Some interior design blogs say that a grey sofa is boring or unoriginal. We disagree. In fact, a grey sofa has more decorating potential than any other furniture piece in your home. Think of a grey sofa as a blank canvas with an infinite number of decor combinations. Our senior designers have these tips for styling a grey sofa.
The first step in decorating your couch is pillows. And with a grey couch, we recommend one layer of high-sheen pillows and another layer of pillows with a more matte fabric. Pick high-sheen pillows that echo colors found elsewhere in the room, like we did in this luxurious, transitional redesign.
And when the weather gets cold, pile on the throws to keep yourself cozy. Throws can be swapped out easily (and usually returned) so try out unexpected combinations and see what sticks. Pick a color or material that contrasts against the fabric of your sofa, like we did in this light-filled high-rise.
With any interior design scheme, it’s important to consider the shape and contour of your furniture pieces. So if you have a square sofa, consider a coffee table with a bit of curve. In this SoHo duplex, we sourced a stone-shaped coffee table from Phillips collection, to balance out the room’s angular elements.
Styling a grey sofa is all about creating contrast. So we outfitted the velvet sofa in this mid-century palace with matching wood end tables. Like bedside tables, place matching pieces on either side of your sofa, and lay out a few coasters while you’re at it.
To keep your sofa from looking haphazard, corral everything together with a few baskets. En leu of end tables, we placed bamboo baskets on either side of the leather sofas in this chic, Union Square loft.
Artwork is an integral part of any living room. And when styling a grey sofa, make sure that your accesories reference the colors in your artwork. Notice in this San Francisco luxury condo how the pillows echo the colors in the client’s artwork.
Lighting is an essential part of your living room, and you should have at least one source that’s specifically for your sofa. In this Upper West Side family room, we put two lamps on either side of this grey sofa: a larger lamp for a base layer of lighting, and a table lamp for reading.
When styling your couch, remember to include some vertical design elements, as a way of contrasting the horizontal layout of your couch. One way to do this is to flank your couch with tall plants. In this pre-war bachelor pad, we placed two plants on either side of this grey sofa, drawing the eye towards a tasteful gallery wall.
Area rugs are a great way to add some needed texture or pattern to your space. And to keep your space feeling cohesive, source an area rug that incorporates colors found elsewhere in your design scheme.
Pro tip: when laying out your living room, place your couch along the perimeter of your area rug, like we did in this chic TriBeCa loft.