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Decorating A Cranberry-Colored Living Room: Ideas and Inspiration

Can’t decide what colors to complete your living room with? How about a rich, cozy cranberry? This bright, bold shade is ideal for any living or family room because of its ease blending with neutrals, its warm undertones and stylish appeal. It’s fresh for the spring and summer and cozy for the fall and winter. So how should you use cranberry tones? Need some ideas? Keep on reading to get a better idea!!

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Even if you don’t want to use cranberry as the base color, using it in the pillows or even as a focal point in a main furniture piece is a great idea. It adds a pop and a dash of surprise. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself too quickly when decorating with such a dominating color, so deciding to use cranberry shades in the details is a great idea. On the lampshades, in wall art, some curtains or even some candles; try adding the color in a variety of places before committing to an entire scheme.

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But if you do decide to give it a go, put both feet in first. Use cranberry on the walls and the carpet and make a scene with a darkened, neutral sofa. It’ll a bit modern, a bit eclectic and a whole lot fashion-forward. If you do it right you may even get that “World Market” feel to the room by adding some patterned curtains or fringe pillows.

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If you do decide to cover your room in cranberry, use a deeper shade on the walls and fill the room with neutrals to tone down the drama. This will look refinded, refreshed and very, very elegant. Golds and creams will give a super Victorian, vintage flair and will be extremely sophisticated. But if you decide to use whites to brighten up a deeper cranberry hue, maybe add some other colors for accessories like hunter green pillows or royal blue throws.

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In all actuality, no matter how you choose to use cranberry you can’t really go wrong. It’s a bold, yet sophisticated color that plays well with a lot of different themes and designs. Just don’t overwhelm with too much dark and you’ll do no wrong. Don’t mix deep cranberries with black or charcoal, instead try heather grays or sky blues for a more updated, youthful look. Don’t be afraid to stay outside-the-box and do what you love! Creativity is the best way to makeover a room!

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on December 10, 2012

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From the outskirts of Nashville, I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else home. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Communication, I'm a lover of words.

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