Grey and Navy Living Room and Dining Room Inspiration: Starting to redecorate

I never thought I would be writing interiors posts on my blog. However, the more I think about it, I can’t understand why I haven’t written many of them before.


I’ve always kept my love of interiors quite close to my chest. I think it’s because when I was a student, I was skint and dreaming of fine art and beautiful furniture seemed years if not decades away. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest scrolling and my new obsession is grey and navy living and dining rooms. We are redecorating our downstairs now that it’s just Rob and I living at home.

I’m really enjoying documenting our interior decorating journey. It will become even more exciting once we buy our house, but for now, as renters we are only allowed o do so much. Our downstairs is made up of 3 rooms really. A hallway from the front door leads to the kitchen and our living room and dining room is one large room seperated by an arch.

This has made it quite a difficult room to come up with design ideas for. Not only is the living room door in the centre of the living room wall… ( I mean, really, who designs it like that!) We also have large windows that have long short radiators below them, a fireplace, alcoves an arch in the middle of the two rooms and the same again.

When I first moved into the house, the living room and dining room were painted white with a dark grey carpet. The chimney breast has a black wallpaper on it and it is really NOT my style. I don’t mind the wallpaper pattern so much, but I really don’t like the idea of having black walls. Black doors however, are something I REALLY like. Simply because our dog pushes all the doors open himself and the doors that are white are always covered in mud on the bottom third.

To try and put our own stamp on the place we decided to start painting walls grey. I know, grey, groundbreaking in 2019-2020 haha! But it does have a refined chic to it, I feel, if it’s done right. Too much grey, white and silver can sometimes make a house feel very cold.

So I got on Pinterest and looked for colour schemes and designs that had grey in them. I kept coming back to grey with touches of navy. There is something so smart about navy blue. The depth of the colour is just really pleasing to me. So I decided I was going to look to bring strong blue hues in particular, navy, through accessories in the rooms. So i’m currently on the hunt for navy accessories like cushions, art prints, vases etc.

The dining room has been given 3 walls of ‘Chic Shadow’ We chose to use this simply because we had a lot of it leftover from painting our hallway. It’s a really lovely grey that looks different depending on how the light hits it.

For the living room wall colours, we opted to paint the three walls in ‘Polished Pebble’ by Dulux. I love this grey, it’s so light it gives the room an airy feel and makes it feel bigger.

I’ll be writing a follow up post soon about how we’re putting our decor ideas into place in the living and dining room. Obviously, all of this is a journey and changing a whole room can be very expensive so it will be a process over time rather than a quick makeover. I’ve put together a little virtual moodboard below of the kind of decor and furniture we’re looking at for both rooms.

Do you know somewhere that sells stunning navy or grey room accents?

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