21 most attractive grey and brown living room ideas

21 Most Attractive Grey and Brown Living Room Ideas You Must Check out

Interiors / April 12, 2018

Grey and brown living room has one of the best color combinations.

Grey is a color that looks relaxed, subtle, trendy, and even versatile. On the other hand, Brown is an excellent color to bring a cozy and warm aura to any interior. Combining the two colors will result in something gorgeous, and you will love it.

Pairing grey and brown color in your living room interior is not a difficult thing to do. Both colors belong to neutral category so placing them in a place will never be a problem.

If you are looking for some inspirations to decorate your living room with brown and grey tones, in this post there are 21 most attractive ideas you have to check out. Those ideas are:

Find the explanation for each idea listed above in the following.

1. Grey and Brown Living Room with Teal Accents

grey and brown living room with teal accents

Caroline Harrison Designs Inc

The first attractive idea to try when you choose brown and grey as the primary colors of your living room is to use teal accents to create an even stronger comfy atmosphere in the place.

Of course, teal is an excellent accent color to add to the room because it is also an agreeable color to the other two tones.

The example on how you can add teal accents in your living room with grey and brown hues exists in the picture of eclectic interior above. Here, the portion of teal color is not too much, so it doesn't cause any trouble to the primary color theme.

As for the brown and grey combination, you can see that everything looks right in the room. Even the brown leather chairs look well when paired with the sectional couch yet both of them have a somewhat different style.

Another impressive detail you shouldn't miss from this interior is the wall color. It is Benjamin Moore River Reflections 1552. This grey wall paint is right for the color theme because it has a brown undertone.

2. Grey and Brown Living Room with Suede Seats

grey and brown living room with suede couches and upholstered table

Lilli Design

The next idea you should try is placing suede seats in your living room. Indeed, since the seats are an essential element in any living room, they must have grey or brown color to match the theme correctly.

The reason why we recommend you to choose suede seats is that the primary material brings a modern and subtle look to the interior environment. With the right choice of grey or brown, they can even build a perfect atmosphere for the room.

In the picture above, there are two grey suede couches and a brown suede ottoman table used.

While it is clear that the brown ottoman table gives warmth to the room, you can see that the grey couches also have a warm undertone, so all these furniture pieces have a contribution in building up the warm feel in the room.

The wall color is interesting too since it is a grey paint with a warm brown undertone. This paint has similarity to Clark + Kensington Ominous Cloud 5044.

The last but not least detail that also perfects the room is the lighting system. It is not too bright but still manages to make the place has a cozy and warm atmosphere.

3. Rustic Grey and Brown Living Room

grey and brown living room with rustic style

Grace Hill Design

Another attractive idea you need to consider is the idea of using a rustic theme in your brown and grey living room.

We recommend you to choose this theme because it has the warmth that makes any living room a suitable place for hanging out.

From so many ways available to build up rustic look in your living room, adding wooden element is the one we recommend the most. It is even better because wooden material also has a quite a lot of brown tone to match your color theme.

A good example to get inspired from is the use of wooden accent wall as shown in the picture above.

Here, the designer doesn't make the accent wall from wood panels. He makes it from high-quality wooden flooring material instead.

A wooden accent wall like this is not only an excellent choice because of the brown hue and the warm look. It is also excellent because it is catchy.

As a suggestion, when you choose to install a wooden accent wall like this, it would be great if you select greige wall tone as the pairing. In the example above, the greige wall tone is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172.

4. Grey and Brown Living Room with Green Patterned Pillows

grey and brown living room with green patterned pillows

Sarah Greenman

It is no longer a secret that one of many easy ways to make your living room looks attractive is by placing some decorative pillows on the seats. These items can even boost a comfort value in the room.

About the specific color scheme we discuss here, green pillows are an excellent recommendation to consider. These aren't plain green pillows but the patterned one.

Green patterned pillows are not just decorations that can give a refreshing touch to your grey and brown living area.

They are also a very suitable choice to pick when your place has more plain items instead of the patterned one as shown in the picture above. With patterns, the room gains more point of interest.

If being asked about whether or not green color is suitable with grey and brown, the answer is yes. It even looks well with the grey wall paint as the background.

Just in case that you are curious, the wall color is Old Country Tan by Valspar.

