When it comes to living room colors for living room decor, there are three main approaches.
First, you can go by wall color.
Second, you can go by floor color which contributes to the overall color of a room (although wall color has a much stronger influence to overall color scheme.
Third, you can go by the “overall” color which is based on all design elements and you choose by what you consider the dominant color. Obviously, this is the least precise approach.
This expansive article covers every aspect of living room colors and includes two galleries; one gallery showcasing color scheme combinations and the other unique colors and patterns.
Table of Contents
- Living Room Colors Overview
- 17 Colors Compared in the Same Living Room
- 23 Living Room Color Scheme Ideas
- Examples of Living Rooms with Each Color
- Photo Gallery of Unique Living Room Color-Wise
- Living room color analysis
- The Best Living Colors Based on Popularity
- Data-Driven Analysis
Living Room Colors Overview
Here’s a series of charts and a living room color table which is from a list of which colors 84 experts like for 2019.
2019 Color Chart
2018 Color Chart
2017 Color Chart
Color Table (2017 to 2019)
17 Colors Compared in the Same Living Room
The second part of our living room color analysis compares 17 colors for the same living room. What we did is take a living room photo and changed the wall color so that you can get a quick glimpse of how different colors look compared to one another.
23 Living Room Color Scheme Ideas
Our final visual component of our analysis breaks down the colors for 23 different living room designs. Check it out.
1. Olive, White and Wood Living Room Color Scheme
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Give your living room a touch of earthen colors with this color scheme featuring familiar colors of greys, browns, greens, browns, whites and yellow. A majority of the walls are done in a good blend of clover and finch green similar to olives with a dash of off-white/grey colors to accent corners. Top this room with white/brown/green furnishings to give it that earthy feel.
2. Blue, Grey and Light Brown
Combine grey, blue and browns to give your room a relaxing aura as the colors give a nice touch of elegance and calmness. Use white or grey paint and pillow furnishings to accent your ceiling and key corners while the entire walls are in a calming rock/river blue or grey colors. It will remind you of the sea at night.
3. Grey, Brown and Green
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Want light to dance around your living room even at night? Try playing with a grey, brown and green color scheme throughout the room. Use light greys for the walls and the sofa. You can use brown colored furnishings and home accents for highlights. You can even add a green ornament to complete the living room feel.
4. Creamy Brown with Green Accents
Using creamy brown colors and other light brown blends work excellent in living rooms with high ceilings and windows. These colors would give more light in your room and make it look larger. Use green upholstery to add more color in your room.
5. Black, Brown and Yellow
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Give your living room a modern and luxurious feel with the use of a black, brown and yellow color scheme. Use a yellow palette scheme for the walls to give emphasis on the lighter feel of the room. Balance it with brown and black furniture and fixtures to give it a modern look.
6. Country Brown and White
Want to give your living room a country aura? Play with a light brown- cream wall color to give a lighter ambiance. Use dark brown – mostly wooden ornate and floors – to give it a country feeling. Use light colored furniture or furnishings to balance out the wooden brown fixtures.
7. Blue, White and Violet
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Violet and blues are very relaxing for the eyes and can relax people the longer they are in a room with such colors. Blend blues and violets together with white furnishings to emphasize a stress-relief and light filled living room for you and your guests.
8. Wooden Brown and Earth Tones
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If you want to give your living room an antique feeling, why not play with both dark and light shades of brown? Use light brown colors for your walls and accentuate it with dark brown furniture and pieces.
9. Rustic Red and Grey
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Although red can boost appetite and even bring out other emotions, using subtle and more rustic blends of red and combining it with grey would neutralize those emotions and instead, calm you as you gaze around the room. It also works great in providing natural lighting ambiance.
10. Grey and Violet
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Combine modern design with a little luxury using this color scheme. Use darker shades of violet or grey for the curtains or the furniture while use lighter shades of violet or grey for the walls and the ceiling.
11. Red, Orange and Grey
Give life and light in your living room by combining rich shade of reds or orange on the walls with lighter shades of grey for your ceiling and furnishings. These colors would light up your conversations quite well, and still relax you as you bond with family and friends.
12. Brown and Grey
Make your living room calming and inviting by using lighter shades of brown or even yellow for your walls and accentuated with light grey fixtures and furnishings. With this color scheme, it will allow your living room to glow more naturally and accentuate its size.
