32 living room colour ideas
By Ellie Reeves | 27th October 2023 | 8 min read
Bold hues and soothing shades for the cosiest room in the house
Your living room's colour scheme sets the mood for the entire space. For a calming atmosphere, immerse yourself in the soothing embrace of nature-inspired shades such as greiges, caramels, ocean blues, and botanical greens. If you want your lounge to be a real show-stopper, opt for burnt oranges, powerful violets, punchy teals and other energising shades that radiate confidence.
At B&Q, you’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing paint colours for your lounge. From sumptuous Farrow & Ball shades to the latest trends from the experts at Craig & Rose and Dulux – we’ll help you find the right shade to elevate your interior design. Carry on reading for living room paint colour ideas and décor inspiration.
1. Fresh neutrals
Step into a serene and inviting neutral living room that effortlessly combines elegance with comfort. Eddy No.301 from Farrow & Ball sets the stage with its subtle beige hue. The neutral colour palette, consisting of soft creams and warm beiges, creates a calming atmosphere. Natural elements, such as the wooden coffee table and the potted plants, bring a sense of tranquility and connection to the outdoors.
2. Mushroom beige
Whether hosting intimate gatherings or enjoying a peaceful evening alone, this neutral living room provides a haven of comfort and style. The walls have been coated with GoodHome Naturéa Mushroom Velvet matt, a warm shade of beige inspired by nature. Paired with black, white, and cream furniture and soft accessories – this beige living room exudes understated luxury.
3. Umber brown
Bring some retro sophistication to your living room with Pentland from Craig & Rose, a gentle, shaded umber brown. This warm burnt brown with rust undertones is a wonderful colour for creating a cosy living room. Pair with natural materials like wood, hessian, and jute for an organic feel.
4. Gentle beige
The neutral colour palette of this beige living room creates a welcoming ambiance. The plush sofa offers comfort, while the sleek coffee table and stylish lighting fixtures add a touch of elegance. With a sophisticated soft matt finish, Laura Ashley Natural emulsion paint covers the walls. Whether you are hosting a gathering or winding down after a long day, this neutral living room offers the perfect balance between luxury and comfort.
5. Boho neutrals
Fill your living room with a blend of neutral shades and blush pinks for a Bohemian vibe. This glowing living room combines grey and white furniture, light oak flooring and cream accessories. Grandeco blush plaster effect wallpaper covers one of the walls to create a gorgeous feature, whilst the other three walls have been coated in a light cream shade.
6. Scandi grey
This effortlessly cool living room harmoniously blends subtle shades of blue and grey. The powdery and cloud-like blue of Swedish Blue from Craig & Rose takes centre stage, creating a serene and calming atmosphere. This shade pairs beautifully with Scandi furniture and mid-century modern accessories, adding a touch of sophistication to the space. Complementing the Swedish Blue is Steel Pole, also from Craig & Rose, a rich and greyish blue that evokes memories of popular pastel-blues from the Art Deco era.
7. Navy and mustard
Yellow and blue sit directly opposite each other on the RGB colour wheel. These two shades create what’s called a complementary colour harmony. In other words, they are a match made in heaven. This charming blue and yellow living room combines navy with light mustard to create a look that’s totally on trend. Pair GoodHome Naturéa Siskin velvet matt emulsion with GoodHome Vence matt emulsion to recreate this combination in your own lounge.
8. All the blues
Don’t be afraid of sticking to just one colour when decorating. The walls in this confident blue living room have been coated with Payne’s Grey from Craig & Rose, a dark iron blue with warm grey undertones. This bold and impactful living room skilfully layers different shades of blue using azure furniture, accessories, and art.
9. Earthy blue
Nature and design blend seamlessly together in this relaxing blue living room, painted in shade Kittiwake No.307 from Farrow & Ball. The soft, earthy colour palette enhances the organic feel, evoking a sense of peace and calm. The thoughtful placement of furniture and curated decor invites you to relax, whether it be admiring the abstract art or resting on the plush sofa.
