These colourful living rooms are brimming with character and will inspire bold colour choices, whether for your walls, floors, furniture or even ceilings.
Bat away blues with a vibrant shade that will lift your mood and make a room pop. These rooms show how even a little colour can go a long way; for example by painting internal doors and door frames an energising turquoise, or introducing tangerine in the form of a bright artwork.
These colourful living room ideas are brimming with character to inspire bold colour choices, whether for your walls, floors, furniture or even ceilings.
This beautiful room is a clever mix of femininity, style and daring. The wallpaper is only featured in the alcoves, highlighting the property's original features. With pops of shocking pink and contemporary florals, it takes mix ‘n’ match to another level.
Get the look: The floral wallpaper is Caprifoglio Ecru PDG676/02 from Designer’s Guild. The rabbit lampshades are by Moooi. The Hayward sofa in Leighton Natural FDG2341/10 is from Designer’s Guild.
Although the walls are white, and the sofa grey, colourful accents bring the space to life and make the room feel colourful.
Get the look: The sofa was made bespoke by Andy Martin. The coffee table is by Jeremy Pitts. The series of artworks is by Peter Blake. These are 222 wall lights by Lampe Gras at Heal’s.
A collection of contemporary art and photography makes this room zing. A set of Peter Blake artworks, Chris Floyd photographs and Stuart Semple’s vivacious prints pop up throughout the space.
Get the look: The Godzilla vs King Kongscreen print is by Russell Young. The Pure Evil bunnies are a collaboration between Pure Evil and Royal Doulton. This is the Cable Neutral rug by The Rug Company. The chair is from Viaduct.
Introduce splashes of colour through painting doors in bold colours, and leaving the rest of the room more neutral. In this sitting room, a grey palette is lifted by the Tiffany blue door, the two fuchsia chairs and tangerine artwork.
Get the look: The I Like It. What Is It? poster is by Anthony Burrill. The pink velvet armchairs are from Fern & Grey. The coffee table is from West Elm.
Serene pastels provide a calming but colourful backdrop to this living room. Then, the randomness that always comes with vintage pieces injects the surprise elements.
Get the look: The mirror and wall lights are vintage finds. The table lamp is by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. The coffee table and Hungarian chair are from In House Junkie.
A deep indigo anchors the lower half of the room, with a textured wallpaper above and a strip of blue as a zingy divide. The look was inspired by French interior designer Sarah Lavoine who is known for the way she divides a room with a stripe. The same effect was achieved here by separating a dark shade at the bottom and using textured wallpaper above. The coffee tables were made bespoke in India. (woodndesign.in). Yellow pendant lights were chosen to complement the blue and yellow in the coffee tables.
Get the look: Coffee tables, Wood’n Design. Pendants, Holloways of Ludlow. Wallpaper (upper part of wall), Élitis. Sofas, Roche Bobois.
Seventies disco diva meets Louis XV in a storm of pattern above the fireplace. The artist behind the painting likes to use patterned backgrounds in her collages, so the wallpaper was chosen to display the piece in the same spirit.
Get the look: This Mickalene Thomas artwork is from Lehmann Maupin. The Rheinsberg wallpaper is by Designers Guild. The Louis XV fireplace was bought in France. The sculpture to the left of the fireplace, called Christmas Tree, is by Lionel Scoccimaro.
Sorbet shades are used as a backdrop to vintage lighting and a dreamily intense artwork. The armchair’s ombré look was accidental. It had been cleaned and parts of the mint green velvet turned pink.
Get the look: The painting is by Rachel Glittenberg. The wall lights are Italian vintage and the vintage table lamp is from In House Junkie. The back wall is painted in Teresa’s Green estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The chair is from The French House. The sofa is by Sofas & Stuff. The side tables are by Zara Home. The ottoman is vintage. The rug is by Designers Guild.
The green sofa adds a welcoming spring-fresh colour that pops against the dark wall.
