The New Neutral - Grey Decorating Ideas

Whether you spell it grey or gray, this color is sweeping interior design trends and bringing a fresh look to homes everywhere.  Drifting away from the routine black, white, ivory and taupe neutrals, grey has excellent potential for your home décor and design.

Living Room

For living rooms and family rooms which are often rich with texture, choosing neutral hues can help to coordinate color variations without matching everything into one tone. Whether you go dark or light with your choice of grey fabric for your sofa or sectional, you’ll find that it’s easy to find an accent color to bring a ‘pop’ into the room.

The Eaton Sectional featured in a dark grey fabric helps to ground a large, open floor plan.  Adding a rug with a similar hue helps to balance the dark color through the room without overwhelming.  Fun accent pillows were chosen in a missoni inspired print featuring grey and orange hues and paired with solid orange pillows.

Try a light grey fabric to help open up smaller floor plans like the Brae Sectional above.  Paired with varying accent pillows in a grey and white houndstooth print, a solid dark grey, and a solid red, this sectional can easily accommodate your current favorite when it comes to accent colors.


Bedrooms call for calming tones and that means neutrals!  Try grey in your bedroom’s décor through paint, furniture, bedding, and window treatments.  Neutrals help to soften a room and create a serene environment.  A mix of calming neutral hues and soft textures creates an ideal retreat.

Upholstered headboards and beds bring a soft texture to your bedroom to evoke serenity.  Take it one step further with a grey fabric choice like the Masterton Upholstered Bed for a truly calming room.  Soft hues and textures allow you to relax and get your best night’s sleep.

For those who prefer wood furniture and the detailing it offers, try something in a new hue!  The Boardwalk Batten Bed by Young America features a slate antique finish that’s a unique grey hue.  This finish features a weathered-look and antique details for a relaxed feel.

Dining Room

Whether you’re dreaming of a sophisticated dining room or a casual eat-in kitchen, grey tones can help create the look you desire.  With a variety of options, textures, and details you’ll be able to find a grey dining set that meets your needs and allows for easy entertaining, fantastic meals, and great conversation.

Utilizing grey as a complementing hue, the Charleston Regency Collection Dining Set by Stanley Furniture paired a grey linen finish with a touch of mahogany.   This soft grey hue is paired with traditional detailing to create a sophisticated dining room look.  The finish also features subtle hints of silver and chocolate to easily coordinate with other complementing décor and finishes in your home.

For a more casual design, the Brownstone Village Dining Set by Legacy Classic features an aged patina finish, essentially a weathered grey hue.  With the natural variations of the grey color throughout this set, it’s easy to coordinate with other neutrals in your room.  This dining set if perfect for a sophisticated, modern lifestyle.

Tips for Decorating with Grey

Avoiding a dreary look is easily achieved by sufficient natural sunlight.

Pair grey with varying shades of grey, different textures, and other neutrals.

Choosing a neutral color such as grey for your furniture and paint allows you to easily change your decor and keep up with the latest trends.  Accent pillows, accessories, window treatments and rugs are easy additions, subtractions, or moves around your home to keep things new and interesting.  Browse the latest interior design magazines and wander through our Belfort Furniture showrooms, conveniently located in Dulles, Virginia, for a look at what designers are doing with the new neutral, grey!

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