Add Color to Your Living Room
Decorate your living room with color. Step outside the box and add a burst of color to your space, or try a whole new color scheme.
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Work in Warmth
White walls, couches, and a mantel let strategic pops of color go a long way to enliven the space. Hints of coral and lime green bring life to this living room while black accents help ground the mainly white space. A wood floor in a matte finish adds visual warmth underfoot.
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Fabulously bold patterned curtains dress up white walls and serve as the inspiration for this room's color scheme. Although the curtains and the rug underfoot contain different patterns, they feature the same colors and therefore complement each other. Choose furniture with solid fabrics within the color scheme to add stability and separate the patterns, like this blue sofa and green chair.
Color in Stages
Color doesn't have to come into your living room all at once. See how to incorporate color in stages for a stunning final result.
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Simplicity Is Key
Balance bright colors with strong neutrals for a look that's colorful but livable. Accents of peppy pink, lime green, and yellow are sprinkled over a foundation of assertive neutrals -- on the brown chair, gray sofa, dark wood floors, and black lighting.
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Inspiring Area Rug
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Use a neutral background as the canvas for pops of bright color, clean lines, and funky patterns. In this living room, a coat of chic gray paint on the walls, a handsome stone fireplace, and chocolate brown sofas give a foundation to the bright plants, art, and accessories, which keep the room from looking cold. When you feel like a change in the color scheme, simply swap out the accessories for a whole new look.
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With beige walls, a white linen sectional, and a white ceiling, this living room was clean and serene. By limiting color to the pillows, throws, and a few key accessories, the room gets a wake-up call, while maintaining its serenity. While this is easy to do with almost any color combination, here, grassy green, bubble gum pink, and sunny yellow give the room preppy flair. Another combination, such as ocean blue and sea glass green, could take the look beachy, or barn red, goldenrod, and taupe could go country.
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Create a Balance
Try this easy approach to a color scheme: commit to two main hues dispersed evenly throughout the room. Here, bright olive green and creamy yellow accessories are placed symmetrically to create a visually stunning space. The lines of the black-and-white rug and painted wood paneling drive the eye toward the center and make the green-and-yellow pair even more dynamic. Choose asymmetrical art featuring the same color scheme for an element of surprise.
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Sherbet Color Palette
A lime green couch decorated with bright sherbet-color pillows makes this living room truly stand out. Neutral walls, chairs, and an area rug balance the splashy couch and pillows. When incorporating lots of bright, bold colors, keep balance and scale in mind so the space doesn't come across as over-the-top.
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Color packs an extra punch when used against white walls. A robin's-egg blue sofa is the starting point for the infusion of color in this crisp white living room. Sunny yellow, grassy green, and pool blue pillows complement the springlike nature of the peppy sofa. Subtle metallic and mirrored accents, such as the tables and bowl, add shine to complete the airy, family-friendly look.
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Colors in Harmony
Rich blues and greens, are warmed up with pops of orange-reds in this small, eclectic living room. A hint of warm colors can take the chill off a cool color palette. With various colors, a white sofa, leopard print pillows, and a white coffee table become neutral pieces that allow saturated colors so they can truly shine.
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Fabulous fabrics and continuous color give this room a global bazaar feel. Spice hues and jewel box hues, such as curry orange, sapphire, alexandrite, and emerald, add richness to the style. A zebra-stripe chair and a glitzy light fixture provide a youthful oomph, while the colors in the collage of record covers are repeated in the throw pillows and centerpiece items.
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Pattern and color partner to infuse flair into this living room. A combination of navy, aqua, and mustard yellow make for a relaxing yet vibrant color palette. Stripes, ikat, and other geometric patterns help the eye travel through the spacious room. Varying the scale of the patterns, along with large swaths of neutrals (on the sofa and walls) helps pace the exuberant look.
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Surrounded by chairs and popping against the clean white interior, a distressed blue coffee table serves as the focal point of this family room. To make pops of color stand out even more in a neutral room, repeat bright colors only a few times, such as in one or two pieces of artwork or accessories.
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For a color addition that's not too strong, paint one wall and leave the others white. Here, the blue wall stands out against the white ceiling, rug, and adjacent wall. The combination of blue and white invites the light from outside into the room, creating a feeling of openness. Adding accessories in colors from the same blue family helps the accent wall feel at home.
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Subtle and Sweet
Colors don't need to be bright or bold to make a big impact in a space. In this room, powder blue walls and a white fireplace make a pleasant pair. Identical tall, swoop arm chairs and flared ottomans match the color from the walls, while decorative rosy pink pillows add a touch of warmth. For a little shine, choose a bejeweled chandelier to complete an elegant look.
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Hang bright, graphic artwork to amp up the style of a cozy family room. Here, framed yellow and blue prints put a surprising contemporary twist on a traditionally rooted room. A blue basket and yellow pillow provide a fun disruption to the gray, tan, and maroon color scheme.
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For an easy splash of color, outfit windows in treatments with bold hues and unique patterns. Here, unlikely leafy curtains transform this muted space into a fabulously lively living room. Place a few accessories mimicking the color scheme around the room, such as the cute bowl of apples shown here. Glimmering candle sconces on either side of the mirror tie the natural theme together.
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