Coming up with the perfect interior design solution for a comfortable yet refined-looking home can be a difficult task – there are colors and patterns to bear in mind, stylish accessories to match with the furniture, various rug designs and sizes to pick and choose from and finally decide on the ideal wall paint that will add a touch of warmth while optimally supplementing the style of your house. That’s why we have some useful tips for you right here on how to decorate your living room in a few easy steps and bring out the best features of your home through well-suited color combinations in the living area.
60-30-10 rule: Simplicity at Its Best
If you have no extensive knowledge about color properties and best tone combinations for your home, stick to the good old 60-30-10 rule. Following this straightforward decorating guideline, 60 percent of your living room should be painted in a dominant color, 30 percent of the area should be covered in a complementary secondary tone of your preference, while the remaining 10 percent would be treated in accent shades. Naturally, you’ll want all three tones to be well-coordinated (e.g. neutrals and whites go well with most other colors) in order to avoid excessive tackiness or an overly garish impression.
Two-Tone Rooms: The Benefits of Complementary Colors
If you have picked your dominant color for your home but don’t know which color to pick as a secondary tone for your living area, take a quick look at the color wheel to establish the optimal complementary shade for your wall paint and furniture. The best complementary tones are usually found on the opposite ends of the color circle, so they will look perfectly coordinated when paired throughout your living room furniture, walls and floors.
Optional Accents: Picking the Tertiary Tones
After you’ve successfully chosen the dominant and secondary tones for your living room, you may want to consider adding a dash of bold colors to round off the shade-matching process. For a highly sophisticated living room, try adding a touch of bold or bright tones to spice up the atmosphere – just remember to try not to overdo it: a dash of tertiary color here and there will be quite enough to add a sense of life, vitality and comfort to your home.
Clean and Comfy: Fifty Shades of White
In case you’re a fan of spacious-looking homes and don’t want to risk mismatching living room tones, you can always go with the golden – or rather white – standard. To avoid ungainly color combinations, paint your living room walls in all-white and coordinate the tones of your prominent pieces of furniture like couches, sofa beds, closets and rugs to create a well-balanced atmosphere in your living area. Also, white tones render a crisp, clean feel to rooms, so opting for white walls and imposing pieces of furniture in solid or neutral tones could do wonders for your living area style.
Will and Way: Pick from the Largest Item in the Room
Stylish living rooms that capture attention and create a homely atmosphere are the ones where all furnishing items, accessories and pieces of furniture are ideally balanced with the color of the walls. That’s why it would be a good idea to consider the tones found in the most prominent pieces of your furnishing when picking your wall paint. For example, if you have a gorgeous patterned rug, picking the dominant tone from it for your wall paint would be a perfect choice for optimal tone coordination – just make sure you don’t choose too dark a shade to avoid an overly gloomy or enclosed atmosphere in your living room.
Spacious Yet Snug: The Appeal of Neutral and Muted tones
For best possible results, it’s always best to stick to the rule-of-thumb ideas: a modern-looking living room typically comes in three neutral or muted tones, so try and pick these colors when painting you walls and buying living room rugs and furniture. For instance, you can use subtle colors like soft peach or light blue on the walls and pair them with white or soft grey pieces of furniture, and round it all off with an optimally balanced patterned rug and some stylish accessories (lamps, stools, armchair covers, quilts and the like) with just a touch of bright tones to liven up the atmosphere in the room.