A Starting Point

To create a welcoming and cohesive living room you need to have a starting point and work from there. Choose a piece of art, a rug, or a favourite piece of furniture and let that determine the style and colour palette. 

These first three images have a strong piece of art as the focal point, and everything works around it. Pick two or three colours from the art to use in furniture and accessories. This will create a common thread to tie it all together.

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A rug is another excellent starting point, and is like a work of art in itself. If, like me, you love a patterned rug, then let that be the 'hero' and everything else should compliment it. Using the same rule as the artwork, let the rug dictate your colour palette working with three main tones.

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You'll often find that you unconsciously create a common thread with your colour palette as you're drawn to certain colours. Mine is blue with accents of pink and yellow. That doesn't mean you can't have the odd splash of green, or a touch of black, but keep your top three consistent and you'll have a harmonious room.