Montage: 54 Living Rooms with Gray Sofas

Why gray sofas? First, I apologize for missing two days of blogging. I took a quick day trip to Connecticut to visit a friend. A friend who has so much faith in my taste that she has hired me to decorate her gorgeous new apartment in New York City. You didn’t realize that I’m an interior designer? I’m not! This very loyal friend is confident that through my writing and research, experience overseeing the building and renovations of my own places, and years of absorbing interior images, that I can do this. Or rather, we can do this. It’s definitely a collaboration. And really fun.

I’ll mainly be choosing furnishings. The project doesn’t involve any construction, kitchens, or bathrooms. The apartment is brand new and will be delivered finished and pristine. We  will pick paint colors, wallpaper, rugs, furniture, and light fixtures (perhaps from Visual Comfort lighting.The budget is similar to what I would spend if it were my own home, which makes it a lot easier. I’m nervous, but excited.

We’ve decided to go with a gray sofa in her living room. We’re thinking about a serene white and gray scheme, or white and gray with green accents. The dining room is in the same space, so we can play with that too. I’m sure I’ll be treating you to a lot of posts inspired by our deliberations and eventual decisions.

If you’re shopping for a gray sofa, definitely click over to my shopping posts Get the Look: 22 Modern Gray Sofas and Get the Look: 60 Modern Grey Sofas, both of which were updated Spring 2015.

Vita Designs

House to Home

Photographer David Duncan Livingston

Marcelo Lucini’s Buenos Aires apartment

Steven Gambrel  •  Elle Decor

Greg Natale



Katie Ridder


Andrew Flesher Interiors

Burley Katon Halliday  •  Elle Decor

Photographer Francesca Mantovani

Light Locations

Home of Joanna Berryman of Matrushka

Katie Lydon

Anthony Baratta

Dwell Studio

Home of stylist/photographer Elisabeth Dunker  •  Design Sponge


Shopping Break

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Rest Sofa by Muuto

Steven Gambrel  •  Elle Decor

Burnham Design

Emily Summers

Courtney Cox’s Malibu home •  Trip Haenisch  •  Elle Decor

Axel Vervoordt

Jonathan Adler

 Ix Design

Turner Davis Interiors – Elle Decor

reader’s home – Cote de Texas


Photographer Manolo Yllera


Sally Wheat Interiors

Pretty Petals blog

Sally Wheat Interiors

Petrie Sofa  •  Crate & Barrel

Ashe + Leandro



Daniel M. Pafford

Francisco Costa’s NYC apartment

Greg Natale

 Emily Robinson of the Dixie Chicks  •  Metropolitan Home
Architects Jim Poteet & Patrick Ousey  •  Interior designer Joel Mozersky

Emily Summers


Sally Wheat Interiors





Burnham Design

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35 Responses to Montage: 54 Living Rooms with Gray Sofas

  1. Congratulations and good luck! What a fun project.

  2. Charcoal tufted velvet (on chesterfield-ish sofa) is top 5 on things I love the most. Love the images!

  3. Gail

    Sound like a lot of fun! Grey and white leaves room to add almost any color accent and the ability to change the accent color ona whim, FUN!! Have fun!

  4. Sherrie Lucas

    Love the style and gray such a hot color the rooms surprise you how well they are decorated with pop of color!!!

  5. Evelyn Downtain

    I have peach colored walls and a traditional charcoal sofa and love seat! What color window treatments and rug should I get! Please help

  6. Hi Evelyn, I’d keep the window treatments neutral in gray, and do a neutral, lighter colored rug. You can add more color if you want with pillows.

  7. Anonymous


  8. I like gray sofas. should I purchase dark gray sofas. my walls are light gray and one side of wall have two tones of gray lighter on top and darker gray on bottom

  9. Raj Kothari

    If anyone can please help me with which color sofas will go with the current interior of my living room.
    i have orangish carrot curtains, Orangish Carpet and Chimney. I have attached Photograph.

    Kindly suggest please.

