Gray Coastal Living Room Ideas for a Timeless Aesthetic

Stunning ideas for a calming and beautiful gray coastal living room that works for any style of home!

A question I get asked so many times I’ve lost count is what color gray is in my living room.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter coastal living room with cream sofa and whitewashed wood coffee table

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The color is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and we are so happy with it!

It’s a great neutral paint color that can fade into the background to allow your decor to play front and center.

However, I did want to show you another picture of the exact same room to show you what a difference in lighting can do.

living room with white sofa and walls painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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Isn’t that crazy? Same exact room, slightly different angle, totally different natural lighting.

That’s why it’s always going to be important for you to try out colors in your space before you just jump on them based on what you see online.

I wanted to share some really great coastal living room ideas with gray as the background from our home, as well as others!

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Coastal Gray Living Room Ideas You’ll Love

Follow the Light

I love the color in my home, but as I mentioned, when trying to live with a gray paint color on your walls, you need to determine if you want it to feel warm or cool.

This will depend on the color’s undertones, yes, but will also rely heavily on your home’s lighting.

You can make either work and look beautiful, but a coastal vibe is all about bringing the outdoors inside so make your own natural lighting do a lot of the heavy lifting there.

Add Color with Textiles

living room with white sofa and walls painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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If you’re working with a gray coastal living room, you’ll want to bring some color in for sure.

Much of coastal decor is going to be whites, wood tones, and varying shades of blue.

Of course you can go for a more monochromatic look if that’s your vibe, but things like rugs, pillows, and even books on bookshelves can really add cohesive touches that liven up your living room space.

If you’re unsure of how to bring in color into your gray living room via throw pillows, check out this “How to Select & Style Throw Pillows Like a Pro” post for some tips & tricks.

Nautical Can Be Classy

Coastal decor isn’t always nautical and vice versa.

However, this living room is a great example of having your gray walls fall into the background and letting your decor speak for itself.

While it’s not my design style, I really like showing options that are a wide array of design styles so that you can find anything and take bits and pieces into your own coastal home decor!

Art is Everywhere

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter living room with white chairs and light blue printed rug under coffee table

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Think outside of your (gray coastal living room) walls.

Think books on bookshelves, a bowl of shells or bleached wood on a coffee table, or even a vase with some gorgeous seasonal flowers.

Oh yeah, or a coastal artwork on your Frame TV!

Mix Design Styles

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I do not think that your home has to be just one design style.

Just in this photo alone, I see traditional elements (the fireplace), boho (the rattan arm chair and plant), and modern with the shapes of the sofa and loveseat.

However, this space feels completely cohesive and I don’t know about you, but I want to curl right up on that couch.

Another example of mixing design styles is this stunning living room.

If the arm chairs look familiar, it’s because we have the same ones in our living room in white with different cushions, but we love them!

This space feels modern with the sleek black fireplace, traditional with the arm chairs and drapes, but the shiplap on the fireplace and ceiling gives it a coastal farmhouse feel.

This is also an example of a monochromatic look because you have gray living room walls, gray fabric chairs and a gray coffee table, but by adding in the pops of turquoise, it doesn’t feel boring or overwhelmingly “gloomy” and gray.

Skip the Curtains

gray coastal living room sitting area with 2 chairs in front of a window

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Since your gray walls really can change depend on the rest of the decor in the space and these walls in our home look cool gray here and warmer in other photos, try just having blinds and leave the curtains off.

This allows for the maximum level of natural light to come in when they’re all the way up during the lightest times of the day.

Always Personalize

closeup of side table in between 2 white cushioned sitting chairs

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Even if it’s just a small photo in a frame, make sure your space reflects you, your loved ones and the things you love the most.

After all, you’re the one who has to live in it!

If you’re trying to plan a gray coastal living room of your own, I hope you can take some of these ideas and infuse them into your space to get the exact look you’re going for!

XO,

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