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Living Room Paint Color Scheme – Finding Your Palette & Style

You have been thinking of the perfect color scheme for your living room for a while now. However, choosing the right colors may not be as easy as putting together any two or three colors and hoping that it works. You would benefit more from knowledge of secondary, accent, and dominant colors and how to match them instead of going in blind. Below, we explain everything you need to know about choosing the right color scheme for your living room.

The best way to choose colors would be to take the already established color palettes and work with them.

Ideally, you should follow the 60-30-10 rule, which means that up to 60% of your living room should consist of your main color, 30 percent, another color, and 10% should be the accent color.
Carefully choose the main and secondary colors to determine how the room will feel and define its character.

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Best Colors for Summer

Do you want to give your living room a summery feel with bright paint colors? Here are some of our favorite summer colors:

  • Classic Blue
  • Orange with shades of pink
  • Pewter
  • Saturated Blue
  • Bright Red
  • Vibrant Green
  • Peachy Pink
  • Soft Blue
  • White
  • Light Gray
  • Melon
  • Blue-green

Some of our favorite combinations include:

Brown, Turquoise, and White

If you need your room to capture the essence of the earth and sky, you will go with this palette.
Use lighter tones of turquoise to create the perfect sense of harmony. The monochromatic browns will create a feeling of warmth, while turquoise and white accessories would add drama and color to the room.

brown turquoise and white
autumn colors

Autumn Colors

Deep orange and gold can create harmony in a room as they are analogous colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. You can include two monochromatic shades of orange and brown and use a neutral tan as the third color to break from the highly saturated orange and brown.

Shades of Yellow

If you are looking to create a sunny décor effect, yellow is your go-to color. Paint your walls buttercup yellow and give the furniture tones of gray and neutral for the perfect summer backdrop. In addition, you can use brighter yellow accessories on the walls for some drama.

shades of yellow

Best Colors for Winter

Ready to redecorate your living room for the cold dark winter? Here are our recommended colors:

  • Dahlia Burgundy
  • Golden Yellow
  • Charcoal Gray
  • Emerald Green
  • Navy Blue
  • Woodsy Brown
  • Exuberant Pink
  • Wedgwood Blue
  • Alabaster White
  • Lilac
  • Teal Blue
  • Sky Blue
  • Ebony

Creams, Yellows, and Black

Looking to spice up the room with a mix of bright and dull?

Spaces with darker shades stand out when paired with bright colors. For instance, you can use black as the primary color and pair it with yellows and creams. The yellows and creams will create a warmer look, while gentler colors such as whites will create a frosty look that you will enjoy. You can replace black with darker blues and greens and pair it with brighter colors.

Alternatively, you can pair these darker colors with warm fabrics such as velvets and furs to create that luxurious retreat feeling.

creams yellows and black
soft green

Soft Greens

Looking for a more laid-back and softer look for your living room?

While bold and daring is the norm, muted, more laid-back looks can rock your world if you look for a winter palette.

Give your room the perfect olive green ambiance if you are not ready to embrace the stronger colors. Olive green gives a nature-inspired feel to the room and evokes calmness and serenity, which is great for the living room’s functionality. Furthermore, you will get the mid-century living room vibes with soft green palettes.

Cinnamon, Tan, and Chocolate Brown

If you are looking for an earthy, cool palette, chocolate brown, cinnamon, and tan is the right combination for you. These colors inspire a relaxing mood, thanks to the homeyness and coziness they exude.

cinnamon tan and chocolate brown
jewel tone colors and neutrals

Jewel Tone Colors and Neutrals

If you feel brave and adventurous, you can try out color combinations such as magenta, ruby red, and turquoise. These colors are beautiful and add a hint of intimacy to the room. You can easily achieve in the living room by easily adding items in your color scheme for deeper shades of the same color. For example, if you have lighter shades of red, you could add fabrics and accessories with a darker shade of red. If the color scheme is blue, opt for sapphire blue or dark navy blue pieces, and if you have green shades, you can add a shade of hunter green or sapphire to the home.

Add neutral colors for balance and keep the room from being too dark and use fabrics such as velvet to add luxury and warmth to the room.

jewel tone colors and neutrals

Best Colors for Spring

When spring arrives, we instinctively feel the need for a change. However, when it comes to giving your living room a spring vibe, some colors are more appropriate than others. Here are some color schemes to consider:

  • Yellow
  • Olive Green
  • Sky Blue
  • Blush
  • Cornflower Blue
  • Gray
  • Sage Green
  • Bright Blue
  • Coral
  • Caramel
  • Pastels
  • White

Our favorites include:

Soft Yellow with White and Medium Brown Highlights

Buttercup yellow perfectly captures the essence of winter. This color is best included in places where you need a dash of cheer and brightness in the living room. Pair it with medium brown and white furniture for maximum effect.

Soft Yellow with White and Medium Brown Highlights
Gray Blue with Red or Yellow Highlights

Gray Blue with Red or Yellow Highlights

Gray might be a boring color, but gray-blue defies this notion as this color adds just enough color to the room. To balance everything and add light to the room, you can add red and yellow balance it.

Best Colors for Small Living Rooms

Although not all homes have large living rooms, there are several things you can do to make your small living room appear larger. To create a sense of more space, one thing you may do is leave a gap between the walls and your furniture.
Certain colors can also help to make a room appear larger:

  • Silver
  • Dark Blue
  • Crisp White
  • Off-white
  • Light Gray
  • Taupe
  • Super White
  • Muted Gray
  • Green
  • Cool White

The color technique, furniture arrangement, creative lighting, and mirror placement can make a living room appear more spacious.

Bold Colors & Color Pallets

Bold Colors & Color Pallets

Each of us has our unique style and preferences. Some people choose neutral colors, while others prefer to make a bold statement. Some colors can help in conveying such feelings:

  • Red
  • Lime Green
  • Canary Yellow
  • Matte Black
  • Tangerine Orange
  • Teal

If you prefer neutral colors, you can use gray, silver, white, brown, and black to make good backgrounds and bring unity to a diverse color palette in your living room.

Key Takeaways

There are numerous ways to make your living room look unique and outstanding. Use the right combination of winter, summer, or spring colors to achieve the desired effects. We have also included tips on making a smaller room appear larger and bolder or darker colors according to your taste.