Top designers share their favorite shades for creating daring and unexpected living room color palettes that embrace bright colors and unique combinations.
Beautiful shades of turquoise and hot pink pop in this cheerful Los Angeles living room created by Design Star winner Emily Henderson. Image courtesy Emily Henderson.Use big hits of color in a living room’s palette to create a bright, airy and happy space that integrates both feminine and masculine details.
Interior designer Abbe Fenimore plays with a turquoise, neon yellow and gray color palette in this cheerful living room. A slate-gray wall is the perfect backdrop to this living area’s bright shades. Image courtesy Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25.A soft blue modular sofa shines with electric neon pillows atop it.
The classic black-and-white color palette is given a refreshing twist when blue is added to the mix. Designer Abbe Fenimore painted the walls a crisp blue to present black-and-white furnishings in a bold new way. Blue accents add hints of the wall color to the living area. Image courtesy Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25Soft Blues and Grass Green
Philadelphia-based interior designer Mona Ross Berman used a baby-blue shade that extends to the flooring with a blue- and green-patterned carpet in this cozy living space.For a room with a bright color palette like this one, temper it with a large neutral piece, like this cream-colored sofa. Image courtesy Mona Ross Berman Interiors. Grass-green elements are added to the soothing color palette with accent pieces: an upholstered ottoman, X-bench and cushions.
Mixing navy blue and brown may seem dark for a living room, but the color palette works beautifully in this cozy seating area. Designer Lindsey Coral Harper covered the wall in a lacquered navy blue, and added bits of brown with wooden frames on the side chairs and art. Image courtesy of Lindsey Coral HarperNavy Blue Meets Black and Beige
Black and navy blue may be on the dark end of the color spectrum, but they can work together to create a modern living space. In this living room designed by HGTV Design Star finalist Hilari Younger, beige, brown and white elements lighten the dark color palette. Image courtesy Hilari Younger of UfunkshenGray, Gold and Peacock Blue
Spice up a white room with golden hues, a rich peacock blue and warm gray tones. Emily Henderson has turned this living room’s reading nook into an inviting space with splashes of color that take the space from boring and basic to bold and beautiful. To get the look at home, create a feature wall with paint or wallpaper. Here, Emily added gray and gold tones with Joy Cho’s Petal Pusher wallpaper. Image courtesy Emily HendersonMint Green and Pink
Discover a unique color palette through the accessories in your home. Designer Fawn Galli’s living room, with a pastel palette of pink and green, was inspired by a pair of ikat drapes from Cambodia. Image courtesy Fawn Galli InteriorsGo Bold With Hot Pink
Hot pink may be associated with girly-girl style, but the color can also be used to brighten a neutral space. In this seating area by Abbe Fenimore, a cream sofa becomes the perfect backdrop for various shades of the juicy color. Meanwhile, green textiles on the side chair complement the bright hue. The painting in the seating area, with its brown, green and peachy tones, ties the whole room together. Image courtesy Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25Bright Berry Hues
Lindsey Coral Harper designed this daring living room study using berry delicious shades like raspberry, blueberry and mint green. In a room with bold blocks of color on the walls or built-ins, look at bringing in calming tones through furnishings. Here, light-colored seating and carpet grounds this vibrant space. Image courtesy of Lindsey Coral Harper