How to choose colour combinations for your living room

Can’t make up your mind if blue will work well with yellow, or if grey is a better bet? Fret not, we got interior designers Bhavin and Komal Sheth of Bhavin Komal Design Diaries to help you understand how to choose the right colour combination

Colour is a mighty powerful tool. The combination you choose for your living room walls can set the mood, open the space or make it cosier. Most importantly, it can give your home a unique stamp of distinction. Here are a few tips you need to bear in mind.

Break those Rules
Certain colour combinations are considered are taboo. If you ask us, there is no such thing as an off-limits colour pairing. Don't be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone.

Decode the Wheel
Look towards the wheel and its potential to unlock a plethora of combinations. A small colour wheel is a great reference tool to modify and intensify a space. 

For starters, colours opposite to each other are complementary colours with the sharp contrast between them. They can make a space pop but an overuse can get visually tiresome. Analogous colours sit next to each other on the wheel. In a three-colour analogous palette, one colour should dominate, one should support and the third should accent. 

Consider the Size
For a small, sun-deprived living room, too muted or too cool hues can feel uninviting. Play it up with warmer shades to visually expand dark spaces and create a welcoming atmosphere. Have a sprawling living room flooded with natural light? Well, more space means more combinations. Bright complementary colours might come on too strong, so sprinkling them against a white backdrop to soften the effect. For instance, colours like navy, turquoise and pink pop well when teamed with white. 

Pick by Personality
For a more active space, introduce stronger, more intense colours. For a calmer room, choose colours that are more intense than off-white or light pastel. Extremely light colours can feel bright and stark on all walls. Instead, two or more medium-light, closely related pastels can create a luminous effect together. You can also add drama with a stronger colour on the ceiling.

Take on Textures
Mix textures to break the monotony of a single colour. The wall and trim colours can remain the same but consider using an eggshell finish (that’s matt and less reflective) on the walls and a satin or semi-gloss finish on trims. The same colour will appear slightly different on each surface. Perfect for creating a cohesive look in a living room, with many windows and doors and relatively lesser wall area.

Light Matters
Natural daylight shows the truest colour. Incandescent brings out warm tones and yellows. Fluorescent casts a sharp blue tone. So, a strong colour might seem overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but might be effective on an accent wall with indirect light.

Go on, pick a shade that talk to you!


Written By: Aditi Gaitonde Fernandes

Contributing Writer

Décor Ideas
11 May 2018

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