The 51 Best Colors for Living Rooms

Your living room is one of the most important rooms in your home. So naturally, you want it to be an inviting place where your loved ones can gather. Color plays a major part when it comes to setting the mood of a room, so be sure to choose your living room color carefully!

Living Room Color Ideas

Here’s a list of the best colors for living rooms.

1. Hunter Green

Modern interior of living room with hunter green wall.

If you want your living room to be bold and unforgettable, hunter green just might be the color for you. The living room in the photo features an extra-dark hunter green wall with beige furniture, but you don’t need to use this much of a color (or as dark) for a hunter green living room to stand out.

On the tamer side, you can try adding hunter green furniture to a room with beige, tan, or khaki walls. You can also add in a hunter green accent wall. This color is dark enough to help ground a room, and it pairs well with warmer shades of beige.

2. Steel Gray

Modern living room design with steel gray walls.

Gray is certainly a favorite when it comes to interior design, and it’s easy to see why. You often see solid gray walls and furniture. But if you’d prefer something a bit different, you might try a textured, steel-like wall color like the one shown in the picture. This type of finish adds a slight industrial vibe to your living room.

There are a few different colors that work well with a steely finish like this one. If you want to counterbalance the cool like of gray, try warm-hued neutral furniture. But if you want a cooler, modern look, you might opt for white furniture. Monochromatic looks are also interesting here, so you might consider gray furniture in a similar shade, too.

3. Cream

Stylish cream living room.

If you like white interiors but would prefer something just a bit warmer, cream is an excellent option. As you can see in the photo, cream-colored walls are a great way to make a room look inviting. For a pretty, soft palette, try adding very soft pink or blue furniture. This type of color scheme goes well with a little bit of a darker color to ground it. A set of dark brown shelves or a dark coffee table will work. And if you also like the look of plants, try adding in some darker green foliage as well.

4. Deep Blue

The interior of a modern living room with a dark blue sofa next to a brick wall.

Blue is a soothing color that can also look quite dynamic with the right contrast. And when it comes to design, the shades of blue available to you are seemingly endless! A deep, slightly dusty blue like the one pictured will go nicely with grays and cooler whites. To add some depth to the palette, try adding tan and/or gold accents. If you choose to paint one or more walls blue, a gold mirror, wall hanging, or clock is an excellent choice.

Of course, this isn’t the only way to use deep blue! Thanks to its versatility, it will also go nicely with beige walls, gray walls, or even natural brick. It’s hard to make this hue look bad in a living room, so if you’re one to experiment with color schemes, deep blue is a great color to do it with.

5. Cocoa Brown

Cocoa brown living room with kitchen area.

When paired with the right colors, brown can become a soft, calming addition to your living room’s palette. Many people opt for brown furniture, especially if they’re choosing couches and chairs. But for those seeking something a little different, cocoa brown walls are also a great addition to a living room. All-brown walls can start to seem overly dark, so you might want to start with one or two accent walls. Brown walls also do well when paired with lighter colors. Cream, various shades of beige, gray, and even white are all good choices. Painting cocoa brown walls in a room with wood flooring is also a great way to create a homey feeling.

6. Gray-Green

Modern living room design with many plants.

Dark grays and dark greens are often seen in interiors. So why not try a combination of both? Deep gray-green is a color that’s both earthy and mysterious. It makes a bold wall color, but it’s also great for accents in mostly pale neutral rooms.

As you can see in the photo, gray-green is also a great shade for murals or wallpapers. Of course, if you go this route, it’s wise to add some lighter and brighter furniture, rugs, or other accents to the room. If you don’t, the overall aesthetic may become too dark.

7. Black

Modern classic black interior with capitone brown leather chester sofa.

Black might sound like a bizarre choice for a living room color. However, plenty of people end up choosing black furniture. And while there’s nothing wrong with this choice, there are plenty of other inventive ways to use this dramatic shade. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re hoping to create a highly unique aesthetic, it’s worth considering.

The pictured living room features black walls, something you don’t see too terribly often. But this wall color works because it’s balanced out by enough light or warm colors. For example, the couch is rich red-brown. The floor is pale beige with pink undertones, and the gold lamp’s glossy finish looks striking against the matte black of the walls.

