White blinds, cream furniture help!!!!

Lucy Willmott
22 March, 2019

hi I need advice with how to salvage the colour scheme in our living room. It is a north facing room with little light, our blind is pure white and furniture is cream, off white. I can’t help feel at the moment it looks a little off and the blind looks like a fresh pair of trainers straight out the box and out of place! what colours shall I paint the walls to make the two colours work together. Help! Xx

Comments (6)

  • PRO
    Léa+Box Interiors

    Hi Lucy,

    A couple of things spring to mind (and this is based purely on the photo above):

    1. If the room does not receive a lot of light, perhaps these particular blinds are not the right treatment for your window. They appear to be thin venetians and are blocking a lot of the light through the window. I would consider something else in that particular window.

    2. If it is just some colour you want, and you are happy with the amount of light coming into the room, consider buying some curtains. They don't necessarily need to be functional, they can be merely decorative to inject some colour into the room. I see you have a nice feature wall and think that point 1 above might apply!

    3. If you are prepared to remove the blind, you could go for just curtains or, if there is a reason for needing privacy eg. being close to the road, you could look at shutters where you can open up the top half to let in more light.

    4. As for wall colour, keep it simple as you have the brick wall which is dark. I fresh white would incorporate the blind (if you are keeping it) and would brighten the room whilst contrasting against the brick wall. Also, keep the window area clear. You don't need the lamp in the window/behind the TV. It looks like quite a small room so pare back on the number of "things" in it. It could look quite lovely if it was a little more minimal.

    Hope that helps a little.


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  • Lucy Willmott

    Hi Claire, Thanks so much for your reply! we have just had the venetians installed so we would like to keep them and work round them if possible. I did consider shutters but didn’t fancy the expense. In regards to the brick feauture wall we actually wanted to change this for something else as it is very dark. I was thinking of painting the entire room white and then have a feature colour just on the chimney breast to inject some colour and depth in the room but wondered if the the cream fire place and furniture would then look out of place? I’ve attached a picture to give an idea but not necessarily this colour.


  • E D
    The first thing that struck me was the TV partly obscuring the window.
    Never a good look, to my mind, a tv in front of a window.

    Can you move it into one of the alcoves?

    There are some clever people here that can advise you on furniture layout, if you’re interested.
    I think if you can share a couple more photos showing more of your room, this would help them to help you.

    Also with regards to colour choice.

    I noticed some exposed brickwork. Is this wallpaper?
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  • E D
    Oh and I feel the Venetian blinds look fine.

    I generally like their flexibility (and look) and directing the slats the right way or pulling them up will surely provide good light.
  • Lucy Willmott

    Thank you. Yes it is wallpaper but we want to change it. I’ll attach some more photos.

  • PRO
    Léa+Box Interiors

    Yes, upload some more photos.

    Understand you wanting to keep the blinds if they are new!!!! In that case clear the area around the window. Another option to consider is artwork. Needn't be expensive. Some inexpensive prints with colours you like would brighten the room. Also, depending on how brave you are, wallpapering the chimney breast with some colourful - even playful - wallpaper would also lift the room. Or, rather than white or grey, what about a new neutral such as coral or blush. Keep them very light. These colours would definitely add a dimension to the room, particularly if paired with a green patterned wallpaper on the chimney breast or in the alcoves (but not both). And they both go with cream.

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