The search for the sofa for the living room is one of the most important issues that you face when you are deciding the interior design and furnishing of the living area. There are sofas of beautiful colors, which we all fall in love with by browsing the pages of magazines, but then when you are in the shop to browse the fabric folder to identify which will be the right one for our home, we often opt for a more neutral.
The reasons are many: it does not tire over time, it does not go out of fashion, it goes well with other furnishingsthat maybe we already have. Result? In the end, gray is one of the most popular colors. And even if it is a choice that at first glance may seem trivial or even sad, it is not at all.
Because even a gray sofa can be a piece with great personality. It is certainly easy and practical, also because it is the color that gets the least dirty, but it can completely change its image depending on the material of the upholstery and how the textile accessories are combined, such as cushions and carpets for the living room.
Light Gray Sofa: Match pillows and rugs
A sofa with geometric lines, perfect, rigid, like the one in the photo above. In contrast to the curved carpet in shades of gray and beige and the coffee–colored velvet cushions with cold iridescent reflections, the armchair that seems to come from space, with bolidist lines, rounded lamps like a cartoon. We are in a house where design is the absolute protagonist and the sofa calibrates the image of the whole space in a perfect way.
A light gray sofa, with clean lines, combined with a wall covered in light wood and completed by furniture with an essential design: here is a clear and bright atmosphere, in a less is more style , minimal but very warm and comfortable. Just add some cream or ivory colored wool elements, such as a cushion, a plaid, or a white faux fur rug, to obtain that pleasant atmosphere that characterizes the interiors of the Nordic countries.
The easy style is particularly suitable for a home inhabited by young people: a light gray sofa with patterned cushions in shades of blue and white goes well with the concrete gray walls and almost disappears into the environment. The metal Venetian blinds and the ceiling lamp can also be of the same style, while the ideal standout element is a green piece of furniture, which attracts the eye. And the round, hazelnut colored carpet with a white sculptural table become the main furnishing elements.
Two–tone: purple and gray
Light gray lends itself to being combined with a strong and intense nuance: a purple chaise longue adds a pop touch to the ensemble, combined with cushions of different shades of the same color. And it harmonizes perfectly with the wall decorated with stucco boiserie with a classic flavor: it is that note of panache that creates the right contrast between a classic style environment and a piece of furniture that demystifies it.
A sofa with a mélange fabric in shades of light gray, quilted, with a classic shape. In the image below it is combined with a carpet in the same color and surrounded by walls covered with a dove–colored squared paneling: a well–calibrated palette, made of neutral but not boring tones, thanks also to the addition of powder blue cushions and patterns white and ocher and aubergine pleid, all of the different materials. A comfortable style that makes you feel at home, but with a note of classic elegance.
From a couple of New York architects comes the inspiration for a corner sofa but with contained shapes, in a very light gray color, which leaves the surrounding objects protagonists. Like a contemporary painting in shades of pink, a pair of glass and brass coffee tables on a large smoky gray carpet, and much two–tone jade green, turquoise, and midnight blue cushions to liven up the composition.
Two simple platforms in white masonry, with light gray mattresses that make them two comfortable sofas, located next to an always white and very natural corner fireplace. In the Ibiza house of fashion manager Sarah Crook, there is always an air of vacation. Thanks also to some ethnic touches such as the Moroccan carpet and other fabrics with a Mediterranean flavor, it becomes light and easy but with a lot of styles.
Like a sculpture
What if the sofa has a sculptural, almost aerodynamic line? The gray cladding in this case makes it more suitable for any environment: when the shape is already very particular, if you add a strong color, the overall result becomes too much. Just a mustard silk pillow and a rug with maxi geometries in shades of beige, pink and blue. Another touch of color is reserved for the matching electric blue armchair, with a softer shape.
Feminine and Parisian
In a French apartment, a small velvet sofa with a sinuous shape in a shade of ice gray illuminated by lime–colored cushions of the same fabric and perfectly centered under a window. The symmetry is underlined by the two copper–colored wall lamps, the white coffee table, and the two leather armchairs: nothing to add, nothing to take away: a set of perfect formal and very welcoming balance.
Pillows and rugs for a dark gray sofa
Décor The classic gray sofa can be totally revolutionized by adding colored cushions, even better if with patterns, and then a carpet with a strong color or even a contrasting painted wall that makes it almost disappear. In this case, the sofa is not the protagonist of the interior but plays its role as a comfortable and transformable seat.
Design icons Sofas that are great design classics are often made of gray leather. Like this one, which speaks perfectly with all the other elements of the room, with perfect lines, where rigor and formal cleanliness reign. A very balanced stay, with a timeless style.
A sofa covered in linen, in a brand new shade of very dark gray: we are more used to seeing linen declined in light and natural tones, but in this version, it acquires much more grit. And it goes perfectly with many ton sur ton dark blue and dark brown cushions used as backrest: combined with light wood furniture and a few other small details it becomes the emblem of relaxation and informal style perfect for a country house.
If the sofa has geometric but soft lines, covered with a slightly masculine dark gray wool fabric, it is better to focus on the contrasts between shape and material. Combined with ivory square cushions and a dark wood wall or floor, it becomes a very elegant solution, ideal for a sober and refined interior.
A mélange gray sofa that tends to the dark, located in the center of a large room combined with warm velvet cushions, dove gray, gold, and peach, and designer design choices, from armchairs to lamps. At the center of a large London smoke carpet, here is an example in which the sofa becomes the protagonist of the environment, and in which the color of the sofa, while being so neutral, makes it appear in its best light.
Formal cleanliness and vintage touches
In a sober and charming environment, like an old English townhouse, characterized by a honey parquet floor, a black painted fireplace, a large dark gray essential sofa dominates, equipped with a small lighter gray carpet–mat and two patterned cushions black and white. All in perfect balance, minimal but not cold, thanks also to the works of art hanging on the walls, always in Black and White.
Shades of pink
To refine an imposing volume sofa in smoky gray velvet, cushions, and poufs in shades of cyclamen, baby pink and fuchsia are ideal. Better if combined with a pouf with a metal base, to add a light point.
A sofa that is almost a bench, with a very dark gray padded mattress and roll cushions, and an exposed iron structure. An example of pure essentiality, warmed by the characteristics of the room, with whitened wooden beams and many windows that open onto a beautiful panorama. The play between the different materials and the sober but different patterns is beautiful, among the various cushions with Scottish motifs, tartan and plain colors. The carpet, in a bright blue contrasting color, is the touch that breaks the monochrome and adds an extra twist.
How and with what to combine a classic and dark sofa, to make it more elegant and special? Just choose a maxi rug with a light-colored checkered base, tone–on–tone cushions with some special touches of round shapes and dusty colors, and a raspberry blanket. Maybe even an emerald green velvet armchair and a salmon screen. And here he is transforming into a whole new guise as if he were the protagonist of a vintage style film.