Green, Blue and Red for a Little Living Room


These homeowners recently gave up the house boat lifestyle in favor of some new digs on shore. And what fun it is to make this cozy cottage “home.” Even though it’s a serious square footage upgrade from their former boat, this living room is still on the small side. Here are three great ideas with carefully selected pieces to keep this room functional and fun.

Green Stripe Wallpaper

It’s hard to see in the photo, but this room has a dark green rug. Until the owners are ready for a renovation, they’d like to decorate around it. I think their best bet is to lay down a big area rug, both to lighten the space and give it some texture. Light green is fresh and happy, especially with contrasting details like the Paris Metro sign. My favorite piece, though, is that couch. Specifically named “Apartment Sized Couch” it’s a perfect way to add adult sized seating to a small space.

Nothing But Blue Skies

Sky blue is one of my all time favorite colors. It’s soothing and flattering whether it’s gray-blue, green-blue or purple-blue. You almost can’t go wrong with any shade of sky. The sectional couch is the trickiest part of this option. Despite the small space, a modestly-sized sectional could provide all of the seating in the entire room. By hugging the outer walls, it gives almost a built-in bench effect (much like on a boat!) and it helps to open up the center of the floor.

Vintage Nautical

Lastly, a nautical-inspired option in case our owners are missing the open seas. This is a vintage style, men’s club boat theme – complete with a cozy red accent wall and club chairs. A few unique pieces like a nautical wing chair, steamer trunk table and wine barrel ceiling light give this room tons of character.

This small space has loads of potential. The main points to make this room sing: light area rug, remove the heavy curtains in favor of shades, and appropriately scaled furniture. From there, the sky’s the limit!


Green Striped Wallpaper

Nothing But Blue Skies

Vintage Nautical

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  1. Valery

    Wow, I’m loving the blue room! I will be sure to send pictures as soon as it is complete!

  2. carly

    This is something like:Smoldering Red (Benjamin Moore) or Front Door Red (Valspar).

    It’s deep and saturated. Depending on the lighting of your own room, you can tweak it toward orange (slightly rusty) or purple (slightly cranberry).

  3. Anna

    wow… i love the cool blue colored look of the living room, red and green have their own charm. but blue is giving the coolest look.

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