The right colour combination can completely transform the feel of a room, making it calm and serene or dramatic and glamorous. In a living room, which tends to be one of the biggest and most-used spaces in a house, it's particularly important to get it right. Whether you like a sea of harmonious tones, gleaming monochrome, or bold contrasts, we've gathered together some of our favourite colour combinations from the House & Garden archive, to help you put those tricky hues together.

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    In a shopping scheme put together by House & Garden stylist Charlie Porter, white walls make a modern backdrop to warm, rich tones of green and red, while natural wood and sisal are a neutral in-between shade. The white paint in the sitting room is ‘Pantry White’ from Craig & Rose and the sofa is the chestnut ‘Holmes’ sofa, covered in ‘Cotton Velvet’ (fir), by House & Garden, £1,400, from Arlo & Jacob. On the floor is a jute/sisal ‘Rodhus Rug’, £120, from Ikea. To see the entire shopping feature with a full list of products, click here.

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    White walls are also the backdrop to strong colour in the living room of Julia Barnard's Somerset cottage, in this case two sofas covered in Soane’s ‘Old Flax’.

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    Pale blue and red is a very elegant colour combination, and is at its best here in Robert Kime's London flat. Armchairs upholstered in Robert’s own ‘Tynemouth Ticking’ linen in grey, inspired by an antique fabric in his collection, face each other across an ottoman covered in an eighteenth-century Turkish textile.

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    Pale green and pink is a similarly timeless country house colour combination. Here in historical paint specialist Edward Bulmer's country house. The pink and green curtains - 'very much Robert Adam's palette' - are made from bedcovers found in Jaipur.

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    When it comes to brighter, bolder colour, contrast can be a dramatic way to make a room stand out. The drawing room in this London house designed by Beata Heuman has warm pink walls in Dulux '90RR 52214'. This contrasts with a deep blue sofa, upholstered in cotton denim from I Want Fabric.

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    This living room by Adam Bray features a less dramatic contrast, with a grey-blue silk wallpaper by de Gournay making a foil for the raspberry Le Manach 'Toile de Tours' upholstery of the sofa and ottoman.

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    This room in Max Rollitt's Hampshire house uses a more subtle form of contrast, with grey-brown walls forming an elegant backdrop to a collection of antiques, among which is this glorious purple sofa.

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    If contrast is too dramatic, you can always choose to use similar shades of the same colour. In the glamorous sitting room of a London townhouse by Suzy Hoodless, grey is the predominant shade, used on the walls, for the upholstery and the rug. Furniture and accessories are mostly monochrome to match, but thanks to the dramatic shapes of the furniture and lighting, the room feels anything but bland.

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    A warmer system of neutrals is deployed in this eighteenth-century house in Bath, decorated by Harding & Read. The walls in this living space are painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Smoked Trout’. The dining table and benches are unfinished oak, and the rug is by Swedish artist Märta Måås-Fjetterström. Nicola upholstered the Howe ‘St Bernard’ armchair in a cashmere suiting fabric.

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    This London flat by Virginia Howard features a soothing, elegant pink palette, with ‘Temple’ from Paint & Paper Library on the walls. A mid-century chair in the style of Robsjohn-Gibbings is covered in pale pink ‘Kemble Linen’ from Lewis & Wood. The custom-made jute rug is by Tim Page Carpets. Cushions in ‘De La Tour’ silk by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam enliven ‘The Rampart Sofa’ from Soane; on the wall above it are Cox London’s ‘Hanbury’ lights.

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    A tonal scheme can also work well with bolder colour. Deep red is combined with lighter reds and neutrals in this room in interior decorator Douglas Mackie's Marylebone flat. The bias is French, although a smattering of other influences are visible, including a Thirties portrait by Spanish-Cuban artist José Segura Ezquerro and a lampshade made from an antique sari.

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    'Blue and green should never be seen' is a design rule that's made to be broken, especially when you incorporate other opulent hues into the mix. The paint used here, 'Down Pipe' by Farrow & Ball, beautifully changes depending on the light. In this living room, it looks almost black.