1. Warm up grey walls with bright prints
A floor to ceiling pale grey colour palette is the perfect canvas to make a splash with brightly coloured wall prints. A floating picture shelf is a great non-permanent solution to displaying wall art. You can easily swap one print for another as your collection grows and changes. Putty and blue-coloured patterned cushions and a geometric rug in dark navy add pops of muted colour for a sophisticated, yet cosy living room.
2. Creating a sanctuary with slate and wood accents
Slate grey walls look anything but cold when paired with rustic, natural woody furniture accents. Fill the room with plenty of textures such as a fluffy berber rug and straw basket for storing blankets to complete the relaxed living room scheme.
3. Use warm tones of grey to soften statement patterns
Pale grey walls create the perfect backdrop for statement patterns. The warm undertones of grey absorbs busy patterns, meaning it’s less stark than say white walls. This quality allows pattern to sit more comfortably within the overall scheme.
4. Create calming vibes with natural foliage
Cool shades of grey can have a calming effect on an interior space. This can be enhanced further with the addition of natural foliage, a hugely popular accessory choice for 2019. The cool tones of the Dulux Grey Steel 2 wall colour in this living room is the perfcet backdrop to enhance the lush green of the botanicals incorporated into the scheme.
5. Take grey from walls to floors
Grey tones kick off with Farrow & Ball’s Pavillion Gray Estate on the walls and move down to a large grey corner sofa and light grey carpet. This key colour is also picked up in statement floor rug. We say you can never have too much grey!
6. Update a grey country scheme with paisley print
Update the backdrop in a classic country scheme with paisley-print wallpaper in smart grey. Choose cushions and upholstery in opulent weaves, soft linens and plush damasks, with Moroccan-style metal tables to add glamour.
‘Be extravagant with finishing touches for an opulent look’ advises Ideal Home’s Style Editor, Michela Collling. ‘For example, double up on fabrics so curtains feel fuller.’
7. Use grey as a base for soft geometrics
Team cool grey and geometrics with primrose yellow splashes for a vintage look with a modern twist. Keep the scheme contemporary with grey walls and furniture, then add warmth with hints of yellow in geometric prints and furnishings and character with a cool mix of retro accessories. Wooden cube tables and copper details complement the retro vibe.
8. Team warm grey with soft ivory for effortless elegance
Make a living room more inviting with a warm grey wall colour that mixes well with other neutrals. Pile up the sofa with cushions and throws in complementary shades, with a Berber rug as your anchor point.
‘If an all-grey scheme feels to flat and monotone, work in an extra layer of colour with an elegant ivory for a subtle lift,’ says Vanessa Richmond, Ideal Home’s Editorial Director. Flashes of mustard, olive green or softer tones of nude or blush work well with any yellow-toned greys.
9. Curate a grey scheme
Who says grey can’t be cosy, warm and inviting? This scheme debunks that theory. A hugely comfortable armchair is the perfect place to start, and this one certainly delivers. Opt for chunky knits, pattern and texture to give a grey living room a welcoming feel. Curate a wall with monochrome prints and photography for a chic. stylish space that you just won’t want to leave.
10. Bring grey to life with bright colours
Worried grey alone might seem a bit dull? Then choose your accessories carefully. A blue sofa, yellow chair and tomato red lamp really sing out against a mid-grey backdrop. Pull everything together with a rug that features all the different shades that you are using, and voilà – decorating perfection!