Traditional living room ideas – using cream & teal

Teal and cream are classic colour combinations which we see dipping in and out of vogue during different parts of the year. They're either included with a fresh Spring/Summer collections when the brighter shades of teal are used or for Autumn/Winter collections using more muted tones. The great aspect is that you can use these beautiful colours and up-date your living through the seasons simply by changing your soft furnishings.

In the Spring/Summer cream curtains offer a cool and refreshing window dressing, swap them for teal curtains in the Autumn and they'll help you make your living room look and feel warm and welcoming. The same principles apply to your other soft furnishings, swap Summery floral cushions for those in deeper colour tones and with a more tactile fabric such as velvet, velour or faux fur during the winter when you feel the need to snuggle into something warm and comforting.

You could also include using floral blinds and curtains into the mix to give your windows a fresh new look. Creamy coloured velvet curtains teamed with a floral Roman blinds offer a superb transition from one season to the next and are an affordable way to bring the latest on-trend floral patterns into your living room. Having a grouping of cushions in a variety of teal colour tones, patterns and sizes can also give your living room a new look without the need to redecorate. Mix stripes and checks with florals along with a range of visual and tactile experiences.

This year interior designers are suggesting we use these visual and physical, tactile experiences to make us feel more relaxed and less stressed. Living rooms should be a place where you can relax and unwind after a long day at work, but we also need the visual stimuli to stop us from flopping down and becoming couch potatoes.

We're not suggesting that you race a round your living room touching all of your soft furnishings, but you have to admit having a refreshingly coloured living room is less likely to make us feel sluggish, particularly during the Spring and Summer, and may even give us the impetus we need to step outside once in a while. That's why it's a good idea to choose the shade of teal and patterns of your soft furnishings and window dressings according to the seasons.

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