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How to Choose a Color Scheme for Living Rooms

Color is the most effective way of creating a mood for any room. While choosing a color scheme for the living room as part of your interior painting, it is important to choose one which is stylish but practical. For example, if you select white for your living room, then you cannot expect it to be easy to maintain (especially if you have children!) To pick out a color theme, there are three options:

• Use one color, but varying shades of that color throughout the room.
• Use two or more colors that are similar to each other, or complement each other, to give a tranquil and warm feeling to the room.
• Use two contrasting colors. This kind of a look makes the room vibrant and alive.

Once you have selected the kind of color scheme you want, it will be easier to choose the appropriate color combination. Besides just choosing colors that you like, you can also try and understand the psychology of colors for creating a warm and inviting feeling.

Intimate and Warm Red
One of the most popular colors for living room design ideas is red. It gives a feeling of intimacy and warmth. It is best if you use red for one wall, as using it everywhere can make the room look over the top. For the other walls of the room, go for lighter shades like cream or beige.

Bright and Cheerful Orange
Like red, orange is a very bright color which makes a person feel right at home. Using shades of orange in the color theme brightens up the room, making one feel welcomed. If you are going for this color, then your furniture and accessories should be of neutral colors. Another option of living room color designs is using orange color only in accessories, and using black or white for the walls.

Elegant and Tranquil Blue
Blue is a tranquil color which brings elegance into your home. Light shades of blue are best for smaller living rooms, as they make them appear larger. You can play around with various shades of blue, like pastel blue, azure, turquoise, navy etc. Turquoise looks great with contemporary living room furniture, though it might not be the best choice for a traditional decor.

Fresh and Airy Green
Bright green is used very often in color schemes for living room these days. It is easy to play around with, and looks great when paired with neutrals and deep browns. Again, it’s best if you use green only in accents, and not for everything in the room! You can use different shades of green, like mint, olive, and exotic jade for a feel of fresh and airy spring time themes.

Pure and Classy White
If you want your living room to ooze of class and sophistication, then using white and gray in your home decor is a great choice. But this does not mean that you have to use only these shades throughout. Play around with shades like blue and warm gold tones in the upholstery, table cloths, accessories etc. But remember that white is not the best choice for maintenance!