Stanley Tucci's monochromatic living room shows he knows his onions when it comes to design

The onions reference will make sense when you watch his video

Stanley Tucci
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Stanley Tucci knows precisely how to shape both our culinary habits and design choices in the kitchen – but now the Academy Award nominee has shown off his living room in an Instagram post. And it's as timelessly stylish as Stanley himself.

The actor, known for The Devil Wears Prada and, most recently, Searching for Italy, shared a long-awaited look inside the living space while unboxing Tropea onions (very on brand, for Stanley, of course). The backdrop confirms exactly what we thought we knew about the actor: it is chic, slightly playful, and timeless. And it makes a case for decorating with gray – with a contemporary twist. 

The space exhibits a distinct monochromatic color palette – from the dark gray sofa to the striped wallpaper in a similar hue. The actor has interrupted the primarily gray scheme with pockets of cream and white – most notably seen through his statement light, table, throw, and pillow.

The seemingly eternal power of white and gray has recently fallen under scrutiny from some experts, who say that the latter, in particular, is falling out of favor. However, Stanley Tucci's living room is a reminder that, when used correctly, these hues have a permanent place in the list of this year's color trends – and designers agree.

'Gray and white will always be in fashion. It is all how you present the gray and white that matters. I have clients that love the neutral feeling of a gray and/or white palette – and when done well it can look amazing,'  says California-based designer, Jen Dallas.

Jen Dallas
Jen Dallas

Jen Dallas is a California based interior designer, whose studio has its very own line of textiles tiles, rugs and lighting.

With that said, however, Jen warns that some gray-and-white spaces can look cold without incorporating warmer textures and more colorful accessories. In Stanley's case, this is through his soft furnishings (such as the throw) and his vast collection of books dotted around the room. We've picked out our favorite finds, below.

'You just have to pay attention to the other parts and pieces placed in the room using these colors – so the space won't feel too cold,' Jen says. 

'When I design with all white or gray, I pay special attention to textures, Whether it be a leather sofa the wood coffee table, or the texture of a linen drapery. These additions help give the neutral room character without taking away from the monochromatic feel.'

If anybody can keep white and gray alive, it's Stanley Tucci, and we confess, he's making a very convincing case.  

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.