Vibrant green walls, an upholstered houndstooth ottoman and bright sofa pillows add a lively feeling to this living room by designer Stephanie Sabbe. An adjustable floor lamp illuminates a bookshelf area concealed by antique white French doors.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."
If your family room opens up to other spaces in the house, it's important to keep all colors cohesive to avoid a choppy or disjointed look. Here, the gray-green tone of the family room coordinates beautifully with the gray-blue tone of the adjacent multipurpose room.
The green walls of this family room offer the perfect backdrop for a family's favorite art work. Comfortable gray couches, ample throw pillows with mismatched patterns and colors and a rustic wooden coffee table enhance the room's cozy ambiance.
This eclectic living room features large windows that allow natural light to illuminate the space. Lime green curtains and armchairs add bright accents, while a purple area rug and plush ottomans add fun contrast. A red brick fireplace adds a traditional touch.
HGTV's Undercover Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri updated this living room with a modern retro design. Bold walls pop against a black and white area rug, while low-slung furniture rounds out the sitting area.
Two-story custom-banded draperies frame the living room view of the pool on this refreshing southern estate. The homeowner's favorite colors of pale avocado and fuchsia pink are showcased throughout the room on unique upholstered furniture. Onyx-tiered side tables, a lacquered ebony coffee table and unique accessories complete this youthful, yet elegant look.
Mint Green Shabby Chic Living Room With Coral Chandelier, Large Tufted Coffee Table and Wavy Striped Arm Chairs
Mint green walls give a soft base to this living room and provides a beautiful complimentary color to the coral details. A coral chandelier with natural stick texture hangs between ceiling beams over the large tufted coffee table. A pair of armchairs echo the coral shade in their wavy striped pattern. A simple white sofa is brought to life with decorative throw pillows, and a large textured area rug covers the floor.
This living room is fearless when it comes to prints and color. Green walls feel like a page out of the jungle paired with large potted houseplants. The armchairs are exotic in blue with a bold graphic pattern.
Open Concept Coastal Living Room With a Sage Green Vaulted Ceiling
Natural light illuminates this open concept coastal living room with a sage green vaulted ceiling and white exposed beams. Circular wood chandeliers hang above the spacious living room, which is complete with gray sofas and a pair of armchairs.
The lime-green family room is connected to the kitchen in this open-concept home. The vibrant green walls are complemented by white trim and shelving. An oval-shaped wood coffee table is flanked by a pair of retro-patterned chairs and a brown sofa.
Transitional Living Room With Colorful Accents and Whitewashed Fireplace
This light and bright living room features a pair of neutral sofas accented with colorful green and blue pillows. A neutral stone table sits at the center and atop a sisal rug, while a lantern chandelier hangs above. A whitewashed fireplace with a dark brown wood mantel adds an eye-catching touch.