Add some pizzazz to your living room with splashes of lively color that will set the excitement meter on high! Why not have fun with color by way of fabrics, wall paint or paper, accessories and rugs. While colorful doesn’t have to be a “go bold, or go home” proposition, using pleasing color combinations will energize your space and translate into happy guests and good times.
Step outside your comfort zone and go beyond neutral. It’s really much easier to introduce color into your living room than you might think. Start by choosing a show-stopping wall color or wallpaper. Use small doses of that same color in upholstery fabrics and pillows. Incorporate complementary or analogous colors into other furnishings and accessories to add to the mix. Heck, you can even create a colorful living room using a monochromatic color scheme.
We’ve pulled together a plethora of way hip and fabulous ideas to create your own colorful living room. There is a lot to choose from, so take your time and have fun scrolling through these lively rooms. As you go, pick your favorites and save them to your design inspiration file. Then you’ll be ready to decorate like a pro!
The color palette in this living room includes shades of yellow, turquoise, red and light blue. The complementary colors and traditional furniture style works together to create a cohesive, fresh look.
The walls in this room are painted a soulful teal blue that is repeated in the flooring by way of an ombre-effect carpet that cozies up this living space. Grass green and gold elements help balance the palette, while pops of royal blue, aqua and yellow make the room sing.
Vivid orange may be associated with tropical environs, but the color can also be used to simply brighten a blah space. In this living room a casual gray sofa becomes the perfect foil for various shades of the citrus-y color. The serape-inspired area rug ups the color quotient and ties the entire space together.
Create a lively space by painting the walls a vibrant shade. This living room pairs red and gray to create a high-energy, masculine room. For a similar yet softer look, substitute rose and silver.
Aqua blue and orange silk pillows contrast quite well with the rust accent wall and warm oak flooring to create a relaxing, contemporary living room. The dark brown tables and seagrass area rug add interest and texture to this pleasing color palette.
This electric palette injects lots of bright fuchsia to add zing, while the warm orange gives the space a rich, organic feel. Our designer used retro furniture to give the vignette a quirky, Boho quality.
This happy color palette uses a number of different shades set against a white background to add excitement to the space. The rainbow of colors in deeper shades keeps the room from looking too juvenile.
Neutral paint is the perfect backdrop for a living room. Add accent pieces and accessories in bright hues to achieve an appealing look. In this space, the designer used gray and orange to create a lively yet casual feel.
This living room was designed with comfort and fun in mind. Primary shades of red, yellow and blue are paired with a rust area rug. What’s even more unexpected is the addition of mint green on the walls. In a room punctuated with bold blocks of color, the homeowner calmed things down with neutral curtains and seating.
This traditional living room corner is a celebration of blue. Sky blue is used on the walls to envelop the room. A steely blue velvet sofa adorned with a collection of gorgeous silk pillows and similarly hued accessories create an inviting, monochromatic masterpiece.
Orange is a definite stand out in this minimal living room. The saturated color doesn’t overwhelm thanks to natural elements like stone veneer and tan floor tiles. Brown accents help tone down the orange and punctuate the space in the form of pillows, picture frames and decorative accessories.
Warm up your living room with red. This space is layered in various tones that complement the oversized red sectional. White, blue, gray and natural wood combine to create a friendly and comfortable space.
Your living color palette can be inspired by anything, including your love of the tropics. These vibrant island shades create a palette that brings back memories of summer nights sipping mojitos and perfecting your salsa moves.
Have fun with color in a creamy neutral interior. Aqua details take this living room from blah to brilliant. Yellow accents are introduced through pillows and accessories. The pale blue accent wall makes the room feel youthful and modern.
This corner of the living room employs pleasing shades of yellow and orange, taking the space in a traditional direction. The floral wallpaper, antique desk and gold masks point to the room’s classic design elements and amiable demeanor.
The designer of the space filled it with a mix of strong colors to create an unexpected color palette. Burgundy stripes and leaf green paint pop right off the walls. The gray sectional serves as an unlikely neutral in this urban living room.
Earthy colors make an impact in this Moroccan living room. Walls are dressed in pale terra cotta and accented with a spectacular wall grille. The traditional seating area is dressed with cushions in shades of warm gold, rust and brown. The black-and-white geometric floor tile draws the eye in and anchors the space.
Play detective and uncover unique palettes by playing with colorful accessories in your living room. Here, the homeowner went with a vibrant sea blue and added small touches of chartreuse. The color combination was inspired by a piece of hand-dyed sari silk from Nepal.
Colorful doesn’t necessarily mean bright. Create a statement living room with rich, saturated colors like the jewel tones of the space. Keep things from looking too dark by using a light wall color and area rug with a cream background.
A neutral sofa in this living room is topped with pillows in saturated colors reflecting the hues of the bold abstract painting. The primary colors are repeated in fun and funky pendant lights. They emphasize the color palette and unify the space.
