Sophisticated, Nature-Inspired Living Room

This newlyweds' living room gets a color makeover. It combines traditional colors from the 1920s with inspiration from camping for a surprisingly elegant result.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBlue and white is a traditional color combination from the time when this house was built.
They select a glacier blue for the walls to complement the rich brown hardwood floor. Blue walls and white trim are a traditional color combination from the 1920s when their house was built. For the built-in bookcases, they choose chocolate brown, which is not too intense but also won't fade into the background. Beige fabric panels are added for the backs of the shelves so the units won't look so heavy. The white fireplace and trim are painted off-white to tone down the contrast with the built-ins. The coffee table is converted into a comfortable ottoman, covered with chocolate brown silk. And the sofa is reupholstered with a deep blue fabric. The result is a sophisticated living room with outdoorsy influences.

Did You Know:Gray-blue is perceived as a sophisticated color. Dark brown adds a comfortable elegance to furniture. Blue and brown was Louis XIV's favorite color combination, so it's often seen in Parisian apartments.

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