How to decorate a teal & burgundy living room

Updated February 21, 2017

Instead of remodelling your living room to create a new appearance, decorate it in a teal and burgundy theme around the furniture you already own. Teal and burgundy work well together to create a dramatic new mood using both a bright and dark colour in the room.

Paint the walls in the living room with interior paint, your paintbrush and a paint roller. Select a dark shade of burgundy since this complements teal and works well when decorating with this colour scheme. Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer's directions before continuing onto the next step.

Incorporate dark wooden furniture in the living room. Dark wooden furniture works well against burgundy on the walls and contrasts with the brightness of teal and creates balance in the room.

Change the look of your sofa and chairs in your living room with teal slipcovers. Follow the manufacturer's directions to secure the slipcovers to each piece of furniture in the living room if you buy ready-made slipcovers. You can also select fabric and have the slipcovers custom made.

Hang curtains in the living room that incorporate both colours.

Decorate the furniture with complementary toss pillows. Placing teal-and-burgundy toss pillows on solid teal-covered furniture creates depth and ties together the colour scheme. Using the same pattern as the curtains serves to further unify the room.

Place a teal or burgundy area rug on the living room floor. This prevents you from having to replace the flooring yet decorates the floor in the living room with your new colour scheme.


To lighten the colour scheme in the room, you may wish to select curtains and toss pillows with a dash of cream, along with teal and burgundy.

Things You'll Need

  • Interior paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Dark wooden furniture
  • Furniture slipcovers
  • Curtains
  • Toss pillows
  • Area rug
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Stephanie Nolan has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles appear on various websites, where she specializes in topics about home improvement, parenting and interior design. Nolan holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.