10. Deep navy
Indulge in the lavish elegance of a navy blue living room, boasting deep, rich tones and luxurious accents. The metallic accents throughout the room – in both the wallpaper and cushions – add a touch of glamour and drama, making a bold statement. The dark green armchair invites you to unwind and forget the outside world, while the teal footrest offers an extra pop of colour.
11. Pink and blue
Tailor Tack and Kittiwake from Farrow & Ball sets the stage with their gentle subdued tones. The top half of the walls have been coated with a light, delicate pink. While the bottom half of the walls have been painted with a clean, cool blue. Pops of green, orange, and turquoise help create a fresh and inviting environment. With ornate, detailed coving and a wonderfully detailed vintage fireplace – this living room exudes Victorian charm.
12. Charcoal navy
Add some drama to your living room with a deep charcoal blue. This mid-century inspired living room combines Hopper Head from Farrow & Ball with neutral and red accent colours. Farrow & Ball describes this classic charcoal colour as inspired by the attractively designed iron containers used to catch rainwater at the top of a downpipe. This colour creates a warm and inviting space.
13. Cobalt blue
This cobalt blue living room diner is the ultimate spot for hosting and entertaining family and friends. As soon as you step into this room, you’ll feel instantly relaxed and at ease. The bold blue panelled walls, painted in GoodHome Antibes matt emulsion, create a calming backdrop. Wooden furniture, beige furnishings, and pops of yellow create a lovely contrast.
14. Midnight blue
Admire the beauty of a dark blue living room coated with Laura Ashley Mid Seaspray emulsion paint. This blue colour envelopes the room in sophisticated style. Complementing the dark blue colour scheme is a dark brown leather armchair, inviting you to sink into its plush embrace. The blend of deep, inviting tones creates a timeless and refined living room design.
15. Cadet grey
Create a tranquil place to kick off your shoes and unwind with a calming blue colour palette with grey undertones. The use of blue is evident in every aspect of the room's design - from the navy curtains to the subtle patterns on the decorative pillows. If you want to recreate the look of this stylish blue living room in your own home, paint your walls with GoodHome Naturéa Karner Blue Velvet matt.
16. Fresh mint
Tranquil Dawn from Dulux is a soft minty green with undertones of blue and grey. This soothing shade is inspired by Mother Nature, encouraging us to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. A light green living room is the ideal place to rest and recuperate after a stressful day. Use organic materials and neutral accents to create a truly peaceful room to relax in.
17. Bottle green
The dark green walls, painted with Ottilie from Craig & Rose, provide a dramatic backdrop that instantly commands attention, creating a sense of intimacy and cosiness. The carefully curated furniture pieces, upholstered in sumptuous fabrics, complement the overall aesthetic, and add a touch of opulence. Whether used as a formal entertaining space or a tranquil retreat, this dark botanical green living room offers a refined environment for relaxation and indulgence.
18. True teal
This invigorating teal living room exudes a sense of energy and style. Featuring on-trend design choices, this space is a statement of modern sophistication. The striking blue-green teal walls, painted with GoodHome Walls & ceilings Milltown matt, create a bold backdrop that instantly commands attention. The sleek blue mid-century sofa, vibrant cushions and eye-catching artwork perfectly complement the overall aesthetic.
19. Layered greens
The walls are painted in a delicate selection of greens, evoking a sense of calm and harmony. Natural light streams in through large windows, casting a gentle glow on the room's meticulously curated décor. This green living room exudes a soothing and peaceful ambience, enticing viewers to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of Tranquil Dawn from Dulux.
20. Peacock teal and pink
Give your living room the real wow-factor with this deliciously bold shade of turquoise. Peacock Suit from Rust-Oleum is a vibrant dark teal that will add instant drama to your living space. This mesmerising shade is available as furniture paint too – so you can paint your fireplace to match the walls! The rich pink velvet armchair and botanical accessories create a stunning contrast, making the walls pop even more.
