June 13, 2024

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The Most Popular Living Room Colours For 2024

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Green

most popular living room colours green
Little Greene

The ultimate in nature-inspired decoration, green is the most popular living room colour for 2024. The versatility of green makes it a bit of a gift in interior design, but doesn’t make it easier to narrow down your choice of colour combination – as a general rule, paler shades can desaturate rooms with lots of warm oranges and pinks, and deep greens are a great accent for neutral rooms.

Pictured: Belton Scenic Wallpaper and Ambleside paint, both at Little Greene

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Grey

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Cristian Barnett

There is always an argument for not fighting the natural characteristics of your home. If you have little natural light, or particularly low ceilings, it can be worth leaning into the cosiness of it all with a wash of grey on your walls.

Read more: Design tips and tricks for decorating a small living room

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Blue

most popular living room colours blue
Rachel Whiting

The first of three blue shades on our list. If you introduce a heavy dose of blue into your living room colour scheme, there can be a tendency to pare back decoration elsewhere. It’s certainly not the only design route however, as you can see here, adding rust reds, warm mustard shades and piles of pattern makes for a warm and inviting space.

Pictured: Country Living Kirkton Sofa at DFS

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White

most popular living room colours
Carpetright

A much-maligned colour for parents and pet owners, but one that is hard to beat in a country living room. White can look stark or overly pristine, which can be offset by introducing warming elements such as painted wood, and a sumptuous off-white carpet.

Pictured: Country Living Camber Sands Carpet at Carpetright

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Black

most popular living room colours black
Mark Bolton Photography

Despite being one of the boldest of design decisions, black living rooms are proving more popular than classic cream. Decorating with black will naturally take a bit more consideration, but as a general rule of thumb, we would always be inclined to use an off-black – one that leans towards graphite grey, or mixed with a softening blue – with a subtle sheen to better catch natural light.

Read more: Warm and cocooning rooms to inspire

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Cream

red corner sofa in a cream living room
Neptune

Classic cream came in sixth place, perhaps indicative of a move away from neutrals. Cream certainly doesn’t have to be plain, however, if you just consider it a base from which to build a richer living room colour scheme. We love the letterbox red used here on the room partition – a clever design device for rooms that lack natural light

Read more: Colour therapist reveals 5 interior colours to boost wellbeing

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Teal

most popular living room colours
Darlings of Chelsea

Green-toned blues offer a bit more warmth than mid or light blues, an effect that can be further pronounced with the use of burnt orange or shades of reds. Teal is a particularly good choice if you tend to decorate with antiques as it sits so well with traditional woods such as mahogany or walnut.

Pictured: Tidworth Chair at Darlings of Chelsea

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Navy

navy blue shelving in a living room
Mark Bolton Photography

If you’re decorating with a rich navy, take your design cues from this characterful country living room with bespoke bookshelves. A rich navy can look inky or even black without adequate natural light, but an abundance of bright accessories helps. Note too that the paint is taken up onto the ceiling and even matched in the sweet velvet curtain – a case for colour drenching smaller rooms for a cocooning effect.

Read more: The best paint colours to make a small room look bigger

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Beige

most popular living room colours
Loaf

The warmest neutral on our list, beige is a great choice if you want a light but cocooning colour for your living room. Pale pastels may not be an instinctive colour pairing here, but we love how fresh and uplifting this room looks.

Pictured: Crumpet sofa at Loaf

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Pink

most popular living room colours 2023
Rachel Whiting

Pink has been slowly creeping back into interiors – Dulux’s colour of the year 2024 is a soft blush – hastened only by the popularity of the Barbie movie. But the real-world take is far more moderate, favouring a whisper-soft rose, natural clay or reddish mauve.

Pictured: Country Living Charlbury Sofa at DFS

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Yellow

most popular living room colours
Country Living
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Red

most popular living room colours red
Huntley Hedworth
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Rachel Edwards is the Style & Interiors Editor for Country Living and House Beautiful, covering all things design and decoration, with a special interest in small space inspiration, vintage and antique shopping, and anything colour related. Her work has been extensively translated by Elle Japan and Elle Decor Spain. Rachel has spent over a decade in the furniture and homeware industry as a writer, FF&E designer, and for many years as Marketing Manager at cult design retailer, Skandium. She has a BA in French and Italian from Royal Holloway and an MA in Jounalism from Kingston University. Follow Rachel on Instagram @rachelaed 

 

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