What paint colors and curtains to choose in my living room?

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“In my living room I have gray sofa set, dark brown furniture and the kitchen cabinets are very dark brown. What paint colors and curtains do you suggest to brighten up the space?”

Our recommendation

The choice of colors on walls and curtains depend on other elements of space, such as

  • the size: on small walls we should choose pale, light tones, in large rooms we can choose a color scheme with either bright or dark colors.
  • the flooring material and color: warm or cold flooring material, light or dark color (wood, marble, tile) affect the choice of paint colors on the walls.
  • the lighting: if the room benefits from plenty of natural light in the space we can pick dark or more intense tones.
  • the style of the room and furnishings: color choice and combinations of colors depend on the style of the space (monochromatic color scheme or rich colors).

We suggest colors that blend harmoniously with the elements of your space, e.g. off white sand color, or off white cream.

combo light breeze

combo powder sand

You can also pick shades of light blue or gray/silver.

combo violet sparkle

combo calm

You can select your curtains in similar shades to enhance the brightness of the space. You can opt for thin transparent curtains of soft fabrics that create a spacious and bright space.

You can choose pops of vibrant colors on decorative elements of the space, such as pillows, lamps, etc.


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