20+ Colorful Living Rooms to Copy

Ready to add a little color to your home's most lived-in room? Well, we've got you covered! A few of our favorite designers share their best living rooms full of saturated shades and color cues worth stealing.
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June 15, 2015

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Bring On the Drama

Don't be intimidated by dramatically dark colors — like charcoal and black. Even these moody hues can feel upbeat and cheery when balanced with a dose of bright white and an eye-catching color like coral. See more of this daring home, that was featured in HGTV Magazine

Keep It All in the Family

The easiest way to showcase several hues without the colors clashing is to select a range of tones that are all in the same family, as designer Sarah Richardson did in this crisp and cool living room. Blues, greens and just a bit of cool gray pair beautifully with the room's creamy backdrop and upholstery. 

Start With a Favorite Pattern

This room's kicky color palette was inspired by a favorite fabric: Schumacher's Chiang Mai pattern in aquamarine. All colors used in the space are pulled directly from the timelessly trendy fabric — from the hazy blue used on the walls (Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore) to the pops of orange and coral in the lampshades, footstool and upholstered wingbacks. See more of this colorful home that was featured in HGTV Magazine

Create a Rhapsody in Blue

Year after year, blue tops the list of the world's favorite colors. Reminiscent of sea and sky, most people find blue to be both a calming and uplifting hue. So, it's no surprise that blue, paired with its classic sidekick white, is a can't-miss choice for your living room — whether your design style is formal or casual. See more of this colorful, family-friendly home, featured in HGTV Magazine

Add Some Spice

Just a few dashes of red are a surefire way to visually warm up an otherwise chilly space (Can you believe this is a basement?!) while adding just the right amount of drama. Designer Sarah Richards turned this underused subterranean space into the family's favorite hangout with a warm gray color on the walls and upholstery accented by fiery splashes of red throughout. 

Pretty in Purple

Too often seen as just a color for kids, purple is definitely worth considering. Especially if your space could use a pick-me-up, adding a little of this hue is an easy way to boost the cheer factor. If a lighter shade, like lilac, feels too feminine, go with a richer tone, like plum, indigo or aubergine. HGTV Magazine shares more ways to transform your living room.

Cue the Complements

Colors opposite each other on the color wheel — green/red, orange/blue and purple/yellow — are known as complementary colors. When placed side by side, as the green sofa and red lacquered table are in this Asian-inspired living room, each color seems more saturated and intense by comparison. 

Work In Color With Art

If neutrals are your color of choice, then consider adding a bit more pop with colorful art. Limiting your living room's color and pattern to a framed piece both helps to draw attention to the art while also making it easy to switch out the colorful accents while keeping the bones of your room the same. 

Make a Splash With Accessories

Looking for a unique (and colorful!) alternative to traditional upholstery? Well, look no further than the rug beneath your feet. In this cozy living room, that was featured in HGTV Magazine, the eye-catching stripe covering the oversized ottoman is actually a vintage Bolivian rug. The tightly woven material is more durable than standard upholstery fabric and was designed specifically for foot traffic so the homeowners can relax and put their feet up. 

Be Bold (In Small Doses)

Designer Sarah Richardson deftly ensures this living room's focal point — the fireplace — remains the center of attention by cladding the overmantel in horizontally striped turquoise wallpaper. If used on all four walls, a pattern this graphic could have easily overwhelmed the space but this small statement feels just right. 

Embrace Your Inner Prep

Like preppy clothing styles that are eternally on-trend, prep's cheery colors — green, pink and navy blue — are a fail-proof palette that will look equally as classic and buttoned-up in your home.  

Go for the Gold

Buh-bye brushed nickel and patinated bronze, glittering gold is taking center stage. From lighting fixtures to gilded furniture, this hot hue has taken the design world by storm. Even a few small touches — like swapping out your lampshades or working in a few gleaming accessories — will give your home an on-trend update.  

Rock a Globe-Trotting Look

A Suzani-covered ottoman is a colorful standin for a standard coffee table in this eclectic living room. Textural Indan prints brighten up the white slipcovered sofa while a chalkboard-style print features the names of famous English streets. See more photos from this small but colorful home, featured in HGTV Magazine.

Get Glossy

A glossy finish is a surefire way to make any color feel more glamorous. High-gloss paint is an especially good choice for woodwork or cabinets because its much more resistant to scuff marks or stains. In this polished living room, the sheen serves another purpose: by bouncing the light around, the room feels much brighter. 

Freshen Up With Florals

Floral patterns outside the bedroom? You bet! To really incorporate a wide range of colors, work in a few floral fabrics. Here, Scottish designer Fiona Douglas relied on watercolor-style prints to create a space that's both fresh and playful. If this look feels too feminine, try limiting the floral print to a single pillow and working in more color with graphic patterns. 

Tangerine Dream

Nothing says color quite like a playful splash of tangerine against crisp white surroundings. To make these orange accents really stand out, designer Tobi Fairley paired them with a trendy houndstooth fabric pattern and sunburst mirrors to create one daring living room design. 

Poppy on Repeat

Wallpaper is back, and we love all the fun colors and designs you can add to a room with its repetitive patterns. Designer Stacy Garcia created this chic poppy design as the perfect backdrop for any contemporary living space. The bold teal pattern allows the furnishings to remain modest while color takes center stage. If permanent wallpaper is too much of a commitment; try one of the many removable brands to keep your living room in step with your ever-changing tastes. Image courtesy of Stacy Garcia.

Show Your Stripes

Don't forget the floors — it's the easiest way to add a temporary and playful punch of color to any room. In this sophisticated and preppy living area, a red, white and blue striped rug instantly spices up the entire color palette. An area rug is an interchangeable decor piece that's perfect for those of us that desire change every once in a while. Photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine

Chic and Green

Designer Tobi Fairley's sophisticated yet playful use of Kelly green stands out through her integration of a simple, neutral backdrop with glints of gold. And if you're looking for tips on mixing patterns with style, Tobi's the one to call. Look how she incorporates stripes, graphics and botanicals with ease in this elegant living space.

Treat Your Windows

Looking to spice up a warm palette with some vibrancy? Look no further than your window treatments. Designer Ana Donohue added colorful Ikat draperies to this eclectic living room to pull in the furniture's gold and chocolate tones. Patterned window treatments are an instant and eye-catching way to add color to any living space.

Breaking Up Gray

Totally on-trend, gray continues to be one of the hottest hues this year, and bonus: it pairs perfectly with almost every color. To add contrast to this neutral, gray living room, designer Brian Patrick Flynn integrated a sleek white coffee table and playful pink accents into the design. Together, the two hues deliver just the right amount of vibrancy to this sophisticated sitting area.

Give Nods to Nature

When choosing the color palette for this sitting room, designer Linda Woodrum drew her inspiration from its coastal Florida surroundings. She chose a soothing green hue for the walls, along with lime-green accents and alligator prints, to seamlessly tie the entire look together.

Hint of Sunshine

We all know that black and white are a timeless design duo, so why not add a little sunshine to that dichromatic color scheme? To brighten this contemporary space and enhance the Carrara marble fireplace, designer Joseph A. Berkowitz topped the mantel with a collection of sunny yellow vases. Hints of yellow from the artwork are heightened, and the room instantly feels more energetic. 

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