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, gray is a versatile shade that has quickly become the king of neutrals.
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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 moldings, and tufted sofas, to truly stand out.Continue to 2 of 22 below.
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Soft and Refreshing
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 has large windows, it's a great idea to keep the furnishings simple and allow the eye to be drawn to the view.Continue to 3 of 22 below.
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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.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Sexy and Sophisticated
Contemporary gray interiors accented with a little bling are great for creating a sexy and sophisticated look. In this room from Freestyle Interiors, deep hues and luxe fabrics invite you to stay in and make yourself comfortable.Continue to 6 of 22 below.
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Reminiscent of rocky shores, this stone gray and blue color palette is ideal for lakeside living. The elegant furniture contrasts comfortably against the rough-hewn materials of the mantel to create an elegantly informal gathering place.Continue to 7 of 22 below.
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Create Wow Factor
To create some serious 'wow' factor, consider a gray backdrop for a colorful piece of furniture or art, like in this transitional living room designed by Clarity Home Interiors. It's a great way to call attention to a special piece—whether it's hung on the wall or placed as part of a furniture arrangement like the red bench pictured here.Continue to 8 of 22 below.
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While this room could easily be enjoyed equally by both sexes, it has a bit more of a masculine vibe, thanks in large part to the gray walls, leather furniture, and rough wood accents. By mixing these colors and materials designer, the room turns into a bachelor's paradise full of comfort and character.Continue to 10 of 22 below.
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Calming and Classic
The living room by Hush Design has a very classic and gentle atmosphere thanks to a few things. One is the color palette of warm gray and linen, and another is the symmetry of the design. Together they are naturally appealing to the eye and create a calming and soothing atmosphere.Continue to 11 of 22 below.
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Gray living rooms can have just as much personality as their more colorful counterparts. But it's important to pay attention to details. Otherwise, the space can end up feeling bland. This transitional living room is given personality through subtle but important details such as the fireplace tile, the patterns in the rug and pillows, and the collection of accessories in the bookcases.Continue to 12 of 22 below.
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Warm and Cozy
There's a common misconception that gray rooms tend to be cold, but this cozy gray living room by designer Kristin Hoaglund proves that nothing could be further from the truth. The walnut mantel and warm wood floors bring out the brown undertones in the gray paint, while deep charcoal chairs and furniture are done in light neutrals add to the warm and cozy atmosphere of the space.Continue to 13 of 22 below.
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Grace and Grandeur
Elegant sophistication is easy to produce when using soft shades of gray. In this sumptuous living room, it works particularly well due to the use of a single tone that has been accented with luxurious details. Floor-to-ceiling drapes, button tufting, and reflective surfaces contribute to the luxurious mood and create an atmosphere of grace and grandeur.Continue to 14 of 22 below.
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Dreary No More
Despite many popular opinions, gray rooms do not have to be dark and dreary. When combined with soft textures and natural materials, gray living rooms can be quite fresh-looking. While there is a very little color in this modern living room, it is perfectly upbeat and full of life.Continue to 15 of 22 below.
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The transitional style is all about blending classic with modern and creating spaces that don't appeal to one sex more than the other. This style and gender neutrality are often expressed through color, and there's no better neutral color than gray. Whether light, dark or a combination of both, a gray color palette is ideal for transitional living rooms like this one designed by Fully Furnished.Continue to 16 of 22 below.
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Chic and Modern
Cinder block walls are a sad fact of some residences, but as evidenced here, they don't have to look dull and depressing. By covering them in a dark charcoal paint, the design firm Residents Understood brought a chic and modern vibe to what could have been a lifeless cement wall. Now they look like an intentional architectural element and lend this room a sophistication it wouldn't have otherwise had.Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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Soft and Welcoming
Every gray room, no matter whether it's light or dark, needs a little warmth. This can be accomplished by using grays that have warm undertones (such as brown), but it can also be accomplished in a more tactile way—by including fabrics that both look and feel soft. This family room owes its welcoming atmosphere to the furniture—both the soft-looking fabric used and the intimate seating arrangement.Continue to 18 of 22 below.
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Gray is a highly versatile color that works well with a huge variety of accent colors. In this predominantly gray living room by Bankston May Associates, mustard yellow was used as an accent to add an element of cheer and optimism. To create a look like this, make sure that the gray and the accent color used are similar in tone. It creates a more cohesive effect and ensures the two will work together seamlessly.Continue to 19 of 22 below.
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Make a small space feel larger with a light gray color scheme. This small condo by Design Vision achieves a spacious feeling thanks to the light neutrals combined with see-through furniture like the waterfall coffee table and acrylic dining chairs. They create a sense of negative space that when paired with light gray, makes the space feel bigger than it is.Continue to 20 of 22 below.
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Add interest to a gray room by using furniture with interesting shapes and details. The combination of the shapely wingback chairs and roll arm button tufted sofa adds oodles of interest to this traditional gray space.Continue to 21 of 22 below.
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Gray With a Hint of Green
Gray comes in a variety of shades, and gray with green undertones is a very warm and welcoming option. In this room, the walls are painted a shade of gray that is almost sage, and as a result of the charcoal and black furniture pop against it. The decor is quite minimal, but thanks to the wall color the room feels warm and cozy.Continue to 22 of 22 below.
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Gray paint isn't just for the walls. In this large open concept living room, the ceiling has been painted the same dark shade as the walls. While conventional wisdom says that dark ceilings normally make a room look smaller, the white trim and coffered detailing draw the eye upward, adding visual interest above and making the ceilings appear higher.