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Classic Gray | In The Family Room

Today’s Paint Color Crush is Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, and the design around it is dedicated to all of you working with big brown leather furniture! The topic of brown leather comes up SO often when I’m talking to clients, friends and family about refreshing spaces in their homes. So much so that I actually created a Pinterest board dedicated entirely to rooms with brown leather furniture!

We have a medium brown leather couch and loveseat, and I have a love/hate relationship with them. I LOVE them for their durability (they have held up amazingly to our rambunctious family, life with a drooly dog, and entertaining!) but once in a while I grow weary of them because they are just SO BROWN.

If you can relate, then this is for you. For those of you who want to refresh a space that has a big medium or dark brown leather element in it, consider balancing out the visual warmth and heaviness of the leather with a cool tone on the walls and floor. Classic Gray is a one of my favorite colors ever! A barely-there gray that is cool without being sterile; it’s just enough of a color to make white trim pop, and it works with so many color palettes! So here we go (affliliate links included in this post for your convenience)…..

Classic Gray + Brown Leather + a pop of rich tealy greens (blue would look amazing here too!)

Family room design around Benjamin Moore's Classic Gray paint.

Leather sectional | Coffee table ottoman | Square tray | Plant basket | Green & Blue Pillows | Art (“Lake Louise” by Lisa Cersovsky) | Rug | Chair | Throw Blanket



SPLURGE on a good quality, neutral wool rug (a good place to invest your money and hey! The name of this one is Shine 🙂 )

SAVE on the coffee table ottoman (on sale for less than $200 + free shipping, yee haw). We have loved our Restoration Hardware coffee table ottoman for years – it’s great for a family room where you might want to stretch out your legs, and with a big tray it works for entertaining too. I like the metal x-base on this one that gives it a more modern feel.



The throw blanket.  I LOVE finding and supporting artisans on Etsy and this company really piqued my interest, a group of women in Denver who hail from Ecuador and sell their handmade blankets, ponchos, scarves and jewelry. I haven’t bought anything from them yet but “favorited” their shop so I can keep them in mind in the future. Read here about their company, HuarmiMaki.

The chair.  It has really great reviews, plus the size and shape are timeless and the dark feet tie into dark brown leather. Buying upholstered furniture without seeing it in person can be a bit intimidating but I had a great experience with new chairs in my family room and items I’ve ordered online for clients. Just do your research, read reviews and pay attention to the dimensions.


If you’re interested in seeing Classic Gray used in some beautiful rooms, be sure to follow the Paint Color Crush board here!

Shine Your Light blog's Paint Color Crush Pinterest board


Check out the other Paint Color Crush designs!

Dark Harbor | In The Kitchen

Newburyport Blue | In The Study

Tricorn Black | In The Mudroom

Wishing you a wonderful weekend friends!!

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Shelley @ Calypso in the Country

Saturday 4th of February 2017

Lisa, this is a great solution for the brown leather. I love how you mixed it with gray and added a little color. I always admire the Classic Gray color for walls. It's so versatile! Enjoy your weekend! Shelley


Monday 6th of February 2017

Hi Shelley, yes Classic Gray is so versatile! Hope you enjoyed your weekend too.


Friday 3rd of February 2017

BM Classic Gray is a favorite color of mine. I used it in my three bathrooms and my sons TV room. I love how everything works with it.


Friday 3rd of February 2017

It is such a great color Leigh! I used it in my nephew's room with red and grey. So versatile isn't it?