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27 Beautiful Earth Tone Living Room Designs

CEO Khai Intela
Using earth tone color schemes always adds a warm, cozy, and laid-back ambiance to any space. These colors are warm neutrals that complement almost any other hue, making them an ideal choice for an earth...

Using earth tone color schemes always adds a warm, cozy, and laid-back ambiance to any space. These colors are warm neutrals that complement almost any other hue, making them an ideal choice for an earth tone living room. Whether you're starting from scratch or looking to refresh your space, earth tone paint colors can transform your living room into a welcoming haven.

Traditional living room with shades of brown stone fireplace and high ceilings Traditional living room with shades of brown stone fireplace and high ceilings

If changing furniture upholstery is out of your budget, simply repainting the walls with an earth tone paint can instantly give your living space that warm ambiance. Earth tone paint colors have proven timeless charm and versatility. You can play around with different shades and tones, and it will never go out of style. It's a worthy investment and a practical choice.

In the picture above, the soft beige paint of the walls adds just the right amount of warmth to the space, which is also populated with earth-toned furniture pieces. Beige is even used on the coffer ceiling, making it stand out.

Earth Tone Paint Colors for Living Room

When choosing the paint color for your living room, consider your furniture pieces and accessories. If you're starting from scratch, paint color could be decided before the furniture. However, if you have already selected furniture pieces and upholstery colors, the paint should complement or match your fabric choices.

Currently popular is greige, a mixture of gray and beige. It is a nice and subtle neutral option that easily matches any theme. You can also experiment with warmer and darker earth tone colors, depending on the look you want to achieve.

Room with earth colors wooden floors and box ceiling Room with earth colors wooden floors and box ceiling

Here are some popular earth tone paint colors commonly used in living rooms:

  • Shaker Beige (Benjamin Moore) - a mid-tone beige option that looks great for general wall paint. It has a nice, warm undertone that creates a cozy ambiance.
  • Antiquarian Brown (Sherwin Williams) - a rust-toned shade that has a strong warm undertone which works well as an accent paint.
  • Natural Linen (Benjamin Moore) - a light taupe tone that is also good as a general wall color. It is subtle and can create a brighter ambiance.
  • Squirrel Tail (Benjamin Moore) - a dark, earth shade with a gray/neutral undertone that looks great as an accent color and matches well with natural stone finishes.
  • Colony Buff (Sherwin Williams) - a soft-toned earth tone option with a feminine appeal.
  • Brevity Brown (Sherwin Williams) - this shade has a red undertone with a very natural look that is close to natural wood colors.
  • Coconut Husk (Sherwin Williams) - another nice dark earth shade that you can use as an accent and molding color.

Earth-Tone Color Schemes

Below, you'll find a variety of living rooms featuring earth tones in an assortment of design styles.

Contemporary room with brown furniture and wood beam ceiling Contemporary room with brown furniture and wood beam ceiling

This contemporary room provides true indoor and outdoor living. The color palette is a light brown for the wall paint with matching furniture, contrasted by dark wood beams, two brown ottomans, a dark wood coffee table, and accent pillows.

Earth-colored living space with high ceilings, fireplace, and concrete floors Earth-colored living space with high ceilings, fireplace, and concrete floors

In this contemporary living room space, the high ceiling is showcased with primary beige paint and a brown accent above the fireplace. A light brown jute area rug with matching window valances combined with wood furniture pieces offer a perfect combination of earth tones, further enhanced by two large indoor trees.

Room with furniture and stacked stone fireplace Room with furniture and stacked stone fireplace

For this design, the walls were painted a soft taupe shade to give a light yet warm-toned finish. The TV wall becomes the focal point of the room as it uses a darker beige paint, similar to Sherwin Williams Nuthatch.

Contemporary living room with beige paint wood tray ceiling and fireplace Contemporary living room with beige paint wood tray ceiling and fireplace

This modern space with an open layout is a good example of using very subtle earth tone shades to add just the right amount of warmth to this contemporary space. The living room paint color uses a light creme shade to give it a brighter ambiance. The use of wood finish on the tray ceiling accents and openings also adds more warm earthy tones into the space.

Contemporary-style living space with earth-themed colors Contemporary-style living space with earth-themed colors

You can also play around with textures to achieve the look you want. While using stones/masonry is the usual route, it can be above the budget for some. A quicker and more practical solution is using textured paints and paint techniques. In this example, Venetian Paint in a sand color was used on the accent wall, giving it an elegant yet simple texture.

Room with high vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace Room with high vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace

The use of earth tones isn't limited to just paint colors; it can also be used on the finishes of your wood. This example shows various tones and colors of wood, with the dark Mahogany wall slats standing out the most, giving the space a modern yet natural appeal.

Spacious room with concrete floors, wood slat ceiling, and tan furniture Spacious room with concrete floors, wood slat ceiling, and tan furniture

Aside from paints and wallpaper, if you have the budget, you can also use large natural stones as your earth-toned backdrop. This contemporary living space has gorgeous solid sandstone walls paired with beige floor tiles.

