Tangerine, when you choose a bold, vivid paint shade like tangerine for your living room walls, coming up with a complementary color scheme for the rest of the room can be difficult. Depending on the accent colors you choose, you can make the tangerine look even more vibrant or tone the wall color down for a more subdued effect. It's not only the accent shades that matter, though. Deciding where and how much of each accent color to use plays a big role in your living room's look too. The first step in choosing accents for the living room is deciding what your main accent shade will be. You can use this color to paint molding, trim and other architectural details on the tangerine walls, as well as for large furniture pieces such as your sofa and armchairs. If you want a balanced look, a neutral shade such as tan or chocolate can help ground the room and stand up against the bright tangerine. However, if you want a truly bold look, don't be afraid to play with color. Use a warm shade like yellow or red to pick up those undertones in the tangerine. Muted shades like butter or brick provide a more elegant look, while vibrant shades like lemon and primary red can pack a big design punch.
That's why you should incorporate some soft accents throughout the space to help tone down the overall design and add some light to the room. You can't go wrong with crisp white accents against bold tangerine walls -- hang sheer white curtains on the windows and use white floating shelves to display your favorite collectibles, or pair your sofa with an eye-catching patterned chair with plenty of white details. If white looks too harsh, ivory or cream make ideal alternatives. Just because your walls are tangerine doesn't mean other orange shades can't work as accents throughout your living room. A monochromatic design can have a sleek, modern look, so if you prefer contemporary decor, it's an ideal look for your living room. Soft shades such as peach can help tone down the design in place of neutrals like white or ivory, while muted shades like burnt orange or terra cotta can take the place of darker neutrals like gray or chocolate.
Light wall colors -- creamy ivory, almost white, barely yellow, light caramel -- provide an ideal backdrop against medium-tone cherry bedroom furniture. As the cherry wood ages and darkens, the color contrast between the light walls and dark furniture becomes more striking. Create a focal point by painting an accent wall in sage green. The red tones of the cherry wood and the muted green feature wall visually balance each other nicely because red and green are opposites on the color wheel, making them complementary decorating hues. Layered window treatments add function, style and texture to a bedroom. Install window shades that are woven from natural grasses, wood or reeds with a hint of red to enhance your cherry furniture with an earthy texture. Hang curtains in front of the woven shades to create a layered, stylish appearance. Select white sheers to brighten medium cherry tones with a light, breezy feel or choose silky lined draperies in muted green to heighten the furniture's elegant appeal with luxurious fabric in a complementary hue.
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