Reese Witherspoon's sofa color is a comeback shade that, designers say, always feels 'sleek and sophisticated'

The actress's sofa proves this color is back in a big way – serving as a staple shade to bridge the gap between modern and rustic styles

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Reese Witherspoon may be most closely associated with hot pink thanks to her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, but when it comes to her interiors, she takes a much more neutral approach.

In a video recently posted to her Instagram page, we see Witherspoon, along with her daughter, Ava, sitting on her gray sofa. While the color may feel dated to some, Witherspoon proves that it can be chic and modern when styled correctly – in her case, that means white painted walls, wood furniture, and minimalist decor all framing the gray couch.

While gray made its mark on interiors in the '80s, we have recently seen a return of the neutral to modern homes, and experts say that there is no better way to implement this on-trend hue than via a large furnishing.

'Sofas are a living room’s centerpiece; therefore, choosing the right color and fabric to pair with your scheme is key,' says Patricia Gibbons, head of buying at 'Gray is a stylish, adaptable color that looks sleek and sophisticated.'

Part of the appeal of gray is its neutral quality, and thus, its ability to match nearly any other color. As such, Gibbons recommends accessorizing on and around gray sofas to maintain visual interest, with items such as throw pillows and blankets.

'Its versatility will help you dress your sofa up or down,' she says. 'Try opting for layering accessories in complimentary neutral, earthy shades for a softer, more traditional look or creating a playful scheme with bold brights and rich tones.'

We love how Witherspoon has opted for minimal throws on the sofa itself but has created a uniform background with her wood dresser and accessories sitting on top of it. For more gray sofa-styling inspiration, we also love this neutral look below.

A gray sofa with patterned throw pillows and a small gold floor lamp

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Alternatively, for those going for a more neutral and minimal approach like Witherspoon's, consider opting for a gray sofa that incorporates some of these natural elements within the piece itself.

'If you're looking to create a modern rustic appearance in your living space, opt for a gray sofa with wood legs,' Homes & Gardens' editor Jennifer Ebert suggests. 'The gray base color taps into a clean, contemporary aesthetic, while the wood legs immediately bring a touch of nature to any space.'

Below, we have found a sofa that fits the bill with light gray fabric and solid, wood legs, that would look fantastic in any modern or rustic space.

Hannah Ziegler
News Editor

Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.