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Gorgeous living room colour schemes to make your home the envy of all your friends

Who needs a single colour living room when you can have two? Our living room colour schemes have got you covered

Decorating your living room comes with so many exciting opportunities, perhaps none so defining as your choice of living room colour schemes. After all, colour combinations have such an impact on both the feel of a room and how you feel within it.

'As with every decorating process, think about all the elements that will exist within the space,' says Patrick O'Donnell, brand ambassador, Farrow & Ball. 'Your sofa will probably be your largest investment if starting from scratch so make sure any colour you introduce through paint will sit happily with this. Make a mood board of everything from flooring, to curtain fabrics and start to build your scheme from here.'

'Think about how you will use the room,' adds Emma Deterding, founder, Kelling Designs. 'If it’s a room that you’re going to be watching TV in or spending time with loved ones, then choosing deeper, darker hues will help to create a cosy atmosphere. If it’s a space that’ll be used for working, then light, bright colours are more appropriate to keep you focused and energised.'

(Farrow & Ball)
Embrace jade and ecru for a modern feel

Fresh and fancy, jade green teamed with a neutral like ecru gives enough of a punch whilst leaving you with a blank canvas on which to add in bright accessories and artwork.

Dark herringbone flooring grounds the look and adds warmth, this colour scheme can work with multiple other colours.

(Future PLC / Brent Darby)
Be smart with rich tan and white

A colour combination fit for modernists who only want a touch of colour, tan and white are fresh and easy on the eye.

'These two colours can create a harmonious and visually appealing colour combination in living rooms,' says Mara Rypacek Miller, managing director, Industville. The deep red tones of tan evoke feelings of cosiness, while white walls bring about an airy atmosphere. Furthermore, the combination of rust and off-white evokes natural elements and earthy aesthetics.

'They also allow for ample opportunities to introduce accent colours and patterns. Accessories such as throws, cushions, rugs, curtains, or artwork in complementary colours like deep greens, blues, or even vibrant oranges can be used to enhance the overall colour scheme and add visual interest to the space.

'By incorporating quality handcrafted lighting into this scheme, you can take it one step further - adding an extra layer of charm and sophistication. Whether you choose something more traditional in style or something more contemporary, quality handcrafted lighting will make all the difference to your chosen look.'

(Industville)
Dive in to dark and moody tones

Deep, dark greys and blacks were once rarely seen in living rooms, but they've been increasing in popularity thanks to their super chic finish and versatility. This family of colours work equally well in traditional homes and they do in ultra modern builds.

The trick to dark or black living rooms is to approach them as you would whites. Treat them as a neutral and forget about the colour, instead focusing on the base. Whether this is warm or cool will dictate if it can work in the space. As a rule of thumb, cooler undertones tend to suit south-facing rooms, while warmer tones work best with north-facing light.

(Future PLC/Paul Massey)
Build on a neutral base

'If you're afraid of using all-out colour, then building on a neutral living room base is the way to go,' advises Emma from Kelling Designs. 'By opting for living room colour schemes in a base of beige, white and grey on key elements such as walls, floors and bigger pieces of furniture, you will create a timeless base.'

'This will allow you the flexibility to change up your look whenever you feel with smaller, more affordable accessories. You can also then play with colour on these accessories, opting for bold colours and prints elements such as textiles, lamps and decorative accessories.'

(Kelling Designs)
Think of pink as a new neutral

'Pink has become a popular alternative ‘new neutral’, offering a more contemporary finish,' notes Punam Chada, Buyer, Carpetright. 'When used in a tonal scheme, it provides a serene and calming feeling.'

When it comes to maxing an impact with pink living rooms the key is to mix both the coloured tones and the accompanying classic neutrals to avoid these type of living room colour ideas from feeling sickly and sweet.

(Future PLC/Joanna Henderson)
Work methodically

'When creating your living room colour schemes, opt for a streamlined palette using just two colours to create a balanced and cohesive feel throughout the room,' advises Patricia Gibbons, Head of Buying, sofa.com. 'If you have an upholstered sofa for example, this would be one of your two dominant colours in the space, choose a wall colour to complement.'

'The general rule of thumb is to pair a colour with a neutral as the foundations if you are going for a traditional scheme. You can always incorporate various pops of colour and pattern on accent pieces and through the use of accessories. This will create impact by adding depth and character, tying everything in together harmoniously.'

(Future PLC/Anna Stathaki)
Try the 'new grey'

'One new neutral on the block is muted green,' says Helen Shaw, Director of Marketing at paint company Benjamin Moore. 'Gentle and subdued, soft green hues add more interest to a scheme than a traditional neutral, such as off-white.'

'A pale sage green for example can take you from season to season, feeling fresh in the spring and snug in the autumn. Green living rooms have a strong connection to nature, creating a versatile foundation upon which to add textured furnishings and décor.'

(Benjamin Moore)
Look to heritage tones

Hark back to the era of the bohemian Bloomsbury Group for on-trend living room colour ideas. The mix of statement shades might sound garish, but this look is all about choosing the more muted and duskier versions of the brightest and boldest tones.