5. Grey and Brown Living Room with Floor to Ceiling Fireplace

grey and brown living room with floor to ceiling fireplace

Studio William Hefner

Adding a floor to ceiling fireplace in your brown and grey living room is another idea you should try to boost the attractiveness of your place.

If you already have a fireplace in the room, you can consider this as a remodeling idea too.

Floor to ceiling fireplace is more prominent than a regular one. It can arrest more attention, and it becomes the reason why this fireplace type is perfect for living room's focal point.

Since there are two specific primary colors here, it would be best for the fireplace to have a compatible tone too.

In the picture above, for example, the fireplace has a brown color that matches all the wooden elements in the room.

Other than the floor to ceiling fireplace, there is another excellent idea you can get from the same picture. It is the idea of using wood paneling for wall and ceiling. This wood paneling can contribute a beautiful natural brown color to the room.

6. Grey Living Room with Brown Herringbone Wooden Flooring

grey living room with herringbone wooden floor

John Lewis

If you have mostly grey items in your living room, choosing wood flooring is an option to consider adding brown tone to the place.

Instead of selecting a regular style hardwood floor, why don't you pick something different like herringbone wooden flooring?

Because of the unique herringbone pattern, it will be easier to gain more attention on the lower part of your living room.

Besides, the design looks beautiful too. It is such a suitable choice to pick for a nice-looking interior as shown in the picture of farmhouse brown and grey living room above, which has a lot of soft grey tones in it.

7. Grey and Brown Living Room with Two-Tone Seat

grey and brown living room with two-tone sectional couch

Taylor Smyth Architects

Having two-tone items is another way to make your living room looks attractive. In this case, let's be specific. The recommended thing is a two-tone seat with the combination of grey and brown colors.

Yes, the items you place in the living room should not always in one-tone design. As long as you can pick the right two-tone things, nothing will go wrong.

As a source of inspiration, you can check out the picture of a contemporary living room above. It has a two-tone sectional couch with brown frame and grey cushion.

To be more specific, the cushion is in warm greige tone. It has the quite similar hue with the wall.

While the green view outside the place looks refreshing, the designer seems to keep the interior warm by using mostly warm tones in there. Those include the two tones of the sofa, the orange color of the small table, the greige rug, and the medium-tone hardwood flooring.

8. Grey and Brown Living Room with Leather Chairs

grey and brown living room with four leather chairs

Cablik Enterprises

Leather chairs are things that will add a bold touch to your brown and grey living room, especially when the place has a light background as you can see in the picture above.

The wall paint used in this room has a quite similar look to Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029 or Worldly Gray SW 7043.

Leather furniture is something that isn't only able to add bold look in your living room interior.

This furniture piece can also add elegance and specific style based on the design it has. In the picture above, the chairs have a traditional style.

Leather chairs are also a better choice than a leather sofa. The reason is that chairs are less bulky than the couch.

This idea is great to consider when you do realize that bulky-looking furniture can create a heavy look in your interior and you don't want such look to appear in your place.

9. Grey and Brown Living Room with Chocolate Accent Wall

grey and brown living room with chocolate accent wall

Adrian Wilson interior photography, NY

If by any chance you have a grey and brown living area with an ordinary look, you can make it extraordinary by adding a chocolate accent wall. The example is available in the picture above.

This room has the combination of contemporary and minimalist styles.

This fact can explain why there are not many items in the room. The decorations are not too much as well. In other words, the place has a quite simple design.

The existence of the chocolate accent wall doesn't only make the room looks attractive. It also gives a new look to the room without giving any problem to the soft color scheme in there.

As you can see although the accent wall has a slightly dark tone it has a pretty soft look.

Another excellence you also need to know about chocolate accent wall is that the tone makes the room cozier.

Even if the place has a rather small size, it won't be a matter of the coziness is enough to make people feel comfortable being in there.

10. Contemporary Grey Living Room with Brown Wall

grey living room with a brown wall

Mark English Architects, AIA

Painting all sides of the wall in your living room with brown color is another attractive idea you should give a try.

Here, we recommend you to choose a dark brown paint as the Benjamin Moore Char Brown 2137-20 paint used in the picture example above.

No matter how dark the tone is brown color still can create a warm look in any living area. It is a good thing because the appearance can also create an inviting atmosphere to make people feel like spending time in the place.

Something like this is the one you need to add in your living area for sure.

