Decorating & Furniture/living room



I hope you can help. I have just bought my first house with my boyfriend and
we are have little idea about interior design. So far we have two brown leather
settees. We want to have a dining table and chairs in the room as well but we
are unsure on what colour wood would be best (also for other items of
furniture), I feel that to much dark brown is going to look wrong. The second
issue we cant agree on a colour so far we have looked at light blue and a light  
orange sort of colour. The room is of medium size and has two windows but I
wouldn't describe it as a light room.

Thanks for any help you can give!

Hi Kathryn

There is a particular combination of blue-y aqua, brown and cream that I really like.

It is like the third rug down on this page:

Based on what you have told me I would suggest you go with your instict of avoiding dark brown wood and go with a much lighter wood finish.  

A warm but pale blue would be good and if you are still unsure then I would suggest you have one blue wall (perhaps the wall you face the most where you have a fireplace or your TV) and paint the remaining walls cream.

How do you feel about pattern?

If your carpet, curtains etc. are plain it might be nice to add a bit of pattern with a wall panel:

and/or some cushion covers:

There are lots of fabrics you could choose from that would bring all your colours together but here are some suggestions:

The only important thing really with the fabric is that the pattern brings all your colours together in one.

Kind regards,


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