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How a great colour scheme can make your lounge pop

28th April 2022

Creating the perfect colour scheme for your living room can be a particularly daunting task, especially if it’s not something you’ve done before! If this is the case, you’ve probably got a range of different questions whizzing around your mind like ‘What sort of colour should I use?’, ‘Should I implement a theme’, ’Will it go with my sofa covers or chair covers?’, and it can all get a bit overwhelming.

We’re here to help – we’ve put together a little guide to help you through the potentially confusing world of colour, and give you a bit of inspiration to light those creative fires in your mind so that you can craft the perfect living room colour scheme.

With that in mind, here’s how colour can help you bring your living room to life.

First, a quick intro to colour theory

We all have our own tastes and preferences when it comes to colours, moods and settings for our living rooms. But did you know that there’s actually a process for understanding how to pair and contrast colours that can make the whole process that much easier?

Colour theory is a series of theoretical practices that’s been developed by both artists and scientists (including the great Sir. Isaac Newton) over time, which basically explain what colours go well together, and the reasons why. You see, it’s all to do with the way our brains perceive different colours, and as a result of colour theory studies we got the colour wheel. The wheel basically shows us how certain colours and hues influence our mood. For example, contrasting colours (those opposite each other on the colour wheel) tend to look good together, as they stimulate different parts of the eye simultaneously.

So what are some of the key points that colour theory makes?

The effect of colour temperature

According to colour theory, certain colours give off certain moods depending on their location on the colour wheel. To give you an idea – warmer colours tend to be more on the red and yellow side of the wheel, whereas blue and green tend to be located on the cooler side of the wheel. So how come some colours are deemed as ‘warmer’ than others? Well it’s actually all to do with psychology.

Colours play a huge role in the psychological and emotional state of people. This is because different colours invoke different emotions. For instance, warm colours such as red, yellow, and orange are often associated with passion, anger and love (a bit contradictory we know). On the other end of the spectrum, cooler colours like blue and white are usually associated with tranquility and calmness. Essentially, colour can be extremely helpful in establishing different moods for your space.

Advice on colour schemes

The combination of colours you choose is a pivotal factor when looking to create a certain atmosphere in your living room, and we’ve come up with a few examples of popular schemes that you might want to think about incorporating.

Monochromatic – a variety of tones out of the same hue
Analogous colour scheme – colours that find a place next to each other on the colour wheel; for example, an ombre colour scheme
Triadic – denoting colours that are spaced out equally on the colour wheel
Complementary – colours on opposite sides of the wheel
Tetradic – dual colours that are distributed evenly across the colour wheel

When it’s all said and done though, the type of scheme you choose to create has to be personal to you, and convey the sort of mood that you want it too! To that end, our vast range of sofa and chair covers come in a variety of colours and materials to suit any kind of design. Choose from a variety of cotton and velvet designs in range of popular colours like grey and blue.

So, if you’re having trouble making a decision, or you’re looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to let one of us know. You can get in touch using the contact form on our website, or through our Facebook or Instagram. We’re always happy to hear from you!

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