1. Pastel power: light blue meets light grey
We know what you’re thinking. Grey can be a little, well, grey, can’t it? Not here. Pops of pastels lighten things up in seconds. These cheery sorbet shades are so easy to fall in love with. Duck egg, cornflower, periwinkle - there’s a pastel blue out there for everyone.
For Lucy Gough, Interior Stylist, this colour combination is a match made in style heaven. “Pastels bring such a bright, joyful feel to grey spaces and give you lots of freedom to play with accessories. Choose accent pieces to break up grey walls or grey carpet like footstools. Super-comfy and they double up as impromptu side tables too.”
Accent chairs are a must-have too - and for you comfort-seekers out there, a cuddle chair in bubble gum blue wouldn’t look out of place.
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2. Luxe and loaded: dark blue and grey
If you live for drama in your living room, you need navy – and lots of it.
“A navy feature wall is such an easy way to add drama and a touch of decadence to your living space. It instantly elevates your décor and gives your furniture a luxury, high-end feel,” says Lucy.
With such a spectacular backdrop, this grey and blue living room idea demands thoughtful styling. Mark Reynolds, our Upholstery Buyer, tells us: “a light grey sofa with a striking silhouette is a must. As the centrepiece of your living room, it lightens the colour palette and focuses the eye. Choose sharp, clean lines or sumptuous curves, and remember to keep things cosy with soft scatter cushions too.”
Recreate the opulence of Downton Abbey with a classic scroll arm sofa and dark wood furniture or head down the mid-century route with a Scandi-style sofa teamed with solid oak side tables and sideboards. For more Scandi living room inspiration, take a look at our Scandi living room gallery.
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3. Too glam good: true blue and silver grey
If you love a bit of glitz and glam, we’ve got you covered. Silver is the starring role of this grey and blue living room idea.
“Silver instantly ups the luxe-factor and adds a sleek edge to the moody atmosphere of true blue and grey. Delicate touches like chrome legs on a sofa or a mirrored coffee table make your space feel bigger and sparkle in the evenings,” says Jenny Simmons, Interior Designer at Furniture Village’s new Home Design Studio.
Refined glamour combines luxury with comfort. For Jenny, this means lots of scatter cushions and a focus on textures. “Patterned cushions make a style statement and allow you to indulge. Play with blue and grey shaggy rugs or velvet sofas, and even shiny surfaces like high-gloss TV stands.”
For more things glitz and glam, shop our inspirational gallery.
4. Less is more: minimalist grey and blue
Ready to channel your inner minimalist? This back-to-basics grey and blue living room idea is all about sharp contrasts, clean lines and doing more with less.
Centre stage is an ultra-modern sofa. Mark gave us his thoughts: “It’s got to be a statement design, something that turns heads. An Italian leather sofa or a super-sized corner sofa with sleek detailing will draw the eye. For colour, navy looks stunning against a grey backdrop – and there’s always electric blue if you want to make a statement.”
Have your sights set on something a little more luxe? No problem. Opt for a chesterfield sofa in a royal blue or a modern leather recliner for feet-up comfort.
Then, choose minimalist objects with maximum impact, such as a statement bookcase with black metal or an abstract monochrome rug. Be sparing with colour too. “One or two shades of grey and blue, and then black and white, perhaps with touches of wood – otherwise you risk overpowering the look.”
Why not check out our contemporary living room ideas for another dose of inspiration?
5. Grey and blue goes au naturel
A love letter to rustic charm and artisan chic, this grey and blue living room idea uses muted shades and natural materials to create a snug, homely feel. We’re talking serious cosy-cabin-in-the-woods vibes.
“Opt for soft shades like slate and dove grey, or pale blue and dark denim. They’re understated, with a down to earth feel. Mix it up with a grey armchair or navy sofa, but the key with this look is to keep things unfussy and understated,” says Lucy.
Now on to décor. Lauren Davenport, our Accessories Buyer, says: “Anything made from natural materials, from a woven rug to a solid wood bookcase or coffee table. Mid-tone woods like oak and birch are warm and versatile, and Furniture Village have such a beautiful collection of handcrafted pieces.”
All you need now is a wood burner and a steaming mug of hot chocolate and you’ve got yourself a cosy farmhouse retreat in the country (even if you’re in the city!)
6. It’s the small things: grey and blue accessories
Well-chosen accessories take your home from finished to fabulous. If you already have a colour scheme in place, a pop of grey and blue might be all you need.
“Wake up your walls with a coastal seascape or calming lake vista. Or opt for black and white portraits of screen icons like Marilyn Monroe or Sean Connery. There’s lots to explore in our wall art collection,” Lauren tells us.
And if you want your accessories to do double duty, opt for a storage footstool or display cabinet in a grey or blue shade you love. Who said pretty things can’t be practical?
We hope you enjoyed this venture into the deep blue (and grey) with us. We’d love to see your grey and blue living room creations, so don’t forget to share your style on Instagram with #MYFVHOME. Happy styling!
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