Living Room Colour Schemes: The Complete Guide

Whether you’re snuggling up for a night of Netflix, hosting an intimate get-together, or simply relaxing with your favourite novel in hand, your living room is the central base of your home.


It’s the one room in the house in which you spend the most time and enjoy some much-needed R&R. For the most part, it will be the space in which your entire family gathers for games nights, TV binges, and chats over a good old fashioned cup of tea.

There’s no denying the sheer value this room has within the household. How you decorate this space may dictate the interior of the rest of the home.

Still, with so many living room colour schemes out there, choosing one that suits you may seem near impossible. Make no mistakes here, this is a rather colossal decision, which means that it really will pay to do a little research ahead of time.

If the new year marks a new age of decor in your abode, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled an extensive guide looking at some of the most stunning living room colour trends of 2017.

From muted tones to ravishing accent pieces, there’s something to suit every taste and style. So, let’s get started, shall we? Here’s the complete guide to living room colour schemes. Enjoy.


Neutral walls with accent features

While it may not seem the most adventurous style, neutral walls can afford you a wealth of creativity in the long run.

Choosing lounge colour schemes which are not overly bold means that you have a little room to experiment when it comes to your accent pieces and other features within the space.

With a look such as this one, you really can dare to be different and get a tad experimental when it comes to the overall design of the room.

When most of us think of accent pieces, our minds flit swiftly to accent or ‘feature’ walls. This is a tired, worn look, and one which has been overdone over the years.

Instead of using an entire wall or indeed even an alcove as a feature piece, you may wish to pick out certain accessories or furnishings within your home. Let’s take a look at some examples of this style which is very much en vogue in 2017.

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First of all, let’s take a look at this chocolate mauve room design.

The subtle tone may not be considered the best colour for living room walls, but here it works perfectly. It’s really the highlighted features here that add a touch of style and sophistication to the room.

Choosing to pick out chocolate, brown, and gold furnishings within the space has worked wonders on the overall effect of the room.

You will notice that there are also a few olive pieces here. This colour tone complements the room seamlessly without screaming for too much attention.

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Moving on to this next room design, you’ll see that the base colour is nothing more than a rich grey.

As you will likely have noticed, greys, blacks, and whites have started to appear as some of the greatest colour trends of 2017.

Hence, now is the ideal time to take the plunge and experiment with some grey tones throughout your home. This is another of those living room colour schemes which allows for splashes of bold colour.

Rather than juxtapositioning an array of complementary colours as features in this room, the designer has chosen just one.

The bright, eye-catching orange furnishings are essentially the centrepieces of the room itself. By including such pieces sparingly, the designer has created a subtly stylish room which looks purely effortless.

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If it’s time for something a little more outlandish, take a sneak peek at this room’s interior.

Again, this room’s base is that of a rich, deep grey, but that’s where the similarities come to an end. The designer here has dared to clash opposing colours in a medley of tones.

Magenta pink and mustard yellow are not traditional colour schemes used within communal rooms, and yet they work here for a contemporary style.

Each feature piece has been chosen to pop out of the room, giving an artistic atmosphere to the space.


Plain designs and pastel colours

Pastel colours are often perceived to be relaxing or calming. There’s simply no doubt that the colour and tone of a room can affect your mood in ways that you may never have imagined before now.

However, purely pastel living room colour schemes can easily become overbearing and too feminine. When that happens, the general mood of the room will suffer.

To avoid this very problem, it’s worth choosing an incredibly plain base colour, such as white or beige, and simply using pastel pieces as features within the space.

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Typically, lounge colour schemes are kept neutral so that the space is one which everyone can enjoy.

Here, the designer has created an utterly simple backdrop for a rather intriguing room. Yellow and pink pastel tones draw the eye in this room, with a few mild undertones to complement this look.

When you’re working with pastels, it’s worth choosing a few opposing colours to use within a single space. Doing so means that you will achieve a dramatic effect rather than one that may look a little too weak.

It’s well worth creating a colour or mood board before attempting this look. That way, you will have a chance to see which tones contrast well and create the style that you desire.

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Next, here is a toned down version of the first design. Rather than using bright and eye-catching colour tones, the designer has opted for a more muted style.

Plus, you will also notice that the background colours here are much more rich and luxurious. The deep greys and blues work effectively to make the room appear warm and enticing.

While the two main feature colours here are quite blatantly plush blue and pink, the designer has added just a touch of yellow to the mix.

The overall impact is striking, and yet still homely.

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If neither of those two designs appeal, here’s an alternative way to achieve this look.

Instead of using a grey or white backdrop here, the designer has chosen a teal base colour. That in itself has dictated much of the rest of the room interior.

While it would be too much to mix this strong colour with bright pastel highlights, the designer has used muted versions of the colour tones to great effect.

The warm touches of beige throughout the space create a cosy, comfortable vibe. Perfect for any family home.

If you’re hoping to emulate this trend in your own abode, it’s well worth checking out an array of styles too.

When used correctly pastel accents can look at once chic and strong.

However, you must ensure that the room is stylised rather than cluttered or you could run the risk of creating a somewhat chaotic space.


Pretty in pink living room schemes

If you’re considering various lounge colour schemes, plush pink is not likely to be the first tone to spring to mind.

Traditionally a feminine scheme, this one is most likely to be used in a teen’s bedroom or even the master room. Despite this fact, you can get away with using the tone within your living space.

