Color is probably the single most important factor that determines a room’s mood and ambiance. Especially when you are designing your living room, you want to choose colors that work well to provide a relaxing atmosphere, since this is one room in your home where you can forget the stress and troubles of everyday life and just unwind.
However, there are different ways to combine color as well as texture into one’s living room to create the look and feel you are looking for.
Although there are no black and white rules when it comes to choosing your living room color, it should reflect your personality and preferences. Here are some tips to help you choose the right living room color:
1. If you want to work with more color instead of minimalistic and neutral tones for your living room, consult the color wheel as a guide to the right combination for your living room color.
The color wheel is a great help in interior decoration as it tells you which tones go together, and the right types of colors to contrast and complement each other.
If you are working with 2 or more tones for your living room color, choose only one that will stand out the most or you will risk having “too much going on” and eventually going against the entire vibe of having a relaxing mood.
Softer and paler shades should be used for the walls and furniture coverings, while brighter tones can complement living room color by accenting through drapes, furniture, flowers, and window coverings.
2. If you are unsure about what colors you want to work with for living room color, work around base colors and neutrals such as white, beige, gray, and light pastel colors.
Use these for parts of your living room that will take up more space such as the sofa, tables, large furniture, walls, window drapes and blinds, and then you can add some spice to living room color through small accent pieces.
3. Don’t be afraid to be creative and experiment with living room color. Bright patterns in furniture such as picture frames, table cloths, and flowers would complement pastel tones for your walls.
4. If you want to make a dramatic statement, use a singular rich tone for your walls such as deep red, forest green, or midnight blue. Then work around the rest of the living room by mixing both neutral pieces and sprinkle some color accents in your living room color.
5. If you already have an accent piece which you want to be the highlight of your living room color, work around the colors found in it.
For example, a large Persian carpet or a collection of China. These color patterns are great schemes to work with for the rest of your living room, so you can pluck out certain colors from them and work with it.
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