8. Aqua

Modern aqua living room.

This shade of vibrant, watery blue will turn your living room into an inviting and high-energy space. It’s commonly used alongside cool white, as these colors create a brilliant contrast that’s reminiscent of summer.

If you want to use plenty of aqua in your living room, it makes an outstanding wall color. But for many, entirely aqua walls can quickly become overwhelming. If you’d prefer smaller doses, try incorporating smaller bursts of aqua in a mostly white or pale gray room. Aqua pillows pop against white couches, and even adding a couple of aqua lamps can transform a living room that is mostly gray. Aqua and white patterns are especially striking whether they’re used for walls or smaller accents.

9. Pastel Yellow

Pastel yellow classic living room in a period mansion.

Even though yellow is a warm color, soft shades have a definite calming effect on a living room. You might think of pastel yellow as a quaint hue. But as you can see in the pictured living room, it’s right at home in more opulent interiors, too.

Pale yellow walls and white ceilings look great together. This combination also tends to go nicely with a range of other shades. Dark wooden furniture or other accents are great for grounding the overall look, and you might consider creating a layered palette by including slightly darker shades of yellow and various shades of cream, too. A few accents of brick red, navy blue, or another color of your choosing can also add some visual interest.

10. Cool White

Modern cool white living room.

Lots of people think white is a cold, dull color reminiscent of hospitals and other institutions. But when it’s used carefully, cool white imparts a refreshing and modern look to your living room. Cool, crisp whites are often used as wall colors. But for an ultramodern living room, you can combine white walls, furniture, and even flooring.

If you like cool color schemes but want something besides the all-white look, try combining cool white with soft, silvery shades of gray. Soft gray is a fairly common color when it comes to both living room furniture and rugs. But since white is a versatile neutral, you can pair white walls with virtually any shade of furniture!

11. Rosy Pink

Photo of a pink, velvet sofa, plant, and coffee table.

Pink isn’t used too often in the world of interior design. But depending on the shade of pink you choose and the colors you pair it with, pink can offer a soft, warm ambiance that few other colors can. Rosy pink tends to be easier to incorporate than ultra-loud shades of hot pink and magenta.

A pink velour sofa is a memorable statement piece you can incorporate into a pale neutral color scheme. Pink does tend to go well with white, but to make sure your living room doesn’t end up looking like a Valentine’s Day card, add in some other colors, too. Interesting white patterns (like the patterned wall and pillows shown in the picture) can help you add it in new and interesting ways.

12. Leafy Green

Plants in modern living room interior with big comfortable leather couch and coffee table.

Green is the color of life, so it’s a fitting color to bring into your living room! And while you can certainly choose various shades of leafy green paint or even botanical wallpaper, one of the most memorable ways to bring green into your living room is via actual plants.

Lots of people place a houseplant or two in a living room. But for an unforgettable look, create an urban jungle! You can include larger plants in pots on the floor and smaller ones on shelves. And if the room supports it, you may be able to hang up a few of them too. Since plants provide a burst of living color, this setup looks nice in living rooms that are otherwise mostly neutral.

13. Taupe

Luxury living room style with taupe couch.

The name “taupe” is somewhat vague, but it’s often used to describe a grayish brown shade similar to that of the couch in the picture. Most versions of taupe are cooler neutrals that are easy to work into a variety of palettes. Layered neutral palettes seem to be especially popular for living rooms, and taupe works well here. Try combining it with various shades of cool beige, cool gray, and black.

Taupe is also a suitable backdrop for brighter colors. For something more nontraditional, try using it with ultramarine blue (or a similar shade). Cool shades of taupe tend to look good with other cool colors. Plus, this underrated shade is a nice alternative to the ubiquitous beige.

14. Teal

Fashionable living room with comfortable dark blue armchair with pillow.

Teal is a dignified, deep blue-green perfect for creating a relaxing gathering space. It’s a beautiful choice for ceramic accents and wall art, but it’s also a great color to use in larger amounts. Teal living room furniture or even a teal accent wall can really set a room apart.

Teal works best with shades of crisp white. But if you would prefer a little less contrast, it also goes well with soft, cool grays, taupe, and some shades of beige. Teal is surprisingly versatile, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

15. Tangerine Orange

Interior of modern living room with tangerine orange wall.

