Whether you’re in a tiny apartment or a sprawling house, chances are your living room is one of the larger spaces you have to decorate. Living room color schemes can be hard for some to settle on, but it’s a choice that will have a major impact on how put together the space looks. Your color scheme can be established with every element in the room, from small accessories like coffee table books and throw pillows to the biggest pieces, like artwork and furniture. Of course, above all, wall color can make or break a living room color scheme and the overall vibe, so it’s important to carefully consider your options.
Fortunately, as these spaces from homes featured in AD prove, there’s no wrong color when it comes to living rooms. And within each color, there are plenty of shades to choose from, allowing you to fine-tune the mood. For example, you can go for an intense cherry red to create impact or try a softer pink for a more toned-down, serene look.
When choosing a color, you’ll want to look at how much natural light the room receives throughout the day and think about your other sources of lighting. Natural, fluorescent, and incandescent light can all change the look of a paint color, which is why it’s important to see the color in your space before you break out the roller and brushes.
Once you have a set of colors in mind, you’ll want to consider how and where to use it. If you’re a renter, maybe it’s easier to simply paint the trims to make a big impact on the room without spending too much time and money on something you’ll have to undo before moving out next year. If you love the combination of, say, black and red, does it make most sense to bring black in through your walls or in your furnishings? The evocativeness of color—or its absence—is the best tool in establishing a mood in your living space, so figuring out exactly what mood you’re hoping to create is essential. Browse these 31 stylish spaces to help envision your perfect living room backdrop.
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