Choosing the perfect aesthetic for your home can sometimes seem daunting. Do you want to freshen up the paint on your living room walls but have no idea where to start? Should living room walls be dark or lighter in color? We've done some digging and have 13 transformations to share below. Let's begin!
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Generally, you want to use fresh, bright colors in the living room. Whether soft blue or modern grey paint, it's crucial to find a wall color that works with your furniture/decor.
Of course, you can also choose plain white walls and colorful furnishings or vice versa, so the options are endless. Regardless of your taste, make sure to find a living room wall color that feels 100% you.
As we begin, we will cover all things living room transformations and discuss how a fresh paint coat can make a world of difference in your home. Whether you're ready for something entirely different or want to go up/down a shade, we're here to help. With that said, let's dive right into the list!
1. Powder Blue
First, we have this smaller-sized living space with beige walls. Although there isn't anything necessarily wrong with how this room looks, it feels a bit outdated.
The warmer beige walls have an almost yellow tint, which doesn't flatter the existing furniture or flooring. Generally, you want to either have classic wood floors and modern, neutral walls or even add a dash of soft color.
Now let's see this transformation! Besides looking stunning, this room does a much better job of utilizing the square footage. Even though this living room is on the smaller side, with the right wall color, lighting, and decor, it feels much bigger.
As we said above, the warmer beige/yellow wall paint made the room look tired, while this sky blue gives it a whole new perspective.
Additionally, the bright modern light fixture and floor lamp add light to the room, which never hurts.
Our second living room has a soft white wall paint with mix-matched furniture. In this space, you can see how it lacks a common theme, which can give it an unfinished final look.
Although the tile flooring is pretty, it also adds to the confusion here. The orange, pink, and blue accents are also a bit awkward in the living space, so choosing 1-2 main colors for your larger furniture is better.
Check out this transformation! Not only is this new living room design more modern, but it also feels more open. Like our first example, adding a modern, bright ceiling light can be a great addition to the living room.
Especially if your space is small, more light can help open it up. Furthermore, the new matching sofa and ottoman create cohesiveness in the living room, while the dark leather accent chair gives us the drama we always ask for.
3. Ocean Blue
Third, we have this traditional-feeling living room with darker beige walls. Although this space has some beautiful elements, overall, it feels tired and outdated.
Considering the beautiful fireplace falls into the background, it would help to add some contrast between each area of this space.
Also, the patterned sofa and mismatched chairs don't work well either. If you want a statement piece, try to limit it to one chair in the room.
Wow! This transformation is truly gorgeous. Even though ocean blue wouldn't be our first idea, the contrast it provides in this room is breathtaking.
As we mentioned, the fireplace should be the focal point. In this new design, you can see how the deeper wall color and light furniture give the brick enough room to stand out.
The matching seating is another nice touch, which although simple, looks elegant and well-designed.
Next up, we have a smaller living/seating room with cream-colored walls. Here is another example of a fireplace that falls flat, so it's best to throw in some contrast.
The wood floors here, although pretty, are also a bit tired. Even purchasing a large area rug can help transform a space and give it a fresher, more modern feeling.
Holy peach! This transformation is truly eye-catching. This color combination is a winner, even if you aren't usually a peach or pink wall paint fan.
As we mentioned above, the fireplace needed a little contrast, which it now has. The new, lighter furnishings also make this room feel up to speed and not trapped in time.
Sometimes, you need a 365-degree switch to make your living room work for you.
5. Army Green
Fifth, we have this simple, modern living room with minimal decor. Usually, more contemporary spaces feel unwelcoming, which is the case here.
Even though the undertones of grey throughout this design create a theme, this room doesn't quite hit the mark for us. Even adding an accent wall or area rug may be the answer here.
What a difference! Here you can see how the design has completely changed, using army green paint for a few of the walls.
The green, although unconventional, works perfectly here with the natural elements. Moreover, adding the area rug livens up the flooring a lot and makes this living room feel ready to enjoy.
Even though modern floor plans tend to be plainer, that doesn't mean you have to do the same.
6. Light Blue
Coming in sixth, we have this narrow, plain living room concept. This living space falls flat for a few reasons, including the lack of proper decorating and poor choice of paint color.
Typically, narrower spaces need a splash of vibrancy to stand out, which is apparent in this room.
The window treatments could also use a refresh, and there may even be a need to overhaul the furniture altogether.
Holy smokes! This living room transformation is one of the most dramatic on the list. Besides utilizing the color blue, this room also changed the furniture, window treatments and added an area rug.
As we've said throughout this article, sometimes all you need is fresh paint and a rug. Especially for those with more classic-looking floors, it can be difficult to tear them up and start from scratch.
Also, the now-mounted television looks much more elegant than the original position, so it's all in the details.
Seventh, we have a tropical, warm-tone living space that feels outdated. Considering this living room has a stunning view, it lacks color and style on the inside.
