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Unique Color Combination Ideas to Renovate Your Living Room


Your living room is likely one of the most used spaces in the home. Not only by your family but also any guests that pop over for a shindig. The space needs to look and feel comfortable and inviting, but you want a little bit of personality in there as well!

Making a mark with your living room design is easier than you may think. The colour combinations you select can make all of the difference. A quick tip off the top that we love here at Organize With Sandy is using tones and shades of the same color to add variety and depth to the living room. This monochromatic color scheme approach leaves plenty of room for customisation to ensure that your living room matches the rest of the home’s aesthetic.

Read on for our unique color combination tips to provide a little inspiration for your living room redesign.

The classic Hollywood look

There can be many reasons to refresh your living room look. It may be in desperate need of an update, or you’ve cleverly taken advantage of Homeowner Grants and have the budget for a new look.

We love the idea of drawing inspiration from the good ol’ days of Hollywood with pale shades of blue with white and linen materials accented with a little gold, be it in the paint scheme or as a feature piece (vintage lamp, anyone?). Don’t be afraid of luxurious details, velvet pillows, mirrors, and a white shag rug to top it off. Keep things subtle by introducing an espresso or fawn colouring where possible.

Earth and sky

Trust us when we say a bold palette of brown, white and turquoise will look stunning. Use lighter monochromatic tones in the brown and turquoise and varying shades of brown on the walls and floor. This will create a warm look and feel and allow you to add turquoise accessories or curtains for a pop of color like a terrarium or bright color sofa.

Comfortable, peaceful, elegance

Understated elegance is a popular option for many homeowners. A mix of celadon and espresso achieves this while providing an energetic contrast that will work well with a beige carpet and satin pillows with floral patterns on the couch. Stick with brown for accessories or plant pot colours to instil an earthy feel.

Floral twilight

Shades of gray are another popular color realm for homeowners, and we love the idea of mixing this with a deep twilight blue and a lighter-toned throw. Once again, you can easily incorporate floral patterns or vases of actual flowers to break up the grays and blues. Finally, add a white side table to draw the eye and adorn the walls with black and white photographs.

The urban getaway

Monochromatic colors have the ability to bring harmony to a room which is perfect if you live close to the noise of a big city or in a small space. Ivory, taupe and three different shades of purple across your paint, pillows, art, and curtains create a complex but harmonious space that is truly unique.

Unique beach styling

Whether you are redesigning a bach house or just want to replicate that feel in your primary home, sandy light beige replicates the feel of a sandy atmosphere but can also be quite stylish. Here is the trick; use tones of the same color across the paintwork, carpet, walls, couch, and coffee table for a harmonious look that is incredibly comfortable. Add a little seafoam green and white for a matching decorative edge as well.

Modern pop fashion

There is a reason why Neapolitan ice cream looks so delicious; the colors. Replicate this chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry look with brown on the walls, pink pillows, and a white table and lamp to bring it all together.

Fun tip: Leopard print pillows are neutral in that they will complement any color scheme. No matter which option you choose, add some in to see what we mean!

A warm afternoon

As we mentioned in the beginning, warm and welcoming should always be your living room goal, and a monochromatic gold-toned room does exactly that. Make sure the lightest gold tone is on the walls, add a striped rug, and then use other gold-like tones such as caramel, topaz, and wheat. You can also effortlessly add espresso brown in to ensure the gold does not become monotonous.

A coastal vacation

If you want your living room to feel like a summer vacation, harmonious tonal blues are your direction of choice. Pair these colours with neutral linen shades for the rug, table, or couch, or add in golden wicker chairs and an accent mirror to keep everything in line.

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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