A living room is almost always the main part of the house because that’s where you’ll have guests over to entertain them, or where you’ll be hanging out most of the time. Because of this, you shouldn’t settle for drab white walls in a living room. Keeping it too simple can be counter-intuitive sometimes. You’d be surprised at how a mix of color palettes can do wonders to your living room’s general appearance.
Let’s start off with the lighter shades. Turquoise is and has always been a popular choice for living rooms because it is a very relaxing tone. You could go with turquoise for the wall color as well, but if you do, be sure to keep the furniture color (such as the couch) light too. A touch of neon yellow could add cheeriness to the bluish shade of the room. Otherwise, if the entire room just has a single blue tone to it, that could bring about a sense of melancholy and that’s precisely what you need to avoid. Fun is the ultimate theme that you should be aiming for. Keep in mind that even though blue is a great color for living rooms in general, you should be careful in keeping the tone light. This means that you shouldn’t go for anything darker than turquoise. A deep blue or dark blue color will leave the room feeling constricted and somber.
Some people prefer the stark contrast of black and white for their living room area, but it’ll be hard to maintain a similar theme for the rest of the house. Keeping black and white furniture to a minimum is usually a good idea. Even if you do opt for it, make sure the black isn’t the main color. Rather, having streaks of black across a white surface is recommended. The same goes for your carpets or floor tiles. We generally prefer carpeting up the living room for a much more comfortable feeling, just like how they do it in hotels. There’s a good reason for that too, and that’s because a carpet adds a soft touch to the floor – almost as if you’re walking on grass instead of concrete. Now, back to the colors of the carpet. As we’ve just mentioned earlier, black and white carpeting may seem like a good idea, until you actually implement it. It gives off the appearance of being in a puzzle, as if you’re trapped in an endless maze. It may look awesome from the outset, but over time, you’ll tend to find it upsetting or just plain stressful to look at. And that’s the last thing you want your living room to feel like.
Having a contrast of colors for say your couch and pillows is also a fantastic idea. Most interior designers would go for powder blue for their sofas and grass green for the pillows on it. The contrast is enough to make the room appear interesting, whilst offering the place a soothing effect. Plus, the blending effect of these 2 shades just makes the room feel extra cozy.
The combination of navy blue and beige works rather well too. Although the colors are darker than what we would usually recommend, in this instance, these 2 elements work together really well. It’s a little bit like how you’d match a dark blue suit with brown shoes. Since there’s a lot of homeowners who love navy blue, it’s not easy to find a matching tone for the rest of the furnishings. Black would be too strong and may cause the room to look cramped and uninteresting. Green with navy blue just doesn’t go well at all together. Any brighter colors such as yellow, or orange will just offer too stark a contrast to fit well. This leaves us with either white or beige, but since white and navy blue will just leave the whole place looking like a marina, we have opted for beige instead.
Remember, while there are no hard and fast rules that govern how you choose to brighten up your living room, when it comes to mixing and matching colors, there are certain do’s and don’ts that you should adhere to. At least that’s the case if you don’t wish for your living room to look odd and out of place.