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How to Style & What Colours Go with a Grey Sofa

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Antonio Wedral
How to Style & What Colours Go with a Grey Sofa

Life isn’t always black and white. There’s plenty of grey in between. Which is why it’s the perfect colour to design your living room around. But, if you choose it as your main hue, you might be left wondering what colours go with a grey sofa?

The good news is that grey is an incredibly versatile colour, forming an ideal base from which to expand your palette. Below, we’ll give you some ideas about what colours go best with grey, helping you to choose carpets, cushions and even curtains that complement your sofa choice.

What to consider when buying a grey sofa

Grey is a neutral colour and one that goes with a range of other colour choices but there are tonal considerations to think about. Of course, there are many shades of grey itself, so you need to decide if you want to go light or dark - which might be influenced by the size, shape and style of your sofa choice.

Grey 2-seater fabric sofa

Then there’s the fabric to think about. Soft velvety sheen or hard wearing natural fibres? It all depends on how you use your sofa and the feel you’re trying to create. Other factors such as positioning in the room, existing features and overall aesthetic (minimal and calm or opulent exuberance) all feed into the decision too. But first, it’s a good idea to get some colour inspiration.

What colours go with a grey sofa?

The beauty of grey – and why it’s a favourite with designers – is that it’s basically a blank canvas onto which you can add dashes of bolder colours. Grey is also a colour that can be used in a wide range of design styles. For example, the modular, corner and chaise sofa shapes of Swyft Model 03 are ideal for open plan designs.

Grey 2-seater Mid-Century fabric sofa - Swyft Model 02.jpg

And the sleek Scandi-chic of Swyft Model 02 Mid-Century sofas are perfect when combined with some classic teak furniture.

What colour goes with grey in the living room?

A living room needs to fulfil a lot of roles in the home. Entertaining space, sanctuary, play area – it needs to transition seamlessly between a number of functions. If you go grey with your sofa (usually the main item of furniture in any living space) then you have a versatile base.

It’s then a good idea to add some colour. This being the living room, you’ve got plenty of opportunity to do just that. Rugs, carpets, cushions, curtains – they all give you freedom to experiment.

Grey 2-seater sofa with pink cushions in spacious living room

However, the golden rule to remember is that while virtually any colour goes with grey, they don’t all necessarily go with each other. So, if you go for a splash of red or burnt orange for the cushions, baby blue or turquoise curtains might cause a clash.

For wall colours, you can get away with everything from light to very dark, but try and avoid bright tones. Think classic white, a rich dark navy, shades of grey or muted blues and browns.

What colour carpet goes with a grey sofa?

The muted grey of a sofa works best with splashes of colour rather than swathes of it, when it can get a bit lost. So, it might be best to try and avoid a carpet in a very bright or dominating colour – deep red or shocking pink, for example.

Think shades of grey (there don’t need to be 50 of them!). So, team a light grey fabric sofa with a darker charcoal carpet, or vice versa, adding colour with other soft furnishings. Other contemporary neutral tones such as beige or natural fibre also work well.

What colour cushions go with a grey sofa?

Here’s where you get to have some fun. Your grey and neutral tone sofa/carpet combination allows you to really express your personality with cushions. Add warmth with a retro bright orange or red. Create a more natural tone with an array of greens. And don’t be afraid to add contrast with bold patterns – black and white works particularly well.

Grey velvet sofa with yellow cushions

What colour curtains go with a grey sofa?

Curtains can be tricky. They can be a chance to add colour, but they can also be eye-catching and draw attention from the main living space. Try and match colours with sofa cushions if you’re going for a bolder choice. If not, err on the side of neutral and maybe leave the bold patterns for smaller bursts.

Grey might seem like an uninspiring choice. But the truth is it’s anything but. A sofa is a big investment and the focal point of the room, so it’s always best to choose a colour that never goes out of fashion.

As we’ve seen above, you can pick and choose a huge array of tones to add colour, but a stylish grey sofa is what holds your whole design together.

Take a look at our range of stylish grey sofas you can really build a room around. 24h delivery sofas and flat packed options mean you can be restyling your living room in no time.

We also stock a selection of other colours to suit your personal taste. Find out how to style and what colours go with a brown sofa.

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