A living room is often the most important place in the house where you invite guests, have parties, read books, work, watch TV and do all kinds of stuff. The style is usually cohesive in all the dwelling but what about the colors? The color scheme usually defines the whole space, and its high time to choose a right one to make your living room cooler. What colors and shades to prefer? Here are some ideas.
Opting for a neutral color palette which includes natural colors and materials is always a good idea. Reduce the number of colors but vary the materials a lot and use various types of finishes, textures and patterns. White is a very versatile color and it’s rather neutral. It’s not very practical as white surfaces show every little stain and require special care but it can look exquisite in a living room. Use it to create a pure, contemporary design with Nordic influences.
a quirky neutral layout with a living room and a dining space with eclectic decor, lots of mirrors and lamps and much texture
an elegant neutral living room in neutrals, white and various shades of stained wood looks very chic
a chic neutral living room with much texture of various materials and fabric and stripes looks very cozy
a neutral boho living room with a chunky rug, wood and woven elements and some muted tones
a contemporary living room with touches of black for drama, plenty of textural pillows and some lamps
a neutral living room with a gallery wall, touches of black and a neutral sofa plus a glass table on metal legs
a neutral contemporary living room with plenty of texture, stylish minimalist furniture and dark touches
Colors that are very bright and vibrant can be tiresome for the eye and thus make a living room feel less comfortable and welcoming. In comparison, soft and subdued nuances are ideal for creating a cozy environment. Try warm, neutral tones such as white, beige, gold and brown and to complement it all with a single focal point that uses contrasting cool tones. It can be a piece of art, a furniture item, an area rug or a lighting fixture.
a welcoming and inviting warm-toned living room with a reddish carpet and a chair plus a yellow sofa and neutrals
a super welcoming and cozy warm neutral living room with light-colored wood and lots of greenery in pots
a neutral yet warm-toned living room done with whites and wooden beams on the ceiling for a touch of nature
a neutral and warm-toned boho living room with warm touches, rugs, a table and a terra cotta pot plus pampas grass
Black and dark colors in general are considered harsh and they’re not typically used in living rooms. However, they can have positive effects on the decor such as making the space feel very cozy and also being very practical. A nice strategy is to complement all those dark tones with a few light and warm accents. If you don’t feel like only black, mix up black and white. This is a timeless combination which you can adapt to every style. However, to avoid creating a decor that’s too simple and mainstream, add one or two accent colors.
a dark toned living room with graphite grey walls, a green sofa, a rattan chair and a quirky seashell chandelier
a luxurious dark living room with a large black sectional sofa, a faux fur rug, statement gold chandeliers and raw concrete
a dark and super elegant living room in black, with gold touches and dark green chairs looks refined
a dark living room with a boho feel, a printed rug and quirky artworks and pillows
a moody living room with graphite grey walls and muted and subdued tones everywhere else
a chic moody living room with a touch of vintage, quirky accessories and decor, refined furniture and lamps
a minimalist living room with stone, metal and wood done in greys and black is chic and stylish
If you prefer an eclectic design approach, or if you love all kinds of bright colors, then consider playing with various different colors and mixing in several patterns and textures to create a layered look. Make your design even bolder with some metallics.
a bright living room with colorful furniture and floor pillows and artworks for a bold look
a neutral living room spruced up with bright and colorful furniture, accessories and artworks
a colorful and quirky living room with bright artworks, furniture and accessories for a fun look
a colorful and fun living room with bright furniture, rugs, an artwork and lots of pillows
a super bright and fun living room with blue walls, colorful furniture and accessories plus textiles
a colorful living room with bright furniture, rugs and pillows and porcelain
a bright and fun living room with colorful furniture, lamps and curtains