Living Room Color Schemes

What's the secret to a fabulous living room color scheme? The decorating trick is easier than you might think. Watch and learn how to bring a gorgeous color scheme to life in your living room.

The right mix of color can create a vibrant personality for your living room. But you also want color to be livable. So, what's the secret to success? Before you even start to think about playing with colors, take a long hard look at what you won't change. If the couch and curtains are staying, that's your color scheme starting point. Here, we began with a blue sofa and neutral floor coverings. Next, you wanna find a pattern fabric you love that has colors you want to use. As you're pulling out colors from this fabric, the real secret is to mix, not match. In other words, you don't want to use the exact blue and brown in the fabric. Look for a relative in that color family. For example, the navy on the sofa translates into watery blue on the fabric. The same goes with the pillows. They pick up the light pink in the pattern, but are a more intense version of the color. You can pull out more colors from your fabric, like we did by adding pops of citron in this room. But beware of loan accent colors. Accents need a friend or two to make the room feel balanced. So, be sure to repeat your hues. If you want to take a risk and add another color, make it a calculated one, like we did with the pink pillows. We went for a deeper version of the color in the fabric. On this chair, a muted mauve in the botanical fabric is a reinterpreted as a deeper plum. Finally, don't forget the neutrals. They help amp up your signature colors. Aim for a light and a dark in the room to give it dimension. Here, the walls are the light neutrals, and the woven window shade and accent chair serve as the darks to really ground the scheme. When it comes to building a room of color, every piece plays a part. By focusing on each element, your space will be transformed into a world of livable color.