13. Yellow, Orange and Brown
Use a nice shade of muted yellow for your walls to make your living room somehow expand in size as the colors allow more light to dance around. Use orange and brown accents – from the floor to fixtures to add to the inviting aura your living room now has.
14. Green, Brown and Grey
15. Lush Violet, Dark Grey, White/Grey and Light Yellow
If you have a lot of natural lighting, accentuate it with white or grey wall paint to allow more light to flow in the room. Highlight key areas in your room with rich colors such as lush violet furnishings, dark grey/black curtains and something vibrant like a light yellow furnishing.
16. Grey and Green
Is your living room close to the doors of your backyard or front lawn? It would be great to use a rich green color for the walls. Accentuate this jungle and outdoor feel with brown furniture and grey ceilings.
17. Violet and Grey
Combine light grey/white walls with violet accents to make your room as regal as you want to feel when you get home. Not only do these colors supplement the calming effect of violet, but it also gives a clean and elegant feel to your living room.
18. Mute Grey, Violet, White and Brown
If you live in a place that is close to the sea, its best to mimic the calming effects in your living room. Use muted grey and white for your walls and top it with brown and violet accents to give color to your all-white/grey room.
19. Deep Brown and Cream Brown
Give your living room a welcoming feeling by blending deep brown and creamy brown color in your room. Use a cream brown coat for your walls and use deep brown furnishings to get that rustic/country feeling for your living room.
20. Brown Living Room Color Scheme
Play with different brown blends for your living room – from your walls to your floors – as it can actually calm your mind and give a homey feel. Use a darker shade of brown for your flooring and compliment it with lighter brown blends for the walls. Accentuate it with creams and even white to blend with your living room.
21. White, Grey and Brown
If you want a classic but welcoming look for your living room, play with whites, browns and greys. Going for a classic look for your living room makes it look homey for others. It also reflects a clean modern look to your visitors.
22. White and Brown
Want something modern and yet a classic feel for your living room? Try out this color scheme. Similar to number 21, brown furnishings for your sofa and cushions while your tables and other furniture are in deep black or marble grey.
23. Grey, White, and Brown
Use lighter blends of grey, white and browns for your living room if your living room combines wood and marble materials for your walls and accents. Use white paint for your walls and ceilings and allow browns and greys to accentuate the fixtures and other parts of your room like the stairs and house foundations.
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Examples of Living Rooms with Each Color
Beige Living Room Walls in the Traditional Style
Beige is a warm-toned color that works great to accentuate and complement similarly toned neutral colors. Perfect as a base color for modern, minimalist, or contemporary living spaces, beige is a color that exudes elegance.
Adding pops of crisp white color and using warm-toned metal décor ties the look together in a cohesive, subtly tied together fashion. Note how the creamy white painted fireplace adds sparkle and depth to this room and works to accent the main beige color scheme.
Painting your walls beige will create a soft and soothing living space that you can further accentuate with contrasting throw pillows and modern design elements. Play with lighter and darker shades, along with assorted textural elements to create a multifaceted layered look that looks effortlessly cool.
Notice how the navy blue pillow on the left-hand side of the room picks up the matching navy blue stripe in the pillow across the room from it. In the subtlest of fashions, the monotony of the beige color scheme is broken up and elegantly tied together through the consistent use of navy blue.
An Eclectic Style Living Room with Cheery Orange Walls
Bright, juicy, refreshing orange! Orange is a wonderful way to add punchy cheerfulness to a room. The key to pulling off a living room with orange walls is to employ restraint with the other color choices you make.
Notice in this picture how fresh white accents are used to punctuate and break up the brightness of the orange color to keep it from being overwhelmingly bold and in your face. The use of the color white is carried over to the chairs on the right, which features a black print that contrasts well with the vivid orange hue.
In keeping with the springy theme, the black print is of flowers. The wall and its vivacious color are the focal point of this room. Quietly elegant accessories in a palette of muted colors offset the brightness of the orange. Warm brown tones found in solid colored lamp shades and a richly upholstered sofa are judiciously and wisely used to pull this room together in all of its delightfully eclectic glory.
Transitional Living Room Style with Multicolored Walls
A multicolored wall is an opportunity within itself to bathe an ordinary room in copious amounts of beautiful color. The liberal use of color livens up living room spaces and creates sizeable impact.
