How to Make a Gray Living Room

Not too long ago, gray was considered by many to be a dull and somewhat dreary color. But then one day that all changed. One popular designer started using it, then another, and then another, and over the last decade it’s become one of the most popular colors in home decor. More sophisticated than beige and more adaptable than taupe, grey is a versatile shade that has quickly become the king of neutrals.

Gray is the epitome of elegance when combined with classic details and sophisticated styling. In this room, designed by Cherie Lee Interiors, the soft color palette allows the details, including the carved mantel, architectural mouldings, and tufted sofas, to truly stand out.

Think gray is dark? Think again! Accented with white trim, and in a room flooded with natural light, gray can be soft and refreshing. In rooms like this one that have large windows it’s a great idea to keep the furnishings simple and allow the eye to be drawn to the view.

One of the best ways to add a sophisticated and modern look to a space is to paint the trim black or dark gray. In this room designed by Jensen C. Vasil Architect, the look works particularly well as the charcoal trim adds a modern sensibility to the ornately carved railings and door trim.

The best way to call attention to interesting architectural designs or features is to let them stand out against neutral backdrops. The gray tones and clean-lined furniture in this large, open concept space, take a backseat to the stair railings and windows. Since there are no strong colors or shapes to compete with, the eye is automatically drawn to the interesting architectural features.