It may surprise you to find that this is set to be one of the most popular colour trends of 2017. So, how can you best apply it to your living space?

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Well, the key to pulling this look off without the space looking like a princess room is choosing features that oppose that style.

Lately, copper and gold accents have become strikingly popular in both the high fashion world and, indeed, in interior design too.

Geometric designs and bold pieces are just ideal for a room with a soft pink base. The reason is very simple; these typically masculine trends seek to create a sense of balance in the room.

Here the designer has done an impeccable job of creating a room that leans neither one way nor the other. The use of greys, black, and even yellow, mean that the space looks well-rounded, rather than overtly feminine.

A look like this one is certain to win you many compliments simply because it is one few people would think to attempt.

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For a hint of extra luxe, adding some gold accessories to a room is a flattering way to decorate the space.

Lounge colour schemes so rarely use gold, and yet it works shockingly well in almost any setting.

When it comes to choosing your pieces, it’s worth ensuring that you opt for modern styles. The biggest mistake you could make here would be choosing traditional (read: old fashioned) accent pieces which will create a tired look.


Captivating copper accents

As we’ve already covered briefly, copper is one of the breakout trends of 2016.

As we move into the new year, there’s just no doubt that this style will continue to be one of the biggest fads of our time.

That’s why it makes a whole load of sense to incorporate some captivating copper accents in your new living room interior. Doing so will mean that your home looks thoroughly contemporary and on trend.

If you want the accessories or feature pieces to stand out, it’s crucial that you ensure the base is not too overpowering.

Some of the looks that we have already seen would benefit greatly from some copper highlights throughout. For example, this style will work well with both pastel colour schemes and plush pink designs.

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The first thing that you ought to keep in mind is that this is a theme that should be used as sparingly as possible. If you overdo it, you could end up with a room that appears to be cold and somewhat clinical.

Remember, metallic colours should only ever be used as accent pieces or they quickly lose their impact.

When working with a black and white base colour scheme, picking out a few copper features is a truly genius idea.

Here, the frames, cushion, and coffee set complement one another for a wonderfully fresh look. While there is a lack of colour throughout the rest of the space, these small hints create an elegant and tasteful look.

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Of course, combining copper and pastel colours can also work very well if you get things just right.

Here’s an example of how the metallic features can work aptly with a pea green and jade base.

While most would never think to try this look for themselves, it can look fresh and understated when you pair it with some plain, muted undertones.


Big and bold contrasts

While most of the living room colour schemes we’ve looked at so far have been rather delicate, there is another way to go.

If you’re feeling a little audacious when it comes to your interior design style, it could be worth looking at some bold contrasts for this space. Be aware that this trend can make the room look a tad smaller than it actually is.

If you already lack the space that you need in the living room department, you should probably steer clear of looks such as this one. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some vivid, strong looks.

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Deep mauve, olive, and gold – these are three colours that you might not ordinarily assume would work together. Since purple and green are directly opposing tones, they contrast in a rather striking way.

Though you may not realise it, purple tones are some of the most popular living room colours – perhaps because the exude a sense luxury.

Over the years, we’ve seen a great many trends centred around this very colour, and it seems to be a trend that’s going nowhere fast.

By using a deep, dark version of this colour in opposition to some sleek golden, olive features, the designer has created an extravagant style here.

This is not a look for the faint of heart, though, as it can quickly become excessive. If you have the luxury of space, it may be worth experimenting with this very scheme.

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And now, for perhaps the most distinct of all the living room colour schemes we’re featuring here. This somewhat garish pink and purple combination is unashamedly out there.

The bohemian style is an ideal accompaniment to these strong, powerful colours. If you’re hoping to make a real statement with your living room decor, you may just have found some apt inspiration.

Remember, you can tone this look up or down, depending on your personal sense of style.


The black and white classic scheme

Next, let’s take a look at one of the classic living room colour schemes.

This type of interior will always ooze sophistication, if only for its minimalist style.

Using black and white as the base of your room is always a brave choice, but it so often pays off in an extreme way.

If you want to try your own take on this traditional look, it’s worth considering the ways that you can bring it into 2017.

Let’s take a quick look at just a few examples that are almost certain to pique your interest.

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By including both a gallery wall and some bold outlines, the designer has created a modern look here.

What’s more, the yellow accent pieces work to add little pockets of colour throughout the room. This is a daring look, but one that seems subtly done in this case.

You can see that there are a few eccentricities within the space as well, such as the cow print rug and the mid-century style furniture – but even if you’re looking for furniture that’s more minimalist, contemporary or Scandinavian design, it’s possible to achieve a standout look.

These seemingly insignificant touches are actually very crucial in determining the overall impact of the room. Having little oddities like these take the room to the next level in terms of style.

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Finally, this uber chic androgynous style room may be just the one you’ve been looking for.

Many people tend to go too far in the opposite direction; they end up creating a highly colourful space with just too much going on. Well, here’s a look that takes things back to basics.

While white has never been one of the most popular living room colours, it serves as a fantastic blank canvas.

Given this as the setting of the room, you can get away with almost anything in terms of the rest of your decor choices.

The black and grey furnishings don’t stray too far from the core theme, and there is a crucial reason for that.

Using colour so very sparingly means that the room loses nothing in style. We’re sure you’ll agree that the final effect is one that we’d all love to achieve.

Plus, with just a little work on your side, it’s very much possible.


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