Orange is a color that many people regard as being too bright or too energetic to be used in large doses, at least when it comes to designing interiors. But tangerine orange’s wonderful vividness will impart a cheerful mood to your living room if you incorporate it carefully.

Tangerine makes a brilliant and bold wall color. But the key to success here is also adding some darker, cooler shades to balance it. An orange living room wall will pair nicely with dark brown couches and chairs. or if you want to include an almost-complementary color, try navy blue furniture instead. It’s also helpful to include a good bit of cooler shades of white.

16. Sage Green

Vaulted ceiling living room with large windows overlooking beautiful view.

Sage is currently trending in the interior design world, but it also seems to never go out of style. It’s a distinguished shade that can add character to a room, and it’s ideal for living rooms and kitchens.

In a living room, sage is most commonly seen as a wall color. It works almost like a neutral in most palettes, so it tends to look nice with other neutral shades. Seagrass rugs look especially good in rooms with sage walls. Various shades of cool beige, taupe, wood tones, and white are also excellent choices. 

17. Silver

Modern interior design of living area with silver furniture.

Gray is a popular shade for walls, furniture, and even flooring. But if you want to take things up a notch, you might consider going for silver. Whether you’re including actual silver metallics or just shimmery, satin-finished chairs like the ones in the picture, this cool yet dynamic color makes a stunning, if unusual, choice.

Depending on how you incorporate it, silver can look light and sparkly or solid and steely. If you want to add a magical touch to a room, try including sheer silver curtains! Or if you want just a little of this color, include silver hardware on appliances or furniture and hang a silver picture frame or two on the wall.

18. Wood Tones

Amazing grand new luxury home with wood tones.

Whether your living room has wood flooring, wood-paneled walls, or even just a couple of pieces of wooden furniture, wood tones can really shape the mood of a room. The particular wood finishes you choose are important, too! A lot of wood flooring has a medium, honey-like tone that can impart a sense of warmth to your living room.

If you want to craft a moodier look, you might prefer darker finishes. Or if you’re going for an industrial look, you might opt for distressed wood or finishes that make the wood appear to be somewhat aged. Wood tones form a great base for a mostly-neutral color scheme like the one seen in the picture. But since finished wood is almost always neutral, you can pair it with just about any other color you wish.

19. Ultramarine Blue

Modern living room interior with Ultramarine Blue wall.

Ultramarine is a shade of blue that is simultaneously incredibly deep and incredibly bright. That’s because the original pigment was made using powdered lapis lazuli. For some, it’s a little too vivid for a wall color. But if you want your living room to include a cool color that’s also high-energy, ultramarine is a great option.

As you can see in the pictured living room, ultramarine looks great alongside crisp white. In particular, white couches, wall hangings, etc. placed in front of ultramarine walls look especially memorable. You can choose to keep it a two-color palette if you wish. But if you want to add a little more visual interest in the form of warmer colors, try including a few yellow accents.

20. Peach

Cozy living room interior with peach walls.

If you want your living room to feel cozy but not suffocating, consider including peach-colored walls, furniture, or both. This delicate shade looks good with white and some shades of very pale beige.

But as you may have guessed, a color scheme like this can start to seem a little too ethereal without a darker color to ground it. Black will usually seem too harsh, but dark brown is generally a good choice. You don’t need a lot of it to successfully ground the room, either: even a dark coffee table will do.

21. Caramel

Basement living room with caramel walls.

Looking for an uncommon warm neutral? Autumn-inspired caramel might be your answer. It’s a color you may have seen used for leather furniture. But as you can see in the pictured living room, caramel is also a cozy wall color.

If you want to go with caramel walls, you might consider crafting a palette of mostly warm neutrals. Medium-brown leather and/or wooden furniture works well here, and so will pale shades of warm beige. Of course, only including warm neutrals might start to make you feel boxed in. To make sure there’s balance, make sure to include a good bit of white, too.

22. Mint Green

Modern living room interior with mint green walls.

Mint green is a light, refreshing shade perfect for those who enjoy pastels. Like many similar colors, it’s often used as a wall color. Mint green walls go well with cool white wall trim, wood flooring, and/or white or off-white rugs.

