Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018
Your living room is not only your family’s sanctuary, but also a space that your guests are most likely to frequent. Color can truly turn a plain living room into something special. That’s why it’s important to choose a living room color scheme that reflects your style and personality. From bright modern hues to warm earthy tones, there are endless options for your home.
To get your creative juices flowing for your big move or upcoming remodel, we pulled together a variety of inviting living room color schemes to sort through. Don’t forget to personalize every room in the house with canvas prints or custom pillows and blankets. If you’re looking to upgrade other rooms in your house, check out these other room color scheme ideas.
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Incorporating hues of yellow can turn an average living room into a welcoming sanctuary. To insure a smooth transition from one room to another, stick with similar colored walls, while changing up the furniture and decor. This kitchen and living room styled by Alison Lewis is united by a large opening in the wall, but is separated by design. White, gray and wood accents is the base of the first floor design, while pops of color diversify the spaces.
Bright and Beautiful
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If you elect for bright-colored walls, downplay the color of your furniture and decor. These turquoise walls pair perfectly with the dark gray couch and pillows. That said, don’t be afraid to add small pops of color, like these hot pink throws, to even out the space.
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Lavender is known to be calming, making it an ideal base color for your living room. Pair it with shades of gray, hot pink and white to create a tranquil space for you and your guests. To modernize the space, introduce unique design elements like this explosion modern chandelier and add gold accents.
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Blogger and designer Lisanne van de Klift created this nature-inspired living room using earthy tones and pops of color. If you’re looking to replicate a cozy space like this, use darker shades of neutral colors on the walls and and in the furniture. Then comes the fun part—pick out your favorite warm colors for the decor similar to how these pillows and throws complement the space. To liven up the room, swap out fresh local flowers on a weekly basis.
Creativity Takes Charge
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Your living room embodies your style and personality. Welcome guests into your home with a space that you’re proud of by incorporating your favorite colors, patterns and designs. Since the base color of this living room is plain, you can truly take the reigns when it comes to color. These multicolored throw pillows, patterned rug and unique artwork flawlessly play off each other to create a vibrant room.
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Spice up a classic living room with a variety of unexpected colors and pieces. This rug and furniture make up most of the color scheme without needing to change the paint color. Don’t be afraid to mix and match—it could turn into a kaleidoscopic masterpiece like this.
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Tangerine can be the perfect accent color in a neutral room. If your color scheme is lacking, update the decor with a splash of color like this one designed by Huff-Dewberry. For warm base colors, opt for shades of red, orange or yellow, but if you have a cooler base, choose hues of green or blue.
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You’ll be surprised how easily you can transform a room with painted cabinetry. If you’re weary of changing your room color, you can simply paint the furniture to create a statement piece. The bright colors in this living room open up the space and make it inviting for guests.
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When planning the color scheme and style of your living room, don’t leave one inch out of consideration. The design team at Roost Interiors thought outside of the box and painted the ceiling an onyx color. This bold move helped create a sleek, modern space with room to add pops of color like the azure-colored couch. To avoid making the room look smaller, minor touches of white in the seating, curtains and shelf trinkets help contrast the walls and open up the space.
To create a seamless transition from the living room to the kitchen, harmonize the tones of colors. Although both of the rooms have different color schemes, the brightness of all of the colors complement each other. These orange walls and colorful pillows balance well with the turquoise and white kitchen.
Pristine Lime Green
Statement walls allow you to break up a large room and can show off high ceilings without appearing too overwhelming. Choose your favorite color and paint the wall furthest away from your entrance to make the room look even more inviting. This green accent well brightens up the living room, while the hints of orange and amber complement it perfectly.
While your color scheme sets the mood in the room, your patterns add style. Coordinate fabric colors that complement each other such as these floral yellow-green, black and gray patterns. Once you find the perfect fabric, incorporate them in your curtains and throw pillows to create a systematic color scheme.
Industrial lofts are on trend, but the high ceilings and exposed walls leave some people uncertain how to approach the design. To transform the unfinished look into an impressive space, introduce bright colors in the furniture and decor. This tropical teal couch stands out against the concrete walls and the greenery creates a welcoming atmosphere.
Let your decor take your color scheme to the next level. This red, beige and white living room is achieved by using a favorite fabric to make curtains, pillows and an ottoman cover. If you have a neutral living room, give it an upgrade with your favorite fabric design.
Opting for a black and white color scheme will unify any modern space, while throwing in pops of color will add your personality. If you have a smaller living room, too many colors can weigh it down. Use minimal colors to open it up and depend on style for versatility.
Peacock feathers are full of beautiful jewel tones. Pull your favorite colors to create a majestic living room color scheme. This room uses shades of green and blue, which is accomplished by incorporating texture and pattern. If you plan to use a variety of colors similar to this room, make sure you have an area where you can feature neutral colors like this white fireplace.
Warm It Up
If you want to create a warm and comfortable living room, your color scheme will make a big difference. Blend deep tones of red and brown to create a living room that you won’t want to leave. If you have a fireplace, center your furniture around it to intensify the warm and cozy feeling.
Choose light pastel colors to create a soft, sultry living room.To produce a simple space like this, don’t overcomplicate with too many colors. This room features pink and blue as the two main colors, while the charcoal and white act as a counterbalance.
Traditionalist’s Creative Lair
If you’re a traditionalist, but have a creative side, combine the two! This traditional room was updated with modern paintings and a knit footrest. Don’t be afraid to mix versatile colors—statement colors add a personalized touch to an unadorned living room.
There are endless ways to create a modern living room! Think outside the box and combine colors and patterns that contrast each other in a complementary way. This room uses subtle, lighter colors for the wall and pops of bright colors for the furniture.
Incorporate your favorite color throughout the decor! This simple living room was updated with shades of teal and small touches of lime green. If you use different hues of the same color, you’ll have the chance to update the room with new finds without the need to match everything else perfectly.