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Gray And Yellow In The Living Room: A Dash Of Elegant Sophistication!

There is absolutely no doubt that gray is indeed the hottest neutral shade currently making the rounds. and it has been the preferred choice of interior designers for the past year or two. With the trend is showing no signs of slowing, this summer might be the ideal time to add this relaxing and elegant shade to your living room, even as you plan ahead for fall and spring. While shades like white, black and silver are regularly used along with gray, why not give your home a different hue this season with some bright yellows?

Soothing, modern living room in yellow and gray

by Intexure Architects

Most contemporary homes these days have embraced gray with glee, and you can find almost every second home clad in one of the many shades of gray. But you can set your home apart from the pack by adding pops of beautiful and refreshing yellow that exemplify the summer and will serve you well all year long as well. Classy, modern and yet playful, this combination offers the ideal balance between the sophisticated and the snazzy!

Stunning living space with platinum silk draperies in charcoal grey and golden yellow decor

by Robin Gonzales Interiors

Simple yellow accents can transform a dull room into a lively space

by Martha O’Hara Interiors

Warm textiles in grey and beautiful wall art standout in this refreshing living room

Spacious and sophisticated home in gray

Bright Interchangeable Accents

There are plenty of ways in which one can adopt the gray and yellow color scheme in the living room without getting permanently stuck with it. One of the best ways is obviously to use a gray as backdrop and usher in yellow accents in the form of vases, chairs, throw pillows and even some fresh flowers to enliven the space. This approach is simple, cost-effective and always allows you to switch between color schemes with ease. Bringing home a yellow and gray color palette does not necessarily mean committing to it in a more lasting fashion. But if you do like the look, an accent wall in mild yellow hues looks classy when coupled with lighter shades of gray.

Plush rug brings visual coziness to the elegant living space

by Fisher Hart

Subtle use of yellow and gray in the living room

by Three Legged Pig Design

While it is the lighter shades of gray that often present you with the best background for bright yellow accents, deeper grays can also be used to create a warmer, more snug space. This approach works well in regions that are predominantly cold throughout the year and during those chilly winters when the overall ambiance of the room benefits from darker hues.

Addition of yellow accent pillows allows you to switch between color schemes with ease

by Homes by DePhillips

Cozy sitting room in gray with an accent chair in yellow

by Mary Hickey Interiors

Pops of bright mango yellow bring cheerfulness to the living room

by Jennifer Brouwer Design Inc

Gray and yellow living room seems both cozy and contemporary

by Brunelleschi Construction

Lighter shades of gray are perfect for a comfy and relaxed living room

by Mary Cook

Add in some Black Magic!

Decorating with gray and yellow does not mean that you need to stick to just these two colors alone. Often, white is a natural part of the living room and combines well with the color duo, but you will be surprised to see how well black works with gray and yellow. Use decor in bold black to define the space visually and give it a sense of excitement. Since black works brilliantly with both yellow and gray individually, you will have no problem in blending the three in a sensible fashion. But make sure that the tone of gray employed is light and pleasant when the living room is filled with both black and yellow accents to maintain a visual balance.

Notice how the fireplace adds to the color scheme of the exquisite living room

by Atmosphere Interior Design

Amazing coffee table and black decor accentuate the gray and yellow touches in the room

by Phillips Collection

Throw in a few yellowish greens to make the living room in grey even more appealing

by Gaile Guevara

Black couch adds visual punch to the living room in yellow and grey

by Treoma Design

Gray and yellow color palette lends sophistication to this contemporary living room with a fireplace

by Highmark Builders

A Silken Touch

Unlike the kitchen or the bath, drapes can play a pivotal role in determining the overall vibe of your living room and can easily alter the mood of the space. Beautiful, silken yellow drapes look amazing when coupled with gorgeous gray walls, and the two do appear like a match made in heaven. It is hard to imagine any other bold shade that looks as lovely as yellow when coupled with gray, especially when this sunny hue is showcased on curtains and shades.

You can even take the opposite approach by allowing mellow yellows to take over the rest of the room and use stoic, silvery gray curtains as accent additions. Either way, make sure that you have the right window coverings while wrapping your living room in this dynamic color duo.

A perfect way to combine yellow and gray in a balanced fashion

by Drapery Street

Combine different shades of gray along with yellow to fashion a trendy interior

by Meritage Homes

A stylish room where yellow takes over from gray!

by carolhwall

Softer hues of yellow can be used in a more extensive fashion in the living room

by Teragon Developments

Eclectic living room with gray walls and yellow drapes

by Williams-Sonoma Home

Versatile and Refined

The common perception among most homeowners is that both gray and yellow look good in modern, contemporary and transitional living rooms alone. It seems like most designers also tend to limit themselves to these three styles when embracing the color duo. But in reality, yellow and gray can fit in with almost any style of your choice. As you see here, the shades are equally at home in a farmhouse style or even an eclectic living space. Yellow is a great color for traditional living rooms as well, and a hint of gray only lends panache and poise. So, give this hot and refreshing duo a try this summer and you surely will be swept off your feet by its charm!

Grey with yellow pops brings refined elegance to the farmhouse style living room

by Redbud Custom Homes

The adjoining dining space adds to the overall appeal and color scheme of the living room

by The Neil Kelly Company

Chair and ottoman in toile fabric enliven the contemporary living room

by The Design Source

Smart floor lamp brings a hint of grey into the room

by Holly Marder

Use throw pillows to bring in the gray and yellow color scheme

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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