Deciding on a living room color scheme involves making choices around everything from paint to furnishings, textiles, and decor. Whether you're looking to make a subtle shift from all-white; add top notes of vibrant color to a neutral space; pair favorite colors; or build your living room decor around an unexpected statement hue, check out these inspired color schemes for ideas on how to incorporate color in both classic and unexpected ways to get your imagination flowing.
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White + Yellow
An all-white living room is a versatile blank canvas that you can easily transform by adding virtually any color under the sun. In this SoHo loft, NYC-based interior designer Ghislaine Viñas bathed the space in white before adding touches of wood and a pair of sunny yellow armchairs that add some mood-boosting color that's easy to live with, and can be layered with other colors down the road.Continue to 2 of 51 below.
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Black + Gray + Yellow
This sophisticated French living room from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design mixes matte black paint on the walls with a large sectional sofa in a soft pale shade of gray to create a calming, enveloping feel, while touches of yellow on throw pillows give the sober palette a lift.Continue to 5 of 51 below.
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White + Beige
When styling an all-white room, it's important to vary the shades and tones so that it doesn't feel one dimensional or sterile. This 1920's Los Angeles hunting cabin from Leanne Ford Interiors reads like an all-white room, but it's the mixture of shades of white with natural beige tones that gives it a soft, cozy, and livable feel.Continue to 6 of 51 below.
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Blue + White
In this beach front living room in Nantucket, Massachusetts from Allison Babcock Design, the white shiplap walls and painted ceiling beams are punctuated with shades of blue and warmed up with natural materials like wood and rattan to give it a clean, coastal vibe that is easy to replicate whether or not you live at the seashore.Continue to 10 of 51 below.
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Black + White
Black and white is a marriage of opposites, a classic color pairing that will stand the test of time. In this living room from Louis Duncan-He Designs, matte black walls on either side of the fireplace are lined with floating shelves that serve as a showcase for a treasured vinyl collection that pops against the neutral background.Continue to 11 of 51 below.
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Yellow + Green + Red
This cozy British living room from Studio Peake has vivid yellow wall paint that makes a great foil for assertive pops of green and red scattered throughout the room that add energy and personality to the classic architecture.Continue to 12 of 51 below.
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Gray + White
Using a serene, no-fail color combination allows you to play with shapes and patterns, like this gray-and-white living room from Michelle Gerson Interiors.Continue to 13 of 51 below.
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Black + Green
This living room from Laquita Tate Interior Styling and Designs pairs shades of green with striking matte charcoal black paint on the tall brick fireplace that anchors the room.Continue to 15 of 51 below.
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Black + Cream + Tan
Leanne Ford Interiors added tones of cream and tan to this black-and-white living room that adds warmth and makes it feel as inviting as it is chic.Continue to 17 of 51 below.
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Black + Blue
In this Parisian living room from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design, built-in bookshelves flanking the period fireplace are wallpapered in black patterned wallpaper that complements the peacock blue walls and classic marble fireplace.Continue to 18 of 51 below.
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Blue + Green + Orange
Soft white walls and pale oak flooring makes the perfect backdrop for a color scheme comprised of blue, green, and orange accents in this colorful Barcelona, Spain apartment from Fantastic Frank. This combo can work in any interior and is particularly well suited to midcentury modern interiors.Continue to 20 of 51 below.
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Black + Cognac
Soft black walls, a mix of black and white textiles, and a cognac colored leather sofa are an easygoing match for this comfortable apartment living room from NYC-based interior designer Alvin Wayne.Continue to 22 of 51 below.
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White + Gray + Blue + Brown + Rust
Adding touches of color through textiles and accessories is an easy way to introduce color to an otherwise neutral-toned space. This light and airy midcentury modern living room from Cathie Hong Interiors reads as neutral, but a closer look reveals judicious doses of multiple colors—from pale gray to navy blue to medium-toned brown to rust—that quietly add depth and dimension without detracting from the zen feel of the room.Continue to 23 of 51 below.
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Ombre of Blue + Pale Gray
The star feature of this living room from Tina Ramchandani Creative is the blue gradient paint treatment on the walls and ceiling that creates a calming atmosphere and is more memorable than flat painted walls. A pale gray sofa adds a quiet contrast that works well with the dramatic ombre of blue tones.Continue to 24 of 51 below.
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Terracotta + Pale Yellow
This understated living room from Cathie Hong Interiors has a neutral palette with white walls, a light taupe colored sofa, and accents of pale terracotta and soft yellow on the wall art and rug that complement the wood tones throughout the room.Continue to 25 of 51 below.
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Royal Blue + Gray
In this glammed up living room designed by Forbes + Masters, glossy royal blue walls and coffered ceilings set the tone for decor like blingy chandeliers and an ornate gilded mirror. Curved sofas in a medium-toned gray and contemporary accents like a minimalist fireplace surround and pairs of floor lamps on either side of the seating area calm things down just a bit.Continue to 26 of 51 below.
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White + Turquoise + Gold
This Palm Springs living room from Michelle Boudreau Design has soft shades of white and gray accented with a midcentury armchair in a bracing shade of turquoise that echoes the shade of the pool beyond the windows, and bright gold accents that let the sunshine in.Continue to 27 of 51 below.
