Picking a color scheme for the living room is often more complicated than you might first think. If you have an open floor plan, your living room adjoins your kitchen and other spaces. The colors you choose impact the entire space and by extension the rest of the house.

Choose the right colors for the living room and it sets the stage for great design for the entire space. Here’s a few tips for living room color scheme success.

Warm colored living room with honey beige floors and neutral furniture.

Warm

2022 is all about warmth. A world reeling from a pandemic craves the warmth and coziness of a home that’s less streamlined and modern and more inviting. Softer furniture, touchable textures, gathering places, and fireplaces are in demand now. Another way to achieve some warmth is with your color scheme.

Warm colors are on trend and make a great foundation for the living room color scheme. They can range from neutrals like gray and beige to something more colorful like pastels. Browns are an excellent choice for a warm palette and they blend well with most other colors.

Just about any color can be made warm. Any color with some yellow or orange added has a glow that’s perfect for the warm color scheme. Blush or peach are favorites of the moment that bring some color in a soft shade that invites warmth.

Neutral

A neutral color palette is always on trend and perfect for a living room that blends into an open floor plan. Neutrals create a clean palette to work from so you can add color and pattern in the furnishings and accents. This makes it much easier to change things up should you want to do a little refresh.

Gray continues to be a favorite neutral color. Beige is another, warmer choice that always works. Don’t forget to consider less obvious neutrals like soft greens and blues, even an understated blush can work as a neutral.

Green walls in a living room with neutral furnishings.

Green

For many trendsetters in color, green is the color of the year in 2022. Benjamin Moore selected October Mist, a silvery gray-green. Sherwin-Williams also picked a green shade: Evergreen Fog, another gray-green color. Perhaps you’re picking up on the pattern here? Sage greens are hot in 2022.

The nice thing about this gray-green color is that it easily plays the role of neutral. However, it’s a significant enough color that it also confidently can stand on its own. Try it out as the foundation of your living room color scheme for an elevated design.

White

White is always a good bet. It’s a blank canvas that you can dress up any way you like. It also makes a great accent color or stands in contrast to darker colors. There should be some form of white in every living room color scheme.

In 2022, pure, stark white has fallen by the wayside in favor of warmer whites like ivory, cream, and winter white. These beautiful colors do many of the same things as a pure white, just be careful to look out for the undertones. Most undertones are either yellow, blue, or gray. Warmer whites tend to have yellow and brown as undertones. Be sure the other colors you choose harmonize with those undertones.


Gray

Gray has been the color of the last decade. It defined kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, the whole house. It worked as a primary color in some schemes and as an accent color in others. It was on the floors, ceilings, cabinets, and throw pillows. Though warmer colors are coming into favor in 2022, that doesn’t mean gray is going anywhere anytime soon.

Gray is an excellent color to set in the center of your living room color scheme, especially if you choose other gray-influenced colors like the 2022 favorite, green-gray. It’s also perfectly acceptable as an accent color against something bolder and brighter. It brings balance to a color scheme. One up-and-coming gray that you should consider is charcoal. This darker, warmer gray is the gray to have in 2022.

 

Earthy

With focus shifting in 2022 into warmer color schemes, it has also meant the return to more earthy colors. Brown is coming back in all its coziness in various shades from beige to deep chocolate. Earthy greens like sage are also on trend. Muted pinks, oranges, and blues that mirror the sunset are also a go in 2022.

Naturally soft, earth tones are inviting and comfortable, the perfect aesthetic for a cozy living room color scheme.


Choose the right living room color scheme for your space with the warmer, softer colors on trend in 2022. These beautiful colors will create the right environment for your living room that is versatile enough for an open floor plan color scheme.

 

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