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Living Room Color Scheme Advice

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Choosing the right color scheme for your living room may seem daunting. This is a guide about living room color scheme advice.
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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

Whether your living room is formal or casual, you want the curtains you choose to complement the room and its furnishings. This guide contains suggestions for living room curtain colors.

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August 29, 2008

I am building a house and we have a light brown/tan coach and navy blue chair in living room. We are painting the walls a light tan color and have a darker brown carpet color. I am wanting to know what accent colors would look best with these colors?

Melissa from Indianapolis, IN

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Yellow or gold

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

I'm an artist who does custom tiles & hand painted wall murals so I get to see many beautiful homes & I'm often asked to choose room colors for these clients.

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When I went to Floral Design school people asked "What color is the accent to wood & Brown tones?" & the instructor said "The accent color to wood & any color of brown is Blue because you think of wood as "orange". You could use ANY color of Blue, be it grayish blue or Turquoise blue. But since you already have a Navy chair, make sure the blue you choose goes with Navy. Like a medium blue.

I disagree with the previous post. I don't think you need any more yellows or golds. You really want something that POPS & blue is on the opposite side of the color wheel, so it's the "accent" of brown & tan (remember brown is to be treated like it's orange).

One more way you can decorate your room is to use TWO accent colors. This is how I am doing my living/dining room area. I have Tan cupboards & blue wall to wall carpet & I wanted to use Sage & Olive green as my accent colors. So I bought a large throw rug that has ALL of these colors in it: Tan & Browns, Dark & Light Greens & Blue. So, I'm using THREE basic colors in my color scheme: TAN & browns, olive & sage GREENs & BLUE. This is a tri-colored scheme (3 colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel) & the best way to decorate with 3 colors (or any color scheme) is to buy a large throw rug or a large piece of art that has the colors you love in it (one of the colors should be brown or tan & one blue in your case) & the other color could be anything (Even red!). Just as long as it's in the rug or artwork. But Tan, Olive & Blue work great together.

If you want a more modern looking color scheme, that REALLY has pop, you could go with Navy, Gold & Red. These are basically "Primary" colors. You don't see all 3 of them together very often in living/dining rooms unless it's a very modern/upscale look, with super-modern furniture, but once in a while you do see these colors in a traditionally decorated room.

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---> Before you choose your colors, I suggest you FIRST look for a throw rug or a fairly large picture (or set of prints) that you love & uses this as your starting point to choose your colors from. Pick something you LOVE as your inspiration for colors. If you choose something you love, you can never go wrong. Years ago, I found a set of old botanicals from the 1930's or 40's at a used book store then had them framed & matted. I then decorated the whole room around these botanicals. That room turned out fabulous, & I think it's because I loved those prints so much.

To repeat myself: Find something you LOVE to use as your color inspiration in the room & you can never go wrong. Just make sure 2 of the colors are brown/tan & Blue because you already have these colors. Remember, it's easier to match paint to a print, picture or rug, than it is to find a rug or print to match your paint, because you can always blend your paint colors to match.

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

My walls are painted to different shades of brown, I have many colors that I am using as accents but I'm keeping them muted, nothing bright or too flashy. Brown and Navy Blue are both considered to be base colors that any other color can go with...tan, black, white are also bases. So if you want something a bit brighter like a melon or lime green you can do those instead but don't do too many of them mixed together. Have fun!

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August 30, 20080 found this helpful

try coral or peach

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August 30, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with Cyinda- I think a light blue, like a sky blue and a light green, like a celery green would be perfect accent colors for a cool, calming feel- after all, brown, blue, and green are such common colors in nature, they can never look wrong or grow tiresome to you.

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September 3, 20080 found this helpful

Yes, I'd say blue, a pale blue or medium greyish blue. I had a brown room which looked fabulous with pale blue. You could try putting a scarf or tshirt of the chosen colour in different places in the room to see how it looks.

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September 3, 20080 found this helpful

Get some paint swatches or you can buy small amounts of a desired color to try. Maybe a tone of pink would look nice even with the blue chair. Or how about a dark chocolate brown in enamel? Jann

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September 5, 20080 found this helpful

Accent colors are opposites, used in moderation. A terra cotta would look good. If you want to blend more, for larger items bringing more color into the room, use another shade of blue or a celery/sage color.

