A little colour in your life reflects your personality and lifts your mood, so why not chose one of these living room colour schemes?
While it’s true that neutral room schemes provide a blank canvas, there’s a lot to be said for introducing colour. Different shades can have an uplifting or calming effect and your choice of colour and soft furnishings can go a long way to reflecting your personality. If you’re feeling bold, have a look at our wallpaper for living rooms ideas.
Colours seen in nature, such as sky blue and restful leaf green have a calming effect on us, while red is a stimulating shade and yellow is uplifting (sunshine yellow… need we say more?).
The key to decorating with one colour on walls and furniture is to use different shades of the same colour together, such as a soft apple green sofa alongside emerald metal side tables. It?s also a good idea to mix textures, for example combining matt paint on walls with a sleek, glossy lamp base. Try and work your colour scheme into all areas of your living room – such as your bay windows.
Want to create a dramatic, modern look? Paint walls in a dark midnight blue for a moody backdrop and choose furniture in rich shades such a hot pink sofa for an opulent look.
Combine pattern with block of colours – why not go for a gorgeous teal patterned wallpaper and add a modern, low-level sofa in a deep coral shade? Contemporary carpet and rug designs are another way to add vibrancy to your interior.
Pastel shades can work equally well for a touch of colour – go for powder blue, pink or lilac – and add interest with striped or floral accessories. If you have a small living room, keep colours and shades light to make the room feel a big as possible.
If you fancy something a bit different, have a look at our ideas for fabulous feature walls.
Take a browse through the modern living room schemes in our photo gallery for more decorating inspiration.
If you’re sticking to a single colour, mix textures to add interest – the glossy finish to rough-luxe textures ups the glam factor in this living room. A curvaceous royal-blue lamp adds sleek contrast to the chair and rug.
Made can upholster its chairs in a range of blue fabrics.
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A family space is the perfect place to go big on colour. Choose a low-slung modular sofa in a mix of pretty colours for flexible seating that will bring a sense of fun to a family room. Paint walls white to create a backdrop that makes the colours really pop. Keep other furniture minimal so the sofa takes pride of place.
Set spicy shades against a dark background for a dramatic and elegant feel, and mix patterns for a laid-back look. Graham and Green do several of their sofas in pink shades similar to this. A sophisticated glass coffee table is perfect for the opulent setting, like this one from John Lewis, while coloured glass and metal accessories add further vibrance.
Use paint to create a colour feature on a single living room wall. Choose two chalky shades of blue, separating them with a delicate dash of white in lieu of a picture rail. Then run with different tones of the same shades throughout the room – on furniture and soft furnishings – to create a strong and striking colour theme.
Create different moods in a neutral living room with colourful accessories. This cosy burnt orange warms up the whole room and works perfectly with the iconic 1960s chair. Large squashy cushions and table lamps in the same tone create a coherent colour scheme that can be easily updated for changing seasons and trends. Stick to large ‘look at me’ shapes and be bold with your colour – the porcelain background can take a punchy shade!
In a living room with a spectacular view, use colour and pattern carefully. Bring in a rug and use it to demarcate a specific area for colour. Use a mix of pretty shades and organic patterns on the cushions and furniture around it that are beautiful enough to be noticed yet not so bold as to battle with the view for attention.
Work with a limited palette to create a striking design scheme in a modern living room. Stick to just two main colours, such as blue and white, and use them in specific areas so they balance each other out. This will free you up to use different patterns without making the room’s décor look sporadic and overwhelming. Bring in a single piece of furniture in black and the contrast will turn it into a centrepiece.
If you’re a fan of rich shades, but don’t want to go all out with wall-to-wall colour then introduce colour on furniture, soft furnishings and accessories instead. Choose one shade as a foundation to your scheme and then pick one item of statement furniture. Develop your room around it, picking accessories and soft furnishings in different hues and tones of the same colour.
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Learn to use block colour in your home and you will never look back. Start with a white base and add colour with simple, clean shapes. The bright blue sofa in this living room sits happily on the graphic yellow rug, alongside the smaller furniture pieces in the same slightly muted tone – match some of the shades to make sure your room doesn’t start looking like a rainbow.
A wallpapered feature wall is a striking focal point in this living room, and is offset by a clean-lined modern sofa to create maximum impact. The sofa has been upholstered in a vivid, coral block colour to add extra panache – try Oliver Bonas for more striking sofas. A blue rug – this one from Dunelm is almost identical – and blue paintwork echo the wallpaper pattern for a stylish finish.
Bold wallpaper defines a lounging area in this two-tone living room, while grey paint on the adjacent walls creates a work zone, reinforced by the at-odds carpet. The bolder the better the wallpaper at Graham & Brown and they sell several shades of grey paint too. John Lewis has a stripy rug that comes in three sizes.
There’s a foolproof way to experiment with combinations of different hues, just use a colour wheel to find which shades work well together. Opposites attract in this case and three or four vibrant colours will look balanced when properly combined. Here, a punchy teal backdrop makes the coral red side table pop and bright yellow graphic print works harmoniously with both.
Paler shades can look as effective as bright tones when it comes to transforming the look of a living room. Choose a colour and pattern palette that creates a calming atmosphere that still has impact. Pastels work well with neutral tones as well as stronger colours. Experiment with shade combinations until you come up with the warm and welcoming living room scheme that’s right for you.
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Paint a chimney breast in a favourite shade that contrasts with your living room walls and fire surround. The pink and grey combination used here introduces warmth to the room without dominating it. If you are worried about a colour overwhelming a space, hang a large mirror to break up your block of colour.
Different shades of green work well together and create a relaxing, laid-back feel. Combining hard surface with organic shape, these side tables look like stylised lily pad islands in this living room. A button-back sofa adds a touch of 50s charm so try Made for one that’s similar. Urban Outfitters do several green sidetables and a magazine rack that would work well here.
This colourful living room draws on tweed’s fashion heritage to give it sassy class. Bold and varied patterns are mixed for impact and accessorised with quilting and smatterings of gold. Why not make a wallhanging with some houndstooth fabric from Etsy? Add a touch of gold with a side table from Wayfair.
This bold use of colour works so well in a period space because it is executed in one confident block. No need to overwork things with contrasting details that simply seem fussy.
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Farrow and Ball’s St Giles Blue at Homebase