21. Light olive
For a lounge that feels light and airy, decorate with pops of light green. This olive-green living room has been painted with GoodHome Limerick matt emulsion, a calming olive shade. Pale green furnishings, cream cushions and white painted woodwork helps to give this peaceful living room a fresh feel.
22. Copper green
This vibrant turquoise living room has been painted with Fleurie from Craig & Rose, a magnificent blue-green with the warm intensity of sea glass and Verdigris. This intense shade is drenched in history, the colour has the same chemical make up as malachite (a striking green marble-like stone), which was a pigment favoured by 18th and 19th century aristocrats. Use this green-blue hue to create a show-stopping social space.
23. Vibrant orange
Step into a living room decorated with vibrant orange walls, where the warmth of the colour instantly lifts your spirits. The light wood furniture gives the room a natural vibe, whilst the grey and black accessories add contrast to the room, creating balance. This orange living room, painted in GoodHome Naturéa Crocosmia Velvet matt, is the perfect place for you to relax and have fun with your friends and family.
24. Regal red
There’s no denying it, this bold red living room is a real showstopper. This delectable red lounge, painted in Troubadour from Craig & Rose lets the walls do all the talking. Blue cushions are strategically placed to offset the intense red hue, preventing the living room from becoming overwhelmingly vibrant. For the remaining accent colours, neutral tones, such as creams, natural browns, and hints of black, provide a sophisticated balance to the crimson walls.
25. Metallic copper
Want to bring some opulence to your home? Metallic shades like copper and brass can give your living room a luxurious feel. In this mesmerising metallic living room, Artisan Aged copper special effect paint from Craig & Rose has been used to create a striking feature wall. Create a similar look or use it to coat all four walls for a truly lavish copper living room.
26. Warming red
Make a strong statement with your living room colour scheme by opting for a powerful red. Bamboozle from Farrow & Ball is a deep, fiery crimson which brings warmth to any room and fits in perfectly with traditional and modern décor schemes. This warm living space invites you to unfurl after a long day and cocoon yourself in total comfort.
27. Complementary colours: orange and blue
This wonderfully bright living room combines shades of orange, pink and lavender blue. The two tone walls have been painted with GoodHome Naturéa Crocosmia Velvet matt (a terracotta-orange shade) and GoodHome Naturéa Cloud Velvet matt (a light grey with purple-blue undertones). Pink velvet curtains, blush cushions and light blue furniture tie the living room colour scheme together.
28. Camisole pink
Balancing velvet furniture and modern accessories with country-style panelled walls and a log fire, this pale pink living room has a real country cottage feel. The walls of this cosy lounge have been coated in Camisole Pink from Craig & Rose, this shade effortlessly sets the tone for a charming and feminine ambiance. The teal-green accessories and sage green elements contrast beautifully with the differing shades of rose and pink.
29. Lavender fields
For a truly unique look, paint your living room with Brassica No.271 from Farrow & Ball, a sophisticated lavender shade with grey undertones. This shade is calming and serene, ideal for creating a relaxed lounge where you can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy some quiet time.
30. Raspberry pink
Bring some fun to your living room with a flirty pink colour scheme. The standout feature of this gorgeous space is the bold feature wall, painted with Raspberry Diva from Dulux. Scandi-style furniture and modern accessories bring the room to life. Recreate this look by painting your own feature wall or go all out and coat all four walls with this bold and beautiful shade of pink.
31. Delicate blush
This delicate hue effortlessly creates a serene atmosphere, evoking a sense of tranquility. The softness of the pink walls, painted with Tailor Tack from Farrow & Ball, perfectly complements the natural light pouring in through the windows, giving the room an airy and ethereal feel. Paired with sleek and modern furniture pieces in neutral tones, this living room design showcases the power of pale pink in creating a chic space.
32. Powder pink
Give your home a fun and flirty feel with a dusty pink living room. This charming pink lounge combines GoodHome Naturéa Old Rose velvet matt paint with pink curtains, light wooden flooring and blue accent cushions. With plenty of natural daylight and light, bright colours – this room has a fresh and welcoming atmosphere.
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