Join our newsletter Name: Your Email Address Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands Thank you for signing up to Realhomes. Far from being boring or old-fashioned, cream living rooms are a warmer alternative to stark white – and can look really stylish with the right accessories and finishes.
A bohemian-inspired space always looks great against a plain backdrop, so use cream as your foundation to build up a scheme that's heavy on earthy colors, tufted textures and a houseplant or two.
This setup uses a woven wall hanging and super soft rug to bring the neutral scheme into a contemporary setting. Cream is the perfect shade for bright and airy living rooms in period homes, especially if you're lucky enough to have windows big enough to enhance natural light. For a more traditional scheme, opt for a tonal approach, with lighter and darker shades of cream to add depth.
Copy this cream living room idea how to brighten up a neutral scheme – we love how this muted mustard yellow sofa works in the beige space – it's a classic country feel mixed with a nod to contemporary brights. The modern version of this color combo is sharp, contemporary and downright cool, as this room set from Ikea (opens in new tab) shows. Opt for industrial touches, bring in natural textures through wood, and inject some greenery to keep the scheme from feeling flat. Combining different shades and styles of wooden furniture adds textural interest to a plain foundation and looks surprisingly pulled-together. Finish with a contrasting neutral, like the grey introduced in this scheme – it feels so wrong but looks surprisingly pulled-together. Team it with patterned cushions in similar colors and look out for a large printed lampshade and wooden lamp base to add character.
The dark grey sofa creates contrast and acts as a focal point, and the pale cream textured rug adds a tactile quality that gives the space a cozier aspect. Its low profile gives it a modern feel and the light upholstery means you can accessorize with any colors. Here, the navy and gold patterned cushions give carte blanche for you to add in metallics to match. The electric blue patterned rug ramps up the look and gives it a zingy edge, the turmeric trimmed throw has the same effect. The wall unit, console and armchair each give character to the room, and the textures offer a warming color too. Here you can see how well it works with pale green, it lifts the beige and the combo of the two together gives a fresh spring-like feel.
When you have two shades working harmoniously it makes your job of choosing accessories much easier - a pale green vase, lamp and cushions will look great and look out for a throw or rug that combines the two colors together.