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50 Energetic and colorful living room design ideas

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Designing a colorful living room scheme can be an exciting design challenge to take on in your home, helping to make your space feel warm, comfortable and extremely inviting. This area is where family and friends commune for entertaining, so it’s an excellent idea to create a bright and cheerful living space. The room will help to energize and invigorate everyone, leaving them feeling blissful and content.

It’s an easy task to design a living room space that is colorful and vivacious. You can select bold prints, fabrics, furnishings, patterned wall coverings and fun accessories to add splashes of color to help achieve your goal. Even a couple of bright items would be just enough to generate a bold statement in a neutral hued room. We have gathered together a vast collection of living rooms to give you plenty of inspiration to choose from to help you with your own home decorating. As you scroll through the images, you will notice that we have given you some fun tips to help you achieve the look!

If you are interested in seeking further inspiration, have a look at our past article on 31 Bright and colorful kitchen design inspirations, or our informative article on How to use color to tie an entire room together. Enjoy!

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Create a Focal Point: Surrounded by chairs and popping against the clean white interior, a distressed blue coffee table serves as the focal point of this living space. To make pops of color stand out even more in a neutral room, repeat bright colors only a few times, such as in one or two pieces of artwork or accessories.

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Create a Unique Display: Get creative with your living room decor by mixing thrift store finds and bargain buys into a fun, colorful gallery. In this room, lovely prints in mismatched frames helps to break up the striped wallpaper. To achieve coordination in an eclectic look, carry a common color theme throughout the accessories. In the above vignette, the greens and oranges that color the prints are also splashed on the throw and pillows.

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Add a Burst of Color: If you are having trouble setting your color scheme, look to a piece of your favorite fabric or accessory to set the tone. Here, an ottoman doubles as a coffee table which served as the starting point for this energetic color palette. Bright orange pillows and curtains, coupled with a calming blue painting and lamp, pull colors from the fabric.

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Bright and colorful surfer-chic beach house

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Create a Beachy Theme: Escape to an indoor oasis anytime you wish with a beach-inspired living room. Pair a wicker chair and comfy floor cushions with calming oceanic blue walls. To carry the look, incorporate other beachy motifs, such as a striped rug reminiscent of a beach towel. Incorporate flecks of coral and orange accents infuse warmth into the space.

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Enhance Neutrals: Even when you are creating a colorful living room, you don’t need to completely swear off neutrals. Here, pops of blue and yellow kick up the volume against a background of gray.

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Mixing Patterns: Fabulously bold patterned curtains dress up white walls and serve as the inspiration for the above living room’s color scheme. Even though the curtains and the rug underfoot contain different patterns, they do feature the same colors, therefore complementing one another. Select furnishings with solid fabrics within the color scheme, adding stability and separate the patterns, like this blue sofa and green chair.

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Create a Cheerful Color Scheme: Blue and yellow makes a great color combination, as this bright and cheerful room suggests. Varying hues of each color work collaboratively to create a youthful, family-friendly gathering place. A blue sofa, chair and walls create a perfect backdrop for yellow accessories to shine, just like the sun in the sky. The blue tile on the fireplace surround is the perfect pop of color to polish off the look.

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Alternate Accessories: Use a neutral background as the canvas for pops of bright color, clean lines, and patterns. In this living room, a coat of chic beige paint, a traditional fireplace, and soft colored sofa flanked by bold purple chairs lends a foundation to the bright art, pillows and accessories, which helps to keep the room from looking cold. When you feel like a change in the color scheme, simply swap out the accessories for a whole new look!

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White Canvas: Color packs an extra punch when used against white walls. Using colorful pillows, fabrics and accessories helps to offset the stark white walls in this living room.

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Add Some Retro Red: Layered hues of red and brown mingle to add dimension to this space. The horizontal wood paneling and red cabinets give off a warm, retro vibe. Backless shelving offers a display for art and photographs.

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Red and green form one of the complementary color pairings on the color wheel, which means they are an eye-pleasing duo. This living room proves that the color scheme can be pulled off without looking Christmas-y. A citron green hue wakes up the walls, and brick red colors the room’s accessories. Using gray as a neutral would have created a more sophisticated look, but a sandy beige was used instead to set a casual tone within the vibrant space.

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The secret to taming a fiery red? Balance it with pops of white. A smattering of dove white wall accents with the white fireplace, chair rail, and coffee table keep the bold color in check.

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Create a Bold Statement: Be brave and select a primary color that creates a statement, such as this vibrant yellow. Punches of blue and pink accessories adds lively blocks of accent colors, and a classic black-and-white area rug and artwork ensure that color does not overwhelm the eye.

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Pops of magenta and chartreuse can liven up Exclusive Plum (SW 6263) for a more energetic space. Below are the colors that were used in this space.

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Photo Sources: 1. Maria Killam, 2. Rachel Reider Interiors, 3. BHG via Planete Deco, 4. Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors, 5. Pinterest, 6. Atelier Natalie Umbert, 7. Mark Williams Design Associates, 8. Rachel Reider Interiors, 9. Pinterest, 10. BHG, 11. House to Home, 12. BHG, 13. Wayfair, 14. Rachel Reider Interiors, 15. Our Style Stories, 16. BHG, 17. Ballard Designs, 18. Artonkels, 19. Bashford & Dale Interior Design, 20. BHG, 21. Rachel Whiting Photographer, 22. BHG, 23. Mona Ross Berman Interiors, 24. Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors, 25. BHG, 26. Emily Henderson, 27. Flickr, 28. BHG, 29. Inspired by Charm, 30. Layla Grayce, 31. BHG, 32. Pinterest, 33. Mi Casa Revista, 34. Pinterest, 35. BHG, 36. Rachel Reider Interiors, 37. Pinterest, 38. Style at Home, 39. Dona Rosene Interiors, 40. BHG, 41. Pinterest, 42. Stacy Garcia, 43. BHG, 44. Simon Whitmore, 45. Kati Curtis Design, 46. Pinterest, 47. – 48. BHG, 49. Tobi Fairley, 50. Sherwin-Williams

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