Decorating with color can be a scary thing. Should you go light or bright? Should you mix or should you match? Should you go all out or be conservative? There are so many questions and an endless number of answers. But the truth is that if you follow your instincts decorating with color isn’t really that scary. And when it comes to colorful living rooms, there’s no shortage of design inspiration.
A dose of unexpected color and pattern can take a traditional living room and give it an exciting new life. This eclectic room, decorated by designer John Favreau, mixes period architectural details, traditional antiques, and a playful combination of color and pattern to create a joyful space with a hint of history.
Make a statement by placing a boldly colored sofa in front of a crisp, white wall. In this room from design duo Taylor & Taylor, the sofa, with its saturated blue upholstery and electric throw pillows, attracts the eye and becomes the room’s main focal point.
People tend to default to white – and occasionally black – when it comes to trim color. But if you really want to shake things up, consider a totally different color, as designer Heidi Pribell did here. It’s a great way to grab people’s attention and create unforgettable space.
Color blocking is the technique of combining a few different colors together in large, solid chunks, or “blocks.” And it can be used to great effect in interior design, as this colorful living room from Eileen Kathryn Boyd demonstrates. The bright, citrus colors are fun and playful, yet the color blocking technique lends an air of sophistication.
Color is a powerful decorating tool, and sometimes a little goes a long way. This living room by designer Meghan Shadrick is largely neutral, but a large piece of art and a few colorful pillows make space feel lively and playful.
Designer Tobi Fairley knows a thing or two about decorating with color, and one of the safest ways to do it is to create a neutral backdrop and then layer with colorful accessories. In this colorful living room she used rich red and blue accents to add a healthy dose of color, but should the homeowners ever want a change they can simply switch out the pillows and window treatments and create a whole new look.
Want to liven up a living room without redecorating? Colorful accessories, like these used by designer Leslie Harris Keane, are the perfect way to change a room’s tone. What could have been a serious, neutral space, is made playful with pops of colors in citrus tones.
Contemporary design is often associated with neutral color palettes, but in this modern living room, designer Kristen Rivoli used color to great effect. The red mid-century chairs, bold artwork, and Persian-style rug all contribute to the warm, comfortable atmosphere.
A room wrapped in a rich, saturated color is like the interior design version of a warm hug. To get that warm, cozy feeling, like designer Erin Williamson has done here, make sure to use a really deep, rich color that has a lot of intensity.
A colorful mural is a great way to add a sense of fun to a living room. A simple design like this one, courtesy of Set Visions makes a huge statement and is pretty easy to create. Simply choose the colors you want to use and then tape off the sections using painter’s tape. Keep in mind that a bold mural like this is most effective when it’s limited to only one wall in the room. Any more and space will start to look cluttered.