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September 15, 20080 found this helpful

My wife is trying to find the perfect color for our living room, we have a dark chocolate floral rug and dark brown/mahogany leather chairs and dark broze drapes and sofa, and tan walls above the chair rail below the chair rail we are looking for a color. We decorated in a formal Victorian look like the 1860's, what color should we use?

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December 4, 2016

I have a spare room that is painted a very pale grey with a bright orange bed settee. I have carpet tiles that are mainly grey with a darker grey border and a bright orange tile in the middle. There is a white blind at the window. This is a dark room. What colour curtains/pictures/accessories should I use to brighten it and give it the wow factor. This room will be used as a 2nd TV room/guest bedroom.

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January 5, 2010

I have a casual, contemporary living room with light grey walls and dark grey carpet. I have a burgundy sectional sofa. I would like advice on which colors would compliment this casual, contemporary living room for pillows, curtains, etc. Thanks.

By Debbie from Leonard, MI

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January 5, 20100 found this helpful

Deep green or plum would look great. Add a few touches of taupe and silver.

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January 6, 20100 found this helpful

Gold! My mother had some gold drapes in the 70's & they were so awesome!

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

A gold or creamy tan, depending on which tone works.

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January 9, 20100 found this helpful

I think black would be lovely with those colors. Good luck!

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January 9, 20100 found this helpful

I think a dark blue if you are conservative. If you are more splashy, go with purple.

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January 11, 20100 found this helpful

I'd brighten this dismal sounding room with yellow and/or orange, maybe even a little pink or fushia. These are contemporary colors and would be great as accents. Best wishes.

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January 15, 20100 found this helpful

I'd go with grey/black tiny plaid or tweed in this same color combo.

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April 22, 2010

I need some advice. My boyfriend and I are moving to a new city soon and we're moving in together. He has a blue microfiber couch and a brown microfiber side chair. The blue is a darker blue, but not navy and the brown is a coffee/espresso brown.

I need tips on how to decorate and what color palate to use. In my mind, I just don't see the two colors going together. Thanks.

By Keja

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

Try white or cream with brown and blue. It's a sophisticated color combo and currently very popular, and it's not too girly nor too masculine! Have fun with it and good luck on your new venture!

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

Pink will go with both colors so add something pink to the room, cushions & etc, good luck.

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September 19, 20050 found this helpful

Our living room lacks zip. It has an off white couch and dusty pink pillows. What contrast colors can I add? Sage green? If so, what else? I'd appreciate your ideas!

Janie from WA

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September 19, 20050 found this helpful

Get rid of the pink pillows and get some new, bright fun colors to toss on the couch. There are all kinds of inexpensive throw pillows at a store in our area called Hobby Lobby, from bright solids to ethnic and animal prints. Choose a bright color in the pillow pattern and use that as an accent in paint color (shades lighter & darker) and accessories. Get rid of unnecessary nick nacks. They make a place look dated and tacky. Go for a streamlined look.

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September 20, 20050 found this helpful

Any color would accent your off-white couch nicely. Add your own personal touch... you are doing it for you (and your family)! So...

What is your 'favorite' color?

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September 20, 20050 found this helpful

First pick a bold accent color. Paint your walls!

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September 24, 20050 found this helpful

I also have these colors. Sage green carpet, white couch, and dusty pink chairs. I have chosen burgandy accents, pillows and all the colors in flower arrangements. I also have burgandy and white drapes. I have received many compliments on these colors even thought I live in Florida.

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September 25, 20050 found this helpful

I like to jazz up a room by buying a pretty bowl and put pebbles and a Betta fish to match your decor because there are alot of colors of these fish, then tie a pretty colored ribbon around the bowl. And then maybe use more of that same ribbon to sew onto a pretty pillow as well to tie it in./ Linda in Calif.

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August 19, 2015

I need to find out what colour sofa and carpet would go with this striped wallpaper, hung horizontally. Any advice appreciated, thanks.

