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What Color Rug Goes Well with a Grey Couch

Neutral colored furniture like grey sofas and seats are commonly used in living rooms and dens. The appeal is easy to see: grey is a color that comes in many different shades and styles, so it pairs well with different colors and color palettes. Rugs in particular are a great way to work with the grey sofa, but what colors are best? Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite rug colors to go with grey couches.

Learn More About Color Pairings

  1. Neutral Colors
  2. Primary Colors
  3. Secondary Colors
  4. Additional Considerations
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Neutral Colors


  • Like grey, white is an incredibly versatile color that comes in many different materials and styles. White rugs can be used in light and airy styles like boho and coastal or they can be used in contemporary geometric prints. There is no shade of white that does not work with grey, and with the many different designs and materials available, this gives you thousands of options with pairing a white rug with grey furniture. 


  • You can pair a grey sofa with a grey rug without the color overwhelming the living room. The key in using a grey rug in these cases is to be sure it stands apart from the sofa through a unique texture, color, and shade to keep the space from feeling drab. A distinct pattern can also set the two apart, and with grey rugs, there are patterns that are vintage, traditional, modern, or any other design style. 


  • Black can add drama to the room and complement a grey sofa. Since black is a popular color for rugs, you can find rugs that use deep, dark black or more subdued variations that lean towards grey. Black and grey are often paired together in styles like modern farmhouse, but the patterns available in black rugs go far beyond that one style. Contemporary, modern, traditional, and tribal are just a few styles that show how diverse black rugs are. 

Neutral Colors (continued)


  • Brown and grey can easily be combined as long as the sofa’s color and the rug’s color convey the same tone. If the couch has a cool grey, then the browns in the rug should also have a subdued, cooler statement. With that caveat in mind, it is important to note how brown appears in both traditional and contemporary styles. This means you can easily find a brown rug to pair with a grey sofa. 


  • Beige is a lighter tone of brown, and so it works well with light grey sofas. Depending on the tone of the color, the beige may lean into a warm aesthetic that can balance well with the grey sofa. Some grey tones even have a beige or brown undertone that can help create a consistent color palette. Another reason to choose a beige rug to go with your grey sofa is that these rugs are available in virtually every style, pattern, and material. 
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Primary Colors


  • Blue-grey and steelblue are two common shades of blue that naturally work with grey. However, warmer shades of blue can be used to brighten a living room with a grey sofa. Sky blue, teal-blue, navy blue, royal blue, and other shades of blue can all complement the sofa depending on what tone you want to set. 


  • Red is often a regal color used in persian and oriental prints, but other shades of red are present in tribal patterns, contemporary designs, and boho aesthetics. A bold red rug can balance out the darkness of a charcoal sofa, or a more burgundy red can add more traditional or subdued style through the shading and pattern.


  • Yellow is a bright color that can contrast against a charcoal sofa or a cool grey tone. If you are looking to add brightness to a living room with grey furniture, rugs with even a little bit of yellow can go a long way in setting that tone. There are plenty of patterns, designs, and shades to choose from as well, so yellow can pair very well with moody or neutral grey tones.

Secondary Colors


  • Pink can add a softer, more feminine tone to a living room. Rusted rose pink and light pink can complement both dark and light grey sofas to create modern boho, transitional, or mid century modern aesthetics. Hot pink may be a risky color for a living room, but it can work in living rooms with bold color palettes and eclectic styles. 


  • Orange is another color that tends to add warmth to whatever room it’s placed in. That makes orange rugs ideally suited to pair with grey rugs to create a warmer tone throughout the room. Rusted orange, bright orange, orange-brown, and other variations each have their own unique tones and aesthetic, but each is a viable option for living rooms with grey sofas. 


  • Green plants are often incorporated in grey living rooms, so it makes sense that green rugs work well in these circumstances too. Grey can add in a warm, natural color or convey a more rustic tone through forest greens. Whether you are looking to add subtle life or a bold color to your living room, these rugs can coordinate well with grey couches.
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Additional Considerations

Pillows & Throws

  • Pillows, throws, and other accents can tie the rug and sofa together through thematic and color ties. If your rug features any imagery, shapes, or motifs, your pillows can show off similar designs. The pillows can also showcase the color of the rug, or they can use a complementing color to add to the room’s depth of style. 

Color of the Walls

  • The rug and wall color should not be identical to one another; instead, either the rug or walls should be darker than one another. They can be the same color in different shades, or you can do something different like grey walls with a red rug. The selection you make depends on the overall tone you want your room to set, so look at the wall color, rug, and furniture as key areas to define the room’s mood. 

Coffee Tables

  • A coffee table should not blend into the rug; it should stand out as an intentional accent in your seating area. The colors and finishes on the coffee table will impact your rug choice, such as a black iron coffee table standing out on top of a light bohemian rug. The table is so closely associated with the rug that it’s important they work towards the same style goals through the structure, shape, and finishes. 

Grey sofas and furniture present a lot of opportunity for unique styling and tones. When paired with rugs of various colors and designs, you can create a living room that is boldly stylish, simply modern, or ornately traditional. In any case, the colors described above are commonly paired with grey sofas and can create your ideal tone and style.


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