21 Stunning Earthy Living Room Ideas For A Warm, Cosy Space

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Earthy living room decor schemes provide an ultra relaxed yet stylish and cosy space which makes the colour scheme perfect for a living room.

We continue to lean towards richer, warmer shades in 2024, and an earthy colour palette is easy to nail, with like colours working seamlessly together. From browns, greens and terracottas to creams, there’s so much to love about the combination of these.

If you’re looking to refresh your living room colour palette and looking for some inspo, take note from these stunning earthy living room ideas that we’ve compiled.

What Colours Are Considered Earthy Tones?

Earthy tones are inspired by the natural colours found in dirt, moss, trees, and rocks. These colors are often muted and soft, reflecting the hues seen in the natural landscape. Common earthy tones include browns, greens, oranges, yellows, reds and greys.

21 Stunning Earthy Living Room Ideas For A Warm, Cosy Space

1.Use Cream As Your Base

Cream is a more preferred base to start with than a traditional bright white. It’s warmer, more forgiving as a colour and it’s just a great colour to build on.

We love Dulux Egyptian Cotton, Natural Calico and Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone for a warm beige that’s got good depth and works in North facing spaces too.

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Instagram image credit: @groundedinneutral

2. Layer Tonal Shades of Green

The easiest way to create depth and cosiness is to layer with differing tones of the same colour. It makes a colour scheme look well executed and sophisticated.

Take note from the below image which uses a soft sage green on the walls. A darker green sofa with a fabulous texture is used with deeper tones on the cushions. Using the same tone more than once can make a room feel flat and boring.

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Instagram image credit: @gina.wilkersonwbffpro

3. Incorporate Natural Tones For An Earthy Feel

If you’re putting together an earthy living room, introducing some natural tones with wooden furniture or decor accessories is a great way to fast track this look.

Opt for a key piece of furniture such as a coffee table, it will work in the grounding the space too.

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Instagram image credit: @westofmainshoppe

4. Create An Accent Wall In Olive Green

Now, that’s what we call the most perfect earthy colour scheme! Elevate those walls with a feature wall of panelling, it adds instant depth and character.

Looking for the perfect olive shade for your walls? If you’re on a budget look at Dulux Overtly Olive, and Farrow and Ball Cardamom is a more expensive shade that we love too.

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5. Don’t Forget To Add A Black Accent

Just because earthy colours don’t tend to point towards black, a black accent is the secret ingredient that will tie together any room scheme.

Add a few well placed black accents to benefit from its definition, be it small pieces of furniture, chairs, decorative accessories or interior hardware.

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Instagram image credit: @design_at_nineteen

6. Use Key Pieces of Furniture To Introduce Earthy Tones

When planning your living room, you don’t need to go all out with earthy tones everywhere. Just starting with one key piece of furniture such as with a sofa will help to lead the rest of your colour scheme.

We love the addition of the industrial style side table and wooden table lamp in this living room shown below.

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Instagram image credit: @squiffy.mill.interiors

7. Be On-trend With Brown In Your Living Room

Brown is in in a big way in 2024, it’s rich, cocooning and it’s perfect for a cosy living room. It really is the perfect base to introduce other earthy colours.

Take a look at our favourite brown paints to find the perfect shade for your space.

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Instagram image credit: @athomewithem

8. Use Green Throughout As Your Main Earthy Colour

This renovated cottage living room is what dreams are made of. The colour scheme is in keeping with the style of property and the running theme of green throughout creates a cohesive and intentional colour scheme.

Note how differing tones of green are used throughout the textiles and furniture for a really visually interesting space.

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Instagram image credit: @cottagerenovationcwmrhys

9. Brown & Cream Is A Classic Colour Combo

Brown and cream is the new black and cream in our eyes. It’s not as oppressive as black, yet still brings gorgeous definition to a living room.

We still recommend introducing black accents as shown below for subtle definition and a touch of modernity.

