12 Living Room Design Ideas

Dated: April 2 2018

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12 Living Room Design Ideas for the Gray Sectional Owner

By:Allie Holcomb King

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The classic gray sectional holds a special place in my heart. Besides being ultra-versatile and investment-worthy from a design standpoint, it was the first piece of furniture my husband and I bought for our first home. Since then, I’ve designed and redesigned our living room around that lovely gray sectional more times than I’ll admit.

Along the way, I’ve spent countless hours searching for living room inspiration. In hopes of sparing my fellow silver fox owners (or aspiring owners!) a few hours of searching, I’m sharing some of my favorite living room design ideas.

Accent with muted pinks or purples and metallics.

Soft pinks and purples, like dusty rose and blush pink, pair beautifully with gray. The muted hues add a touch of femininity without overpowering the design. Metallics often complete this color palette, adding a chic touch of glamour to the overall look.

A dove gray velvety sofa sets a stylish scene for lounging and entertaining. Throughout the home, gray-stained hardwood floors are a welcome change of pace, adding depth underfoot.

Kara Thomas

Dusty pale rose ceiling beams soften this tonal gray living space. A clever arrangement of pendant lights adds visual interest and soft lighting.

Matthew Williams

Cool, soothing grays provide contrast against fresh white walls and furnishings in this contemporary living room. A charcoal sectional supplies ample seating, and pillows in fun, lively patterns add personality.

Kapito Muller Interiors

Choose a cozy area rug.

Don’t underestimate the power of a comfy area rug. Sometimes a little fluff underfoot is the difference between a brilliant design that’s welcoming and lived-in and an almost-brilliant design that’s cold and lifeless. Rugs in soft, neutral tones, like cream and white, work well with gray sectionals.

Large windows and glass doors fill the living room with lots of natural lighting. A plush, gray sectional and a pair of cheery yellow armchairs offer comfortable and stylish seating.

Bruce Damonte

It's hard to tell the more beautiful art in the room: the modern pieces on the wall, or the expansive windows! While this space looks polished, it also feels inviting and comfortable, thanks to the plush flokati rug and the casually placed pillows. The sofa is large enough to lounge with a good book, and the glass-topped coffee table creates utility without overwhelming the clean room.

Allison Corona Photography

Mix patterns.

If you’re a fan of pattern play, go for it! Gray is a super-friendly neutral, after all. High-contrast patterns, like the black-and-white wallpaper pictured here, will help to bring out the dark and light tones in your sofa’s shade of gray. Just be sure to stick to a general color palette when mixing patterns so your look doesn’t feel too chaotic.

This lively living room features two bold yellow midcentury modern chairs positioned on either side of a traditional piano. Black and white floral wallpaper provides a backdrop, while potted plants add a touch of natural decor. The cozy gray sectional provides a cozy spot to relax.

Wake and Loom

This sleek and modern living room features built-shelving that flanks a comfy gray sectional, while a blue and white Greek key patterned rug anchors the space. A velvet maroon chair and ottoman add a pop of color, pattern and texture to bring the small living room to life.

Elk Studios LLC

Embrace warm wood tones.

The warmth of wood helps to balance out the cool tones often found in gray, so embrace wood where you have it. If you have wood paneling or wood beams overhead, install an eye-catching light fixture to draw the eye upward. If you have wood built-ins, style them with colorful, curated accessories to ensure they’re a focal point.

This open plan great room offers ample space for relaxing and entertaining with a gray sectional sofa, funky zigzag print armchairs and a small dining area. A neutral stone wall and parquet flooring keep the look of the room bright, a quality emphasized by the open ceiling with skylight windows that offer natural light.


A long gray sectional is paired with a low glass coffee table and hardwood floors for this contemporary living room. Exposed beams bring a touch of rustic to the space, while white walls keep the room light and airy.

Junot, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Give the old leather recliner an upgrade by transitioning to this gorgeous gray leather sectional. A matching ottoman offers equal kick-back potential and the whole thing is perfectly positioned to take in game night or the latest flick.

AVID Associates

Add vibrant splashes of color.

As I mentioned earlier, gray is an all-star neutral. It serves as the perfect backdrop for bold, vibrant color. Just be sure to balance loud color with understated pieces, like the acrylic coffee table pictured here.

This contemporary family room-kitchen combo gets its interest from layered texture and pops of bright color in artwork and accessories. A suspended track light fixture tops the modern dining table, dividing the space and creating distinct areas for lounging, cooking and dining. A large, contemporary modular sofa offers plenty of seating for family and friends.

