How to decorate a living room in white & taupe

Written by katie duzan
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White and taupe coloured rooms are extremely soothing and relaxing. The lack of stimulating bright colours is naturally relaxing. However, decorating an entire room in taupe and white can end up looking boring if it's not done correctly. A living room decorated in taupe and white is a big risk, since it's the main entertaining room for guests. Keeping the room beautiful and interesting is essential when using a limited colour scheme such as white and taupe.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Carpet
  • Window treatments
  • Accessories
  • Furniture

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  1. 1

    Paint the walls. Use taupe paint to add colour to the walls. Accent the paint with white baseboards and crown moulding.

  2. 2

    Look down. Carpeting comes in a variety of colours and styles. Plain taupe or white is an easy option to coordinate the room, but keep in mind that white carpeting is very difficult to keep clean. There are also a good variety of carpeting in taupe and white patterns to help enhance the room's appearance.

  3. 3

    Go for variety. Since the colour scheme is simple, choose an assortment of textures to liven things up a little. Rough fabrics, silky curtains, polished vases and matted photo frames are a few examples of differing textures that create interest.

  4. 4

    Think patterns. Use patterned fabric on the furniture, window treatments or even on throw rugs to liven up the living room. Circles, stripes or even geometric patterns are anything but boring.

  5. 5

    Mix it up. Don't use plain white too much, since white can appear sterile. If the furniture is a solid white, keep a taupe throw on it, or use taupe throw pillows. Adding the warmth of taupe keeps the room's appearance inviting.

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