It is the first space you encounter when you open the door to your home. It is where you spend time with family and friends. The living room is the starting point of your home décor and at Decorpot we leave no stone unturned to fulfil the same. It sets the mood and tone for your entire home and you must get it right – it has to be warm and inviting for a guest but more crucially, it has to be a safe and soothing space for you! The colour palette you choose can make all the difference. So here are some expert tips to help you decide the colour scheme for your living room.
Choose a palette for the entire home
You have different ideas for different areas of your home but it always makes good décor sense if they fit into an overall scheme, starting with the living room. If there are open spaces like hallways or the dining room directly visible from the living room, then it is ideal if they can all sport a contiguous colour on the walls. You can then customise each space with furniture and accents.
Go dark to light, vertically
Take a cue from Nature in plotting your living room colours – the darkest shades for the floor and going several shades lighter as you go up, from furniture to walls and finally ending in the lightest shades for your ceiling.
If you already have furniture or artwork in mind, pick your colour from them
There may be a couch you have always had your eyes on or a prized rug from a memorable vacation. In that case, the best thing is to choose a colour from the dominant pattern in that focal piece and work the colour scheme for your living room around it.
You don’t have to go for the ‘colour of the year’
You may have seen references to ‘Colour of the Year’ when it comes to interior design. For 2020, it is Classic Blue. While a lot of designers may look to this colour as a starting point for inspiration, you don’t have to be a slave to the trend. Go for colours you are already comfortable with. Colours analogous to one another in the colour wheel are considered to have a soothing effect. Some classic colours like white, grey, or pastels are always trendy.
Fix a proportion
Here is an insider tip from design experts: work out a 60:30:10 proportion to the colour scheme. The largest proportion goes to the dominant colour, which is the wall paint. The secondary position goes to large elements like the upholstery. The final 10, which is where you can play around with some bright accents or sharp contrasts goes to the colour of your accessories. This proportion ensures balance, visual impact, and creative flair.
Ultimately, the best colour choices for your living room are those that make you feel at ease. And at home.