Get the look: This is the Reposer sofa by Stuart Scott, covered in Designers Guild’s Varese cotton-velvet in Emerald. For a similar lamp, try the Flos Spun by Sebastian Wrong at Nest. The London Calling by Night cushion, left, is by Charlene Mullen; the check cushion, right, is from Burberry.
A brown Mid Century cabinet pops against the indigo stripe. Slim Aarons photography has a way of making you feel like you’re jumping inside a story.
Get the look: The print of Slim Aarons’ Poolside Glamour is from Grapefruit Gallery. Console, Wood’n Design. Indigo Blue paint (on lower half of wall), Sanderson.
This scheme, designed by interior designer Daniel Hopwood, combines both form and function with edge and personality. The dark backdrop only helps accentuate the bold pops of colour.
Get the look: The velvet sofa and glass coffee table are by Roche Bobois.
Sure to bat away any seasonal blues, this look is all about punchy, vibrant shades. The electric fuchsia sofa almost glows in this dark room, and is a fresh and vibrant shade compared to the mustard yellow and Farrow & Ball’s railings wall colour.
Get the look: The two-and-a-half seat velvet sofa in Peony pure cotton matt velvet, £1,840; Georgette footstool in Canary pure matt cotton velvet, £710; House scatter cushions in Peony, Deep Turquoise and Canary pure cotton matt velvets, £60 each; and Medium Dune rug in Blue,, £109, all from sofa.com
Revive the passion for paisley with a pattern in blow-up form – echo its swirling shapes on chic citrus window treatments.
Get the look: The wall is papered in Villandry 312698 wallpaper in Serpentine,, £88 per roll, Zoffany at Style Library. The curtain is made in Gini 2220/03 in Citronella, £98 per m, No.9 Thompson,. Elystan sofa, £2,600, David Seyfried,; upholstered in Rajapur F111/10036 velvet, £120 per m, Cole & Son; trimmed with Aquitaine viscose fringe in Amethyst, £99 per m, Samuel & Sons. Tribeca side table, £1,089, Julian Chichester. Mamounia Sky rug, £1,735 per sq m, Martyn Lawrence Bullard for The Rug Company. Patos mirrors, £14.95 each, Rockett St George. Christelle cushion, £110, Liberty. China dogs,eBay. Globe, £3,950, Linley.
In a neutral living room, an oversized artwork or large mural creates a bold and eye-catching look.
Get the look: The futon is handmade with a wood base, Ikea mattresses and layers of upholstered cushions. The cushions are covered in Berwick fabric by Prestigious Textiles at House Décor. The vintage chandelier, is from Dezanne in Clapham Common. The mural is by Ricardo Cavolo.
The real work of art is not the collection of artworks but the sumptuous velvety deep teal sofa taking centre stage. After commanding your attention, the sofa then allows your eyes to wander up to the gallery wall hanging above. The eclectic group of pictures include postcards by artists such as Billy Childish, from the Royal College of Art’s Secret sale.
Get the look: The sofa, rug and cushions are by Designers Guild. The Donna Wilson pouffe is from SCP. Similar art can be found at london.secret.rca.ac.uk, where you can browse the postcards and register as a secret buyer.
Tactile cut velvets in dreamy shades of blue conjure up images of sunlight playing across the dappled Mediterranean Sea.
Get the look: Vintage armchairs upholstered in Murrine FDG2661/02 cut velvet in Delft, left, and Iridato FDG2663/03 cut velvet in Sky, right, £1,200 each, Designers Guild. Henri brass-clad bookcase, £2,349, Julian Chichester. On the bookcase, from top left: Armand Table Lamp, £110 at Habitat Sole di Capri candle, £140, Fornasetti; large white vase, £294.70, Coliform; Shell Head ornament, £1,495, William Yeoward; painted pots, £9 each, The Conran Shop; pink ridged pot, from £10, Anthropologie; Sunshine Yellow serving bowl, £43; and creamer, on the shelf below, £62, Tina Frey Designs at Amara; Tiley hurricane, £15; and Floss striped vase, £40, Habitat; and Solena vase, £68, Anthropologie. Cracked Wall scent mural, from £155 per 240 x 100cm panel, Surface View.