If you're like many modern homeowners, you've got a functional living room with many attractive features. Perhaps you've got a good eye for art and have a few unique paintings or ceramics, or maybe you've been lucky enough to inherit some gorgeous antiques — but nonetheless, your living space seems unfinished in a way you can't quite put your finger on. You'd probably be surprised at how simple the answer might be — sometimes, all that's really needed to pull a room together is the right use of color. Following are three popular strategies for using color to provide that final layer of polish that provides an uninspiring living space with a cohesive, pulled-together aesthetic.
Contrasting or Complementary Door and Window Trim Colors
Painting window and door trim in contrasting or complementary colors is an easy design strategy that a surprising number of people completely overlook. For an understated look, consider painting the trim just one shade lighter or one shade darker than the color on the walls. For a more dramatic look, paint them in a sharply contrasting color — if your walls are slate blue, for instance, consider painting a color that's on the opposite side of the color wheel such as burnt orange. Whatever color you decide for the trim, you can further pull the room together by adding a few scattered accents in that color. For instance, if you've decided on blue trim, a couple of blue lamps or blue throw pillows will add visual continuity.
An accent wall is a wall that is different from the others in a visually interesting and appealing way. For instance, you could choose to use wallpaper on one wall instead of painting it the same shade as the others, or you could simply paint it a different color than the other walls. As with trim, choose a contrasting or complementary shade depending on the effect you want to achieve. If you want to get really creative, you can install shelving over the entirety of the wall and place ceramics and other artistic objects on them.
It's easy to make the mistake of neglecting the floor when considering the overall interior design of your living room — after all, floors are supposed to be functional above all else. That doesn't mean that they have to be utilitarian in appearance, however. Throw rugs under groupings of furniture, for instance, provide the space with the kind of definition and boundaries that make a room look finished.
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