  10. lida

    I need help decorating my living and kitchen my cabinets are Cherry finish what wall paint should I use.

  11. Heather

    I have just bought a darkish grey cluck have cream walls Art Deco crystal cabinet have to keep as hareloom. Wanted french provincial look but nothing coming together. Please help oh it’s a family tv on wall.

  12. John

    I have unfinished pine end tables and coffee table and a light beige carpet with charcoal sofa and chair. How should I finish the tables?

  13. Lee

    Hi I have a dark grey sofa and im wondering what color to paint the walls and was thinking of wallpapering the chimney breast and having a nice rug but not sure what color to have everything.

  14. Gray sofa with teal drapes and accents cherry tables. It just doesn’t come together. Any suggestions

  15. I got beige wall do grey leather chesterfield go with it?

  16. I’m interested in light grey walls and soft aqua sofas what do you think?

  17. THANK YOU for this information!! I am so excited right now, best style and gray sofa very trend able ,
    Silver velvet chesterfield sofa UK

  18. May S.

    I bought charcoal grey fabric suite with black on sides & ends , have a black sideboard , one side of fireplace , black television and stand on other side with white marble fireplace with black inset, don’t know what to do with curtains and cushions colours , I need help with this please as I have never got matching up right thank you May.

  19. Really nice article, I love all the fireplaces and the chandelier in the cream and brown room looks fantastic!
    Silver velvet chesterfield sofa UK

  20. jen.O

    I am decorating a large living room, approximately 20ft by 15ft. I purchased a dark grey sofa and loveseat, tone on tone. There is one light exposure, north. I plan to paint the walls pale grey, very close to white. I thought to use yellow for accent color. One wall is in oak colored wood (circa 1980), floor to ceiling fireplace, flanked by floor to ceiling bookcases. I thought a light grey carpet to offset the deep rich color of the sofa?

  21. Grace Loudin

    I have a dark gray couch and love seat.What color would look best on the ewalls

  22. thicknhairy

    Yawn. The overwhelming majority of these rooms look the same & show zero originality. Gray on white, whitish gray, green-gray… Absolutely nothing inspiring at all. White with gray? Who knew?!

  23. Daniel

    Hi i decorated my living room with light grey walls and a splash of teal on the chimney breast. I have black furniture and teal,black and grey accessories. Also a teal accent chair. But i want to get a grey sofa but not sure what shade of grey to go for should i get a darker shade or a light shade as the walls are.

  24. sharlyn

    The condo unit that I am staying has a beige carpet, white wall and I just got a plain grey sofa and love seat. What can I do for it? I am thinking of having a gold or yellowish accent pillow and a gold/tan curtains. I am confused.

  25. mariam

    hey i have a grey sofa and brown carpet which has cream pattern in it do those two colours blend
    what should be the colour of my curtains then
    thank you
    mariam in kenya

  26. Sharon

    Please help my walls are striped black/grey/silver will a black carpet and light grey sofa go with this?

  27. Jackie

    We have a medium gray sofa and a cream & gray area rug. The gray in the rug is very similar to the color of the sofa. What color should I paint the walls?

  28. i have pale yellow walls grey sofa and love seat what accent color should i use

  29. Milagros

    I HAVE JUST GOT A LIGHT GREY SOFA, MY LIVING ROOM RT NOW IS CREAM WITH ANTIQUE WHITE TRIM, AND A RED ORANGE ACCENT WALL . I also just got a accent center rug with light grey dark grey ,and burgundy accents , my question is can I leave cream color ,and just paint over the red orange to bring out the sofa more the white,burgundy, or dark,light grey , oh and it has blk HELP. ….;)

  30. Anonymous

    In my living room one wall is like a medium dark grey and the other 2 are a very soft light mint green I want to say. My furniture is medium grey. I need suggestions as to what color decor should I use?

  31. M

    what wall colour will go with grey/ charcoal sofa. on one wall I have white and slight sliver paper , the silver is a fern motif from arthouse décor.

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