Great news: neutral colors like gray are incredibly easy to style! However, if you're trying to achieve a specific result, you've still got to know what you're doing.
Whether you want it to be consistent with the rest of the room or make it pop with some accessories, here's a simple guide on what colors go with a gray sofa.
What is the psychology of gray?
The perfect neutral color falling in between two absolutes, gray stands for compromise in an almost diplomatic way.
The darker and closer to black it is, the more mysterious, somber, and dramatic it becomes; the closer to white, the brighter and livelier.
Why choose a gray sofa?
Choosing a gray sofa is a safe bet that still allows you to unleash your creativity when it comes to pairing it up with the other two main colors of your living room's palette.
If you like the idea of a gray sofa, you won't have to compromise when it comes to materials: in fact, you can find it as both leather and upholstery in different fabrics.
On top of that, a gray sofa is a versatile choice that will immediately fit with lots of décor styles, and especially contemporary, minimalist, Scandinavian, or industrial interiors.
What colors go with a gray sofa?
Pretty much any color can work with a gray sofa. However, that's not to say that you can just throw a few hues together without considering pivotal factors such as contrast and palettes.
In fact, take one of the most important rules of color combination into account: the 60-30-10 ratio. Your gray sofa falls within that 30%, so you have to pair it up with a 60% (the primary color of your walls and floor) and 10% (brightest accent) that form a harmonious palette and work well in relation to the position of your couch.
Plus, keep in mind that a gray overload could lead to a depressing effect and a negative impact on your mood, so balance it wisely.
Gray sofa + yellow
Let's start with the decorative antidote to sadness: yellow!
When paired up with the more neutral gray, this color combination offers endless possibilities. It can work with several décors, including contemporary and bohemian interiors, but, since they're both natural colors, it's particularly popular in Scandinavian settings.
For example, a dark grey sofa could stand out against a pale-yellow wall; a light grey one, against a bolder yellow hue.
Or, if you happen to have curtains falling behind your gray sofa, you could consider switching to yellow ones, following the same trick.
Another popular option is to add golden or mustard yellow cushions and throws.
And don't forget to include a couple more accent elements in your living room, such an artwork with yellow elements behind your sofa or a yellow vase on the coffee table in front of it.