Multicolored walls are bold expressions of color. In keeping with the bold theme, complementary bold colors are found throughout the room pictured above. Note how the richly upholstered jewel tone fuchsia seats perfectly pick up the pink on the multicolored walls.
A painting to the far right has just the right amount of yellow to perfectly complement the yellow pillow and lesser amounts of yellow color on the wall. This room is transitional done right and is a study in balance, form, and carefully applied eclectic practices that offer a dazzling display of colors and textures to please the eye.
Mid-Sized Contemporary Living Room with Blue Walls
Blue is an exceedingly popular paint choice for living room walls. Whether it is icy blue, powder blue, navy blue, or even true blue; this cool watery hue is a tried and true classic with true versatility.
When paired with crisp white accents, blue takes on a beautiful formality and becomes almost regal in nature. Look at the way the white brings out the vividness of the blue on the walls, and how that wall paint serves to enhance the blueness of the gorgeous china vases.
The lipstick red upholstered chairs are a fantastic addition to this color and scheme and keep the room from being overwhelmingly cool-hued with and heavy-handedly blue. With the addition of warm-hued red, the monotony of the blue and white scheme is broken up in a beautifully unexpected way that is visually appealing.
The classic pairing of red and white with the blues found in the room are tied cohesively together with the consistent application of polished dark brown wood.
Traditional Living Room with Asian Elements and Green Walls
Softly muted green wall paint is accented by lush green foliage, a natural jute rug, and eastern paintings for a look that is suggestively Asian. The vivid leaves of the tree work to strengthen the muted hue of the wall paint, and the paintings further add to the natural aspect. The fibers in the jute rug are a nice accent and bring textural cohesion to the walls, tree, and paintings.
Contemporary Living Room with Purple Walls
In this living room, purple is used as a statement color. The gorgeous hue of deep dark purple is crisscrossed in fun pink geometric lines and accented by punchy orange seating for a fun and cheerful environment.
Transitional Living Room with Asian Elements and Pink Walls
Carnation pink colored wall hangings give this living room bold and unique color and a freshly feminine cheer. The teal, purple, and darker pink throw pillows add continuity throughout the room, and the silk fabric provides a luxuriant feel.
The Asian-themed vase upon the coffee table is an unexpected design touch that works nicely with the general look and feel of the room. Toward the back, the Asian-theme remains consistent with an ornate vase filled with fresh pink orchids. The bold red couch ties together the Asian-elements perfectly.
Modern Living Room with White Walls
Crisp white paint offers a clean and refreshing look that is relaxing and pleasing to the eye. A muted color palette and assorted textures add depth and complexity to the room. Note how the white color opens the room and lends itself perfectly to the expansive glass windows, adding to the airy feel. A woven rug, abstract paintings, and a black leather chair provide interest, small pops of contrasting color, and cohesion.
Transitional Living Room with Red Walls
This living room is filled with rich textures, fabrics, and color. One wall is painted in a creamy vanilla tone, which matches the color in the vanilla and red paisley chair. Fresh white accents interspersed throughout tie together the assorted colors, brown leather, Oriental rug, and paisley designs.
The red brick wall is perfectly executed. The muted tone of the brick red is just strong enough to pick up the red of the oriental carpet and in the paisley chair without being over the top or overwhelming. The incorporation of white color within the red wall tones down the overall look and feel. The plush avocado green chairs serve as a beautiful contrast color.
Modern Living Room with Gray Walls
Cool gray adorns the walls of this living room. A couch in a slightly darker shade of gray adds monochromatic interest. The sliding barnyard door in the bright shade of red makes the gray color scheme in this living room work very well. The black trim on the rail and handles provide contrast. The gorgeous polished wood coffee table anchors the room nicely for a clean, modern aesthetic.
Eclectic Living Room with Mid-Century Components and Black Walls
Black wall paint is an unexpected and unique color for living rooms. In this picture, the black walls perfectly counterbalance and offset the multiple bright color choices found throughout the room.
From the carpet to the chairs, to the cushions, and even the books, bright colors are a consistent theme. The black acts as an anchor and brings the multitude of bright colors together in a strong and quietly subtle fashion.
