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Choose the perfect living room colour scheme | Living room colour schemes - 10 of the best | Living room decorating ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Livingetc

A little colour in your life reflects your personality and lifts your mood, so why not give your living room a colourful new update?

While it’s true that neutral room schemes provide a blank canvas, there’s a lot to be said for introducing colour. Different shades can have an uplifting or calming effect — and your choice of colour and soft furnishings can go a long way to reflecting your personality.

Colours seen in nature, such as sky blue and restful leaf green have a calming effect on us, while red is a stimulating shade and yellow is uplifting (sunshine yellow... need we say more?).

The key to decorating with one colour on walls and furniture is to use different shades of the same colour together, such as a soft apple green sofa alongside emerald metal side tables. It’s also a good idea to mix textures, for example combining matt paint on walls with a sleek, glossy lamp base.

Want to create a dramatic, modern look? Paint walls in a dark midnight blue for a moody backdrop and choose furniture in rich shades such a hot pink sofa for an opulent look.

Combine pattern with block of colours — why not go for a gorgeous teal patterned wallpaper and add a modern, low-level sofa in a deep coral shade? Contemporary carpet and rug designs are another way to add vibrancy to your interior.

Pastel shades can work equally well for a touch of colour — go for powder blue, pink or lilac — and add interest with striped or floral accessories.

Take a browse through the modern living room schemes in our photo gallery for more decorating inspiration.

Vibrant blue living room
If you're sticking to a single colour, mix textures to add interest - the glossy finish to rough-luxe textures ups the glam factor in this living room. A curvaceous royal-blue lamp adds sleek contrast to the chair and rug.

Made can upholster its chairs in a range of blue fabrics.

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Photograph by Polly Wreford