Colour scheme - advice required!

1 Jun 2014
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United Kingdom

A new house has been acquired and we are currently in the process of redecorating.

The house is north-south with the lounge on the north side. I would like the lounge to have two colours (or tones) but I remain undecided. One long wall will be painted in one colour and the other walls painted another, but there are two conditions.

1) I have an underwater photograph (in my "Fish" album) that I would like to have enlarged to A1 canvas and put on the long wall of the lounge so whatever paint I use would need to compliment the picture.

2) I have a red rug which I would like to use if I can because I do like red.

I have thought about being inspired by a

(a) mediterranean feel to give the room a relaxed, warm feel (terracotta or similar)

(b) have grey carpet with grey corner sofa and red cushions to match the rug.

But what wall colours should I use? Would a neutral colour be preferable to compliment the picture?

I'm not an expert on such matters so any suggestions or ideas would be gratefully received (especially internet links to pictures).

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To be honest, giving advice on colour schemes is very hard to do here for two reasons. The first is that I do not know what your room looks like and the second is that decorating idea's are so personal, it would be pointless trying to guess what you may like, someone I do not know!

May I suggest typing into google images 'living room idea's'. There will be a plethora of photographs that surely will inspire you.

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