Traditional Living Room with Slight Craftsman Elements and Brown Walls
Classic brown tones are warm, regal, and handsome. Corresponding warm-hued tones are used throughout the decoration of this room. Note the gorgeous patina of the leather couch, and the use of mixed woods throughout the room.
Different textures, colors, and antique decorations give this room a carefully curated feel that is luxuriant and opulent. The marble accents frame the fireplace beautifully and create a visual focal point that anchors the room nicely.
Photo Gallery of Unique Living Room Color-Wise
This room has a light and cool color palette, with a few pieces of furniture bringing dark rich wooden tones to contrast. There are hits of green in some of the patterns, but mostly the palette for this room is blue, blue-silver and white.
This is a simple and modern design with a bright and cool color scheme. The lighter wood tones and the cool blues are slightly contrasted by dark and dull grays, but it maintains a clean and simple look.
This room features an understated cream palette with orange accents. The orange brings a glowing warmth the creams and off whites, giving a warm lit and cozy illuminated look.
This room uses a number of different shades and hues of green to create a great deal of depth and a dynamic feel with using only a few colors. While there are mostly shades of green, they are all somewhat faded or dusty.
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This room sides on the cooler shades. The grays work well with the cool blues and purples. The natural wood colors of the ceiling and the floor show that the wood tones can go with most any color themes.
This room has a darker black and off white backdrop for warmer colored furnishings. The room is almost divided by the color theme. One side is covered in a deeper red, while the other has a good splash of yellow.
This room has a very simple grey, brick, and natural wood palette. To spice up this palette, there are a variety of colorful throw pillows with a number of patterns and colors. A simple color scheme can have a great deal of life brought to it by something as simple as a colorful accent pillow.
This is a simple and clean color scheme. All of the natural tone, browns, creams, off whites, are accentuated by the warm and soft lighting.
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This is a darker version of a natural earth tone room. A lot of natural wood colors, and browns are accented by a few small pieces that add some colors.
This room is a super simple and pretty color design. The rich purples along with the monochrome of the rest of the room makes a very planned and intentional look. It is very clean and makes an impact.
This is an amazing light, bright and clean design. The whites and light grays are brought to life with a theme of light blues. This creates a cool and upscale and calming atmosphere.
A very colorful carpet and pillows give this simple room a very fun appeal.
A sofa and lamps stand out in this mostly white room. A sofa is a great place to add color and a great deal depth and appeal.
A single accent wall can add a great deal of visual interest to a room. The pale purple wall brings some brightness and life to a mostly monochrome design.
This living room uses an interesting piece of art to pull a color palette. All of the colors that may otherwise not connect to one another, are all together in the painting and then make them all tie together.
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Stark white furnishings are backed by black and yellow walls. This is a bold and interesting color scheme that has a great deal of visual appeal.
This room uses a piece of art to inform a bright and interesting color palette in this living room. The green marble fire place is an interesting piece that ties together the color scheme.
This living room has a number of whites and grays with the accent of yellow to to bring a deal of vibrance. Monochrome rooms are great and classic places for a single color to stand out.
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This sleek and modern design uses simple and toned down colors. Even without the flash and vibrance of brighter colors, this room is welcoming.
There is a good use of reflective surfaces and gold to build a very luxurious living room.
A very toned down and cozy earth tone palette is brightened up but the lighter furniture. The natural wood tones and the the sleek design are a welcoming and comfortable environment.
This modern living room uses a vibrant accent wall and a singular color pillow to add some vibrance to a monochromatic room.
This living room consists of mostly white, with a splash of black for some contrast. The green tinted mirrors bring some interesting color to an otherwise simple design.
This fun and vibrant room uses blue and orange to play off of each other to make an energetic and joyous space. Blue and orange are complimentary colors, and complimentary colors are always good together.
This modern and simplistic room accents a monochrome design with a vibrant red. The red makes a modern design have a great deal of pop and visual appeal.
This room uses a painted wall to give this room a very warm and welcoming appearance. With a touch of green to bring a bit of a lively tones.
This living room uses a combination of blue, yellow and green on a backdrop of ornate natural wood walls to create an elegant and lavish look.
