Everyone loves a beautiful living room. Often, it’s near the front of the house or is part of the space to which everyone inherently congregates. As a result, the living room tends to be the most (best?) decorated to match someone’s style out of all the rooms in a home. Color plays a big role in a living room’s style success, so it’s a good thing that there are so many gorgeous shades to choose from. If you’re designing your living room from scratch or simply need a style pick-me-up, here are 15 fabulous living room colors to consider. (You can also check out this article on
Some people like color in smaller snippets, so for them to paint their living rooms in floor-to-ceiling shades of some color probably goes against their comfort grain.
A soft, warm neutral like elephant grey will likely be a prime color choice for any space, but in the living room it’s particularly useful because it’s, well, soft, warm, and neutral. The grey provides a fresh, modern backdrop to plenty of fabulous white silhouettes and works seamlessly to give some visual respite next to detailed wallpaper in the same palette. Regardless of your style, this neutral will probably work wonders in your own living room.
As a beautifully balanced cross between, or combination of, green and blue,
Dress up a typically soft pastel, like lavender, with plenty of bling in the living room for an edgy and glamorous aesthetic. Think of reflective and metallic as neutrals, and use them with aplomb. And keep other colors somewhat muted for a more monochromatic feel,
Burgundy and other wine “flavored” colors are coming back as palette-able (haha) color options for contemporary spaces, particularly living rooms. Burgundy had its heyday in the 1990s but has disappeared for awhile. Its rich depth works well on larger living room pieces or even walls because it’s somewhat neutral but with a hint of something more.
A color associated with little girls’ rooms, this
Obviously, black in the living room isn’t for everyone. But when it works, it works! To help a black-heavy space feel sophisticated and engaging (and not like a funeral site), you’ll want to pay attention to the details. Vary the sheens, keep furnishings elegant and tasteful, use beautiful lighting as points of emphasis and reference, and be committed. The result is uber dramatic and chic.
The beauty of brick red, as a color, is that it’s part of the boldest, most energetic color family (red), but as a muted and less visually intrusive color itself, brick red can go where not all reds can. The modern living room is a prime location for brick red because it benefits from the aesthetic emphasis and urban, edgier feel of brick red, whether in large or small doses. Brick red can even act as a sort of neutral, in a way…sure, it’s an eye-catching, stand-outish neutral, but still.
Anything from lime to green apple to chartreuse can fall into the “citrus green” category; it’s up to you to decide which direction your living room should lean. With its fresh energy, zesty feel, and good cheer, citrus green is both friendly and carefree. It’s
Whether you want to paint all the living room walls sky blue or incorporate one simple sky blue piece (or anything in between), your living room will benefit stylistically from the use of this gorgeous, liberating, and natural color. It’s a refreshing pop of color or a balance of visual temperature or a spark of color light – all of these things and more are what sky blue has to offer a variety of living room schemes. It’s as old as the earth but still absolutely relevant in today’s living room designs.