Living Room

Modern Black and Grey Living Room Ideas

Are you looking to revamp your living room but don’t know where to start? How about going for a classic color combo such as black and grey? The color scheme is reserved for fine items such as morning coats at weddings, smart school uniforms, and of course, luxurious pearl jewelry. So of course, adding it to your living room would add unending sophistication to your space. 

Our modern black and grey living room ideas show you exactly how to master monochrome interior design and use white accents alongside your black living room and grey room accessories to add contrast to these elegant, classic interiors.

Go For Sophisticated Grey Furniture 

No black and grey living room would be complete without furniture, and while choosing white pieces is tempting as black and grey are such strong colors, working with different surfaces such as matt concrete walls alongside an l-shaped grey living room couch can add vintage industrial charm. 

If opting for grey furniture alongside black and grey wall decor, consider an offset white accent wall panel or cabinet to break up the space into compact ‘sections’. When dividing your room into sections, each area should have its own focal point – perhaps a piece of oak furniture or a black and white photo print – to draw the eye to different zones and keep the room layout interesting.

Black and grey interior with a white accent wall
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Quick Tip – Don’t be afraid to add silver and navy blue accents to your living room to keep it looking fresh.

Dark Soot Colored Walls With White Accessories

On the other end of the grey color spectrum are dark soot-colored walls which when added to all sides of the room add drama and intimacy to any living room space. If your room has plenty of natural light you can afford to keep furniture equally dark here, opting for off-grey tones of sage green, indigo blue, or a light grey living room couch to invigorate the color palette with warmer shades. 

If light in the room is at a premium, keep decor bright and airy with clean white accessories such as a white accent chair and mirrored surfaces aimed toward light sources to reflect light around the space. A large ceiling pendant above a mirrored or glass table will increase light flow in the room while also looking unobtrusive if kept to simple, straight constructions.

Dark interior wall with dark grey furniture
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Continue The Color Scheme Through Soft Furnishings

Large wall tiles can be used to great effect to give the impression of height in a space. Consider filling a feature wall with large concrete tiles and adding black Wenge wood furniture in front of them to create a shorter horizontal division that gives the illusion of space. Built-in nooks in the furniture or sliding doors can hide plenty of storage space within, keeping your room clean and tidy.

A contemporary modular sofa in sumptuous fabrics such as mink-colored velvet, suede, or chalky grey jumbo cord will add texture to the room, and also add a snuggly place for you and your family to perch when watching movies or curling up with a book. Using a large furniture piece such as this creates yet another horizontal division, and should be positioned at a height around one-third lower than the top of the cabinet to make use of the visual appeal of ‘the power of threes’ used in design and photography.

Following the color palette through 70s-inspired guest room flokati rugs in cream or off-white, and black and grey curtains for living room spaces will ensure that the three-dimensional color palette follows throughout your space, adding peaceful serenity without appearing dull.

Chalk grey suede sofa with a black wood coffee table
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Off-White Furniture Brightens The Look

Texture is the perfect way of adding interest to a monochromatic space. While we’ve discussed using concrete and porcelain tiles, metal can also be used to great effect as it catches the eye, inviting light to bounce upon it. Industrial designers opt for the undulating curves of corrugated iron, but an easier material to style is stainless steel, which reflects back the room subjects with ease.

Using off-white furniture alongside metal in grey and black living room interiors adds additional brightness and can form a larger part of a grey and black interior as a white accent wall buffered against polished black floor tiles. Grey and black veined marble can be used to add luxury to this space and is particularly welcome as a fireplace surround material and coffee table surface thanks to its easy-to-clean surface that withstands constant use.

black and grey living room ideas
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Quick Tip – Red is a lovely accent color alongside grey and black for an 80s-style interior.

Grey Scandinavian Style

While the words ‘grey Scandinavian style’ may have you reaching for the scroll button, don’t run off just so quickly. Grey doesn’t have to be dull, and can look very sophisticated when applied in various shades to create a monochromatic effect. Scandinavian design is all about clean lines with the occasional soft curve. 

Muted chalk-grey floorboards provide the perfect surface to perch dark grey and black rugs for living room luxe. A soft, curved arm leather couch alongside darker-toned cushions and black framed poster prints all combine to add a luxurious, lived-in effect to a living room that can easily be remodeled with bursts of color down the line without needing to reinvest in expensive furniture items. A classic design for a classic home.

black and grey living room ideas
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Quick Tip – Adding layered texture will give your space a sensual quality that adds romantic properties to your living room.

What Now

So we’ve come to the end of our black and grey living room edit, and what have we learned? While black and grey are seen as a difficult color scheme to work with, using silver tones can help brighten up your interior and encourage light to bounce around your space. White is also a great way of adding contrast and depth to your interior, particularly in a Scandinavian style interior that relies on clean lines and soft furnishings for snuggly comfort.