Top Living Room Color Palettes We're Loving Right Now
Want to create a show-stopping living room? Try one of these fresh color schemes.
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A Timeless Twosome
Sophisticated, soft and chic – this traditional living room by Amy Carman Design proves that a black and white color palette can be just as captivating as its colorful counterparts. Gilded details embellish the ivory walls with warmth, while inky accents complement the striking fireplace at the center of the room. A muted mushroom paint coats the ceiling and mirrors the neutral area rug that brings softness to the design underfoot.
Invite organic warmth and earthy vibrancy into your living room by taking a page out of Vernich Interiors’ design book. They outfit the sofa and armchair set with airy beige slipcovers and add a pop of pigment with moss green accent pillows and a matching, tufted ottoman. The beige and green hues continue throughout the space by way of lush floral arrangements, custom drapery, a woven area rug and a thriving fiddleleaf fig in the corner of the room.
Bold + Breezy
Make a splash in your living room with the blue on blue color palette used in this bright, coastal escape by designer Ashley Gilbreath. Gilbreath achieves this bold yet breezy design with a balanced mix of pale aqua, glossy turquoise and weathered indigo hues. Two woven pendant lights, organic coffee table decor and a tropical, honey-toned settee create spirited contrast in the design and pop against the sea of blue hues used throughout the space.
Platinum, greige and white set the tone for sophistication in this ethereal formal living room by Traci Connell Interiors. The smoky color palette, the striking cast stone fireplace and the luxurious upholstery details yield a space that feels equal parts intimate, opulent and airy.
Peach grasscloth wallpaper pairs with dramatic marigold, merlot and sky blue accent hues to create an unexpected and inviting color palette in this eclectic living room by Shakoor Interiors. The designers soften the rich color story with unfussy, contemporary furnishings and a collection of organic wood and stone accessories displayed throughout the design.
Dialed-Up Earth Tones
Dial-up the drama in your living room design with a collection of emboldened earth hues. This contemporary sitting room by Christine Kohut shows how it’s done with an oversized emerald sectional, gold light fixtures and a pack of leopard and ochre toss pillows. An arrangement of fiery, fresh cut lilies in an amethyst vase are showcased on the marble table at the center of the room and mirror the toasty tones woven throughout the Oushak rug.
Pink and Green Perfection
The design masterminds at D2 Interieurs use blush, hot pink and celery green accessories to pack panache into this otherwise neutral, contemporary living room design. The updated take on pink and green feels especially fresh against the edgy abstract painting, dramatic flush mount chandelier and the collection of bold, black details scattered throughout the space.
Blue on Blue
Follow Vernich Interiors' lead and outfit your formal living room with a striking mix of sapphire, cognac and metallic gold hues. Gilded accents shine brightly against the deep, jewel tone blue while an orange armchair provides a jovial pop of color to the design. The deep blue grasscloth wallpaper provides the perfect contrast for the velvet electric blue sofa, creating an interesting, yet pleasing color contrast.
Crisp, white walls, a smoky gray sofa and a quad of white armchairs are enveloped by warmth from every direction in this contemporary-rustic living room by Breeze Giannasio. Giannasio highlights the honey tones at play in the exposed wood ceiling and hardwood floors with a collection of marigold accents and bright yellow blooms at the center of the room. Contemporary art and bold, black and brass light fixtures contrast against the rustic red brick fireplace, and bring interest and glamour to the design.
Dazzle With Jewel Tones
This bold living room is anchored in jewel tones and dripping with luxurious, neutral accent pieces that complement the design. Brilliant topaz walls wrap the space in a drama while a custom, peridot velvet sofa invites homeowners to unwind in style at the end of each day. Translate Marie Flanigan’s drool-worthy design into your own space by pairing the same, cool gemstone hues rich with espresso wood furnishings and white, gray or champagne accessories.
Patriotic and Polished
An elevated Americana color palette is always a good idea. Navy, ruby and sky-blue come together to outfit this handsome, transitional family room by Andrea Swan. Use this patriotic color palette paired with a brilliant brass light fixtures to achieve the same polished and preppy appeal in your family room or den.
A deep teal sofa, lapis blue area rug and slate gray walls join forces in this moody and misty transitional living room design by Lauren Nelson. Caramel herringbone hardwoods add warmth underfoot while ivory drapes and brass accessories balance the dramatic, cool tones at play throughout the space.