While you can add bright colors like hot pink (as shown in the photo), you can also include only cooler colors for a more soothing palette. Navy blue is dark enough to ground the color scheme, while cobalt blue is bright enough to help give the room a balanced energy. Mint is pale enough that it often functions similarly to a neutral, so it can be a fun color to experiment with!

23. Brick

Living room interior in loft apartment with brick wall.

Reclaimed and repurposed spaces are all the rage right now. So if your home has a living room with an exposed brick wall, it adds an exciting element to your decor! You can really lean into the industrial look with clean-lined, gray furniture and gray floors, or you can create unexpected contrast with richly-colored velour couches and chairs.

Rooms with a brick wall look especially fresh with a lot of natural light and some greenery, too. You might want to consider including a few larger houseplants to add a burst of color!

24. Mustard Yellow

Cozy living room interior with vintage mustard yellow couch.

If you like vintage-inspired looks, you’ll almost certainly appreciate the unique character of mustard yellow. This color is most commonly seen in couches, chairs, and other types of furniture; it’s not often seen as a wall color.

Mustard yellow furniture is often paired with blue walls or accents. But if you want your living room to be a little different, let yourself be inspired by this unusual palette. The boldness of a mustard yellow couch is balanced out by the delicate look of pastel pink walls and white furniture. This look might not be for everyone, but it’s a great fit for the adventurous!

25. Khaki

Basement in luxury home with khaki furniture.

You almost certainly know khaki as a color for pants, but it also works nicely as a color for living room furniture. It’s often seen incorporated into layered neutral palettes. That said, khaki lends itself to pairing with a number of other colors. Try including pillows, rugs, and/or throws in rich shades like navy blue or emerald green.

Alternatively, if you like neutral wall colors but want something a little different, try khaki walls! You can use them as part of a soft neutral palette or as a backdrop for rich, intensely-colored couches and chairs.

26. Gold

Luxury living room interior with gold hardware.

If you want to create a living room that’s as glamorous as it is welcoming, try incorporating gold. How much to include in your living room is a matter of personal preference. Something as simple as adding a couple of shimmering gold pillows to a leather couch can look good.

But if you’re going for a more overtly glamorous look like that of the pictured living room, don’t be afraid to add more noticeable amounts of the color. Gold hardware and accents on furniture are a smart place to start, and gold chandeliers can also look especially nice. And when you surround gold fixtures with warm beige and other gold-adjacent colors, the whole room will have an appealing golden glow.

27. Pale Gray

Spacious living room interior with pale grey corner couch, big modern art painting, and fireplace.

Lots of people gravitate to the dark, grounding appeal of charcoal gray. But there’s something to be said for quieter, softer variants of gray as well. Using a few different pale grays along with white is a great way to make a grayscale palette. And as you can see in the pictured living room, it’s a look that goes well with a lot of natural light.

Pale gray couches are an especially easy way to achieve this look, but you don’t have to feel limited there. Misty, cloudy grays also make outstanding wall colors. They look great with greens, blues, and other cooler colors.

28. Robin’s Egg Blue

High ceiling robin's egg living room with white leather couch.

If you like shades of blue that remind you of spring, robin’s egg blue is an ideal choice for a living room. This subtle yet cheerful shade is ideal for a wall color. It looks great with ivory or white furniture. Go with ivory for a vintage-inspired aesthetic, or choose white for a modern look with sharper contrast.

Since it’s a color inspired by nature, robin’s egg blue also pairs well with earthy green shades and/or actual plants. A seagrass rug and a few olive accent pillows can sometimes be enough to ground the look.

29. Warm Beige

Modern living room with beige walls.

There are seemingly endless shades of beige, and warmer hues can give your living room an enveloping feel. Warmer shades of beige do well in complex and layered palettes. And as you can see in the picture, they also look nice with various shades of yellow and wood tones.

Don’t be afraid to mix saturations of warm beige in this context, either. If you’re going for a monochromatic or almost-monochromatic living room palette, consider paler beige and walls behind couches and/or rugs in more saturated shades of beige.

30. Tawny Beige

Tawny room interior design and wooden wall background.