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Chocolate Brown + Cherry Red
Saturated chocolate brown walls are paired with deep cherry red drapes, a cocoa-colored suede ottoman and a brown plaid rug in this well lit basement living room from Forbes + Masters.Continue to 28 of 51 below.
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White + Red
This contemporary minimalist living room from Leanne Ford Interiors has a strict white and red palette that keeps the focus on sculptural shapes and clean lines.Continue to 29 of 51 below.
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Blue + Pink + Green
This English double living room from Studio Peake has a color palette of blue, pink, and green in varying shades on a riot of patterns that creates a colorful, eccentric look that's difficult to pin down while creating a cohesive color story, making it the perfect backdrop for those who prefer a maximalist take on decor.Continue to 30 of 51 below.
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Navy + White
The white walls and simple lines of this Connecticut farmhouse living room from interior designer Kara Mann is anchored by a deep navy blue velvet couch that complements the wood tones and vintage decor pieces.Continue to 31 of 51 below.
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Deep Teal + Hot Pink
This eclectic midcentury modern style living room from Erin Williamson Design has deep teal wall paint, a hot pink vintage rug, and plenty of white and wood tones to keep the room in balance.Continue to 32 of 51 below.
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Red + Brown + Black
Before settling on a color scheme, consider existing architectural elements and decor. This living room from Leanne Ford Interiors features dark tones of red and black from the Chesterfield sofa to the armchairs, giving it a relaxed, chic feel that stands up to the bold patterned tile fireplace and dramatic brown wood ceiling beams and flooring.Continue to 33 of 51 below.
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Red + Green
In this London house living room from Emilie Fournet Interiors, green paint and red patterned textile accents create an unpretentiously cozy spot for nights in that feels like it's been this way forever, and will never go out of style.
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Black + Gold
This 1920s Tudor living room from Brexton Cole Interiors has a neutral palette of black and white, with touches of mustard yellow and gold on textiles, lighting, and accessories to keep it from looking too traditional.Continue to 35 of 51 below.
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White + Black + Pale Gray
This contemporary living room from Forbes + Masters is dominated by shades of white and the palest of gray, with black accents to add a graphic and grounding touch.Continue to 36 of 51 below.
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Orange + Green
This midcentury modern meets Caribbean-style California living room from Cathie Hong Interiors has a neutral envelope of soft white, beige, and light wood tones that is complemented with textiles and a floral centerpiece in shades of orange and green.Continue to 37 of 51 below.
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Taupe + Gray
Color doesn't have to be bright or loud to make a statement. Taupe walls, a soft gray sofa and rug, pale wood accents and a ceiling-scraping potted tree create a timeless, effortless backdrop for this Scandi-chic living room from Fantastic Frank.Continue to 38 of 51 below.
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Blue + Red
This spacious British living room from Studio Peake has a neutral background that makes dominant shades of blue and red take center stage, telling a color story that can be changed when the desire for another mix of hues arises.Continue to 39 of 51 below.
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Brown + Black + Shades of Gray
This living room from Forbes + Masters has white walls and ceiling that contrast with the dramatic black and gray floors, rug, furnishings, and decor, and give the art a chance to shine.Continue to 40 of 51 below.
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Navy + Blue-Gray + Red
In this British living room from Studio Peake, both solid and patterned takes on red and navy blue are paired with pale luminous blue gray wall paint for a cohesive effect loaded with personal style.Continue to 42 of 51 below.
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Beige + Blue
This living room from Erin Williamson Design has a calming color palette of beige and blue tones that complement the brown wood furnishings and eclectic decor.Continue to 43 of 51 below.
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Sage Green + Marigold Yellow
This cozy English living room from House Nine pairs calming sage green paint with an eye-catching mustard velvet sofa that adds some color and contrast to an otherwise neutral room.Continue to 44 of 51 below.
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Purple + Gray
This Stockholm living room from Fantastic Frank has a plush royal purple rug, a deep gray velvet sofa, and black-and-white photography and patterned throw pillows to add a graphic touch that keeps it looking modern.Continue to 45 of 51 below.
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Blue + Pink + Yellow + Green
This living room from Leanne Ford Interiors mixes soft vintage-inspired shades of blue, pink, yellow, and natural green that work harmoniously together without feeling busy.Continue to 46 of 51 below.
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Brown + Pink
This English living room from Lobster and Swan has a warm, earthy color palette of brown wood tones and natural elements mixed with textiles in shades of blush and salmon pink for a slightly retro, eclectic, bohemian design-inspired feel.Continue to 47 of 51 below.
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Navy + Gold
This living room from blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona has matte navy wall paint that adds depth to the wall of built-ins, and gold-toned lighting fixtures that wake up the dark color with a little bit of bling.Continue to 48 of 51 below.
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Green + White
This bright and sunny living room from Desiree Burns Interiors pairs deep jewel toned green with crisp white for a clean, modern feel.Continue to 49 of 51 below.
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Yellow + Blue + Green
This sunny living room from Casa Watkins Living mixes shades of yellow, blue, and green, colors that are easy to mix and match.Continue to 50 of 51 below.
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All the Colors of the Rainbow
If you love color but have difficulty choosing a color palette for the living room, why not install a giant rainbow area rug instead. In this New York City apartment from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, the rainbow rug anchors the seating area and provides a menu of bold colors that are blended throughout the room, from a multi-colored framed artwork over the mantel to bold upholstery and decor.
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