Elevate With Amethyst
Marie Flanigan proves that dusty lavender, saturated pink and weathered teal play well with beige, gray and white furnishings. Follow Flanigan’s lead and elevate your neutral living room design with some oversized, moody artwork, jewel tone coffee table accessories and a pair of matching accent pillows.
The color palette in this living room includes shades of teal, jade green and charcoal gray for a cohesive and sophisticated look. Designer Caitlin Murray unifies the eclectic mix of furnishings by painting the walls a bright white and using analogous colors throughout the space.
Neutral colors are the perfect background for a living room. Add accessories in muted shades or bright hues to achieve different looks. This living room pairs several shades of brown and tan with pops of green and yellow to create a calming but interesting atmosphere.
Pretty in Pink
Designer Natalie Myers started with a base color of white in this living room and added pizzazz with pretty pastel pink poufs and accessories. The touches of pink are accented by metallic gold embellishments, bringing a muted yet impactful color pop to this space.
Cool blue cabinets and white walls contrast well with the dark brown ceiling beams to create a relaxing, contemporary living area. Designer Lindye Galloway adds interest to the coastal color palette by choosing patterned chair cushions and adding a soft blue area rug.
Design a living room that makes a statement with rich, saturated shades, like the deep rust and wine-infused purple of this space. To keep the room from looking too dark, designer Kate Duckworth uses light flooring and white baseboards.
When punk rock style meets craftsman architecture, the saucy design spawn is definitely something to write home about. This edgy and eclectic living room by designer Caitlin Murray dazzles with a modern take on mauve.
Elegant in Green
Guests will be green with envy over your living room design inspired by this drool-worthy space by interior designer Jonathan Rachman. The elegant, transitional living room exudes opulence with hand-painted emerald wallpaper, a white and gold plaster ceiling, a gilded chandelier, velvet upholstery and dainty lavender embellishments.
Classic Gold and White
This formal living room is painted white and is brought to life by gold accents, seen in the light fixture, ottoman and artwork. TerraCotta Design Build grounds the light walls and drapery with a dark red area rug and gray arm chairs, while the gold accents pop throughout the space.
Don’t steer clear of an all neutral palette for fear of a boring design. The key to using neutrals in an eye-catching manner is employing contrast. In this urban living room, designer Becky Shea juxtaposes the creamy white brick walls with plenty of black for a dynamic, high-contrast look.
Muted Green and Blue Duo
Blue plus green equals a no-brainer color scheme. What makes this loft living area pop, though, is the interesting, midcentury-inspired shades designer Lindye Galloway chooses. Pigeon blue feels muted and subtle yet deep and mysterious, while olive green adds a touch of earthy drama to the space. Various shades of cream and white help balance the palette’s intensity.
Does it get any lovelier than this pastel-infused living room by designer Bria Hammel? Crisp white walls provide a blank canvas for large strokes of pale pink and blue. Careful touches of emerald green add depth to the design.
Mustard Yellow Magnificence
This bright, white living room is brought to life by the mustard yellow sofa. Designer Lucy Penfield uses the yellow sofa as the visual anchor in this cozy living room, with its color bringing out the warmth in the various gold, brown and wood elements sprinkled throughout the space.
Tried + True
You just can't go wrong with a navy-and-white color combo, and designer Caitlin Murray proves that with ease in this living room. She chooses a deep navy paint for the room’s niches to contrast with the white walls and bring attention to the noteworthy architecture.
Warm + Earthy
Gray is an ultra-popular choice for living room walls, and it’s a good one when executed well. The key is choosing a warm shade of gray and pairing it with other warm tones. In this living room from HGTV’s Hidden Potential, designer Jasmine Roth accents milky gray walls with mustard yellow, creating a space that’s both warm and stylish.
If you’re totally obsessed with your midcentury modern sofa and completely in love with your sputnik chandelier, orange and blue are the colors for you. In this on-trend living room, designer Becca Stephens grounds the vibrant colors with neutral-hued walls and a dark gray sofa.
Looking for a palette that’s a little feminine and a lot sophisticated? Take a cue from designer Genna Margolis. In this living room, Margolis layers several shades of gray and white to create interest and adds a chic blush armchair for a subtle pop of color.
It’s scientific — primary colors are meant to be together. Designer Natalie Myers capitalizes on this fact to create a living room that’s equal parts understated and eye-catching. A large dose of white on the walls tones down the vibrant blue and red hues while simultaneously adding a cool, Americana vibe.