It's Official, '90s Decor Is Back — And These 8 Beige Living Room Ideas Are Proof

Beige has been banished over the last decade for its cooler (no pun intended) gray cousin, but we have to admit, we're pretty excited to see warmer tones finally making a comeback. With a wide range of hues that veer more yellow, pink, or gray, there's a shade that works for any style, and the throwback to your childhood home in the '90s makes this new trend just that much sweeter. Keep scrolling for a few of our favorite beige living room ideas that might just inspire you to incorporate this new (old) trend into your current home.

1. Pair with Cheery Pops of Color

beige living room idea with yellow and blue accents by Studio McGee
credit: Studio McGee

Recreate this modern beige living room idea from Shea of Studio McGee by incorporating two to three accent colors and complementing contemporary patterns and furniture that lends a traditional vibe — like an English roll-arm sofa.

2. Balance the Temperature

Pair beige walls with warm orange and rich navy accents for the perfect color balance between warm and cool tones, like Stephanie Gamble did here in this traditional Maryland home.

3. Use Black and White for Sophisticated Contrast

Keep your beige living room idea ultra sophisticated by using heavy doses of black and white, like Maggie Stephens does in this eclectic cottage, which opts for a more yellowy beige paired with feminine accent colors.

4. Take Inspiration from Other Architectural Details

This ultra-light and creamy beige living room designed by Elizabeth Lawson exudes warm and welcoming vibes, thanks in part to the stone fireplace. Take cues from architectural elements to find a shade of beige that ties in effortlessly with the current light and space.

5. Make It the Backdrop for a Modern Take on Traditional

Designer Amber Lewis effortlessly introduces beige into this traditional-meets-modern living room. To recreate this look, opt for a slipcovered sofa and modern lounge chairs for an updated, fresh take on traditional style.

6. Add Wainscoting for Extra Character and Contrast

beige living room idea with pops of color by studio mcgee
credit: Studio McGee

Shea from Studio McGee leans toward greige (a grayish beige) in this open and airy living room that utilizes bright-white wainscoting for dimension and character. Mimic this beige living room idea in your own home with some pastels and jewel-tones, along with a dose of brass, to brighten up the beige walls.

7. Upgrade Builder Beige with Vintage and Antique Finds

Maggie of Maggie Stephens Interiors manages to make the typical "builders beige" look better than ever in this compact California apartment. You can follow suit in your own living room by including plenty of storied furniture pieces that feel collected over time, like an antique dresser or vintage accent chair.

8. Layer Neutral Textures to Add Interest

Create a dimensional space using beige as the base tone — along with neutrals like gray and white — by adding a textured rug. Take style notes from this cozy living room designed by Stephanie Gamble Interiors and pair a jute rug with a woven sofa and linen pillows for further depth.


Caitlin Brown

Caitlin Brown

Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.