When it comes to living room design ideas, one of the most important elements to consider is the color scheme! Color sets the tone, mood, and vibe of a space. This can happen through living room paint colors, but also through your upholstery and decor.

Color psychology tells us that certain colors can influence if your home feels more calming or bold, cheerful or stimulating, dramatic or comfortable. Color can also impact how large or small a space feels—no renovation required!

So, when it comes to choosing a living room paint colors, and overall palette for your living room—a space where you spend so much time—ask yourself: what vibe do I want to create? It’s all about finding a color scheme that you respond to and that makes you feel good. And that’s going to be different for everyone!

Color also influences the other pieces you bring into your space—from furniture to rugs, art, and decor. So, landing on living room paint colors and an overall color scheme is a great first step when redesigning any room.

Today, we’re breaking down the most popular living room colors and palettes, along with what mood they’ll strike and what vibe they’ll create in your home!

White

There’s something so bright and cheerful about an all white living room design. It creates a calm, airy, and light vibe—but it’s far from being cold when you mix white with shades of cream and taupe. Varying light neutrals like these will create more depth and nuance in your space. And be sure to offset all the whites with warm wood tones for some rich natural texture throughout.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want a bright—but not colorful—space and those who love natural textures. It’s perfect for boho and rustic styles.

Greyscale

A living room in greyscale doesn’t mean a bleak and dreary space. You can actually approach this color scheme in several ways—either using varying shades of dark and light grey, or pairing grey with white and black for contrast. Either way, a greyscale color palette infuses your living room with cool elegance and sophistication, creating a very cool and modern vibe.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Mod, industrial, and lofty spaces where you can play up the drama. It’s not an ideal choice for those who like lots of colors and liveliness in their space.

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Blues

A blue living room design creates a calm and welcoming vibe to your living room. We love the idea of mixing various shades of blue throughout the space, along with pops of white and natural materials for balance. This color palette is easy on the eyes and creates a very inviting atmosphere.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who love classic color combinations—because there’s nothing quite so classic as the blue and white combo. It’s the perfect color scheme for coastal and rustic styles!

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Jewel Tones

Want a lively and bold living room? Consider a bright, multicolor space, brought to life through a mix of jewel-tone colors. In the living room above, we went for a purple wall, which adds richness and drama to the space. We mixed that with a saturated rug, then used a mix of  pink, navy, and yellow accessoires to create a lush looking living room design. But, when decorating in jewel tones, it’s important to ground and balance out the look with wood, rattan, and other natural textures and materials.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want an energized and personality-packed space. This palette would make glam and eclectic living rooms come to life!

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Gold & Green

A gold and green color palette creates a very sophisticated and elegant vibe in your living room—especially when pulled together with other warm metal finishes. It’s lively, too, as green represents growth and renewal and gold is a naturally exciting color, associated with warmth and opulence.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want polished space that still has plenty of personality. This is a great look for those with glam style.

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Pastels

Pastels are pale, soft shades of their more saturated color counterparts. So, if you want to create a warm and soft vibe in your living room, decorate in shades of pastel colors. We love the look of mixing various shades of pastel and blush pinks with light grey and other neutral tones, balanced with brass and wood accents. This creates a living room made for relaxation.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want a peaceful and serene space. It’s a perfect palette for mid-century and transitional room designs.

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Neutrals

Love a good neutral? Try a mix of neutral shades—like white, cream, brown, and black—all in one room, then balance it out with metallics. This makes for great contrast while still creating a calm and inviting vibe.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Rustic and minimalist spaces, and for those who want a neutral color palette but with more warmth and depth of color than a white color scheme.

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Black & White

A black and white living room design creates a very cool and collected vibe. Going for a fully black and white color scheme is quite posh, while adding in other shades, like brown, will add warmth. A black wall may be an unexpected choice for a living room paint color, but it really sets the tone for this space.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who love a little drama but don’t want a lot of colors in their space. This is a great palette for those with modern rustic and minimalist styles.

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Green

A green color scheme creates an earthy and serene vibe in your living room. We love combining multiple shades of green colors with rustic, natural woods and taupe upholstery. The result? A very soothing space.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want earthy but polished space. It’s a particularly great color palette for homes with rustic or coastal style.

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Browns

The color brown encourages people to slow down and relax, and also creates a sense of security. So, a mixture of various shades of brown—from tan to rust to chocolate—are great for creating a stylized but warm and inviting atmosphere in your living room. But to keep this color scheme from feeling drab, we added in pops of blue for contrast.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who appreciate both modern and elegant spaces, in traditional and rustic styles.

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Multicolor

Here’s some good news: you don’t have to choose just one color to dominate the color scheme of your living room! In fact, we really love a multicolor palette, which creates an eclectic vibe. Above, we used a classic color combination of red, blue, and neutrals. But we brought those colors in through a variety of patterns for a very lively and fun space. Mixing in wood and natural materials helps ground the look.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who love classic color combinations but want a space with unique style.

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