If you like the look of warm beige described above but are going for something a little more rugged, tawny beige might be a good choice. This is a shade similar to that of natural jute rugs and some pale wood finishes.

As you can see in the pictured living room, tawny beige lends itself to use in some more unusual palettes. Wood paneling like this makes a great backdrop for paler beige or taupe furniture. Or if you prefer, you can also include tawny beige as an accent color with a jute or seagrass rug.

31. Burgundy

Two burgundy armchairs in grey living room interior with red drape.

Burgundy is a rich wine red that can give your living room a sophisticated edge. It’s important to incorporate it carefully, though, as too much can start to feel suffocating. Burgundy velour furniture in particular looks quite soft and inviting. If you’re up for adding metallic accents, burgundy also goes nicely with gold.

Try pairing burgundy furniture with charcoal gray walls and/or rugs. But use this combination with caution; include plenty of white and natural light to balance out the darkness and high saturation of both charcoal and burgundy.

32. Navy Blue

Navy blue living room interior with armchairs.

Navy blue might be a classic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find new and inventive ways to add it to your decor! If you’re fond of dramatic wall colors, navy is perfect. It’s a nice backdrop for grays, whites, and soft beiges, and it also looks nice with silver or gold wall hangings.

This stately backdrop also does quite well with eclectic interiors. Furniture in shades of yellow and various neutrals will appear perfectly unified in front of a navy wall or two. Since navy is quite dark, it’s critically important to make sure that there are plenty of much lighter colors in the mix, too.

33. Dusty Rose

Stylish living room interior with pastel pink velvet sofa with pillows and trendy grey chair.

Shades of pale pink can look quite nice in living rooms. But if you want something a little more muted than most pink shades, try dusty rose! This vintage-inspired shade looks good in mostly-pink palettes, but it’s also excellent when used alongside deep, cool colors. For instance, a dusty rose couch will look especially stunning in front of an emerald green or navy blue wall!

Alternatively, if you like this color but only want to use a little of it, dusty rose is also a great accent color. It does well when sprinkled throughout darker living room palettes. Charcoal, hunter green, emerald green, and navy are all great backdrops.

34. Royal Purple

Modern white living room interior with purple decorations.

A living room that’s entirely royal purple might be too much. But if you incorporate smaller elements like the pictured room, royal purple can offer you a surprising and unusual contrast. As you can see, this deep, cool color looks good with cool white.

Of course, if you love purple and want to incorporate more of it, purple couches or chairs are a bold way to do so. And if you want your living room to have a truly regal look, you might include purple velour furniture with gold metal frames. Purple curtains really help tie this look together, too.

35. Celery Green

Living room with celery green walls and brown sofa.

Celery is sage’s lesser-used cousin, but it’s ideal if you want a similar shade that’s just a little warmer. Like sage, celery is most commonly seen as a wall color. It looks good with wood flooring and exposed beams if you have them. And it’s also a great companion for soft shades of beige or khaki.

Pairing celery with beiges and wood tones will give you a vintage-inspired look. But if you prefer something more modern, it can also look good with stark white. In particular, it looks nice with white window trim and wall trim. If you want to include an accent color, opt for autumn-inspired shades like burnt orange and golden yellow.

36. Ash Blue

Light blue pillow on an ash blue couch in bright living room interior.

Ash blue is essentially a pale bluish gray. Some shades lean more toward blue or gray. In some cases, it seems nearly impossible to determine whether ash blue is truly gray or truly blue!

Fortunately, for the purposes of interior design, that doesn’t matter. But ash blue is ideal if you want a soft neutral or near-neutral that’s a bit more interesting than white. This color looks good with both pale gray and pale blue, and the overall palette becomes more interesting if you include both. This color scheme does best with a grounding color. And as seen in the room pictured, black and white patterned flooring is ideal for that purpose. Black grounds the color scheme, but the inclusion of white ensures the overall look isn’t too dark.

37. Bright Yellow

Bright yellow interior of living room.

This vibrant shade is commonly seen as an accent color in darker palettes. But if you’re up for a cheerful and energetic gathering space, it also makes an excellent wall color for a living room! Depending on your individual tastes, you might prefer a single accent wall or an entire room bathed in yellow.