Room with fireplace and floors Room with fireplace and floors

The walls of this living room are a neutral taupe shade, providing balance and contrast against the dark wood finishes found on the flooring and wooden furniture pieces. The furniture pieces in the space have matching creame-beige toned upholstery, creating a fresh and warm atmosphere.

Room with fireplace and rough wood ceiling beams Room with fireplace and rough wood ceiling beams

This traditional living room offers a variety of earth tone accents, including dark wood double doors, brown curtains, wood beams, floors, and a variety of furniture pieces. The living room hardwood floors and wood beams bring a rustic charm to the space. Pops of color are used throughout the decor to liven up the design and provide contrast to the space.

Rustic Mediterranean style room with arched walls and fireplace Rustic Mediterranean style room with arched walls and fireplace

To maintain the classic ambiance of the interior architectural features of this space, matching Baroque furniture pieces were used. Warm yellow Venetian paint finish was used on walls and the ceiling, accentuated by natural stone wall panels and dark Mahogany moldings on the ceiling.

Room with squirrel tail gray paint and windows Room with squirrel tail gray paint and windows

This lovely open living room design utilizes squirrel tail gray paint by Benjamin Moore to effectively realize soothing earth tones. Natural hand-scraped wood flooring and wood beam ceiling combined with a wood coffee table and end tables help create a cohesive space.

Room with wraparound windows and brick walls Room with wraparound windows and brick walls

The architectural details alone of this space are enough to create a stunning look, but the modern lines and geometry are given more personality and warmth through the use of earth-toned finishes such as the golden oak flooring and the brick accent wall.

Luxury room with tan paint, white wainscoting, fireplace, and chandelier Luxury room with tan paint, white wainscoting, fireplace, and chandelier

This feminine transitional-style living room has a soft and dainty look with the combination of tan-colored walls and white wood paneling. The French casement windows and other interior architectural details further add a dainty appeal to this space.

Mediterranean-style room with furniture and fireplace Mediterranean-style room with furniture and fireplace

The warm yellow undertone of the wall color helps tone down the dark Mahogany color of the wooden doors and beams found in the space. This also helps balance the overall look of the large and dark-colored furniture pieces in the space.

Modern room with carpet floors and brown curtains Modern room with carpet floors and brown curtains

A contemporary living space is given a warmer and cozier ambiance through the use of an earth-tone color scheme. To maintain the contemporary aesthetic, light-toned colors were favored, such as the light cream paint on the walls. Subtle accents with red undertones were also used to add a bit of contrast to the space, such as the copper-colored curtains and area rug.

Beige room with stacked stone accent wall and fireplace Beige room with stacked stone accent wall and fireplace

This living room uses a simple combination of a light-cream painted wall, dark brown flooring, and a gorgeous beige stone accent wall, creating a space that feels light with enough balance and personality.

Room with griege painted walls and wood built-in bookshelves Room with griege painted walls and wood built-in bookshelves

This contemporary living room design uses mostly gray tones and is given a touch of warmth through the use of earth tones found in the Oak wood furniture pieces and the accessories in the space.

Room with brown accents and furniture Room with brown accents and furniture

This living room design embraces brown with a dark shade of the color for the primary wall paint, matched by a lighter shade for the two couches. To keep things from getting too dark, the dark shades are contrasted by a light beige carpet and area rug, accent pillows, and a light-color ceiling.

Brown theme living area design with dark leather couches Brown theme living area design with dark leather couches

This rich earth tone living room features a variety of shades, from beige for the walls and area rug to cream for the window coverings and dark brown for the leather furniture.

Room with windows, cream couches, and chandelier Room with windows, cream couches, and chandelier

This monochromatic living room design features a beige wall and ceiling paint color with similar-tone furniture and window coverings. You can achieve an attractive monochromatic design by choosing a single base color and then using its relative shades and tints for other details in the room.

Modern room with recessed lighting Modern room with recessed lighting

This modern living room space has a warm color palette with an assortment of brown colors to create a cohesive design.

Room with green walls and windows Room with green walls and windows

For this space, the natural wood finishes on the ceiling and flooring already make up most of the earth tone in the space. In contrast, the walls were painted in a light green color, giving it a vintage appeal.

Room with shiplap walls, fireplace, wood, and large light brown sectional couch Room with shiplap walls, fireplace, wood, and large light brown sectional couch

This cottage-style living room design has painted shiplap walls with a beige color, wood flooring, a stone fireplace, and a large brown sectional couch.

Room with furniture, windows, and tan walls Room with furniture, windows, and tan walls

Showcasing an assortment of earth tones, this formal living room brings in color through its use of burnt orange and brown curtains, throw pillows, and houseplants. A large area rug frames the central sitting area and matches the overall look of the sofas and armchair.

Room with sloped ceiling, bamboo flooring, and lamp Room with sloped ceiling, bamboo flooring, and lamp

This stylish contemporary earth tone living room space offers wood textures, including a sloped ceiling and bamboo floor. An orange modern ribbed management chair brings a pop of color into this otherwise neutral color design.

These beautiful earth tone living room designs demonstrate the versatility and timeless charm of earth tone color schemes. Incorporate these colors into your space to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that you and your guests will love.

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