Claire Paquin

Bring texture, color and pattern to the  living room with eye-catching window treatments. Here, bold hues from the window treatments are repeated in the throw pillows to inject color into the sleek, gray sectional. A large fireplace with classic moldings acts as the focal point of the room.

Regan Wood

Buy a houseplant.

Nothing will bring your gray sectional to life quite like a leafy houseplant. A potted tree — like the ever-popular fiddle-leaf fig — is a great way to bring height and texture to an empty corner.

A spare approach to the furnishings in this apartment living room allows the architecture, space and light be the rightful stars. The natural light fills the room and highlights the spacious room. Low-back gray sectionals add a dark color contrast to the white walls and neutral rug. Heavy fabrics on the throw pillows bring pleasing textures to the design, and the tree adds a pop of natural color and warmth.


A mix of modern and eclectic furnishings gives this space a homey, welcoming vibe, while layered textures add interest. White walls are clean and bright, befitting the home's modern, streamlined aesthetic.

Richardson Architects

Choose a powerful backdrop for a low-profile sectional.

A sleek, low-profile sectional calls for a striking backdrop. Scan your living space before situating your clean-lined stunner, and choose according to background options. An interesting accent wall or exposed brick does the trick, as does a sweeping view.

Modern meets traditional in this urban loft space. A modern accent wall in shades of black and gray creates a separation from the home's other spaces. The structure's existing exposed brick wall brings a historical aura and industrial style. The large sectional sofa is sleek and streamlined, and the coffee table, chair and arc lamp add to the modern theme.

Todd Davis

A low-backed modern gray sectional makes room for the views to be enjoyed from all angles. Patterned throw pillows and rug add depth and color to the design. The modern coffee table features a white built-in fire pit.

KuDa Photography

Pair a charcoal-hued sectional with white.

If you own a charcoal gray sectional, opt for a high-contrast look by surrounding it with bright whites. White walls or crisp, white shelving will achieve the look.

The dark charcoal tone of the sectional fabric stands out against the bright white walls surrounding it. Metallic pillows add a gorgeous sheen over the tufted fabric joined by fur details for a textural element. Floating shelves mounted in rows above decorate the wall and display personal touches for a homey feel.

Darren Goldstein

This posh apartment features an all-over white palette with gray accents, as seen in the plush gray sectional sofa with beautiful nailhead detailing on the back. The open floor plan allows for easy transition between the living, dining and kitchen areas, while lucite, crystal and reflective surfaces complete the look of the home.

Courtney Blaymore

Wall-to-wall bookshelves form the backdrop for this enormous living room. A gray sectional provides a cozy spot for curling up with a book or watching a movie below the industrial concrete ceiling.

Jim Tschetter, IC36O Images

Varying shades of gray add depth to the contemporary sitting area. A charcoal gray sectional is paired with light gray pillows and a shag area rug. Round marble-topped coffee tables offset the linear lines around the room.

Incorporate modern shapes.

Love a modern aesthetic? Pair your sleek sectional with other sculptural pieces. Search for chairs, ottomans, coffee tables or light fixtures in interesting, modern shapes. By focusing on one or two statement pieces, you’ll keep the look clean and fresh.

A modern aesthetic flows through this modern living room complete with a gray leather sectional. Neutral tones are seen throughout and blue chairs provide a splash of color.

Eric Soltan

This white modern great room features floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, gray sectional sofa, and large gray floor tiles.

Aileen Bannon

Brightly colored pillows and a rug give a vibrant splash of color to the living room, where silver and gray are the backdrop neutrals. The soft curved shapes of both the sectional and ottoman are family-friendly yet totally sophisticated choices.

Decor Aid

Design with you in mind.

Make sure you’re designing a space that feels homey and comfortable for you and your family. Whether that means kitschy art, funky knickknacks or your favorite throw, stay true to yourself and your lifestyle.

The upholstered gray sectional lends itself to effortless entertaining and family movie nights. Mismatched throw pillows in various colors and materials enhance the room's cozy, homey feel.

Scott Hargis Photo

An enclosed sunroom was opened to the rest of the first floor to create a flexible family living area.

John Bessler

Get creative with lighting.

Thanks to its larger size and corner or L-shape, the sectional can balance different types of light fixtures. Below, clustered pendant lights visually fill the gap carved out by a corner sectional. Consider installing a statement light fixture above your sectional.

Contemporary Great Room With Gray Sectional

Dawson Design Group, Inc.

Opt for meaningful artwork.

A gray sectional can serve as the clean backdrop you need to display meaningful artwork or family treasures. The living room, which is often the hub of family gatherings, is a great place to do that.

Contemporary Living Room With Large Gray Sectional, Shag Rug, Framed Dress Artwork and Shades of Gray

Alex Kotolik

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