A little colour reflects your personality and nature,so choose your own colour for your living room
Looking for a new living room colour scheme that you’ll love for years to come? 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 living room colour schemes to get you started.
1. Venture to the dark side with on-trend paint colours
Create a brooding sense of intrigue by painting your walls and surfaces in a dramatic dark shade. On-trend darker shades of paint may feel like a risky move but, in the right context, shadowy tones come into their own. Hence why they continue to prove a popular choice for 2019.
2.Go green with a colour scheme to re-energize
Choose any shade of green to enliven a tired looking living room. The colour spectrum for green is so broad, from vibrant bottle green to gentle mint there’s a shade of this energizing shade to suit all tastes.
Pair tonal green, blue and yellow furniture and accessories to create a cohesive, calming feel.
3. Invite summer indoors with shades of yellow
The feel-good vibes of yellow can instantly create a sunny decor. Walls painted in buttercup yellow provide the ideal backdrop for any furniture style, particularly neutral and grey. Add further rays of sunshine with brighter yellow accessories to compliment the walls.
4. Add terracotta accents to warm up neutral colour schemes
Create different moods in a neutral living room with colourful accessories. This cosy burnt orange shade is back in fashion! It’s perfect for adding warmth to any neutral decor. 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.
5. Colour match walls and shelving
Make a feature by painting a wall and its shelves in the same shade. It’s a trick that works especially well with expansive boxed shelving that runs wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. The on-trend mid grey matt-finish paint used here makes a mellow contrast to white woodwork, while blending effortlessly with toning flooring and furniture. Use lovely autumnal shades, such as olive green and burnt orange, for a seasonal feel.
6. Combine complimentary colours
Deep forest green has the unusual quality of making a room feel cosy and enveloping in winter but cool and shady in summer. Bring it to life with woods and leathers that have an orange undertone for a pairing that’s direct from nature. Add in a shot or two of indigo blot and whether you create a room that’s rustic or glamorous – or somewhere in between – this colour mix will exude quiet confidence.
7. Keep colours sweet and sugary
opt for impact with a sugary shade – decorating with pastels needn’t mean going entirely pale. Pair with furniture and accessories in a darker colour, which will serve to balance the lighter tones. Use matt emulsion to create a fashionable low-sheen look – a velvety, almost chalky finish – ideal for uneven walls in the living area.
8. Stick to shades of blue
Create a fabulously fresh space with a splash of invigorating blue. Marry steely blues, from mineral to aqua shades, to devise a scheme you won’t want to leave. If you’re sticking to a single colour, try mixing textures to add interest or working in accessories in an accent colour. Keep the feel classic with white or natural wood furniture.
9. Create a calming oasis with neutrals
Who says colour has to be bold to be beautiful? Channel the Scandinavian look by embracing a neutral colour palette. An effortless blend of white, beige and stone hues creates a harmonious scheme with a timeless appeal. This look works best when all the elements are kept neutral, from the walls paint through to the natural wooden furniture.
10. Blur the lines when it comes to decorating
Paint doesn’t have to be pedestrian so get creative with how you apply your chosen colours and you could end up with a truly individual look. Layer an accent colour over the top of a base colour and dry-brush half way up the wall to create a dip-dye effect. From Ombre to watercolour washes, the two-tone trend shows no signs of fading away.