELEGANT & SOPHISTICATED GRAY LIVING ROOM
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Gray, being its versatile self, has the ability to churn out different emotions at different shades. It can be further accentuated by the correct usage of textures and accessories, weaving its own story altogether.
This flexible colour is often associated with elegance. Capture the sheer air of elegance and royalty by going for classic details and soft pastel palette. Classic details are the architectural moldings and carved mantel on walls and ceilings.
The art of elegance and sophistication of gray walled living rooms is about balance of lights – both natural and man-made.
A single, lighter gray tone allows the carvings of the walls to stand out. The introduction of pastel colored items and tufted sofas allows your gray living room to become a comfortable feast for the eyes.
You can also go for a contemporary style living room by pairing white or beige with black or dark gray, which helps to add a clean and modern touch to a space – not to mention sleek. Invest in a statement coffee table if you have the luxury of space.
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Besides tufted sofas, try to incorporate luxe fabrics and ceiling-to-floor drapes. They help to bring out that luxuriously, graceful feel. Glass and reflective surfaces like metals and mirrors are excellent contributions to this mood as well.
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Ceiling-to-floor drapes are one of those things that add a touch of elegance to your home. Easy and light, yet a rich effect to create an amazing ambience in your sophisticated gray living room. For living rooms, it would be better to get the flowy kind of drapes instead of the blackout ones.
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To really go for that sleek and edgy living room, try going for darker shades of gray. Statement pieces of mid-century modern and industrial style works magically here, complementing the rather mature, mellow gray colour palette. Bring in soft rugs to slightly fluff things up, along with tufted sofas.
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However, these rich, darker shades of gray always make a room seem smaller than it is. So keep in mind to have the ceiling painted white and your windows free from thick curtains or drapes.
SOFT & AIRY GRAY LIVING ROOM
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For a more relaxed and casual atmosphere, we go for a beige-ish gray, or some calling it greige, and pair it with one other colour (besides gray) around the home. Aim for symmetry of design throughout, with 80% of your living room being gray and the other colour will take up the remaining 20%.
We just want hints of the other colour without compromising the calmness of your gray living room. Result will be a clean looking and neat space. Invest in a large artwork that has hints of the 20% colour too. This would really bring your living room together.
Once again, choose metallic or reflective surface accessories to brighten up a rather neutrally balanced room. Linens are especially great to bring warmth. It will be great to have a couple of throws and cushions on your sofa too.
It’s all about the details, pay attention to them!
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Homes with large windows, an airy living room can be created by keeping your furnishings simple. Flood the room with natural light with a light-toned gray, accented with white trim. Natural wooden floors help to bring the beautiful outside view inside, making the entire room feel not too far off from the refreshing nature. Crisp, calm and airy. All that a comfortable home should be. Notice that ceiling-to-floor drapes are (especially) used here.
A small wooden round table with the shape of a tree stump is aesthetically charming and enlivens your space with nature. It’s chic, minimal and provides a good, cozy reading nook to place cups, books or magazines.
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Below are some light gray shades that goes well in this style of gray living room.
The beauty of gray is its wide range, you’ll eventually find your gray. In a case where there is not much view outside or your living room does not have large windows, we bring the warmth indoors.
Gray colored walls with brown undertones are perfectly accentuated when paired with warm wooden floors and a mix of light and dark-toned furniture.
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LOUD ACCENTS IN GRAY LIVING ROOM
People who like bright colours for their living room would perhaps disagree to have gray for their walls. However, when played well, it can create a distinct, maximalism style where everything seems to fall into place cohesively.
Being a highly versatile colour, gray is able to work well with most accent colors.
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When we speak of bold, we think mustard yellow or pink or red. Bright, eye-catching and a definite shot of vibrancy. To blend gray and a bold colour of such, go for a monochromatic gray living room; a mix of both light and dark gray.
Rule of 80-20 applies here as well. We still want more gray but that 20% loud colour is enough to steal the show.
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Another idea is to paint the walls the colour of a shy gray that’s very close to white, or dusty gray even, and pop in some bright and colourful art pieces around. Like a blank canvas, you can throw all the colours you want. The art pieces will stand out amazingly against these gray walls.
To complete your one-of-a-kind artistic living room, incorporate neutral coloured velvety sofas and patterned carpets. This combination of different textures and pops of colours gives off a very modern vibe, one that is young and light-hearted.
You can always go bolder with a stronger patterned carpet for this kind of style. The canvas is all yours. Because here, the gray walls help to balance your living room and keep it from looking like a mess.
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT GRAY
The direction of where your natural light comes in plays a part. With the right usage of light and space, the colour gray can actually help to balance the intensity of the sunlight coming into your home.
Living rooms facing the east would receive warmer, stronger lights in the morning and then much cooler lights in the evening. It will be the opposite for west facing rooms.
Take into consideration of the colours and undertones of adjoining rooms. Pick the gray where the light dominates more.
Pale gray evokes the feeling of airiness and space which makes it an excellent choice for a small living room. Because gray can help to bounce light off your room, take the chance to paint your ceilings as well. It will help to create a more consistent appearance to guide the eyes to look around the home with ease.
If natural lights can help to accentuate your gray hues, so can artificial light sources. Warm, soft white bulbs are great to enhance warm tones while cooler white bulbs are better for the blue and green tones.
It can be frustrating to pick the wrong colour and shade. Before anything, paint large test squares on every wall of your living room. Take a look at time at different times of the day.
A WELL-LOVED COLOUR FOR HOME
This special colour, gray, acts as a beautiful neutral colour for a home. One that can be hard to choose from its wide, wide shades spectrum. Yet when combined well with the right textures and materials, grey living rooms are always bursting with life and personality.
Design is always personal. And by drawing inspiration to the kind of atmosphere you would like for your home, you can certainly create one that is your kind of gray.
From sophisticated to edgy, delicate to striking, gray is proving to be a well-loved versatile, modern and fresh colour for homes. And as a neutral colour, it gives plenty of room to change the furniture and accessories without disrupting the design balance of your living room.
Roll up those sleeves, it’s time to get painting.