Too often, gray is dismissed as an unemotional color — one that's impartial or bland when placed in a home setting. However, this hue can be a chameleon of sorts, blending with warm hues for a laid-back space, playing with patterns and pops of color for a playful abode, or perhaps taking over the entire room for a cool, sophisticated aesthetic. When used appropriately, gray can have a breathtaking impact. Scroll on to see proof.
A fireplace and a basket of firewood lend warmth to this living room in a northern New Jersey mansion. Framed 19th-century English pressed plants line the walls, and the gray wallcovering is by .
In 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno's Tuxedo Park, New York manse, gray steals the spotlight as the living room's sophisticated hue of choice. The sofa is slipcovered in an chenille, the armchairs are by Jean-Michel Frank, the 1970s cocktail table and 1940s René Prou nesting tables were found in Paris, and the Regency-style mirror is 19th-century. The rug is by .
In an Upper East Side home, the living room's gray proves to be a soothing canvas for the room's pops of art. The rug is by , the custom-made sofa is upholstered in a silk velvet and the walls are painted in .
Cool gray contrasts with a backdrop of warm wood and brick in this Los Angeles house. The lounge chair and Florence Knoll slate-and-steel cocktail table are both vintage. The sofa is Swedish, the wall sculpture is by Jason Meadows and a rug bought at a Marrakesh souk is over a Persian runner discovered at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.
When a once-abandoned farmhouse on Sweden's Bjare Peninsula got a design-forward makeover, the living room embraced an all-gray theme — save for a few pops of playful yellow and warming brown. The gray sofas are by , the cocktail table and console are custom made, the pouf is Egyptian and the floor is lined with Douglas pine by .
Gray and pink come together in a playful banter of patterns in this Manhattan apartment designed by Steven Gambrel. The gray rug is custom-made by , a pair of Art Deco Swedish chairs is covered in a fabric by Mulberry Home and the cocktail table is custom-made. The paintings, from left, are by Philip Guston and Kenneth Noland.
The wide-open living area of this understated Tuscany home is anchored by a gray patchwork rug. The midcentury T chair is by William Katavolos, Douglas Kelley and Ross Littell for Laverne International, and the flooring is bleached oak.
A gray abaca rug by lends this New York City apartment a laid-back, playful atmosphere, and echoes the gray of the sofa covered in a linen by , chevron-patterned oak floors and the steel doors and windows by .
When a modern bachelor pad is transformed to accomodate family life, gray takes center stage. The ottoman is covered in a hair-on-hide leather, the photograph is by Darren Almond, the rug is alpaca and the floor lamp is vintage.
A Marrakech retreat juxtaposes vibrant colors with a foundation of gray. In the living room, the cocktail tables and pendant are by , the plaster fireplace surround is custom made, the vintage rug is Moroccan and the painting is by Raffone.
Gray finds its place between modern and mysterious in this sultry Truckee, California home. The curved club chair by Marmol Radziner is upholstered in a cowhide by . The cocktail table, dining table, and sofa and armchairs, all covered in a velvet, are custom designs. A custom-made silk rug tops a polished black concrete floor.
An 1870s carriage house in Bedford, New York exudes historic charm with rustic touches — just take this living room as proof. The gray wool rug is a custom design, the sofa from has cushions from and , and the pendant light is by .
This Greenwich Village pied-à-terre pulls off a laid-back personality by blending charcoal gray with warm, earthy accents. The living room features a daybed by , armchairs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann upholstered in an alpaca by Perrine Rousse, and a dhurrie and striped kilim from .
In a glamorous West Village loft that's made for entertaining, the chic and sleek living room boasts a gray-and-brown color scheme. The 1940s club chair is by Jean-Michel Frank and, along with the 1970s Maison Jansen circular banquette, is upholstered in shearling and leather. The artwork is by Julian Opie.
This apartment in Palm Beach celebrates gray that's reminiscent of sand and sea foam on a cool day. The curtains are of a fabric, the Pierre Paulin swivel chairs are covered in a fabric and the table is by Maria Pergay.
A New Jersey mansion trades expected grandeur for cool and sleek with a gray rug by , a dark drawing over the sofa by Catherine Jansens, and a custom-made sofa covered in a fabric.
In a San Francisco home that's designed akin to a fashionable gallery, the gray living room boasts a chalky sculpture on the floor called "" by . The floors are polished concrete and the bookcase is a custom design.
Typically moody, modern gray takes on a bohemian personality in this New York apartment's living room. The gray Iranian rug is from and the similarly-hued midcentury furnishings include a pair of Nanna Ditzel chairs and a Hans Wegner armchair. The sofa by is covered in a cashmere.
Room and room again proves that gray and yellow is the unexpected color scheme that consistently delivers charm. In Todd Alexander Romano's home, the charcoal vintage sofa is upholstered in a velvet, and provides a moody contrast to the burst of yellow in the curtains, which are of a silk taffeta from .
Gray is the cohesive force in a living room that celebrates Scandinavian aesthetic. The patterned rug is by and the floor lamp is Achille and Pier Castiglioni's Arco for .
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