For the last few years, gray has gained the spotlight as the neutral of choice, with gray sofas enjoying particular popularity among designers and homeowners alike. However, setting on a lovely gray couch, some people struggle with choosing complementary and accent colors. So how do you keep the room from feeling flat while maintaining a coordinated look? Here are 30 excellent color scheme ideas that will help you style your gray couch living room.
1. Natural Wood. Painted furniture is on the way out, and natural wood is back. Choose accent tables that show off the wood’s grain for a beautiful contrast against your gray couch.
2. Beige and Orange. Any sofa will benefit from a couple of throw pillows, but they are especially crucial for large sofas. They provide comfort and are a great way to add different textures and shades to your space. Note how beige and orange pillows make this dark gray sectional much more inviting.
3. Statement Oriental Area Rug. Rugs tie your living room together and help define the space. Your gray couch is just the right shade of neutral to compliment that bold area rug you’ve had your eye on.
4. Gray Sectional and Gray Walls. Gray probably isn’t the first to come to mind when you think of wall colors to go with gray sofas. But if you really want your bold decor to stand out, this may be the way to go. Soft browns and bold green botanicals look stunning in this gray sofa living room.
5. Rustic Gray Living Room. A great thing about gray furniture and a neutral palette is that they allow you to go big in other areas. Here, the muted gray and white palette makes way for the beautiful photo collage to become the room’s focal point.
6. Dark Blue Accent Wall and High Contrast Pillows. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a combination of gray and blue. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, if you want to take this classic combo up a notch, throw in some red or burnt orange accents for spice.
7. Plum Shade with a Gray Couch. Another color option that goes wonderfully with your gray sofa is a deep, dramatic plum. If things begin to feel too dark, throw in a bit of beige and off-white or pair it with burnt orange accents.
8. Seasonal Decorating. Don’t be afraid to change up your decor with the season. One of the many great things about a neutral-colored sofa is that it is an excellent base for your holiday decor. Whether that means some pops of pastel greens in the spring or red for Valentine’s day.
9. Warm and Woodsy Tones. Wood tones are the way to go if you love the soft look of a light gray sofa but are also striving for a warm, homey feel in your living room. Wooden end tables and accents are an outstanding balance to the cooler gray of your couch.
10. Modern Monochrome Design. This living room is a dream with pure white walls allowing gray to take center stage. Instead of being the base, the different shades of gray, from the light gray couch to the darker pillows and rug, play the first fiddle.
11. Bright Red Accent. Sometimes, you need one perfect piece to make your living room shine. This simple coral rug becomes a beautiful statement piece given the room’s neutral color scheme and gray sectional.
12. Pastel Green Accents. Texture often gets forgotten when designing a living space, but it often makes so much difference! Here, the velvet sofa and fluffy accessories practically yell, “sit on me, snuggle up, have a nap.” The pastel green accents contribute to the feel.
13. Muted Purple and Touches of Gold. Don’t be afraid to make some bold color or pattern choices in your decor. For example, you have chosen the neutral choice for your sofa; now liven your space up with bold florals or glamorous finishes.
14. Gray Green and Beige. Larger sofas, like this behemoth sectional, automatically become the center of the room just by sheer square footage. Use the same tone area rug to define the sofa area. Gray-green walls and beige curtains and flooring can further add warmth without overwhelming the space.
15. Patterned Curtains. If you love mixing patterns but don’t want your living room to feel busy, stick to a simple color scheme. This monochrome space boasts lots of funky patterns while still feeling crisp thanks to the gray palette and clean lines of the sofa and coffee table.
16. Dark Gray Living Room Wall. Gray is often a go-to color in light, neutral color schemes. However, it is just as valuable for more dramatic moody spaces. Here, the darker tones of the gray couch and walls set the mood while the plants and animal print throw pillows add a pop of color and life.
17. Accent Chairs and Gold Color Decor. When accessorizing your gray couch, your natural inclination is probably to reach for silver or black finishes, but don’t count gold out. Gold accents such as picture frames, a lamp, or even your coffee table help warm up the space and create a cozy atmosphere.
18. Light Gray Sofa with Various Shades of Beige. A light gray sofa is a wise furniture choice for folks with small living rooms. Couches with bold colors can take over the space and make it feel smaller. Whereas a neutral gray will make the area feel more open and serves as a good wingman for your pops of color.
19. Blue Gray Couch Living Room. Modern design styles rely heavily on clean lines and no-fuss pieces, which makes a gray sofa the perfect addition to your modern living space. Choosing a sofa with a mid to darker toned gray with high-contrast pillows and wall art will will add character to the space.
20. White Walls and Dark Gray Sofa. This living room is a fantastic example of how to use a large sectional to create a moody, dramatic space, without it feeling stuffy. The white walls and Oriental rug help balance the imposing figure of the gray couch.
21. Royal Blue and Gray Rug. Don’t feel constrained by one design style when outfitting your living room. Here you can see the traditional gray sofa paired with an industrial coffee table and boho geometric pattern rug, and it all works. Choose pieces that bring you joy.
22. Light Gray and Bright Blue. Contemporary style changes every few years, and right now, mid-century modern is seeing a rise back to the top of interior designs. This gray sofa with simple wooden legs is a great example, especially when paired with the matching cool blues of the rug, the pillows and the wall art.
23. Floral Rug. Gray couches with rolled arms always seem comfortable but also regal with their soft lines and nail head accents. A floral rug does a great job supporting these rounded lines. The homeowner also used a traditional coffee table and light throw pillows to make the couches seem cozier and less formal.
24. Charcoal Gray Coach and Accent Wall. We love a dramatic space. The way this large gray sofa blends with the dark wall creates a calming palette for the bold colors and whimsy decor of the room.
25. Pink and Emerald Green. Your use of additional colors doesn’t need to be big and bright to be beautiful. Here, the homeowner has snuck in some soft pink and bold green pillows and accessorized the room with light wood tones to add some warmth to their otherwise monochrome room.
26. Dark and Light Earth Tones. This interior design ticks all the boxes matching not only the fabrics of the furniture but also the clean lines. Besides, it is a marvelous example of how well different earth tones go together.
27. Mixed and Matched Patterns. The right patterns can be used to build the illusion of having many textures, which creates interest in your space. Here, the patterns on the rug, pillows and wall art play to the softness of the velvet couch and add interest to the white living room.
28. White Curtains and Plaid Pillows. This living space is a great example of mixing decor styles seamlessly. The matching light gray colors of the couch and the walls and clean contemporary lines create a perfect backdrop for the rustic accent pieces.
29. Beige Gray Living Room with Removable Color Accents. The same beige gray tone repeats throughout this space – in a couch, rug, and curtains – to keep the styling serene and cohesive. Now, it’s so easy to change the accent color with the help of a table centerpiece that can be further supported by a throw blanket and pillows. The accent yellow and deep orange set a distinct Thanksgiving mood here.
30. White, Black and Pastel Pink. Space doesn’t need to be huge to feel luxurious. The large gray couch, the texture of the pillows, and the clean lines of the decor make this small living room feel sumptuous and full of character.
Whether you are decorating with a modern goal in mind or something more maximalist, gray couches can be excellent starting points for your living room design plans. There are many bright and muted colors to use with it for the walls, curtains, and accent pieces, so be sure to save the best examples!