5 original colors for the walls of a new classic living room

We build ours moodboard of inspirations by reviewing 5 colors for the living room walls with new classic features. A style that does not only refer to total white and neutral colors, but which structurally welcomes high ceilings and stucco decorations, moldings and boiserie, to be enhanced with an eclectic mix of color accents and furnishings of different styles, without distorting the vocation of the space.
Very often during the renovation of this room the choice of color is the most delicate phase, but with an accurate chromatic study and the right furniture, it is possible to obtain refined and balanced results.

Where to use color in a new classic living room

If we do not already have a well-defined color scale in mind, or our favorite palette and the inclusion of one or more nuances on the wall confuses us, it is advisable study the right colors starting from the furniture and finishes in the living room.

The possibilities are various: opt for a tone your tone, apply one contrasting pattern following the predominant color. Even the structure is able to naturally guide us on the right shades to use, there are details that immediately create links at first sight with color: it is possible to highlight some parts such as the lintels, the beams, the ceiling, the decorations or just some areas such as a niche.

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The right colors and how to match them


The palette of gray and dove gray represents the most neutral and reassuring choice as it can be easily combined, let’s talk about the scale that runs on tones of the nude, of the sand, of the taupe, up to pearl gray. On the wall, the palette covers the plaster decorations with a veil of “warmth”, it combines with dark wood furnishings, but also with shiny metal surfaces, it houses a full-height bookcase and marble tables. Pillows come on pattern stronger colors will punctually break this warm pattern.

Earthy colors

A direct reference to the elements of the earth: terracotta, marsala, cinnamon, tobacco, mallow. An ideal palette for the background, the backdrop on which the most important and eclectic design objects will be positioned, such as a 70s floor lamp, tapestries or wall lights. Generally, these colors in the more earthy versions enhance elements such as mirrors and frames, bring out the accessories and contribute to creating a light look, for example by mixing pieces in Vienna straw such as the Cesca chairs by Marcel Breuer, (great return in the new classic interiors and modern), perhaps combined with the lightness of a glass table, with the outline of cinnamon walls.

Green and blue

When we say “bring nature into the house”. This is the invitation of interior decorators in the last times of the pandemic. Green light to forest green framing the windows and ai ultramarine blue that run through the boiserie. Point of contact, the choice of matching tone-on-tone furnishings: for example, a fabric sofa in the same shade as the wall, leaving the ceiling white enhanced by a crystal chandelier. The contrast between the modern color and the classic structural details is thus clearly highlighted.


A chromatic review of saturated and vibrant colors: magenta, but also mustard, electric blue, that gracefully burst into older spaces, creating micro environments and geometric patterns. Choices that escape the ordinary but that manage to meet and center the spirit of the new classic environment: blocks of magenta shades they create ultra-contemporary wall-mounted scenographies to host a sitting room good tone. A narrative of bold colors that is getting closer and closer to the colors of digital world and enter our homes by joining modern furniture.


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Source: Living by living.corriere.it.

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