Living room color analysis
Colors play a critically significant role in interior design. Integral to the success of any design scheme, color can be used as a strategic tool to balance, accentuate, and integrate the various components that comprise a room’s composition. Furthermore, colors have the ability to influence emotion and to create peace and harmony. Conversely, when improperly chosen, colors have the ability to create an environment of discord and discontinuity.
Charted data is included to show the popularity of particular colors in home décor. This wealth of information is designed to assist you in making the most well-informed choice you can regarding living room paint color and the compositional style that your living room is based upon.
Below is a Chart of Popular Living Room Wall Colors Choices and Accompanying Style Notes with Tips and Tricks to Successfully Pull off a Variety of Unique Color Schemes.
The color names link to that specific living room photo gallery.
|Popular Living Room Color Choices||Style Notes|
|Beige||Classic and versatile neutral that looks fantastic when done in gradient shades or a monochromatic and uniform color schematic|
|Orange||Used for pops of punchy and cheery color. Try painting a single wall a bright orange and tie the look together with a vase of bright orange poppies in a contrasting vase|
|Multi||Offers visual interest and can be used strategically to tie in multiple colors for cohesive and pulled-together look|
|Green||An unexpected wall color; works very well when coupled with elegant design details like polished wood, stainless steel and a complementary and contrasting color|
|Blue||Blue is a popular color and evokes feelings of serenity and peace. Accented with fresh white details and pops of red; this color scheme is beautiful, classic, and elegant all at once|
|Purple||Commonly used as a statement color, purple walls can offer delightfully large expanses of unexpected color that can be decorated in a variety of ways from regal to funky|
|Pink||Pink walls offer cheery, feminine fun. Intricate details in the same shade of pink will tie the look together for a cohesively spunky and fresh look that is reminiscent of the Spring season|
|Black||Black walls are an ingenious way to add depth, personality, and tone to an otherwise drab color scheme. Try painting one wall black and accenting with black vases, bright colors, and plenty of textural elements to break up the darkness of the color scheme|
|Gray||Elegant and versatile cool-toned neutral that looks fantastic when accented by polished wood accents and pops of unexpected color|
|White||Classic, fresh, and clean paint option that livens, brightens and enlarges rooms. Can be used as an allover paint color or as crisp white accents to punctuate a contrasting color|
|Red||Bold red walls are a trendy way to add visual interest. Muted accessories and plenty of contrasting color and complementary textural elements will tone down the loudness of the paint color and bring the room’s décor together|
|Brown||Classic brown offers a vintage look, elegant appeal, and timeless aesthetic. Accentuate with classic oriental rugs, worn leather books, and your favorite oil paintings for an enduring look that is inviting and comfortable|
The Best Living Colors Based on Popularity
Top 3 overall color schemes:
Top 3 Wall Colors:
Top 3 Floor Colors:
This color analysis is based on analysis of hundreds of thousands of living rooms so it’s fairly representative of today’s designs.
1. Overall Color Scheme
Assigning an overall color scheme to any room is not an exact science. It’s not like walls or floors which you can say is X color. Overall color schemes include several colors and so it’s attempting to choose the dominant color which isn’t so easy. Nevertheless, we analyzed 545,545 living rooms based on subjective color assessments.
2. Popular Living Room Wall Colors
Based on the wall color of 220,359 living rooms, we discovered that the 3 most popular living room wall colors are white, beige and gray.
Below are the precise percentages:
3. Top Living Room Floor Colors
Floor color is the weakest room color indicator, but it does make an impact. As you’ll see, the most popular floor color brown, which is expected given the color of hardwood floors. Yet for many such living rooms that have white or gray walls with wood flooring, you wouldn’t necessarily describe it as a brown living room.
Nevertheless, given the impact floor color makes, we include the analysis which is based on 10,040 living room floor colors.
How is this helpful?
I think during the early stages of design, it can be helpful to get an idea of what’s being done generally. For example, gray is fairly popular, yet you may not have considered gray for your walls or overall color scheme because you think it’s too blah or neutral. Yet, when integrated with other colors, gray can be a magnificent dominant living room color.
Learn more about colors
- Color Psychology: I really like the “Empowered by Color” website which offers some interesting insights into the different colors.
- Color Combinations: Another great color resource is this color combination site which showcases hundreds of different color combinations that can be super helpful for putting together your color scheme.
- Paint stores online: Various paint stores like Behr, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore offer huge color palettes that you can check out.