Do you know what’s amazing about color?

Color connotations and color mood associations are consistent across cultures, from one individual to another, from one group to another.

Colors affect our mood. They leave their respective impressions and convey different messages. These are crucial in “creating the psychological mood or ambiance that supports the function of a space.” Your living room, then, should be painted in as well as accented with colors that optimize their intended function.

The living room as a place to relax

A living room is generally both a place for relaxation and unwinding as well as for socialization and entertaining. That requires balance for the most part—the kind that is generous to personal taste.

It’s also worth noting that while some colors are considered better suited for living rooms, at the right hands, colors that you would least expect to feature in a living room can end up taking the space to a different level.

Living room colors that let you breathe and turn off the noise

So you want a living room where you can sit or lounge around for hours and relax (yes, nap too). The right colors can make that a reality—along with other elements like textures, patterns, layout, background sounds, and the like.

Here are your best color options for a living room that offers a proper mental health boost:


This color is all calm and cool, and underneath that, conveys quiet strength. It can immediately make you think of a windless sea or a cloudless sky, or both altogether. You can’t go wrong with either a light pastel blue or a darker blue (though not as dark as navy).


If a color can make you think of nature, it’s a great choice for a living room that serves as your and your family’s recharging station. To get the best sense of calm and serenity out of green, go darker, as in forest green, which will look divine with lighter accents, like white crown molding, light-colored nature print curtains, or pale-colored pillows.


This color represents cleanliness, freshness, and coolness—all of which inspires calm. Yes, it can look sterile, but only with the wrong approach. Keep white from getting monotonous with warm browns, interesting textures, greenery, graphic accents, warm lighting, and pops of bright colors, among others.


Purple in shades like lilac, mauve, and lavender will give you a sense of tranquility and promotes mindfulness. Darker and richer shades like plum and aubergine can feature as strategically placed accents.


Gray is a subtle color. It is also neutral, solid, and stable.  As such it inspires calm and composure. It is a great color to surround yourself with to quiet your thoughts and just let yourself breathe. Because gray can seem cold at times, pairing it with fluffy textures and pops of bright color can amp up its warmth and comfort factor.


We’re definitely not thinking of bubblegum or electric pink. Like purple, lighter, softer shades of pink can give you a tranquil, not to mention pretty, space to get away from a chaotic day.

At the end of the day, you should have a living room to look forward to, to unwind. The same living room that gives you plenty of reasons to stay home and feel home.

Looking for a house with this kind of living room?

Contact Team Clancy today. Let’s find you that home.