How to Match Gray and Brown in Decor

Pairing grey with brown can look amazing in interior design. Today, we'll leave you with some ideas and recommendations.
How to Match Gray and Brown in Decor

Last update: 26 October, 2018

In our post today, we’d like to give you with some ideas on how to combine gray and brown with beauty and elegance.

Though both are common colors used in decor, we don’t often see them together. Instead, they’re usually combined with whites or brighter colors.

If we want to use them together, we need to be careful because they can darken or dim a space. Such an effect would leave us feeling rather uncomfortable.

Think about the wide color range that both grey and brown can offer us:

  • Grey: ash, lead, taupe, linen, pearl…
  • Brown: sand, beige, hazelnut, mahogany, coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, russet…

And these are only a handful of examples. You could think up other monochromatic combinations with one of these colors while adding in touches of another.

Grey and brown can look lovely in any room of your home. So, below we’d like to give you some examples and ideas for each room of the house. We hope that you like them and remember that making sure your rooms are illuminated is very important.


For bathrooms, we should start by considering that the shower, sink and toilet should be white. This is simple, but never falls out of style.

Grey brown bathroom

You could try using gray tiles for the entire floor and installing dark wood on one of the walls. If you’re not keen on wood, consider a wall finish that resembles wood and you’ll be all set.

You should leave your other walls alone as light gray, beige or a similar color. Doing otherwise might overwhelm the space.

Another option you could try is combining different types of ceramics on your walls and floor. To add that touch of brown, you could buy a light brown toilet rug and fit the lid with a light brown cover.

Of course, remember that you can also play around with complementary pieces to match these colors. We’re talking about soap dishes, rugs, shower curtains, towels or robes.


For kitchens, think about stainless steelStainless steel counter-tops will look great and you could use wood (preferably lighter colored wood) for the furniture.

As for your kitchen appliances, we normally see gray options, and not brown. On the topic of kitchen islands, there are a lot of examples that mix metal and wood.

Another idea could be choosing a wood floor (or a floor with a material that resembles wood). For the counters and bigger kitchen appliances, they’d also look great in gray. For more visual contrast, you could try hanging wooden decor, and the results would be even better if they matched the floor.

Grey Brown Kitchen

As we’ve seen with the bathroom, you can also play around with complementary pieces: silverware, containers, napkins, etc.

Living rooms

Generally speaking, seating has a lot of visual importance in living rooms, especially if you have a chaise  lounge. So, it’s really important to get the color just right. If you choose a brown sofa, one made of leather would be a great option.

As for your walls, the simplest option would be to paint them gray. You can paint one a darker shade than the others, creating some dimension. If you opt for brown, consider painting just one wall brown and the rest a very light brown (like beige), or even white.

If you have a dining room, you can choose chairs that have wooden legs an a gray upholster. As for flooring, wood floors will look great, such as laminate flooring. You can also find them in gray.


Combining gray and brown in bedrooms is easier than it might seem. One way to do it is by finishing the wall behind the bed with wood and painting the others beige or even white.

Grey and brown bedroom

Using the same idea, have one darker gray wall and other light gray ones. Then, place the bed’s headboard right next to the color in order to create a little contrast.

As for the furniture, choose light brown pieces such as those from IKEA. By doing so, you’ll be able to create a more illuminated space.

As you’ve read, combining these two colors is quite easy. We recommend that you choose lighter gray and brown tones. Lighter tones will prevent dark spaces that make a room seem smaller than it actually is.