Of course, the sheer brightness of yellow means that it looks best with deep, cool accents. Navy blue and denim blue are both great choices here. You can incorporate them in smaller amounts with accent pillows and the like. But if you think your living room still needs to cool down a little, opt for blue couches or area rugs. Shades of cool white are also helpful; they may be bright, but they’ll help cool down the space.

38. Turquoise

Trendy comfortable room with turquoise tones.

Turquoise jewelry offers you a vibrant way to stand out from the crowd. Likewise, turquoise paint, furniture, and room accents will make your living room stand out, too! If you find the prospect of all-turquoise walls to be overwhelming, the pictured living room offers a relatively easy fix. You can try incorporating turquoise as just one color in a unique, geometric wall design. If you prefer wallpaper, you might also want to consider one patterned in turquoise and white.

Darker colors are essential to balance out the high energy of turquoise. Black is usually too harsh, but both charcoal gray and seal brown are great options. Both are relatively common shades for couches, chairs, and other living room furniture, so this combination shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve.

39. Cardinal Red

Living room with red and yellow walls and fireplace in old American house.

Red is a bold and high-energy color, and plenty of people regard it as being too energetic for most interiors. But if you use it with some restraint and have a solid strategy for incorporating it, red can really breathe life into a living room.

Start with a partially red Persian-style rug and go from there. Red chairs or couches can be great additions, as can red accent walls. If you like the color red but would prefer to use a smaller amount, you might prefer including neutral chairs and couches but adding red throws and accent pillows. If you find you want more red in the room, you can always add it over time.

40. Charcoal Gray

Grey couch in living room with flower wallpaper and lamp on table.

We’ve already mentioned that charcoal gray is a great companion for a number of living room colors. But if you really love this smoky and alluring shade, you can make it the centerpiece of your color scheme, too. For example, the charcoal gray walls pictured in the living room above create a bold backdrop for a complex and beautiful floral backdrop.

This color scheme also goes well with couches in different gray shades, and the pictured living room offers great inspiration for using both. As you can see, the wall, couch, accent pillows and throws, and rug are all various hues of gray. However, the reddish-pink wall hanging, gold lamps, and green plants add bursts of other colors that keep the overall palette from getting too dark (or boring).

41. Cobalt Blue

Blue living room interior with a white couch, grey armchair and marble decorations.

If you like ultramarine but need something a little tamer, try cobalt. This pretty shade of blue excels as a wall color, especially when accompanied by soft, cool neutrals like white and gray. And if you find plain cobalt walls too overpowering, try breaking up the color with a few mostly-white wall hangings.

That said, cobalt walls might be too much for some rooms. In this case, you can still incorporate the color in smaller doses. If your walls are white, try hanging black and white photos with cobalt frames. On neutral-colored furniture, cobalt accent pillows are also a nice choice. Or if you want a little more of this dynamic blue, go for cobalt furniture. This blue shade has become more popular over the last few years, so cobalt furniture is easier to find than you might think.

42. Lime Green

Lime green pillows on couch in beautiful living area.

Lime green is a cheerful, summery shade that’s ideal for those looking to create interesting and memorable living spaces. And even in small doses, this trendy shade can add a burst of color and energy to your living room. As you can see in the pictured room, lime green looks good in patterns with white, blue, and/or gray. But it’s also appealing all by itself.

Even though lime green is technically a cool color, its yellow undertones make it a high-energy shade. Consequently, it’s a good idea to include some cooler shades in your palette. You don’t have to only choose cool shades, though: as you can see in the pictured living room, warm white walls and a rug still go nicely with lime!

43. Slate Blue

Cozy living room with slate blue walls.

Dignified shades of blue-gray are a great way to add some distinction to your living room. Slate blue is an especially nice shade to choose: it’s dark enough that it adds a pleasing contrast against lighter colors. It’s also perfect if you like charcoal gray but want something with more blue undertones.

Slate blue is a great dramatic wall color. It’s also a surprisingly effective backdrop for lighter shades of blue. This type of palette does well with soft shades of beige and other brown-adjacent neutrals. And if you want to add in some sparkle, try adding a gold lamp or two.