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January 19, 2016

We have recently did the acid stain wash on our concrete floor and the color is reddish, our blinds are brown, and we have an olive color paint on our walls. The kitchen cabinets are brown along with our living room furniture. So what could I use to accent these colors.

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March 4, 2017

I have 1 solid mustard color wall and the other 3 are patterned mustard and beige color wallpaper. There is also a multi colored wall to wall plush carpet in earth tones of green tanish-gold and beige. What color should I choose for drapes and accent things? My furniture is chocolate brown

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November 16, 2016

I have a mocha coloured leather sofa, a polished cast iron fire and a stained floorboarded floor in oak. The room is north east facing. Please suggest a colour scheme for the walls, extra armchairs, and accessories, rugs, curtains cushions.

Thank you.

Carol

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July 28, 2016

Would black trim on window sills look good with rust colored blinds, lightly colored mustard walls, and a print valence with those colors?

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December 14, 2015

My walls are cream, curtains beige, and the lounge suite is chocolate brown. I feel I need to brighten the room up a bit, but have no idea what to do.

Any ideas for me please?

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June 15, 2015

I'm not very good at big decisions so I hope someone can help. We have just ordered a black corner sofa. I'm thinking of a mid brown two tone carpet, as I want to take it through the hall stairs and landing too. After looking at many samples I found the red floral wallpaper to go on the fireplace wall, rest of the walls will be painted. What do you think, will the paper be overpowering? Also what colour curtains? Any advice will be welcome, thank you in advance.

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December 12, 20110 found this helpful

I have dark brown carpet in my lounge room. I am am purchasing a new lounge suite, what colours would look the best?

By Michael

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October 15, 2016

What color scheme can I use for my living room? I am stuck. I have a mocha chesterfield/love seat and have a choice between an olive green chair, plum chair, or navy chair. I also need to know what color to paint the walls and a color for the curtains.

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July 15, 2016

What colour lounge suite would go with the attached curtains?
Thanks

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June 12, 2016

I painted my living room brown. It looks weird, but beautiful, I must say. What accessories can I use to make it beautiful and what colour can I combine on the wall with the brown.

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November 5, 2015

I just bought a 1980s small cabin and could use some advice on the living room color scheme. There is faux wood paneling on the walls that I am contemplating painting sage green. The sofa is hopefully soon going to be in a shade of brown. There is carpeting that is a mixture of brown and cream. The dilemma is the corner fireplace that is covered in white with some grey faux brick called Zbrick. Right now it clashes with the paneling and I would like to paint the Zbrick. Any ideas on color for fireplace would be appreciated. And if anyone has other ideas for paint color on paneling other than sage green I am open to suggestions. Thank you!

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September 28, 2015

We are decorating our living room next year. I have seen a lovely tan leather settee and a creamy beige carpet. Can you suggest a colour to paint my feature wall and also colour for curtains.

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May 19, 2015

I have beige curtains, what colour would match for the walls and sofa?

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March 15, 20130 found this helpful

I have a living room painted pinkish red, with curtains in a combination of red and brown, my sofa is basically brown adding few cushions in red, and a red rug. I ordered a grass green center table and now am confused. I don't know whether it would look nice or something uneven. What else should I add so the living room gives a different look?

By Sonia

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December 30, 2015

We just recently purchase a new living room set which looked beige/taupe in the showroom and once it arrived at the house it looks very gray :( All the tones in my house are very warm and the coolness of the couch looks odd. Hubby won't let me paint the current light beige walls with yellow undertones, are there ways to accent to tone down the coolness of the gray? Thanks!

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November 15, 20140 found this helpful

I have a dark brown recliner and a granite (gray) loveseat. Thought a multi colored browns and gray throw would tie them togather. What would do you think and any suggestion on where to find a inexpensive throw?

By Beth D.

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November 28, 2009

I need some ideas for colours for wallpaper and carpet for my living room. The room is 4m x 2m, with a bay window that is north facing. The ceiling, which is low, is painted white. The items of furniture I have are a black leather sofa and some beech coloured hi fi units.
Any ideas?
Thanks.

By Lawrence from Tyne and Wear, UK

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