WRITTEN BY AMANDA POLLARD
The shade you choose to paint your living room walls really comes down to the atmosphere you’re hoping to create. Whether you want a bright, cheerful space, a tranquil haven or a moody and intimate chill-out zone, these gorgeous rooms offer some inspiration.
Embrace gray. Gray is such a popular shade, and this room illustrates why we continue to love it – it’s chic and relaxing at the same time. Gray also looks great with most other hues, so it’s a versatile choice for a living room. Here, the soft gray walls help the jewel tones of the pink and yellow pillows stand out, and they also emphasize the crisp white of the wooden shutters and window frames.
Be bold. If you love brights and their energizing qualities, there are ways to embrace them without overwhelming a space. Here, for instance, the bright coral is tempered by the neighboring pale pink wall and the wall of white storage. The designers also made the look work by opting for mainly black and white accessories, then adding just a few complementary zingy colors via the artwork and pillows.
Add a wall of sunshine. Another way to nail the bold look is with the tried-and-true fireplace-wall tactic. In this room, sunshine yellow brings the feel-good factor. Although the yellow makes a huge impact, the adjacent white walls keep things light and airy.
Stick to neutrals. This inviting space has been given a warm glow with a combination of plywood cabinetry and off-white walls. The room is quite open with glass on either side, but the warm caramel tones throughout the space help it feel snug and inviting.
Accents of black and gray work well in the modern space, as they help balance out the pale brown hues.
Get the moody blues. Dark blue walls are a great choice for a living room, as they make a space feel more intimate and also form a dramatic backdrop for artwork and furniture. The room here is open and vast, but the deep blue walls create a snug atmosphere. The sleek lines and light colors of the furniture stand out beautifully in front of such a contrasting shade. Want to up the cozy factor? Consider painting the ceiling the same color.
Paint it black. Black walls in a living room might seem like a bizarre idea, but this space shows how it can work. Here, the far wall is a matte charcoal, and the cabinetry behind the sofa is an even darker shade. The colors work because they’re teamed with natural brick and wood, as well as soft red patterned fabrics, all of which add layers of texture and warmth to the matte.
Keep calm with green. For a super tranquil living room, consider painting the walls a soft pale green. The walls here give the space a soothing feel and seem to merge with the view of the backyard. The pink tones of the pillows and armchair add to the relaxing atmosphere, as does the choice of plush velvet upholstery.
Think pink. It’s a tricky one to get right, but if you choose the right shade, a pink living room can be chic and sophisticated and not at all sweet or girlie. The key is to go for a very pale tone that almost works as a neutral. Here, the soft pink wall is a lovely backdrop to a palette of grays and corals. The colors combine for a cool, contemporary look.