Rust and Gray Living Room: Get the Look with These 5 Steps

Posted on 17 January 2017

Rust and gray may not be colors you have ever thought about using in your living room, but the color combination is making a big splash in the interior design world, and is expected to be one of the hottest color pairings for fall 2015. This is a color scheme that is going to make you just a little more interesting to people you know. They'll wonder where you ever got the idea to throw these colors together, and they won't be able to decide whether to be impressed or jealous. The look is best achieved with a clean slate, but you can always buy or make furniture covers, if you aren't in the market to buy new pieces right now.


Paint the Walls

Choose a very light gray to paint on most of the walls, and then apply a rust-colored paint to one large wall. If you have a very large room, you can also go with rust on two walls, preferably that are touching. Crown molding and trim can be left white to break up the colors a little.

Gray Furniture in Different Shades

Try to find a dark gray sofa and a light gray chair, or you can flip these around. You want to avoid having a matching set, and you definitely don't want all furniture pieces the same shade. As for coffee and end tables, light wood, white, or glass will look best. People like to pair gray with black furniture, which is usually great, but it's not so spectacular with rust in the picture.

Printed Rug

It may take a little effort on your part, but finding a rug with both colors will really pull the room together. If you can't, then stick with a rug that is gray and white or rust and white. If this is still tricky, opt for a rug that is solid rust. You can go with a gray one, but if you do it should not be the same shade as one of your furniture pieces.

Shop for Wall Water Features


One of the greatest things about this color combination is that there are wall water features that are slate with copper trim. These naturally add hints of gray and rust to the space. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, too. These are best mounted on one of your light gray walls unless your accent wall is a rust shade that compliments the copper trim. Sometimes, the shades can clash, if not paired properly.

Pillows and Throws

Adding texture to the room is super easy thanks to decorative pillows and throw blankets. Choose a wide variety of shades and finishes. If you haven't used a print anywhere yet in the room yet, the pillows give you the perfect opportunity. Make sure your throw blankets are super soft. You're better to splurge on quality blankets then deal with scratch materials when you are trying to relax under one while watching a movie.

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