Choosing the Best Living Room Colour Combinations
Colour is such a personal thing… there’s no right or wrong when it comes to decorating your house or even choosing a new sofa… it should be a reflection of your own tastes.
However, there are some tried and tested colour combinations which can often provide a great starting point when planning a new interior design scheme, or even selecting that new sofa you've been planning for.
Blue and grey
Grey is everywhere in interior design shops at the moment and is a colour which features in most contemporary designs.
The problem with grey is that it can be a little bland, and matching it with another shade such as blue can add that extra bit of interest.
Go for a dark, rich shade of blue in sofas and other soft furnishings, furniture and room accessories for a look which works just as well in a very traditional setting as in a modern one.
Grey and yellow
The biggest interior design trend of the past few years has definitely been grey and yellow but have you missed the boat with this trend?
Not necessarily… it’s a fresh, modern look which feels warmer with the addition of the yellow to take the edge off the grey, which on its own can be a little austere.
Yellow is associated with summer, sunshine and holidays and can make even the dullest room seem a lot more welcoming.
If you’re not sure about how yellow might work in your own home, start with a few new cushions, a throw or some new artwork before taking the plunge and changing the wall colour, curtains or sofas.
Complementary colours for your living room
If you think back to art lessons at school, most of us learned about the colour wheel and how complementary colours work in art and design.
Complementary colours are ones which are opposite each other on the colour wheel, such as purple and yellow, or orange and blue.
A tried and tested interior design trick is to pick your main colour such as purple, then use small touches of the complementary colour in accessories.
Keep it simple and look online for inspiration if you’re not sure where to start with matching up complementary colours in your own home.
What about jewel tones for your living room?
Jewel tones are shades like turquoise, jade green, amethyst or deep red and can be really effective when used correctly.
Using jewel tones in your home will make the living room feel warmer and more welcoming, and give a real luxurious feel.
But take care to mix and match jewel tones for a colour scheme which doesn’t clash.
Jewel tones on walls, carpet, curtains, sofas and accessories can all be a bit overwhelming, so stick to plainer shades of grey or neutrals on the walls and keep the stronger jewel tones for curtains, sofas and soft furnishings.
Do ice cream shades work?
The retro vibe of ice cream pastel colours is a great choice for any style and era of property.
The advantage of this type of theme is that you will have a lot of flexibility to add additional styles.
Perhaps the best option is to choose a cream or pale yellow for walls, then add in the other pale pinks, greens or blues which add to the base colour.
Mix and match accessories rather than trying to match one shade throughout as this will be far more effective.
Green and cream colour combinations
A lot of interior design trends currently are about bringing the outside in, and what better way to achieve that than with a green and cream colour scheme?
Lighter shades of green reflect the tones often found in nature, and matching green with cream creates a very tranquil feel in your home.
Why not embrace the theme further, choose a new sofa in a shade of deep green and accessorise with large pot plants?
Numerous studies have shown that house plants improve health, wellbeing and concentration levels, so this is one colour scheme which could have a positive effect on your health too.
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