Living Room Decorating Ideas With Brown & Blue

Updated February 21, 2017

Brown and blue are an unexpected yet eye-catching colour combination. The nature-inspired colours play off of each other, creating a balanced look. If you are redecorating your living room, use a fresh brown and blue colour scheme for an updated style. Use vibrant or muted colours, or a combination of both, to reflect a specific decor theme.

Elegant Style

Infuse the living room with an elegant style using a classy medium chocolate brown and light blue colour scheme. The brown hue grounds the look, while the blue colour adds an airy touch to the space. Hang light blue and white toile-patterned wallpaper for a breezy but ornate style. Choose a high-quality woven or leather brown couch and love seat set. Enhance the furniture with light blue decorative pillows featuring white floral embroidery details. Hang gauzy white curtains to catch warm summer breezes and to break up the blue and brown palette; place fluffy white rugs on hardwood floors for a coordinating look.

Beach-inspired Decor

When enhancing a living room with a beachy vibe, use sandy brown and sea blue tones. Paint the walls a light blue colour to set the stage for a casual decor style. Choose brown wicker furniture items, such as a love seat, chair and glass-top coffee table. Add style and comfort to the seating elements with blue cushions featuring brown and white seashell patterns. For a nautical touch look for a standing lamp featuring a base wrapped with rope. Hang soothing blue ocean scenes in brown wood frames for a relaxed look. Accent a fireplace mantel with a menagerie of coral, blue candles, driftwood pieces and a bowl filled with seashells and starfish.

Retro Space

Give the living room a cool retro look with 1960s surf-inspired patterns and a mix of muted and vibrant tones. Splash the walls with fresh white paint as a neutral backdrop. Choose a vintage-style dark brown couch featuring silver leg details. Create a customised coffee table by placing retro Hawaiian beach-inspired post cards on top of the table and covering it with a piece of cut-to-fit glass. Hang bold dark brown, turquoise and white tropical leaf-patterned drapes, and accent the couch with coordinating pillows. Place turquoise shag rugs on tiled or hardwood floors to add warmth and style. Hang a vintage owl or sunburst clock to add a touch of whimsy to the space.

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