When using one colour, exploring other shades adds texture. With this in mind, the same colour can be used on the walls and the furniture, like in this rich raspberry living room.
Modern red living room
A bold, bright red room can be balanced with a hint of oatmeal in the accessories. This gives a more subtle effect than white and adds a country feel to a modern design.
Green floral living room
A fresh, floral display of white and different shades of green can be invigorating. The small hints of white in the wallpaper and accessories balance the green hues.
Living room storage
Make the most of a space by customising your storage. Display books and CDs alongside mementoes and children's knick-knacks for a homely feel.
Purple floral living room
Oversized floral wallpaper can be teamed with simple bold accessories to create the right balance. The use of bright lighting will bring those colours and patterns to life.
Modern blue living room
Contrasting colours are a great way to make a statement. Large dark coloured areas, like ultramarine or even black, need bright coloured accessories to draw attention to key elements.
Fresh green living room
A statement sofa in lime with a hint of mint green, teamed with mix-and-match bright cushions, printed blinds, lamps, rugs and a tub chair in complementary colours, creates a fresh, spring look.
Attic living room storage
Cotton fabrics in neutral tones create a snug space - perfect for a cosy attic living room.
Elegant living room
The wallpaper is the starting point for the elegant look in this living room. Hanging the wallpaper in the alcoves stops it from overpowering the room, but still allows it to stand out.
Tonal living room
Stone creates a warm backdrop to this pared-down classic yet eclectic scheme that is rich in texture. Choose natural flooring for a laid-back feel.
Modern white living room
With a serene white backdrop, this large living room has space for playful elements such as the laser-cut chair, plus a good mix of vintage and modern pieces.
Relaxed modern living room
The soft blue walls of this living room, along with the cosy pink sofa, create an enveloping feel. The patterned rug picks ups on the two colours, while also adding interest.
Open-plan contemporary living room
A monochrome scheme is softened with the use of brown in the furnishings in this open-plan living area. The owners had planned to keep the original fireplace to save money, but the builders took it out by mistake, so they chose a simple contemporary one from LivingStyle to replace it that both blends in and creates a calming focal point to the living area. Underfloor heating was laid under the tiles to keep the big open-plan area warm. The sofa came from DFS.
Living room with mismatched patterns
An all-white room lends itself well to mixing patterns and prints. Here, a floral armchair, textured pouffe and detailed lampshade, all with a retro vibe, marry beautifully to create interest against the white surroundings.