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Trend Spotlight: Bold Colored Rooms Are Bringing Joy Inside

Want the scoop on one of the latest and greatest interior design trends? First, shameless plug for our podcast, because in episode 4 we dug into some of the best and worst of interior design trends over the decades, including what we’re loving right now. But that’s not why we’re here!

The trend we’re talking about today? Bold-colored rooms! With the world at large feeling like it’s at a stand-still, and nothing but bad news filling our newsfeeds, people are bringing some excitement and joy into their lives with bold colors. Since we’re spending so much time at home, people are brightening up their spaces, and color is a huge part of that. In the past couple months we’re seeing more and more people embrace bold colors in their home rather than cover them up with neutrals.

A great example of this is blogger Kate Arends of Wit & Delight, who’s embracing brightly colored rooms in her new home. And Veranda just published their Bold Color issue with some seriously daring color palettes on display. You can even see this trend in small ways in Kendall Jenner’s cozy LA hideaway.

In many cases, this trend is showing up in bold wall colors. But you can definitely get this look without breaking out the paint! Ready to dig into this trend and maybe try it out in your own home? We asked our designers how they’re working with this trend, and they shared their best tips on how to get the look in the rooms below.

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bold colored roomsStick With Colorful Decor

Here’s a great example of adding bold colors to your space without painting any walls. In this case, we simply integrated color through the accessories and decor while maintaining white walls. This is a perfect approach for those who aren’t sure how they’ll feel about a more brightly colored space. You aren’t committing to this trend in a more “permanent” way with a wall color, but you’re still embracing colors in a big way. A bedspread is a great way to add a huge wash of color (and pattern!) to a bedroom. We then added pops of color through art, plants, and accent pillows, creating a veritable rainbow within your bedroom. How cheery!

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bold colored roomsAdd One Big Statement Color

Another way to tap into this trend? Using a pop of one statement color. In this case, it’s through a bold-colored sofa—but you could also do this through an accent wall, a chair, wall art, a rug, or any other large-scale object in the room. Here, the rust sofa adds a warm, bold pop of color to the space, which really stands out in contrast to the otherwise neutral room. This is a great approach for those with minimal or glam styles where adding a bit of a dramatic flair is par for the course.

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bold colored roomsGo All Out

Want to dive headfirst into this trend? Go all out with a combination of colorful walls, furniture, and decor. It makes for a pretty beautiful room, huh? However, this type of bold color palette requires a bit of thought to make sure the colors coordinate. To achieve this look, consider a color palette with 2-3 dominating and coordinating colors, then mix those colors into all elements of the design in a repeating way. You can see this in the room above with the way that the yellow repeats in the sofa and pouf, while the blue repeats in the chairs, pillows, and wall art. You can also see small extra uses of the peach wall colors in the painting above the fireplace and a vase on the bookcase.

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bold colored roomsStrike Some Contrast

This room explores a similar approach as the room above, but with a very different execution. Go for a dark bold color on the walls, and then layer bold but contrasting colors in the rest of the space. In a living room, the sofa is the main contrasting element to the wall—so go for something like a purple wall with a mustard sofa like in the room above, or perhaps a dark blue wall with a white sofa. Basically, you just want to strike some major contrast. Then anchor the design with lighter pops of color in the other furniture and decor.

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bold colored roomsPaint An Accent Wall

Sometimes, painting an accent wall can have an even bolder look than painting a whole room. We love the idea of a bright and bold-colored accent wall in a room with striking architectural details or in a space that has a natural focal point. In this case, we painted a wall that has built-in shelving, but you could also achieve this through painting a full wall in a small space. To drive home this look, add pops of complimentary colors into the overall room design so the accent wall has a good sense of contrast within the space.

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bold colored roomsGo Monochrome

Another way to make use of bold colors in your space? Go monochrome. The repeated use of the same color tone will create a bold and dramatic look. For this approach, we recommend tapping into the earth tones trend. For your main color, use a calming color like sage, terracotta, or a mix of blues or greys. Here, we paired a green wall with matching curtains and a rug in a slightly deeper shade of green. But then we accented the space with pops of natural woods and other earth tones in the furniture and other decor. The result is a cohesive design that, when put all together, really pops.

