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Does pink go with black, or blue with yellow? Looking for living room colour ideas and need some guidance? Rest assured, we have all the answers you need. Our guide on best colour combinations for living room draws inspiration from book titles that have colours in them. So, sink into the sofa with a book, ditch the plain and boring colours and get ready to jazz your living room up like never before!
Fifty Shades Of Grey
Let’s begin our list of best colours for living room walls with grey – with the Fifty Shades of Grey being a no brainer when it comes to our book choice. The book is the first of the erotic trilogy by E.L. James and its success supposedly caught even the author by surprise! Surprise, of the pleasant sort, is what your guests are in store for if you adopt the colour grey for your living room.
Grey has been effectively used in all the soft furnishings of this room – from the sofa to the curtains and the thickly piled carpet, all of it is in shades of grey. Even the modern table with its grey frame and glass communicates the cool tones of grey. These are set against the backdrop of a Prussian blue wall, giving the space a luxurious and classy feel. Wooden tones of the floor and standing lamp provide the room the warmth and cosiness it needs.
The Colour Purple
The inspiration for our next living room colour idea comes from the Pulitzer winning book by Alice Walker – The Colour Purple. Set in the deep South of the USA, in the period after WWI, the inspiring book is a famous classic. In it, the colour purple symbolizes all that is beautiful and good in the world. No wonder, as purple has long been associated with royalty, grandeur, dignity, mystery, even magic and we believe there can’t be a more magical colour for your living room walls. In this room, shades of purple are combined with white and grey, casting the spell. The paler shade on the walls is soothing, while the deeper purple of the sofas whispers indulgence. The whites and greys of the cushions and carpet are set off with hints of black and metal tones in the accessories. These further heighten the sense of drama, mystery and allure of the room.
Half A Yellow Sun
Lovers of historical fiction will love Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, set in post- colonial Africa. The author empathetically and masterfully draws out the human impact of the Nigerian civil war of the 1960s. The book’s title referring to the glorious future that the Biafrans believed in and fought for, with the rising sun being depicted on their flag. Glory and hope are but some of the associations of the colour yellow and when combined with the calm and creativity of blue, it is an unmatched colour combination for the living room.
Here the pleasantly cool shade of blue of the wall is brought to life by the warmth of the yellow of the furniture and artwork. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the cushions. The yellow one amplifies the cheeriness of the room while the other, with its yellow and blue Chevron-like pattern, wonderfully binds the room together. The white rug invites you to sink your feet into it and settle onto the sofa for a long snooze or reading session. This set of colours have the added advantage of being a great wall colour combination for small living rooms.
Black Beauty, A Colour Code That Can’t Go Wrong
Given black’s connotations of power, elegance and sophistication, it is only natural that we draw on the power of Black Beauty, the handsome horse made immortal in Anna Sewell’s book by the name. When it comes to living room paint colours, black and its ally grey don’t immediately come to mind. This stunning room done up in black and greys is sure to convince you otherwise.
The walls of this room are painted a rich grey that intensify the rich sophistication of the room. A smart black modern chair, standing lamp and other accessories add to the refinement. Accent colours of white with a hint of yellow keep the room airy and light.
Five Quarters Of The Orange
The author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, has written several books, rich with sensual pleasures, strong plot lines and irresistible characters. Her Five Quarters of the Orange does the same, with its threads of mystery, complex characters, and yum inducing recipes redolent with the scent of oranges. The sharp tang of orange contrasts with its sweet tones, making it one of the best colours for the living room.
This room bursts with shades of orange against grey walls. Various hues of orange dot the space, bringing out the natural warmth of wooden furniture. The orange theme is echoed in the choice of light fixtures, the planters spilling over with greens, and even the teacups that grace the table. It’s the clever choice of subtle orange pattern that decorates the back of the cabinet that makes the room.
Anne of Green Gables
When you think green and of book titles, Anne of Green Gables immediately comes to mind. This charming children’s tale by Lucy Maud Montgomery is a legendary classic and has been adapted for the silver screen several times. One cannot but help falling in love with the protagonist, 11 year old orphan girl – Anne (with an ‘e’ as she is quick to remind you!) who has a fresh start at life when she comes to live with the Cuthberts at Green Gables. Renewal and life are what the colour green stands for and with it as your living room paint colour, you can be assured of similar fresh energies and growth!
The colour green is used sparingly but to good effect in this room. The living room wall has been painted an almost emerald shade of green, with the house plants taking the theme forward. Clever use of black and white in the form of an all-black desk, a low cabinet, and a patterned rug contrasts with the green. The grey upholstery is just the final touch that the room needs. Further, colouring only one wall is a great living room colour idea for those newbies who are experimenting with paint colour for the first time.
A Spool of Blue Thread
In A Spool of Blue Thread, the author Anne Tyler, narrates a family saga across three generations full of relatable characters and complex emotions. The blue thread symbolizes the love that ties all the family members together, it is their bond which may get tested but never breaks. The trust and loyalty that blue inspires is what we turn to for our next living room colour idea.
Blue and white are a timeless pair – and they work brilliantly as a colour combination for this living room. The royal, almost sapphire blue, wall is the dramatic setting for the rest of the room. Blues are scattered across the room in the form of armchairs, hints of indigoes in the artwork and soft furnishings, the patterned vase and crockery on display, and an Oxford blue sofa throw. In sharp contrast are the crisp white of the sofa and accessories. The modern white light fixture effectively seals the deal.
Silver Lining Playbook
Our final vote for best colour for living room walls goes to – wait for it – silver! We take our cue from Silver Linings Playbook, the book that inspired the very successful Oscar nominated movie by the same name, starring the very handsome Bradley Cooper. Silver is associated with sleekness and glamour and adding touches of it to your living room can make a world of difference.
The serious tones of grey, black and white in this room are enlivened by subtle hints of silver. The deep grey panel behind the television has silver stars and the steely silver is reflected in the choice of coffee table and light fixture. The checked carpet with its squares of silvery grey combined with black and white make for a perfect setting for the sofa furnished in similar colours.
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