Luscious touches of denim blue chenille grace the sofa and accessories of this contemporary living room. Dashes of complementary orange and tan adorn throw pillows, artwork and the dried flower arrangement to give this space an autumnal feel.
Spice up a neutral room with gold, eggplant and a variety of warm tones. This living room seating area has been transformed into an inviting space with rich splashes of color, taking it from lackluster to luscious.
A palette of rich jewel tones and exquisite textiles makes this living room feel instantly inviting and cozy without seeming stuffy. The Old World vibe is enhanced by the furniture selection and carefully chosen accessories.
Stick with a consistent color story if you are prone to mixing patterns. This living room unifies the various patterns by keeping them in the red family. Expanses of solid colors—gray, natural, white and brown—anchor the space and help neutralize the patterns.
When creating a colorful living room, it’s best to find an inspiration color to use as a starting point for your design. Here a fabulous mid-century chair has been reupholstered in exquisite aqua velour. Its companion pillow is a tobacco and teal Fortuny silk look-alike. The possibilities are endless with these colors as your muse.
Give tradition a fun twist and fill your living room with furniture classics in colorful hues. Follow this room’s lead and fill the space with refreshing blues and greens reminiscent of the south of France.
Petite floral prints and bold plaids are fanciful touches that give this space an approachable feel. The seemingly disparate colors and patterns all work in tandem to create a cheerful coastal living room.
Lively colors breathe life into this basement-level living room. The brightness of orange and gold colorblocked shoji screen, denim sofa and merlot accent wall and throw pillows more than compensate for the lack of windows.
Get crazy and mix in a variety of different colors for a young and dynamic look. As you set out to shop for décor, focus on split complementary colors to guide your selections. Also throw in a fun pattern like the cowhide rug for a touch of the unpredictable.
Aim for modern glamour by using a regal shade of purple. Pair it with snow white leather to give the space that old Hollywood aura. Touches of gold in the artwork add a surprising touch to the seating area.
Beautiful shades of lavender and buttery yellow pop in this sophisticated Los Angeles living room. Use hits of unusual color and classic furnishings to create a bright and stylish space that will appeal to everyone.
The homeowner wanted to create a fun, casual living room for the entire family to enjoy. She pulled out her daughter’s paint box for inspiration. Primary colors play with turquoise, lime, gray, teal, black and orange in this cheerful space. White is the canvas for this living room’s bright hues.
A muted color scheme of brown, black and cream is paired with contemporary furnishings for a living room that is au courant. The light walls and area rug are grounded by a brown sofa and black-and-white accent chair. The colorful pillows and artwork add just the right pops of color to liven up the space.
Bright orange upholstery and multihued floor vases seem perfectly at home in this industrial loft living space. The bright colors literally pop against the whitewashed concrete wall surfaces and highly polished floor.
This wild color palette uses orangey-rust to help ground the space, while the neon citrus green ramps up the energy. In case you didn’t recognize it, this is an update of the classic pink and green color palette.
Kick up the interest in a plain room with strategically placed color. The adventurous color on the sofas could be overwhelming, but when paired with neutral hues and natural wood tones they help create a colorfully casual space.
Even though black and blue are on the same end of the color spectrum, they can really work well when teamed up to create a modern living space. This cheery blue looks great with the black of the area rug and pillows. Beige seating helps neutralize the blue and keeps the palette in balance.
Cover an entire wall in an ornately patterned wallpaper to add movement to your living room. This gold tone-on-tone damask works brilliantly well with all the other colors in the seating area. It adds visual interest and warmth to the space.
What’s the secret to using a fiery orange in the living room? Envelop the room in white to keep the intense hue in check. The white walls, furniture and floors tame the bright color.
A mix of similar shades is an imaginative way to create a room’s color scheme. Colorful shades of burnt orange and citrus are deftly layered together for a lively combo that was inspired by the artwork on the far wall.
Here’s a great idea where color and pattern are concerned–keep them contained to specific spaces. Here stripes, florals and polka dots all live harmoniously on this modern sectional. Limiting them to one area will keep both the color and pattern from overtaking the room.
Mixing navy blue, dark brown and gold may seem a bit dark for a living room, but the color palette works amazingly well when white is introduced to the mix. The walls are painted in a chalk white and the pale ivory sofa pulls the brightness through the space.
Grays and chic silver accents give this living room a modern and sophisticated air. Everything from the paint color to the accessories read ultra cool. The addition of warm colors in the artwork and throw pillows keep the space from feeling too cold.
The classic black-and-white color palette gets a new twist when purple is added to the equation. The accent wall was painted a flat black to set off white and black furnishings in a bold way. Purple accents in accessories and artwork add interest and verve to the room.
If you love changing up your living room décor, why not update it just like you would your seasonal wardrobe. This neutral space is a blank canvas for adding splashes of color—go with pastels for spring and summer, and warmer hues for fall and winter.