Colourful living room ideas – 20 of the best

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Adding colour to a living room can instantly change both the look and feel of this communal area of your home. Vibrant shades will create an uplifting, positive mood, while opting for soft, muted colours can give a space a calm and soothing atmosphere. Cool colours will help make a space appear light and bright, while warm colours have a more enveloping, welcoming feel.

Using block colour on walls will create the most impact, but if your room is a compact size, stick to using a strong shade on just one wall or a chimney breast to create a striking focal point. Similarly, a wallpaper in a vibrant shade can create a beautiful eye-catching feature, but might feel overwhelming used on every wall. If you’ve fallen in love with a wallpaper that’s way out of your budget, buy one roll, frame a panel of it and display it as a piece of art.

There’s no need to repaint fresh neutral walls if you don’t fancy a decorating project: changing the colour of furniture and soft furnishings is a quick and easy way to alter the mood of a room. Try for a patterned armchair to nicely compliment your scheme. Swapping curtains, cushions, rugs and throws for a new colourway will transform your living room in an instant for relatively little expense. Choosing a combination of colours for scatter cushions on your sofas is a simple way to add interest to your scheme, just be sure to choose colours that share the same tone, for example chalky pastels, muted neutrals, deep jewel shades or primary brights. Try John Lewis for a range of colourful cushions.

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