Classic living rooms feature neutral colors for enduring style. A modern design twist combines low-intensity gray with bold purple, green, yellow, blue or orange. Using contrasting colors is another idea.
Because living areas function as entertainment rooms for family and guests, neutral color choices typically appeal to a wide variety of people. Furniture, flooring and custom window treatments that are costly or difficult to replace feature neutral beige or grays. Muted brown or sand colors are other options. Use bold colors for paint, pillows and accessories that are easy to change.
Combining gray with muted yellow or green creates a sophisticated ambiance. Use magenta with gray for a festive atmosphere. For a subtle infuse of color, use bright orange for accent pillows and layer different pale gray colors for the walls, furniture and window treatments. Another combination mixes beige with sea foam blue and grassy green to create a natural scene.
Other bolder designs for living rooms use white or neutral colors for the walls and add color to the furniture and accessories. An exotic living room features sapphire blue window treatments and a jade green sofa. A beach inspired room includes turquoise blue accessories with a navy sofa. Another room uses less intense shades of red and green to soften the contrast while adding color.