Color Scheme Secrets: 3 Formulas for Ultra Colorful Living Rooms

Color Scheme Secrets: 3 Formulas for Ultra Colorful Living Rooms

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Adrienne Breaux
Jul 31, 2015

Want to have the kind of living room that's bursting with ALL the colors? But not quite sure how to pull of a color scheme that involves so many different hues? These three no-fail formulas won't let your living room down.

1. Starting with a bold color on the wall, create a color tier

As the two rooms above illustrate, start with a really bold color on the wall that will cocoon your living room and set the tone for a colorful palette. Next, pick a secondary color that will be the most dominant color after your bold wall choice. There won't be as much of this secondary color as your wall color, but your eyes will still be able to pick this color out. Then, fill in color throughout the rest of your space evenly with any colors that complement your primary wall color and secondary color. This method will create balanced rooms that bring the bold but also feel ordered and understandable.

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

2. Embrace (measured!) maximalism

Eschew a focal point or a main color and pretty much splatter color all over the room, but in a way where the amount of each color is controlled. Fill that space up to the brim with patterns, accessories, art and more. What you'll notice in the two examples above (the first spotted on Desire to Inspire and the second on Design*Sponge) is that the color is still spread out through the space pretty evenly. The rooms don't feel "weighted" or "heavy" with color on any one spot, so the spaces still feel balanced. For those seeking a solution that isn't quite so maximalist, you'll find a good example in the photo below (found on The Everygirl). Though there are still a lot of things happening in the room, you can see how it's a bit more accessible of an idea for the average home, and still embraces the idea of spreading colors evenly throughout the space.

(Image credit: The Everygirl)

(Image credit: decor8)
(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

3. Pick pastels

If you want to play with a lot of different colors in your living room but don't want your eyes to bleed from too much boldness, you can still achieve excitement and a wide ranging color palette by sticking to soft-colored hues, pastels and other light colors. The two rooms above and the room directly below (spotted on decor8, Design*Sponge, and Inside Out Magazine respectively) showcase an impressive array of colors in their spaces, but the rooms don't feel overwhelming thanks to the hues chosen being on the softer, more pastel end of the spectrum. Those allergic to pastels but still interested in a colorful space that embraces subtly can find inspiration in the last photo of this post (found on Front + Main) that uses colors that aren't quite fully saturated nor pastel, instead featuring an array of hues with gray undertone, creating a calming space that still invigorates.

(Image credit: Front + Main)
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