The best approach when combining two hues to make a colour statement is to pick from opposite sides of the colour wheel. This living room is a fine example of this decorating method: the teal blue walls paired with the burnt orange ceiling results in a striking yet balanced scheme. Notice how the main piece of furniture – the tufted couch – is in a slightly lighter shade of the teal walls, this prevents the piece from detracting or competing with the main statement of the room – the walls and ceiling. The strong colours of the scheme have been anchored with neutral textures, such as the jute rug and wooden table. For me, this shows how a well-executed colour scheme can breathe life into an otherwise formal and traditional space. Plus, the tufted couch is the definition of Divine, right?!
// House & Home | Photography by John Cullen


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. I am trying to learn my way around a colour wheel and it is a bit tricky to get the hang of but I do understand the complimentary colours, the orange and blue look incredible together. I love everything about this picture what a fantastic room 🙂

  2. This is one of my favourite bright colour combinations! My mom painted our kitchen these colours when I was younger and everyone thought it would be too much but it became the most popular room in the house.

  3. Been thinking in investing in a jute rug but wasn't sure how it would match my otherwise bright colour scheme, now I'm sure it will be just fine! Thanks!

  4. Love this combo! And the way you present it all!
    My fave item of the room is this gorgeous teal ceramic stool ♥
    Do you know where I could find it or a similar one?

  5. I am more into pale/white interiors but somehow I love all your bold coloured ideas! I guess it is all about the character of the space, if it is right the result is beautiful for all tastes!

  6. excellent point, will. i like seing the varying teal shades and especially the teal stool with glazed finish – extra layering there. donna

  7. absolutely!! love this room and how hip and modern it looks thanks to the color palette and playful, graphic fabrics despite the traditional elements of the room and style of the furniture! Fab lesson!

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.