Whether you've already painted the walls or are just considering the color gray, the next step is the decor. Big items like furniture are usually picked first. So what color furniture goes with gray walls? We have some great suggestions, with pictures.
For gray walls, furniture looks great in the following colors:
Keep reading to see pictures for each color and hints for incorporating your favorite selection into your decor. This article will give you tips for balancing matching and contrasting elements. Also, get some advice to make sure your gray room seems large and bright instead of cold and cave-like.
How To Furnish A Room With Gray Walls
Most people think of gray as neutral or cool. But it can actually be a cool or warm color. Before you select a color palette to go with your gray walls, determine which kind of gray you have. Study the paint first. See if it has more hints of brown or blue (or maybe even another color) underneath. Tones of brown mean a warm gray, whereas blue undertones indicate a cool gray.
Warm grays, as a general rule, should be used alongside a cool color for a complement. If the walls are warm-toned and the furniture is warm-toned, the room lacks balance. Obviously, the reverse is true of cool gray walls -pair this with a warm color.
However, remember that the key is balance. You don't have to decorate a room with cool walls with only warm color. But you do want to moderate the use. A typical design style is 60-30-10, which means that 60% of your decor should be one color. Two accessory colors are used as 30% and 10%, respectively.
Where those colors are actually located (between walls, furniture, shelves, etc.) are up to the decorator. Maybe your warm gray wall is in the 30% group. This could mean that you want a cool color in the 60% range. Then, another warm color in the 10% bracket creates a decent balance between the elements.
White furniture looks clean and crisp against gray walls. If you want something bright and airy, this match is perfect. Since they're both fairly soothing neutrals, just be sure to add some visual excitement to the room in other ways. For example, consider using a variety of textures or layers.
Brown furniture helps warm up gray walls. While both colors are neutral, they balance each other well. If you don't want a color that stands out (and maybe shines over) against the gray, brown is a good choice. It's low-key, and the colors really help hold each other up.
Gray and gray, obviously, can work together. Just make sure to punch it up with some extra colors in the rest of the decor. Don't let all the gray make the room flat and monochromatic.
Ginger adds warmth and pizzaz to a gray room. This snappy ginger keeps the room from looking cold and boring. Lifeless? Not here!
Just about any shade of blue is soothing and calming. Put together with gray, and it's a classic choice for any room in the house. Blue is incredibly versatile, in a multitude of shades. Gray is equally broad and flexible. As a result, the creative choices in this perfect pairing are nearly limitless.
Gray and purple work together in a variety of styles. Purple can be edgy and hip just as easily as it can be romantic and tender. Paired with the right shade of gray, it can work in any decor. It's calm and soothing but can also offer a flair of drama and intrigue.
Paired with muted or softer shades of gray, a rosy or blush pink is becoming. It's welcoming and warm but not too daring. Together, the colors carry a certain air of sophistication and grace.
If you're worried about things getting dull, put gray against bright and bold yellow. The match is fun and playful but not overwhelming.
Pushing a vibrant and energetic green against a calm, neutral gray makes the room pop. This combo will liven up any space.
How Do You Add Warmth To A Gray Room?
First, be sure that the room actually needs warmth. While many people assume that gray is always a cool color, that's actually not true. Plenty of grays have a warm brown tone underneath, which will bring warmth into the room all by itself.
However, if you are concerned that the room or paint color feels cold, simply accent with lots of bright warm colors. In particular, bold yellows, oranges, and reds will spice up the space and banish any chill. Another great and easy way to increase the warmth in the room? Add some wood elements, particularly warm wood tones like hickory, cherry, or mahogany.
Should The Furniture In A Room Be the Same Color?
Matching is a funny thing. If nothing matches, then you run the risk of looking disorganized. When your guests have to wonder if you randomly collected furniture with a blindfold on, it's not a good look. You want just enough of it to match that it's clear you picked the items on purpose, but not so much that the room looks boring, uniform, and devoid of character.
Keep in mind that there are lots of ways to set furniture together without making it identical. You can coordinate furniture by style, by certain features or elements, or by size, just for some examples. It's probably best if at least one piece of furniture is a different color. That piece can be distinguished as more important or a focal piece for the room. The color change will help ensure it stands out.
In the end, how much variety you use is a matter of personal choice. Some people have a more eclectic style and are comfortable with everything being unique. Others prefer to coordinate in a matching style. They won't mind the room looking a bit stylized and standardized - that's their intention. Decorate your home in a way that showcases your personality, whatever that may be.
How Do You Brighten Up A Gray Living Room?
In particular, rooms with little natural light or north-facing windows are apt to be gloomy and gray. If you put actual gray walls up, this only enhances the dreariness of the room. So how can you counteract the effect and brighten the space?
- Add some warm colors to balance the cool. Remember the design rule of three colors, in 60-30-10% portions. If 60% is cool, the remaining 30% and 10% should be warm.
- Add texture. Some great opportunities to increase texture include lampshades, area rugs, drapes, and cushions or pillows.
- In areas where you'll be using gray on gray, mix it up with different shades. The sense of depth that this creates also increases the warmth of the room.
- Increase lighting, particularly making sure that the light in the room is balanced. For example, if a large window keeps half the room well lit, add enough lamps on the dim side to counter this.
Does Light Gray Make A Room Look Bigger?
If your room is small or poorly lit, using lighter colors helps make the area seem bigger than it really is. For this reason, light gray will make a room seem bigger than dark gray (which, in the wrong application, might seem dreary or oppressive).
Other tricks you can try to make the room seem bigger include:
- Less variety and contrast in colors - the more monochromatic the room is, then the bigger it seems. Strong contrasts create edges and boundaries. As a result, this is visually defining the space into "sections" that make it appear smaller. For example, pick carpeting within a few shades of the gray walls - not something drastically different.
- Add decorative mirrors, which reflect light and make the room seem more expansive.
- Reduce clutter and furniture. Decorate with only a few key pieces.
Gray is a complex color with lots of shades and tones. It can be warm or cool. Gray walls pair especially well with furniture that is white, brown, gray, ginger, blue, purple, pink, yellow, or lime green. Be sure to keep a good balance of warm and cool elements in your design. As a result, the room looks coordinated and bright rather than dark and dreary.
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