11. Grey and Brown Living Room with Brick Wall

grey and brown living room with a brick wall


A brick wall is another thing that can bring warm and inviting atmosphere to your brown and grey living room. Besides, this wall can also bring a rustic touch that can make your living area even more attractive.

In adding a brick wall in your living area, you need to remember that you don't always have to go all the way by using the material on all sides.

If you think that this is too much, you can use the brick to create an accent wall as done in the picture example above, in which the material exists on the wall-size fireplace on the living room.

12. Grey and Brown Living Room with Wall-Size Glass Windows

grey and brown living room with large glass windows

Tannefors Glas

Grey and brown theme is also suitable to pick for a living room with wall size glass windows as you can see from the picture above.

This fascinating idea is not merely about how you can get the outside view right from inside your house.

This idea can also be about how to bring the natural feeling in the interior.

The way to do that is quite easy. You need to pair one or more soft grey tones with a brown color that resemble the ones you can find in nature.

If you question why soft grey tones are the recommended pairing for the brown colors, there is only one answer available.

These tones are not too bold or too bright that they will ruin the natural atmosphere that connects the home exterior and the living room interior.

If you want the natural feel in the living room to get even stronger, you can place some nature-themed items in the place.

The excellent example you can see in the pic is the tall natural stone wall, which is also another center of attention in the room.

13. Grey and Brown Living Room with Sectional and Ottomans Combo

grey and brown living room with sectional and ottomans

Архитектурная студия Чадо

This next brown and grey idea for a living room is suitable to pick when you already have a sectional, but you also think that you need more seats in your living room.

Ottomans are the recommended type for you to pick here and there are some reasons behind this suggestion.

Sectional couch is large furniture.

Even if you need more seats in the living room, pairing the sofa with another type of furniture for seating like chairs or even couches is not a good idea since they will only make the room look cramped and bulky in a negative way.

In this case, ottomans are an excellent option to consider. The size of these furniture pieces is quite small. Besides, you can move them very quickly whenever you do not need them.

About the color of sectional and ottomans to consider the living room scheme we discuss since earlier, the examples in the picture is a great one.

The combination of the light grey sectional and the brown leather/animal skin colors of the ottomans are right.

The light grey sectional can avoid the room from looking dark. As you can see, the place has more portions of dark hues, especially from the brown hardwood floor.

14. Grey and Brown Living Room with Mural Wall

grey and brown living room with a mural pattern on the wall


This idea for grey and brown living area is suitable to pick if you want to add a decorative value on your wall, but you are not interested in hanging painting, photos, or other similar wall arts on it.

The idea is creating a mural to make the wall the decoration itself.

While you can freely choose what image you want to draw on the wall, which is, of course, suitable to the room's style, you need to consider the coloring of the mural art.

Here, it would be best if you don't break the grey and brown theme.

As exemplified in the picture above, the mural in the room has elegant patterns and brown background color.

While the brown color is suitable to the theme we talk about in this post, the design seems to be a good pairing for the grey leather sectional, which also has elegance value in it.

15. Grey and Brown Living Room with Animal Print Pillows

grey and brown living room with leopard print pillows

TimberRidge Construction

Adding animal print pillows in your brown and grey living room is another excellent idea you should give a try. It proves that you do not need to change the entire living room interior to make it more attractive.

There are some significant reasons why you are recommended to try this idea.

The first one is because animal print is available in so many choices right now and it also has those natural, vibrant colors to liven up your space. It gets even better because the colors shouldn't always have to be grey or brown to match the color theme you apply in the room.

Even the zebra print pillows in the picture below look nice for the grey and brown transitional living room.

grey and brown living room with zebra print pillows

Cure Design Group

The second reason is that this idea shouldn't cost you much money. If you don't have a lot of cash, you need to find some affordable pillowcases with animal print style to cover the pillows you already have in your living room.

The third reason is that this idea is not permanent, which means you can easily replace it with another plan in the future if you want to.

All you need to do is covering the pillows you have in the room with other cases in another style.

16. Grey and Brown Living Room with Fabric Acoustic Panel Wall

grey and brown living room with a wall from acoustic fabric panel

Foster Lomas

This next idea might sound a bit uncommon but it is quite impressive to try. It is none other, but the idea of using acoustic panels for the wall instead of just painting the wall or covering it with different types of paneling.

This idea is beneficial, and the first benefit is that the panels are available in vast color options. It means you can find the right one to meet the grey and brown color limitation.