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Instagram image credit: @_homeofvictoria

10. Use Brown To Ground The Space

If you don’t want to use brown on your walls, use furniture and architectural details to carve the way for your earthy colour palette.

The wooden cladding on the ceiling draws the eye up and adds natural warmth. A brown leather sofa is always a classic in our eyes. Build other earthy colours into your scheme with textiles, lighting and decorative accessories to finish off the look.

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Instagram image credit: @loloirugs

11. Set A Boundary & Colour Scheme With A Large Area Rug

Best advice? Always use an area rug in your living room. It will set a boundary in the space, stop the feeling that your furniture is floating, and it’s a great way to set the colour scheme in the space.

This oriental rug works beautifully in grounding the room. Draw the colours out from it and feature in the space where appropriate.

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Instagram image credit: @Wilkinson.interiors

12. Even Grey Can Worth In An Earthy Scheme

Yes, grey isn’t always considered a natural earthy colour, but warm tones of grey are often considered part of an earthy colour palette when used in tandem with other colours.

Introduce your reds, greens, creams and black accents to pull the colour scheme together.

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Instagram image credit: @our_devon_nest

13. Use A Light Taupe On Your Walls

Taupe is up there with being one of the hottest new interior colours, it’s got more depth and character than a white and some shades of beige.

This living room combines a little bit of everything from a large area rug, black accents and wooden tones for a workable scheme.

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Instagram image credit: @farmtotablecreations

14. Bright White Can Create A Foundation For Colour

This is an easy to replicate colour scheme that doesn’t mean having to transform your entire living room if it’s already a bright white.

I’m personally not a huge fan of bright white as it can make a room feel flat if the light is not right. However, in farmhouse style properties that want to inherit an earthy colour scheme, then a white foundational colour works really well, as demonstrated beautifully in the living room below.

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Instagram image credit: @sagephillipshome

15. Do Use Checkerboard In The Right Colourway

Checkerboard in different colour ways is on the rise, and how could it not be when it looks this good?

Layer your floor with the perfect rug, this brown colour way sets the tone for the rest of the scheme. It works so well with greens used throughout this space.

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Instagram image credit: @thegreenwoldgaff

16. Use Differing Natural Wooden Tones For Character & Interest

You don’t need to stick to the rulebook by using only one type of wood in your living room. It’s the same with using the same tone of a colour, when you introduce differing types of wood, it only adds further visual interest and depth to the interior.

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Instagram image credit: @amberinteriors

17. Wood Tone Backdrop

This look definitely isn’t for every type of property. But Shea McGee has nailed this interior project with a wood tone backdrop.

It’s the style that just makes you want to cosy up and hunker down for the night. We love the addition of the lighter tan brown armchairs, perfection.

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Instagram image credit: @studiomcgee

18. Add Subtle Sophistication & Cosiness With Brown

Just in case you’re not convinced on the whole brown living room thing yet… Brown not only adds an earthy dimension to a space, but it’s sophisticated too.

Layer with different shades of brown on furniture, textiles, windows treatments and with wooden tones.

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Instagram image credit: @akindofhome

19. Bring Colour With Deep Maroon Tones

Greens and browns are running themes in earthy colour schemes, but how good does maroon look here?

Just a small pop of this colour and it defines and sets the room off. The type of fabric on the armchairs seals the deal with how cosy this makes the living room.

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Instagram image credit: @lexiwestergard

20. Add The Unexpected With Blue

It’s always good to be greeted by the unexpected in a colour scheme, when it’s intentional. Blue is not considered an earthy colour, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be included as an accent colour to your scheme.

A couple of considered touches on cushions just adds the right type of visual interest.

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Instagram image credit: @rlaxerinteriors

21. Add A Natural Slat Wood Panelled Wall

Natural slat wood panels are a popular way to add an accent wall to a living room. They instantly transform how a space feels and it avoids empty walls from feeling flat.

Pair with differing brown tones, creams and green for the perfect earthy colour scheme.

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Instagram image credit: @shawnaheil
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Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at hello@sleek-chic.co.uk for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

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