20 Living Room Color Palettes You've Never Tried

Top designers share their favorite shades for creating daring and unexpected living room color palettes that embrace bright colors and unique combinations.

By: Jeanine Hays
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Navy, Turquoise and Pink

Beautiful shades of turquoise and hot pink pop in this cheerful Los Angeles living room created by Design Star winner Emily Henderson. Use big hits of color in a living room's palette to create a bright, airy and happy space that integrates both feminine and masculine details. Image courtesy Emily Henderson

Turquoise, Neon Yellow and Slate Gray

Interior designer Abbe Fenimore plays with a turquoise, neon yellow and gray color palette in this cheerful living room. A soft blue modular sofa shines with electric neon pillows atop it. A slate-gray wall is the perfect backdrop to this living area's bright shades. Image courtesy Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Black, White and Powder Blue

The classic black-and-white color palette is given a refreshing twist when blue is added to the mix. Designer Abbe Fenimore painted the walls a crisp blue to present black-and-white furnishings in a bold new way. Blue accents add hints of the wall color to the living area. Image courtesy Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Soft Blues and Grass Green

Philadelphia-based interior designer Mona Ross Berman used a baby-blue shade that extends to the flooring with a blue- and green-patterned carpet in this cozy living space. Grass-green elements are added to the soothing color palette with accent pieces: an upholstered ottoman, X-bench and cushions. For a room with a bright color palette like this one, temper it with a large neutral piece, like this cream-colored sofa. Image courtesy Mona Ross Berman Interiors

Moody Blues and Browns

Mixing navy blue and brown may seem dark for a living room, but the color palette works beautifully in this cozy seating area. Designer Lindsey Coral Harper covered the wall in a lacquered navy blue, and added bits of brown with wooden frames on the side chairs and art. Image courtesy of Lindsey Coral Harper

Navy Blue Meets Black and Beige

Black and navy blue may be on the dark end of the color spectrum, but they can work together to create a modern living space. In this living room designed by HGTV Design Star finalist Hilari Younger, beige, brown and white elements lighten the dark color palette. Image courtesy Hilari Younger of Ufunkshen

Gray, Gold and Peacock Blue

Spice up a white room with golden hues, a rich peacock blue and warm gray tones. Emily Henderson has turned this living room's reading nook into an inviting space with splashes of color that take the space from boring and basic to bold and beautiful. To get the look at home, create a feature wall with paint or wallpaper. Here, Emily added gray and gold tones with Joy Cho's Petal Pusher wallpaper. Image courtesy Emily Henderson

Mint Green and Pink

Discover a unique color palette through the accessories in your home. Designer Fawn Galli's living room, with a pastel palette of pink and green, was inspired by a pair of ikat drapes from Cambodia. Image courtesy Fawn Galli Interiors

Go Bold With Hot Pink

Hot pink may be associated with girly-girl style, but the color can also be used to brighten a neutral space. In this seating area by Abbe Fenimore, a cream sofa becomes the perfect backdrop for various shades of the juicy color. Meanwhile, green textiles on the side chair complement the bright hue. The painting in the seating area, with its brown, green and peachy tones, ties the whole room together. Image courtesy Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Bright Berry Hues

Lindsey Coral Harper designed this daring living room study using berry delicious shades like raspberry, blueberry and mint green. In a room with bold blocks of color on the walls or built-ins, look at bringing in calming tones through furnishings. Here, light-colored seating and carpet grounds this vibrant space. Image courtesy of Lindsey Coral Harper

Blushing Rouge and Cream

Be playful with color in a creamy interior. Red details take this living room space from traditional to bright and modern. Red accents come through in the side chairs, cushions and media cabinet. With warm golden finishes, this room's color palette feels elegant and luxurious. Image courtesy Fawn Galli Interiors

Yellow, Red and Orange

Mariah O'Brien filled this living room with a mix of strong, warm hues to create a stunning color palette. Yellow, red and orange details pop off the brown shelving units. A turquoise-blue vase brightens the coffee table, and a hot-pink swan chair works like an exclamation point. Image courtesy Mariah O'Brien Interiors

Emerald and Black

This classic interior by Thom Filicia is a celebration of the color green. Kelly green is used from the floor to the ceiling to envelop the room in this stunning hue. A mix of emerald and black is presented through a vibrant ikat rug. For a spectacular statement, black wallpaper covers a feature wall in the space. Image courtesy of Thom Filicia

Chartreuse and Turquoise

Your color palette can be inspired by anything, including your love of the great outdoors. Designer Fawn Galli uses natural greens and turquoise to create a calming palette that brings the outside in. Image courtesy Fawn Galli Interiors

Tangerine and Peacock Blue

Create a lively living room with energetic shades. Designer Abbe Fenimore mixes decorative accents in color-wheel opposites peacock blue and tangerine to enliven this living room's color palette. For a softer look, try tangerine and mint. Image courtesy Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Red, Orange and Yellow

Yellow, orange and red details stand out in this minimalist living room. Use art as the focal point of your room's color palette — a white backdrop keeps a bright palette from becoming too intense. Image courtesy Fawn Galli Interiors

Burnt Orange and Gold

Warm up your living room with rustic shades. Hilari Younger layered this living room with a variety of warm tones like burnt orange, brown and gold to create a cozy, inviting space. Image courtesy Hilari Younger of Ufunkshen

Citrus and Burnt Orange

Mixing and matching similar shades is an unexpected way to create a room's color palette. Shades of burnt orange and citrus are layered together in this room for a lively mix. Image courtesy Hilari Younger of Ufunkshen

Citrusy Lemon and Orange

Mona Ross Berman uses happy shades of lemon yellow and bright orange for a house by the beach. Play with a mix of bright shades to create a room that is instantly smile-inducing. Image courtesy Mona Ross Berman Interiors

Glamorous Black and Purple

Go for glamour with a regal shade of purple. Hilari Younger pairs purple with black and white to create a room that has an Old Hollywood feel. A cool gray wall adds the final sophisticated touch to this seating area. Image courtesy Hilari Younger of Ufunkshen