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Looking for a living room colour that’s calm, classic and wonderfully versatile? Try the cool tones of blue

If you’re struggling to decide on a colour scheme for your living room, it’s worth considering blue. Whether you go for a smart navy, a vibrant azure or a cool, calm sky blue, it’s possible to find the right shade to suit your style perfectly.

Blow hot and cold

Team the cool tones of blue with a warmer hue, such as cream and yellow. By combining colours from both ends of the colour spectrum, you’ll give your living room a balanced, harmonious feel – perfect for relaxing.

In this space, for example, the ivory walls, carpet and furnishings are a calm, cosy backdrop for shades of navy and light blue.

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Go deep-sea diving

Fancy something with more zing? A turquoise blue could be the ideal choice, especially when toned down with lighter blue and grey as they’ve done here. The shades of cyan, azure and aqua in this living room give the room a fresh, vibrant feel – but the limited palette ensures the space feels relaxed, rather than overwhelming.

The key to using one colour like this, is to add layers of tone and texture. Bring in pattern and choose different types of fabric, such as velvet and satin to give depth the scheme.

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Bring in small doses

Just a touch of blue can be enough to transform the look of your living room without changing the whole decoration of the space. The overall colour scheme in this room is neutral, with natural wood furniture complemented by beige and grey tones. To lift the space, we’ve gone for light blue curtains at the window.

A block of colour like this can really pep up a space – so think about where you can introduce a similar idea on a rug, a piece of upholstery, or even a feature wall.

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Lighten up

White and pale grey are ideal shades to team with bright blue, as they help to show off the colour’s vibrant feel. Take this living room, for example – the azure blue footstool and armchair combine with bold blue curtains and accessories to offset the white sofa and grey walls and carpet.

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Enjoy the classics

If you’re going for a country look, blue is the ideal shade to include in your colour scheme. It’s smart, tranquil and has a classic feel that works perfectly with a traditional look.

In this living room, a mid-blue shade has been incorporated into curtains, cushions and a simple checkered fabric. The space feels both classic and contemporary – and the cool blue ensures the ambience is calm, rather than fussy.

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