Surely, color options are not the only benefit offered by the panels.

They are also beneficial because of the unique ability they have. They can absorb sounds and noises to create a better and more comfortable environment.

This benefit makes the idea perfect for an open living room l, such as the one shown in the picture above. With the brown-grey fabric acoustic panels, the living area doesn't only look good, but it also gets noise reduction.

This way, you can spend time in the space more conveniently.

17. Grey and Brown Living Room with Bulky Leather Sofa

grey and brown living room with two bulky leather sofas


Leather seats always provide a fabulous way in adding brown tone in your grey and brown interior. The specific type we recommend you to choose in this idea is the bulky leather sofa.

This idea is specific because leather sofas in bulky style as shown in the picture above have a rather intense masculine look.

In other words, these furniture pieces are perfect to choose when you want to add more masculine touches in your living room.

Because of this, the sofas are not only suitable for a living room belongs to a male homeowner but also the one that has too much feminine touch.

The disadvantage of placing bulky sofas in your living room is that these items can make the area look heavy and less spacious.

Although so, it isn't something for you to worry too much since a practical solution is available.

The solution is using more portions of bright tones in the room to reduce the heavy look as well as avoiding cramped impression.

The same answer exists in the example above, in which the living room has two brown bulky leather sofas, a very bright grey wall tone, cloud grey and black rug, and some white in the furniture pieces, fireplace, and adornments.

18. Grey and Brown Living Room with Black Accents

grey and brown living room with black decorative accents

Zephyr Interiors

Black accents are also great to add in grey and brown living area. These accents build a certain look based on the type of grey and brown color you use in the room.

If you use lighter or softer tones, black accents can create a balance by adding a bold touch to the living room.

On the contrary, if the interior has a darker scheme as shown in the example, black accents will not only strengthen the color theme but at the same time also make all tones in the room pops. It is especially for the one connected directly to the accents such as the grey couch and the black pillows in the pic.

19. Grey, Brown, and Orange Living Room

living room with grey, brown and orange color scheme

Heide Hendricks

Adding warm tones in your grey and brown living area is a way to make the room looks warmer than before.

Instead of choosing a warm color that is too common as a pairing in the color scheme, such as red or yellow, why don't you pick orange as the option?

Orange is also a good choice for a warm tone to pair with grey and brown. If red tends to give the room a passionate atmosphere, an orange color provides the room with an eclectic and trendy look instead.

The picture example above is a quite interesting one. It shows us that the orange color is not only applicable to furniture and decorations. You can use it in a different way, such as for coloring the interior trims.

20. Grey and Brown Living Room with Natural Stone Element

grey and brown living room with stone elements


Do you know that natural stone element is suitable to add to your grey and brown living area?

Natural stone is available in a vast range of colors. Many of those colors come from grey category needed in the room theme.

The question then is: how to add natural stone as a source of grey tone in your living area? The answer to this question is available in the picture above.

All you need to do is using the stone element to cover the fireplace you install in your living room. In other words, you use the stone to create a fireplace surround.

This idea is considerable when you are also interested in remodeling your old fireplace.

Another great detail you need to know too is that this idea is suitable for any room styles and it is perfect to do to bring nature right inside your house.

21. Grey and Brown Living Room with Gold Accent

grey and brown living room with golden bar cart

Lindsay MacRae Interiors, LLC

The last but not least idea is pairing grey and brown tones in the living room with gold accents. Since the three colors are neutral, it won't be hard for them to get along together.

Gold accents can give something vibrant to your living room, especially when it mostly has neutral tones like brown and grey.

Gold accents can also make any room more attractive and luxurious even if the place has a very simple or minimalist design.

The best thing about this idea is that you should not always have to add permanent gold accent in the room if you don't want to. Adding something temporary so that you can replace it with other items in the future is OK to do.

In the example above, the gold accent, which is the gold bar cart, is also not permanent. While it is true that the golden cart serves a decorative value in the living room, it isn't wrong if you want to remove it later because of some specific reasons.

Those are the 21 most attractive grey and brown living room ideas you need to check out as a source of inspirations if you want to decorate your place.

Most of the designs are not that hard to do, but it's also true that some of them need more effort to be done.

No matter what, the combo between grey and brown tones is already an attractive one. It means, choosing any of the ideas listed about will never fail you.

So, which one is your favorite?

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