If you live somewhere with a gorgeous view, try to take inspiration from that for your design. For example, adding blue elements to this living room could be the trick.
Also, the furniture feels a bit outdoor instead of chic, so that will also need to go.
They are bringing the water inside! This transformation is eye-catching and pays homage to the beautiful nature outside.
As we mentioned, sometimes you want to be inspired by the outside world for your interior aesthetic. Even though teal isn't always the first idea for a living space, it looks very cohesive with the lighter furniture.
Generally, if you choose bright, fun walls, it's best to stick with neutral furnishings and decor.
8. Light Gray
Another living room design we have is this yellowish-beige one. In this space, you can see how it doesn't quite have a cohesive theme or aesthetic.
Considering the washer and dryer are peeking through at the sofa, this whole living room feels a bit uncomfortable.
The rollable TV stand is also an eyesore, so there are a lot of changes that need to be made here.
Truly gorgeous! Here you can see how buying new furniture and decor can entirely transform a room.
Considering that the original design felt like a mistake or a last-minute decision, this refreshed version is perfect for a family movie night or even a quiet spot to do computer work.
Specifically, the modern grey wall paint gives the living area a fresh, renovated feel, which is also good for resale value. Grey also matches just about everything, so it's worth considering!
Our ninth living room is this yellow, old-school design that needs some TLC. Even though this space has potential, it lacks a cohesive aesthetic and color palette.
Like many of these spaces, this room feels mismatched and unfinished. Therefore, we think it might be best to start from scratch.
Especially for living rooms with great windows, why not accentuate them? After all, natural lighting is priceless.
What a nice change! Even though this room stuck with yellow paint, it feels much more cohesive. Going up a shade or two for your paint color can make a huge difference.
The softer yellow with the white furniture gives this room an airy, breathable vibe, which is very welcoming. Also, the darker wood elements add the perfect variety, so that's something to consider for your space.
Moving to number ten, we have this tiny living room with big furniture. Usually, if you're in a smaller home or apartment, it's better to choose smaller furniture too.
Although a comfortable lounge set can be nice to sit on, you don't want your furniture to overpower the room it's in.
In addition, the bulky tables throughout this room don't do much justice. Remember, sometimes going smaller can be a good thing!
Now, this is a transformation! As we said, you want to make the most out of a smaller living room. Using white wall paint is an easy way to make a space look bigger.
On top of the fresh white walls, the light furniture also looks fantastic. Just because you go with white walls doesn't mean your room needs to be boring.
Adding art and colorful decor can bring back life into a living room, so we recommend focusing on that during your renovation.
11. Charcoal Gray
Here we have a living room that doesn't feel entirely done. Like many of these examples, this living room needs a common theme, whether through wall color or furniture (or both).
The current wall color feels a bit dated, so we recommend switching to a more modern, sleek option.
What a big difference! In this transformation, you can see how a fresh coat of grey paint makes a world of difference to this living room.
Although grey can feel severe, pairing it with softer furniture will help. Specifically, the cream seating and rug help make this living room feel more welcoming and cozy.
The pops of color with the plants and throw pillows are another nice detail, so your contrast doesn't need to be too apparent.
12. Sage Green
Switching aesthetics, we have this bright, low-ceiling living room. Although this design is more cohesive than the others, it still lacks that modern flare.
Considering this living area has gorgeous natural lighting, it is safe to go a bit deeper with the wall color. The brighter a room, the more freedom you have with the paint hue.
Also, the furniture is a bit bulky, so try to down-size and choose more neutral pieces.
This transformation, although subtle, is stunning. As we mentioned above, a slightly darker wall color can be good in a space like this.
Furthermore, the smaller accent chairs and neutral couch look amazing with the green walls. Here you can see the pops of blue throughout, which give this living room an almost beachside resort vibe.
13. Matte Grey
Lastly, we have this jam-packed living space that needs some work. Although the current design is somewhat elegant, there is too much going on here.
Ideally, you want to have a central focal point in every living room. In this example, there doesn't seem to be a point where everyone gravitates.
The lighting is also dated throughout the living room, kitchen, and dining room, so many aspects need to be updated within this space.
What a difference this is! The deeper walls work nicely here and give this living room a modern, sophisticated final look.
As we covered, too much furniture and decor aren't always good. In this remodel, you can see how there are fewer pieces of furniture throughout, which helps open things up.
The lighter sofa and accent chairs make a big difference as well. Like many of these rooms, switching dark furnishings for lighter options is an easy way to make a space feel up to date.
To Finish Up
Whether you want to renovate your entire living room or change the wall color, it's vital to know how theming works. From what we found, an easy way to transform a living space is to change the wall color and furniture.
From there, you can go up or down a shade for your walls and even flooring and choose decor that fits the aesthetic of your design. If your living room is smaller, you might even want to try installing a modern ceiling light, which helps brighten things up.
Regardless, remember to find a color scheme that works for your home, and don't be afraid to go with wall paint that's vibrant and eye-catching!
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