The Greatness of Gray Sofas: Why This Shade Works
We’ve all had those “What was I thinking?” moments we wish we could take back — that side of extra cheesy fries at lunch, the late night “miss you” text to the ex, the baby bangs your friend convinced you to get… When it comes to decor, the latest trends and “Pantone colors of the year” will have you splurging on a big bright neon pink sofa before you even have time to remember that you actually hate pink. Uneven fringes eventually grow out. Hoping that the sofa grows on you… not so simple.
So consider going gray. Whether used as a spot to answer those many unanswered emails, curl up for a quiet evening, or host game night with family, the right gray sofa can define and anchor a room. But deciding on color is only half the battle. With so many styles to choose from, it’s easy to go a little gray-zy. Luckily, we rounded up a selection of far-from-boring styles to help you make a lasting impression with this common color.
Traditional, But Make It Cozy
Do you favor classic aesthetics with a contemporary twist? With its sturdy wooden frame and tufted button-punctuated back, the Anton Sofa is a style after your own mid-century-loving heart. The rich Winter Gray and Gravel Gray colorways relax your senses after a long day, while the down-filled cushions keep your bum and back comfy for hours at a time. Your chiropractor will miss you.
If your off-duty weekend plans include indulging in plenty of TV show streaming and daytime siestas — it’s nap o’clock somewhere and that somewhere may or may not be your couch — the Timber Sofa is calling your name. The pillowy upholstered body looks rich against the solid oak frame, while the loose feather-filled seat and side cushions ensure optimal comfort. Don’t forget to bring all your Netflix binge session essentials like your popcorn and phone charger with you; chances are you will never want to get up again.
Luxurious Yet Low-Key
Featuring rounded edges and a low profile to sink into, the rich bouclé-upholstered Moro Sofa in Riverbank Gray brings vintage tactile appeal to small living spaces. While cozy enough to assure romantic evenings à deux, it’s ample enough for you and your clique to kick back over fancy cocktails and gossip. Double down on the fuzzy-but-chic factor and add a few tonal Gabriola Pillows to the mix.
Made with a sumptuous feather-mix fill, the Alzey Sofa feels as soft and plush as it looks. The removable Whistle Gray covers are machine-washable for easy cleaning. This means it will hold up under the wear, tear, and occasional pad thai on the couch moments of everyday living.
Go Big & Stay Home
When it comes to real estate, we can all agree that “too much space” is a good problem to have. But cramming too many random pieces in can make it seem like you’re squatting in a hotel lobby or furniture store. Gray sofas are great anchors in larger floor plans thanks to their understated and often convertible configurations. Generously proportioned, the Nova Reversible Sectional offers everyone from guests, kiddos, and even furry friends a spot to hang. Lending to the functionality, its removable armrests and shape-shifting design allow you to play around with the layout and orientation to suit your living space.
If you’re in the market for something more clean-lined and angular, opt for the Burrard Sectional. The slender armrests, tapered legs, and reversible back cushions all come together to create a perfectly cushy modern look. Plus, it’s available in multiple shades, so you’re guaranteed to find your perfect match.
Hey, Watch Your Undertones
Although difficult to detect at first glance, gray can have warm and cool undertones. Warm tones create a feeling of coziness while cooler variations lend serene calm. These undertones can be amplified with the natural and artificial light a room gets so dressing up your space with appropriate window coverings and lighting (like the Leap Floor Lamp and Suru Pendant Lamp) will keep your space from ever falling flat.
Pair with stark white walls and vibrant accent pieces for a slightly contrasting yet airy look or go full monochromatic with tonal wall paint, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and throw pillows. With so many options to choose from, we’re certain you’ll find what your living space needs. No shame. No regrets.