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How to match colors in my living room

Updated April 17, 2017

Picking out new colours for your living room can seem like a fun experience, but it also can end up time-consuming and frustrating. You may already have the main colours picked out, but can't decide on accent or complementary colours. Perhaps, like many, you have no idea where to begin. Purchasing a colour wheel will help to kick start the new project and save you valuable time and money when taking on this big job.

View the colours next to one another on the colour wheel to determine complementary colours. Use photographs to inspire you if you cannot decide which colours to use in your living room. Take colour ideas from both the photos and colour wheel to create a new and unique design of your own.

Pick a theme or emotion you are trying to capture in the living room. Pick out colours that reflect emotions you want to convey to help capture the mood of the room. Blue is a calming colour that will help to create a living room that seems relaxed or peaceful. The colour green ties into a natural feeling and is similar to blue in the sense that it can create calm. Choose contrasting colours that go well with the main colour. Brown or tan go well with natural colours, and help give the room an overall rustic feel.

Avoid using colours that are too bright, or use them in moderation. Yellow is a happy colour but can be slightly painful to view in heavy doses. Red and pink are also beautiful colours but can be overwhelming to see in large quantities. These colours are better suited for accessories or fabric.

Choose three main colours at most to create a colour pattern for your living room. Integrate as many decorative colours for your accents as you desire, however. Accent colours include wall decor, lamps, plants and other accessories in your room. Pick the three colour swatches out at a hardware store and place them where they will go in your living room. Stick the wall colour on the wall using a piece of tape, lay the floor colour on the floor and place the fabric colour against your couch.

Look at each of the colours with multiple sources of lighting. Open the curtains and view the colours with natural sunlight, place a dim lamp against them, and then use a bright bulb. Viewing the colours with various sources of light will help you determine which colours are better suited alone and with each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Colour wheel
  • Swatches
  • Paint
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Sherry Morgan has been professionally demonstrating her writing ability since 2005. Within her writing career, she has written for Ask.com, Associated Content, Textbroker, and an extensive list of personal clients. She is currently working on her Associate of Applied Science degree in business management at MGCCC, focusing on business and creative writing.