44. Golden Yellow

Living room with fire place and golden yellow walls.

We already took a look at bright yellow and how it actually makes an effective wall color for a living room. Golden yellow tones tone down the brightness a bit while still maintaining yellow’s warmth.

This shade goes well with burnt orange, olive, and sage, as these colors are all reminiscent of autumn. When adding golden yellow into a living room color scheme, most people try to add some cooler influences. But if you really want to lean into this color’s vivid energy, you can try pairing it with shades of orange and red!

45. Cool Beige

Family with little daughter on sofa in cool beige living room.

Beige is a color that seems to be everywhere, so it’s understandable to be a little hesitant to make it a major part of your living room color scheme. But as you can see in the photo, beige can actually form a welcoming, modern color scheme. The room in the picture is a great example; the cool beige walls and couch work together to create a color scheme similar to the super-modern all-white living room. However, the softer look makes it feel a bit cozier.

That said, if you have a living room that is 100% beige, it might start to feel a little dull. You could try adding green plants like the example picture, and you also can incorporate interesting room accents. For instance, a colorful art piece or an area rug with an interesting pattern can really help make the room unique.

46. Emerald Green

Attic living room with emerald green furniture and brick wall.

Articles on interior design tend to extol the virtues of emerald green walls. And while that’s certainly a beautiful choice, the example living room shows you that a plush emerald green couch can really transform your living space as well. Emerald looks great with a range of colors, and those seeking a great contrast might appreciate seeing it against shades of rosy pink.

If you don’t want to add in pink accessories, you might be thankful to know that emerald couches also look great against brick walls! And as you can see in the picture, they look equally nice along white walls.

47. Powder Blue

White and powder blue living room interior with Scandinavian futon sofa.

For those who love shades of delicate blue, powder blue is an excellent choice for decor. Powder blue is a common choice for nurseries, but that doesn’t mean it won’t go beautifully in your living room as well! 

This soft hue is primarily seen as a wall color. But alongside (or instead of) painting a wall powder blue, you can opt for pastel blue accent pillows, chairs, rugs, or even couches. It’s a fantastic color for patterned wallpaper, too. As for colors to combine with powder blue, soft whites, pale grays, and even tan, beige, or taupe seem to go well. Adding a small black or dark brown chair, coffee table, etc. can be useful when it comes to grounding.

48. Electric Purple

Closeup of white comfortable couch with pink blanket and purple and blue pillows.

If you like both purple and energetic palettes, you might love electric purple! This intense color can certainly help you create a non-traditional living room. And if you’re going for a 90s vibe, pairing electric purple with teal is the way to go.

To keep your living room from getting overly loud, it’s a good idea to sprinkle electric purple (and other colors, if you wish) into a room that is mostly white or another pale neutral.

49. Rust Red

Rust red couch next to window in cozy living room interior.

Rust red is an interesting color. It’s not quite red and not quite brown, and its muted nature makes it a great choice for those who are hesitant to try to incorporate brighter reds.

The living room in the photo shows how rust red can look nice against white walls. But if you really want a warm aesthetic inspired by autumn, consider pairing a rust-red couch with golden yellow walls!

50. Warm White

Empty poster frame on warm white wall in living room interior with modern furniture and decorative green arch.

Warm whites are soft, soothing shades that sit somewhere between stark white and cream. And as you can see in the picture, they’re a good option for those seeking the all-white look. Warm whites look good in neutral palettes, and you can ground them easily with darker wood tones.

51. Olive Green

Elegant classic green living room with fireplace and piano.

When viewed out of context, olive green might seem too dull. There’s even one shade called “olive drab.” But when used well, olive green can look surprisingly cozy! As the pictured living room illustrates, olive green is actually a nice wall color.

If you go this route, make sure you have plenty of white or very pale beige to balance out the darkness of olive. This look also does well with various wood tones and shades of brown leather furniture. And if you find that the aesthetic is becoming a little too rustic, try adding a handful of gold accents.

What Is the Best Color for Your Living Room?

There’s no single best color to choose for your living room. And as you can see from the above suggestions, nearly any color will work in the right context. Choose your living room color carefully, and you’ll have a room you can enjoy for decades to come.