Sting's living room accessories bring a brightening and stylish twist to his quiet luxury space

The musician's living room is a beautiful combination of gray, purple, and yellow, and designers say he accessorizes like a pro

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It's not every day we get to see inside the home of a Grammy-award-winning musician. Luckily, Sting's Instagram gives us a peek into the rocker's house.

Most striking is The Police frontman's living room. It's filled with modern furniture, from a glossy black coffee table to arched black floor lamps. The contemporary space revels in a gray color scheme: a cozy gray rug stretches across the floor, and large gray sofas create an intimate seating area. Sting's neutral space is broken up by colorful velvet cushions in purple, lilac, and yellow.

With these well-placed accessories, the music legend takes his living room color scheme to the next level. First, it proves that the 'quiet luxury' look doesn't need to whisper. Sting's living room fits into all of the conventions of the trend: it subtly incorporates high-quality textiles and furniture pieces in a cozy and inviting way. However, unlike other 'quiet luxury' spaces, it strays from an all-neutral color scheme. This remakes the trend into something much more dynamic and intriguing.

Beyond putting a spin on the popular interior design trend, Sting's inventive color scheme makes his space more interesting in general. Though color drenching in gray can be a calming design choice, it can also look boring and flat. Colorful cushions and non-traditional lines save his home from this dreaded fate of the gray living room. Adding subtle and small pops of color to a gray room is a classic way to make it look more interesting and stylish.

Gray living room with pink and red cushions

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Furthermore, the choice of living room accessories as the pop of color in his space is a brilliant idea. Jennifer Ebert, color expert and digital editor at Homes & Gardens states: 'Cushions are a wonderful place for color because they are so versatile. When sting is ready for a new color scheme, it's as easy as changing out the pillow shams, rather than switching the entire rug, couch, and lighting. They can also be arranged in different combinations to create varied, stylish looks.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

She continues, 'Even better, using pillows as a pop of color maintains everything that is wonderful about a neutral living room, while being more creative. The gray backdrop makes the room feel calming and grounded. It feels tranquil and welcoming. At the same time, the bright cushions elevate the look, making it feel intentionally designed and carefully put together. It's a winning combination.'

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If you're looking to spice up a gray space, look no further than Sting's living room. The pairing of a neutral backdrop with brightly colored cushions just might be a perfect match.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.