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Paint colours for large living rooms

4th October 2021

Living room in Crocky Road and Milk Jug

Large living rooms are a joy to decorate. Whether your home is modern or traditional, a good-sized living space allows you to be as creative as you like with colour. But with a big expanse of walls and ceiling, choosing paint colours for large living rooms can present its own challenges too.

If you have very high ceilings for example, you may be wondering how to make your large living room feel cosier and more intimate. Or perhaps your room has low ceilings so despite its size, making it feel bright and airy is a priority.

Sometimes however, just the prospect of decorating one of the most used areas of the home can feel a little daunting, especially if you’re starting off with a big, blank canvas.

So in this blog post we’re sharing some of our favourite colour schemes, to make choosing paint colours for large living rooms easy and enjoyable.

Mix modern and classic

The beauty of a large living room (especially one with period features) is that you can afford to inject a dose of colour, even if your style is quite traditional. In this scheme we have used the classic, grown up shade Crocky Road, but made the space a little more special with colourful accents. In this case, the turquoise of Milk Jug is carried through from the upper walls to the accessories. Woodwork is kept simple with White Clay for a simple but unusual colour scheme.

Crocky Road and Milk Jug are two easygoing paint colours to try in large living rooms

Keep it neutral

Painting a large living room in pale colours could make it feel bland… but not so with this beautifully sophisticated colour palette. Blogger and Instagrammer Claire AKA The Green Eyed Girl chose Feather Pillow as the relaxing shade for her spacious living room walls. It’s the perfect warm neutral that’s ideally suited to large living rooms like hers. The clever use of panelling helps to add subtle texture to the space, along with some well chosen accessories.

Feather Pillow is a warm neutral paint colour ideal for large living rooms

Cosy up your space

If any room of the home can take a deep shade however, it’s a large living room. Darker tones like Hobby Wood will cosy up a large space, helping to make it feel more intimate and inviting. And if the thought of painting the whole room in a dark colour feels a bit too much, a feature wall is an ideal opportunity to add interest.

Large living rooms are a great opportunity to try a bold feature wall like this painted in Hobby Wood


Let the light in

Another way to add colour to a large living room is by painting the lower walls. Here we’ve gone one step further with tongue and groove panelling painted in the nautical tones of Summer Frock (now discontinued). Despite the deep colour, this living space still feels lofty and light because the upper walls and ceiling are painted in a pale neutral shade St John.


Summer Frock is a warm, relaxing blue that's pairs perfectly with off-white colour St John

If we’ve inspired you to try out some new colours in your large living room, why not order a free colour card?

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