Above, a palette of grey hues brings a restful (and rich) feel to a bedroom by Ashley Darryl.  

Grey can go traditional, “cottage,” or contemporary depending on its shade. From a pale dove grey, to a deep sterling grey, and of course, silver, you can change the feel of a room. The key to harmonizing all these different intensities and hues is by “layering” – using colors in the same family through furniture and accessories. It’s a lot like decorating monochromatically, though we’re opting for similar colors rather than just for one single hue. Here are a few examples of ways to use grey in your living room design through layering:

1. Start with a rug to define your seating area.

Wool Dhurrie Rug

An area rug can be placed on carpet to define an area as well as on bare floors. Consider the Custom Handwoven Wool Dhurrie Rug. Its large size of 10′ x 14′ helps define the living space of larger rooms (or simply acts as an area rug in smaller rooms), while its lovely pattern of stripes in cream, white, and grey lends interest.

2. Anchor your living room with a great sofa.

Grey Linen Sectional

A beautiful sofa such as the Custom Grey Linen Sectional Sofa invites you to sit and relax. A modern alternative to the usual overstuffed sectional, we love the clean lines and geometric shape of the sofa.

3. Add personality with side chairs (and a side table).


A pair of armchairs with a small table makes a perfect conversation area. We love the Ico Parisi Italian Armchairs. Striking in appearance, they feature wooden arms and a grey upholstery. These would be wonderful in any contemporary setting. A perfect table to place between the chairs is this Gina Berschneider Iron Frame Side Table. It has a curved iron frame and 1″-thick grey beveled lagos stone top that holds its own in a furniture grouping.

4. Embrace stylish storage.

Oly Studio Cabinet

The Oly Studio Dominique Cabinet with its magnificent finish of silver foiling on raised wood accents provides storage with its three internal shelves, making it perfect for media, a display space, or to hold books and collections.

5. Create a seating “nook.”

Seating Area

Consider adding a small table and chairs to your living room to serve as a games table, provide extra seating, or as a place to sit with your laptop. The Bausman and Company Round Iron and Wood Dining Table is an ideal choice for any of these functions. Measuring 48″ round, it can serve as a dining table in a small dining room or as a games table in a living room. The weathered iron legs bring a unique texture to your decor scheme, and its carved alder wood top has a rich silver-grey hue. The Restoration Hardware Hudson Parsons Side Chairs are covered in a plush grey velvet that perfectly suits the table and will work with a variety of color schemes, should you change your decor in the future.

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