At first glance this cheerful living room looks multi-coloured but it’s actually decorated with a fairly limited palette of hues. This multi-coloured effect is achieved by layering in various shades of the core hues across the space. The breakout point of the scheme is the purple and orange stripe throw on the couch, which is referenced across the lampshade, artwork, throw pillows and rug through a mix of yellow-orange and purple shades. So, in reality, this is actually a very coordinated colour scheme but the subtle differences in shade give the finished space a much more relaxed feel. Clever! What do you like about this welcoming space? P.S. You can see the full tour of the houseboat, here.
// Photography by Anthea Williamson


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 still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that this is a houseboat! It’s so spacious and welcoming! I adore the bright velvet pillows on that comfy looking sofa!

  2. I agree with Rachel, what a happy room this one is!!! love the breakdown on the theory of the colour selection….

  3. Hi Will! I’m back from holiday break and am so happy to pop by here and see a colour palette post. These posts of yours are so useful and informative, truly sweet gems for interior design enthusiasts. So, thanks! The room… not so my thing, but you know my eyes still think it’s delish!

    Happy New Year!

    Xx. Holly.

  4. Love the color combo here – the vibrant purple and orange are just a fab complement!

  5. I love this mix of colors! Nowadays people tend to decorate with lots of natural shades… It is lovely and very quiet but I still love colors!

  6. What a colourful, bright room! Patterned throws and multicoloured cushions are perfect for adding personality to a living room. I’ve decorated my new sofa bed with bright coloured fabrics and it makes such a difference to the room and my mood!

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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.