Often, when you move into a new house, you have to accept the flooring colour, particularly if the flooring is in very good condition. While it may seem quite challenging to decorate around a strong, saturated colour, such as deep blue carpeting, that blue can be transformed into a neutral when it is paired with greys, black, white and creams. When done correctly, the finished look of the room can be both pleasing and modern.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Colour palette
Pick up a set of colour palettes, or set of paint chips, from your local paint store. Sit down on your carpet and turn to the blue-grey section of the palette. Look through the chips until you find three or four colours that complement the colour of the carpet. Order samples of each of the paint colours.
Paint large sample squares in each of the paint colours on each wall of every room featuring the blue carpeting. The paints will look different in each room and different from wall to wall based on changes in light. Be sure to label each swatch. Evaluate the different paints once they are dry and select your favourite.
Prime and paint your largest room. The new wall colour will neutralise the contrast between the wall and the carpet, reducing the carpet's colour impact. Paint your trim mouldings white to give the room a crisp look.
Position a large area rug in front of your room's central focal point, such as a fireplace. Select a sofa and chair set that are charcoal or white and tables that are black, grey or white. You can include furniture accented with glass and blue-grey metals or metallics as they will also be somewhat neutral in colour. Your area rug should display this same colour range as well as an accent colour, such as green, bright blue or purple.
Hang drapes and use upholstery fabrics that complement the styles of your existing furniture. If you have large amounts of windows, keep the drapery fabric's colour similar to the walls and fairly neutral.
Utilise your accent colour in pillows, small art pieces resting on tables and large art pieces on the walls.
Tips and warnings
- By staying within a neutral palette, the blue will tend to fade back toward grey-black and seem less prominent. Keeping the lines of the furniture crisp and modern will update the blue to a modern neutral.
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