The Memorable Colour Palettes Of 8 TV Living Rooms


Where do you get your ideas? Magazines and stores can be useful if they sometimes feel a little static. But there’s a great source of inspiration that is criminally overlooked, and it’s sitting right in front of you: television!

Television shows are designed by experts to be stylish and striking. And you get to see your favorite characters living in these spaces every week, so you get a real sense of what it’s like to have a place like this. The people at Compare The Market decided to compare the palettes that some of the most well-loved TV characters have lived in over the years.

  1. Seinfeld

Seinfeld - Jerry's Living Room

If you were to decorate your apartment based on how a Seinfeld character dresses, it would have to be Kramer or – at a push – Elaine. But that’s not the rules here. And given that we don’t see much of Kramer’s apartment at all and George mostly lives in the style no-no of his parents’ place, Jerry’s flat will have to be your source of inspiration. Luckily, his interiors were far more appealing than his dress-sense. Cool blues and grays are given a shot of warmth with the wooden browns of his furniture and floorboards.

  1. Friends

Friends - Monica's Living Room

Monica’s apartment was anything but dull, even when the jokes began to fall flat. Brightly lit to the point where you worry about her electricity bill, background olives and beiges did the hard work while that famous shade of lilac brought the room to life. And gold never goes out of fashion, right?

  1. Mad Men

Mad Men - Don and Megan's Living Room

Don Draper’s apartment with Megan seemed to be the height of the sixties chic until LA, and the hippies came along to give the second (or third) Mrs. Draper other (design) ideas. But there’s something timeless even in the now-retro feel of Don’s warm, muted colors, also if that white carpet is a bit risky for most households!

  1. Downton Abbey

Downtown Abbey Drawing Room

Take your Downton-themed living room too seriously, and you may end up heading into pretentious “Hyacinth Bucket” territory. Balance the delicate silken greens and pinks with absurd enough patterned cushion covers, and you might get kitsch to look to always make you feel chirpy when reclining in the lounge.

  1. Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory - Penny's Living Room

The ‘theory’ behind Big Bang seems to have been to explode just about every color into that ramshackle living room. Luckily, bold atomic-age geometrics about pull the look together.

  1. How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother - Ted, Marshal, Lily and Robin's Living Room

Like many sitcoms, HIMYM is all about the sofa. The in-depth red checks of the throw give a homely feel, so you’ll always feel welcome.

  1. New Girl

New Girl - Jess Day's Living Room

New Girl’s aesthetic harks back to the shades of Seinfeld, with blocky, sensible-colored furniture and fittings given just enough relief (in this case, with Jess’s blue door) to become stylish rather than annoying.

  1. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad - Walt's Living Room

A dark comedy called for dark shades, and Walter White’s autumnal living room used those browns and oranges to create a space both traditional and striking. And you should see what he’s done with his mobile home.

Which character would you invite over for decorating advice?

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Himanshu Shah is the chief marketing officer at MyDecorative.Com, and he is also a young enthusiastic writer who is gumptious and talented. He has sound analytical and technical skills. He is a blogger, Digital Marketing Expert who likes to write on home decor.


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