How to Coordinate Colors in a Living Room

Updated November 21, 2016

Your living room is the place where family and friends gather to relax and have fun. It's important that the colours in your living room create harmony for everyone to feel welcome and comfortable. Coordinating colour schemes is easy because colours that work harmoniously sit next to one other on colour wheels. Coordinating colours can be warm or cool, and it's convenient to go with a colour palette with at least three colours.

Begin with three colours that already appear in the decor of your living room. Look at furniture, window treatments, rugs, lamps and other accessories you have in the room when you make these choices. Choose one primary colour, which will be the colour you see the most in your living room.

Choose secondary colours from furnishings and accessories to unify the objects in your living room. For example, you could coordinate your window treatments with a colour from a painting in your room. Choose a colour that will also coordinate with the colours throughout your room.

Choose a contrasting secondary colour to bring interest to your living room. This colour will be opposite the primary colour on the colour wheel. Use this colour in small doses, but use enough of it to attract attention. Flowers and candles are pleasing for this effect, and you can change them without much cost or effort.

Paint your walls a colour you enjoy and one that will coordinate with several different furnishings and objects that are already in your living room.

Highlight secondary colours throughout the room with throw pillows, vases, lampshades and other accessories. Spread the objects evenly across your room to create a sense of balance.


Use colours that reflect the functions of your living room. If you intend to use the room for relaxation, choose soothing colours such as blue or green. One of the three colours you choose in your scheme should appear as the focal point of your room. Coordinate the colours in your living room with other rooms it is close to. Colours that don't match from room to room will appear choppy and cluttered. Avoid painting your walls faddish or odd colours because you may quickly tire of them.


Avoid going with more than four colours for your living room. Too many colours will make your feel small and disorganised.

Things You'll Need

  • Colour wheel
  • Flowers (optional)
  • Candles (optional)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Accessories
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