Greige Is the Neutral Palette Du Jour and These Living Room Color Ideas Prove It

If you were swooning over our greige dining room or kitchen cabinet picks, then chances are you're also in the market for a similarly decorated living room. From paint to wallpaper to wood wax, the neutral shade is oh-so-on-trend. And it's not hard to see why. The popular hue can blend seamlessly with any design style, and while your furniture and decor might come and go, your classic walls can remain the same. Want to know how you can rock the timeless shade in your home? Here are seven living room color ideas that fit the bill.

1. Pick similarly toned furnishings.

Warm living room color idea with greige sofa, rug and warm cushions
credit: Oslo Deco

Working with greige isn't as easy as it might look on paper. There's plenty that can go wrong with a neutral, considering everything from good lighting to the right accessories are a must. In this living room, Oslo Decor combined a viscose rug with earthy cushions and simple artwork, proving that by layering similar tones you can give your space a cohesive look while also allowing you to showcase your personality.

2. Match your artwork.

living room color idea with greige artwork and fluffy pouffes
credit: Home Bunch

The deliciously neutral wall shade in this living room blends perfectly with a similarly hued piece of abstract artwork and a curved table lamp sitting on top of a rustic console, and complemented by a crosshatch rug. Two fluffy white poufs add a luxury boho touch, bringing the overall look straight into 2019.

3. Pair with white for a coastal take.

Coastal living room color idea with greige details
credit: Studio McGee

One of the many pros of a neutral living room color idea is the fact that it has the lightness of gray with the warmth of beige, so there's no chance of this shade looking cold. You can create a different ambience with greige depending on what you choose to pair it with. Keep it warm with more taupe and beige tones, or make it fresh with a chalky white like Shea from Studio McGee has done in this coastal living room.

4. Add some warmth.

Just because you are going with a greige backdrop, that doesn't mean that you can't amp up your living room color idea. Interior stylist Lotta Agaton created this beautiful setup for H&M Home, mixing in a rust orange sofa and light green cushions to add depth and texture to the space. The walls themselves are finished with a greige concrete-effect finish, showing how the shade can be used to create an industrial look.

5. Create texture with wallpaper.

It's often assumed that the use of greige means a minimal finish with sparse interior design. But not so fast. Proving that maximalism can still be muted, Christopher Elliott designed this eclectic living room with a greige crosshatch wallpaper that brings a 3D feel to the room, adding dreamy depth and texture.

6. Make a statement.

Greige living room color idea with console and large mirror
credit: Love Magnolia

Why not go all out with your living room color idea and match your furniture with your walls? A tone-on-tone greige approach can look extremely slick, especially if you keep the rest of the monochromatic look clean and streamlined. Catarina of Love Magnolia has used the same greige finish on her modern console as the walls, and the result is contemporary but calming.

7. Choose complementary wood finishes.

Forget about 50 shades of gray, it's all about 50 shades of greige. Kerri Rosenthal has designed a contemporary living room with muted shades brought in via the sofas, rug, floor-to-ceiling curtains, nesting coffee tables, and the custom designed built-in bookcase in a greige wood finish. Oh, and just look at that perfect natural light.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.