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11 of the Most Popular Living Room Color Schemes

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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Our Stylists’ 4 Favorite Ways to Design a Black and White Living Room

Black and white. It’s a classic, timeless combo. From film noir to salt and pepper, lots of amazing things come in black and white. So it’s no surprise that black and white living room ideas are one of our most researched and requested styles. But there are so many different ways to get the look – from traditional to totally glam, and everything in between. So today we’re breaking down four stylist-approved black and white living room ideas, with each room featuring different styles and intensities of the color combo.

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black and white living roomThe Look: Modern Industrial

If you’re looking for an urban, trendy black and white living room, look no further. This modern-inspired living room proves that a black and white palette doesn’t have to look stark. This room blends black and white into a rich grayscale that is endlessly refined.

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The Key Elements

A modern look relies on sleek lines, minimalist shapes, and little ornamentation. It has a spare Scandinavian quality to it while still being very livable. For this look, you’ll want to pick furniture and accessories that feature materials that keep to the color scheme. Think: black matte metals, white marbles, and black leather. Geometric shapes are big with this style, so opt for graphic and bold art and decor.

It’s Perfect if You…

Love a room that makes a bold statement but still feels approachable. While this look is more on the austere side, it has a sleek vibe that draws you in. What results is a look that you want to show off.

eclectic boho living roomThe Look: Eclectic Boho

This eclectic-style space offers a softer approach to a black and white living room look that’s still free of color in the traditional sense. However, the neutrals branch out from just black and white to include natural hues as well. The result is a softer mix that gives a bit more warmth to the black and white look.

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The Key Elements

Leathers, woods, and natural materials are not only welcome in this look, but they’re also essential to warm and soften it. Black and white rugs, art, pillows, and other decorative accents keep the integrity of the black and white living room style, but in a way that’s much warmer. Choose patterns that are more organic and abstract, and mix textures and materials to keep the look feeling dynamic and well thought-out.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a neutral color palette but don’t want a look that’s too bold. If that’s the case, this more neutral, eclectic take might be your cup of tea. The natural elements – from the coffee table and bench to baskets and the mirror – give off a relaxed feeling. And speaking of relaxed, this couch gives you something to sink into while still offering clean lines. Top of this look and compliment the natural elements of this room with some pops of greenery.

traditional rustic living roomThe Look: Traditional Rustic

This traditional rustic look is another grayscale version of the black and white living room, but with a more family-friendly vibe. This look is less high-contrast black and white and more comfortable and cozy. Relying on a neutral base but including softer shades of grey and black details to add a bit of contrast.

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The Key Elements

Weathered woods are key here. They won’t distract from the black and white vibes and they add a lot of texture and dimension. We love using it in a coffee table that ties the whole room together, with added weathered accents in the side table and chairs.

Textured black and white throw pillows also help solidify the color palette while giving the living space a cozy, relaxed feeling. Pops of gold in the accents warm up the look even more. You could also consider painting your walls white to really make furniture pop.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like a more rustic or traditional style that’s family-friendly. This look is rooted in comfortable, approachable furniture and soft neutrals. If you want a space that’s a nod toward the traditional but with the down-to-earth nature of rustic style, this is definitely the look for you.

glam chic living roomThe Look: Glam Chic

This look is the queen of all black and white looks. It’s a chic, glamorous take on a black and white living room in a bold yet eclectic look. This style is all about mixing bold patterns and shapes – like the soft curves of the chandelier and bookshelf, mixed with the strong lines of the side chairs and floor lamp.

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The Key Elements

Gold accents are in full force with this look. We’re talking end tables, bar carts, chairs, bookshelves, and decor galore. Add shades of neutrals and browns to warm of the look, and add accents of luxe fabrics, like velvet or sheepskin. Top it off with lots of bold, geometric patterns – even if they clash at first glance. As long as you decorate with confidence, the look will work!

It’s Perfect if You…

Have a fun, quirky sense of style that still has a heavy dose of sophistication. Let all of that personality show when decorating your space. Layer patterns and shapes and materials with pops of non-black-and-white neutrals and you’ll end up with a space that’s glamorous and completely your own.

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