If you're unsure of where to start with these, one option is to first choose your dream sofa. 'We are big believers in choosing your main sofa and building a colour palette around it as the first place to start for living room colour schemes,' says Patricia from Sofa.com. 'Some prefer wallpaper and paint first, but this may sometimes restrict adventurous sofa choices!'

(Future PLC/Anna Stathaki)
Choose classic neutrals

Who says colour has to be bold to be beautiful? Channel the Scandinavian look by embracing a neutral colour palette. The role of neutrals in our homes right now is to create cocooning, cosy spaces – shifting away from the cooler neutrals of greys. An effortless blend of white, beige and stone hues creates a harmonious scheme with a timeless appeal.

This look works best when all the elements are kept neutral, from the walls paint through to the natural wooden furniture.

(Future PLC/James Merrell)
Dip into navy blues

Create a brooding sense of intrigue by painting your walls and surfaces in a dramatic dark shade. On-trend darker shades of paint may feel like a risky move but, in the right context, shadowy tones come into their own. Hence why they continue to prove a popular choice for current living room trends.

Create an entire backdrop that blends in by painting a radiator and a wall of shelves to match or play it safer with a feature wall. When using accents of dark paints the key is to balance it with large areas of neutral.

(Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore)
Perfectly pair pink and blue

Give blue living rooms a new edge by pairing with pink. This look works best when you choose a rich blue combined with a dusky, grey-pink, creating a sophisticated scheme far from the childlike connotations of baby blue and pastel pink together.

(Future PLC/ Georgia Burns)
Mix and match your greens

Take heed from your favourite mixed salad or bunch of foliage for trendy living room colour ideas. The colour spectrum for green encompasses everything from vibrant emeralds to gentle mints, and they all work together beautifully.

Have fun with mixing and matching different tones and shades of green throughout your space for a nature inspired finish that will offer just as much style cred as it does calm.

(Future PLC/Polly Wreford)
Combine botanical greens and marine blues

Pair marine-inspired colours of green and blue to create a calming scheme which echoes the colours of a coastal landscape. Add extra character to a neutral space by layering different floral and fauna patterns on fabrics and ceramics, leaving your living room wall decor, floor and sofa in block colours to keep the look from becoming fussy.

(Future PLC/ Chris Everard)
Turn to warm beige and taupe

Forget everything you've ever thought about beige and taupe being boring. These shades offer so much to a space, and provide more warmth than the cooler neutrals found in white living rooms.

'These lighter colours work best in smaller living rooms,' notes Gisela Lancaster, Head of Buying, Sofology. 'These colours are highly reflective, maximising the effect of natural light and creating the illusion of space in your living room.'

(Dulux)
Add terracotta accents

Create different moods in a neutral living room with colourful accessories. 'Bold without being overpowering, shades of spice, rust and terracotta are design staples that lend themselves to a multitude of decors, from Scandi to Mid-Century,' says Gisela from Sofology.

'Although typically considered autumnal shades, when carefully accessorised, these earthy tones can add an element of warmth to a neutral scheme all year round.'

(Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore)
Invite the sunshine in with cheery yellow

The feel-good vibes of yellow can instantly create a sunny decor. Walls painted in buttercup yellow provide the ideal backdrop for any furniture style, particularly neutral and grey. Explore home decor discount codes to add further rays of sunshine with brighter yellow accessories to compliment the walls.

'We’re seeing more and more people experimenting with vibrant hues, such as yellow, that add an unexpected splash of colour,' notes Carpetright's Punam.

(Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore)
Try an all-grey scheme

Grey living room colour schemes are still popular, and are bound to be for some time yet. Keep yours feeling fresh by colour drenching with your chosen shade. Think walls, shelving and even flooring in the same colour.

Carefully considered accessories will help lift the look and keep it from feeling flat. Look to colour combos from mid-century living rooms for inspiration with tones like olive green and burnt orange.

(Future PLC/ James Merrell)
Pair up your pastels

Opt for impact with a sugary shade. Decorating with pastels doesn't necessarily create childish living room colour schemes. Pair with furniture and accessories  in a darker colour, which will serve to balance the lighter tones.

Use matt emulsion to create a fashionable low-sheen look - a velvety, almost chalky finish - ideal for uneven walls in the living area.

(Future PLC/ Polly Wreford)
Go luxe with jewel tones

Deep turquoise, jade green, true pink, amethyst, citrine and emerald. This group of gorgeous colours work naturally together for a vibrant, non-clashy mix. Offset with black, grey and white to create a successful scheme. Walls painted in a flat steel grey let you use jewel tones fearlessly on fabrics and accessories.

(Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore)
Pack a punch with warming plum

Warm up your living room in the colder months with plum tones. Combine shades of claret and dusky rose to create a toasty and snug purple living room.

Colour-block the main wall with a port-wine red to introduce a rich, heritage element. Prevent the living room colour schemes from going into overdrive by using softer mauve-greys, browns and greys for accessories and other elements in the room.

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Who needs a single colour living room when you can have two? Our living room colour schemes have got you covered