Grey living room ideas – for gorgeous neutral schemes

Grey is the new neutral. Breathe new life into your living spaces by choosing a grey combination to suit your style.

Now the biggest-selling paint colour after white, grey has secured its position as the modern neutral. This is how to get the right shade for every room, every time.

Finding the right grey is exactly like buying a red lipstick: you choose one with the undertone that suits your skin shade.

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If you hold together a fan of grey paint charts, you’ll see how widely the tones vary. The cool end of the spectrum has blue undertones, passing through tints of green and yellow, ending up at warm shades with red bases that give them brown, pink or purple tints.

Just a quick peek at a Farrow & Ball paint chart suggests the myriad possibilities of this favourite decorating shade and explains its enduring appeal: from the barely-there neutrals of Dimity and Ammonite, to the mid tones of Lamp Room Gray and Calluna, through the green-edged Mizzle and Pigeon, blue-hued Parma Gray and Lulworth Blue and out the other side to deep dark Down Pipe, Plummett and Brassica.

Your journey starts with deciding on the ‘temperature’ of colour your room needs – cool or warm – then how far you dare to take it. From moody dark grey to light pastel grey, here we show you how to choose and update your living room with grey.

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