Got a neutral living room that needs a lift? Its easy to refresh a living room with cheery pops of colour such as yellow and turquoise. Why not try blocks of colour with a blue sofa and sunny yellow accessories? Or bring a dove grey living room to life by highlighting a key feature, such as a fireplace, with an eyecatching paint shade.If you love eclectic, colourful room schemes, try a bright boho look.
Start with off-white walls and a neutral sofa, and arrange a group of picture frames above for a decorative look. Add fresh colourful accessories such as printed cushions and table lamps.Be inspired by the styles you love whether that’s botanical, country, coastal or mid century when choosing furniture and accessories. So if you love botanicals, paint walls in a restful duck-egg shade and add a set of three botanical print pictures. And if you want to give your living room a whole new look in just one step decorate with wallpaper.
Wallpaper is a really simple way to give your living room a completely new design. Choose block-print patterns as a stylish neutral backdrop, create a mid-century mood with a 1950s-style design, or instantly create a relaxed coastal feel with weathered-wood effect paper. Add a few decorative accessories to complete the look.Ready to give your living room a beautiful new look? Take a look through these easy living room ideas for plenty of inspiration
French country living room in pretty pastels
Give a traditional living room a surprise new element with an eye-popping paint colour. The pale grey and off-white colour scheme lacked punch before, but painting the fire surround in a bold shade of yellow helps to create an eye-catching focal point. Carry the colour through on one or two key pieces, such as an accent side table, cushion and patterned rug.
Farrow & Ball
Update a neutral country living room with a fresh botanical scheme. Use a fern-print fabric as your starting point, teamed with leafy fabrics and accessories for a cohesive look. Keep your colour palette relaxed and rustic, in shades of fern green, duck-egg blue and warm beige, teamed with mismatched furniture in warm, weathered woods. Paint the walls in a tonal duck-egg shade, adding a row of foliage-inspired pictures above the sofa as a finishing touch.
Stuck in a rut with your neutral living room? Then be bold with a boho-inspired colour treatment, guaranteed to lift the spirits. Begin by building your look around your key neutral elements, such as pale walls, a cream sofa and neutral wooden flooring. Start small with a boldly-patterned rug and a row of cushions in mix-and-match colours. Then add to your scheme bit by bit with contrasting colours and patterns a lamp here, a couple of pictures there until you're happy with the effect.
Make over a country living room with a fresh, coastal-inspired scheme. Start with a wood-effect wallpaper to create the look of weathered panelling, then keep the rest of the décor calm and casual with a relaxed palette of creams, greys and pale blues to create a beachy vibe. Team with painted wood furniture, cotton-linen uphostery and bleached flooring. Finally, display beachcomber finds, such as pebbes, shells and sea-glass bottles for a holiday feel.
Clarke & Clarke
Refresh a tired living room with a cheery new colour treatment. Go for a bright contrast that will energise the space, such as this turquoise and yellow combination, or experiment with pairing colours like orange and grey, or pink and cobalt blue. Use large blocks of colour to give the scheme more impact, such as on a sofa and armchair, against a backdrop of a plain white wall to stop the colour overwhelming the room. Finally, create a mini gallery of wall art with picture frames painted in co-ordinated shades.
Enliven a cool living room by introducing a warm accent colour such as this rich, rusty red to use around the room on soft furnishings and accessories. These colour block prints are a great way of bringing more colour in. Try positioning a pair above a sofa or a large piece of furniture, to help draw the eye and tie the scheme together.
Give a neutral scheme a boost with a simple, block print-patterned wallpaper. Pick a uniform pattern in a neutral greige, mid-grey or taupe colourway against a paler background, then carry on your theme with a nod to the pattern on cushions and soft furnishings. Mix up your scheme by bringing in a couple more small-scale patterns here and there, followed by touches of a sharp accent colour such as lime green or chartreuse yellow.
Update an uninspiring living room with a Fifties-style makeover. Start with a statement wallpaper in a signature mid-century print, such as this stylish leaf and flower design in muted mushroom and yellow. Introduce accents of yellow around the room on cushions, rugs, vases and ceramics, tempered with the mushroom shade as your neutral background colour. Carry on the Fifties theme with mid-century accent furniture, featuring streamlined shapes, tapered legs and lots of blonde Scandi-style woods.
Give a plain living room a focal point with a gallery-style arrangement of family photographs. Keep to pictures and frames that echo your colour scheme for a co-ordinated look, such as these black and white photographs in simple off-white frames. Create this diamond-shaped arrangement by starting with a column of frames in the centre, then adding shorter columns either side as you go. Using frames in a variety of sizes will give a relaxed look.
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