With these fresh color palettes, your living room may just give the kitchen a run for its money as the heart of the home.

By Amanda Lauren
Updated October 01, 2019
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Picking between living room color schemes can be a difficult decision—but it’s one that sets the tone for this all-important gathering space. Before choosing living room colors to decorate with, think about the mood you are going for in the room. Whether you are intending to create a calm space, present a more fun vibe, or establish a classic look, there's a color palette to match. No matter your home decor style, here are some eye-catching living room color schemes to consider for your next paint makeover.

Beige and Green

Beige is a classic neutral for the living room, but in this stunning space designed by Amber Interiors, the rich green curtains add an unexpected hue. While bright green would be shocking, a deep green blends seamlessly into this more traditional design. Follow their lead, and choose a neutral sofa you won't soon get sick of, then let curtains, throw blankets, or other textiles introduce the accent color in the room.

Green and Peach

Green and peach is one of the most effortlessly cool living room color schemes, as demonstrated by this living room designed by Erin Fetherston and photographed by Marisa Vitale on Lulu and Georgia. The contrast between a deep green and a warm peach makes the colors really pop, and while this is a very intentional choice, it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard.

If you'd like to try this color combo in paint, consider a deep olive green accent wall, then introduce peach accents, such as throw pillow covers or a vintage rug.

Navy Blue and White

Naby blue and white is a classic living room color scheme. While dark paint on the walls can make some rooms feel closed in, a darker blue paired with white furniture makes a space feel fresh and clean—and only slightly nautical, as shown in this living room by Emily Henderson Designs. Blue is really one of the best living room paint ideas, and not just because it tends to be a calm, relaxing color. (Blue and white is also a perfect combination for bathroom color schemes.)

Orange and White

Want to feel happier? It’s almost impossible not to smile in an orange and white living room. White just makes orange pop, bringing energy to the space. This daring color scheme looks particularly chic in mid-century modern homes, such as the Dazey Desert House shown above.

Of all the living room wall colors, orange truly makes a statement, particularly when used for wallpaper. To keep the orange wall color from overwhelming the room, pair this bold hue with white or gray furniture and accessories.

Black and White

Black and white is a fail-proof living room color scheme. Not only is it very easy to find the right furniture for this combination in any budget, but it also makes it easy to create a luxe designer look for less. In this room designed by Joyce Downing Pickens, the black console contrasts with the white sofa, and the combo reappears in the art. To warm up this potentially cold color palette, include a few natural elements, like raw wood or terracotta details.