1. Industrial revolution: grey and brown with character
Want a taste of the Big Apple? This industrial take on a grey and brown living room is taken straight from New York’s loft apartments and brims with character. We’re talking exposed brick walls, floorboards, and metal and concrete all round.
First up, a statement brown leather sofa. “Chesterfields add charm and are the focal point of a grey and brown living room. Walnut or coffee shades are lovely choices because they have such a rich depth of colour”, Aneta explains.
Lighten your space with concrete-effect accents like side tables and coffee tables. They’re hardwearing but light enough to contrast against the darker tones of the look. Not to mention super-practical too.
This look has a warehouse feel, but it’s easy to make cosy. Our Accessories Buyer Lauren Davenport tells us, “A pebble or slate-coloured rug lifts the whole space and provides cosy comfort underfoot. Boost your mood with plants and vases, and don’t forget to add personal touches like family photos and mementos.”
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2. Glam up: grey and brown goes plush
Think grey and brown is traditional? Or even, (whisper it) boring? Think again. This glam take transforms these classic shades into a showstopping pair.
All you need is a seriously comfy brown sofa and grey rug – it’s that simple. The only condition? “They must be luxurious,” says our interior stylist, Aneta Skoczek. “A brown sofa with gold or chrome detailing gives your space a glam edge while deep seats bring that luxury feel.”
You can plump for any shade of brown you like, but we love the subtle beauty of a soft dappled taupe. Dark chocolate browns and coffee shades stand out too, especially when paired with lighter greys.
Now the real fun starts. “You can really go to town with accessories in a grey and brown living room,” says Lauren. “Remember, this look’s all about texture. We’re talking the softest velvets, extra-shaggy rugs and lots of cushions - the more the better. As long as they’re grey or silver.”
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Mix and match these pieces to create a perfectly plush interior made for decadent cocktail parties and oh-so luxurious relaxation.
3. Modern minimalist: barely-there-brown and grey
This one’s for the minimalists. We know you love grey, but we’re here to persuade you that you need a little brown in your life too.
In this look, grey and brown work by creating contrast instead of harmony. Minimalist grey walls and flooring are broken up by a handful of key pieces to create drama with an ultra-modern feel.
Jenny Simmons, Interior Designer at Furniture Village’s new Home Design Studio suggests, “Set the scene with a statement brown sofa in leather or velvet, and then introduce one or two contemporary storage pieces like a bookcase or TV stand finished in a dark brown lacquer or veneer. Slate walls and open-plan spaces are lovely, but sometimes they’re crying out for some colour. Dark wood has a natural warmth and stops your living room from feeling too cold.”
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4. Coastal chic: all-natural grey and brown
It’s time to get snug and cosy with an understated grey and brown living room idea. Just team several shades of subtle grey with a touch of solid oak to create a space with a tranquil coastal feel.
“Grey and brown are actually very warm, calming colours. They’re great for snugs and any space where you go to relax,” Jenny tells us.
Opt for a handcrafted oak coffee table, and add woven baskets or ceramic ornaments to put your own stamp on things.
Mark Reynolds, our Upholstery Buyer, let us in on how to find the right grey sofa for this look. “Chic, contemporary décor needs a sofa that feels just as good as it looks. Deep seats with plump cushions are a must – and don’t forget to consider an extra-soft fabric like velvet or chenille too.”
To find the perfect-sized sofa for your grey and brown living room, use our handy sofa sizer.
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5. Take to the floor: Grey with brown wooden flooring
Looking for something a little more classic? We’ve got you covered.
If you’re lucky enough to have original floorboards in a period property, or have parquet or herringbone flooring, here’s a grey and brown living room idea ready-made for you.
“It’s no secret that grey sofas look stunning against wooden floors. It’s a classic paring and, like all great trends, has stood the test of time. Just introduce an accent colour with scatter cushions and you’re good to go,” says Aneta.
When it comes to choosing your sofa, Mark suggests, “Choose a contemporary silhouette with clean lines if you’re looking for a fresher feel, but nothing beats a traditional sofa with scroll arms for elegance and sophistication.”
For more grey and brown living room ideas, be inspired by our traditional living room looks.
6. Paint the walls brown: Grey with brown walls
Bronze is a shade of brown, right?
“Totally!”, Aneta tells us. “Bronze brings a bit of glitz and glam. Especially if you use it on a feature wall.”
With a quirky brown Chesterfield and abstract patterned rug, this grey and brown living room is certainly eclectic – ideal if you want to stand out from the crowd.
“This look would also work with a lavish grey velvet sofa, plus a fluffy throw and a comfy cushioned footstool for good measure.”
Going back to feature walls, wood panelled walls are great for giving your living room a cosy Scandi feel. Simply pair with a sleek grey recliner sofa and some Scandi furniture and you can recharge in your very own Scandi cabin.
7. Do it with décor: grey and brown accessories
If you’ve already got a grey or brown living room and want to change it up, we have one word for you: accessories.
“There’s something about brass and brown accessories which really elevate grey living spaces. Warm and earthy, they’re perfect for shabby chic and more glam looks,” says Lauren.
On the flip side, you can use grey accents in a predominantly brown living space to give it a more sophisticated edge. “Mirrors are a must. They’re beautiful to look at and add more light. What’s not to love?”
A clock or piece of wall art is an opportunity to show off your unique style and personality – and don’t skip on finishing touches either, they’re what tie this whole look together.
We hope enjoyed reading our seven grey and brown living room ideas. Whoever said grey and brown were boring? Don’t forget to share your creations on Instagram with #MYFVHOME – we’d love to see them.
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