Everyone gathers in the living room or family room at the beginning or end of each day. It is therefore very important to choose the best suited colors to use when painting this very important room in each home.
Many of us think that when decorating our homes, what matters most are the pieces of furniture, thereby forgetting to choose the right colors to compliment the furniture.
Gone are the days when each home was painted white and cream, because people believed those shouting colors were only meant for places like bars and discotheques.
It is unbelievable how many people have now come to choose bright and warm colors for their living and family rooms.
Below are some great tips for choosing the right paint color & turning your living room into the room of your dreams.
1. Collect decorating samples from your home
The best way to begin choosing the right paint color for your living room, is to let fabric lead the way.
Fabric provides inspiration for a room’s color scheme. It’s also a more prudent starting point since painting your living room, is much easier and costs a lot less than to change furniture and window treatments.
2. Study color schemes you admire in home decorating magazines
Turn your magazine flipping into a treasure hunt. Mark or rip out pages with rooms that you like. This will become your decorating portfolio and will come in handy, when its time to pick a mood and feel for your room.
You may even see a room with the same structure, as your space that you can use as a template for your wall color and furniture placement. See how the professionals do it, copy them and then add your own personality twist for a fresh, new look.
3. Keep paint tones in mind – and instantly change the mood of your living room
You want to use colors appropriate to the natural setting lighting. To create the perfect place to curl up by, you must understand the psychology of color. The color wheel has two sides: warm and cool.
Just like the group name connotes, warm colors add coziness and warmth to a space while cool colors add a smooth airiness that can translate an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Warm colors range from red to orange and cool colors range from blue to violet.
Knowing how color will affect your emotional response will come in handy when choosing the mood of your living room.
4. Notice architectural features
Highlighting window casements, columns, staircases, crown moldings and other architectural features with shades of white can instantly turn your living room into a true showcase admired by friends, family and yourself.
If you’re feeling brave, instead of painting your living room’s architectural features white or off-white, consider the palest shade of color to coordinate with the walls.
Your home interior decoration bottom line:
Painting your living room can be fun, easy and cheap. You may already have the framework for a showroom hiding in your carpets, curtains and furniture.
Choosing a living room’s feel can be as simple as flipping through your favorite magazine and cutting out a picture. Paying a little attention to details, especially architectural ones can give your living room that custom touch. This is a secret that most do-it-yourselfers overlook.
If you follow these tips, you will pick a paint to please your palette and give your home the quality it deserves.
Sophisticated living room
Delicately toned and tightly upholstered furniture, arranged loosely in groups, creates a relaxed yet sophisticated feel that evokes a Parisian chic style.
Dark feature wall
A midnight blue backdrop allows white furniture and accessories to stand out dramatically, creating a stunning setting. Cool, contemporary patterns add a modern touch to the classic Chesterfield sofa. The wall is painted in Drawing Room Blue.
Rich and ornate living room
Create a dramatic statement in your living room by choosing opulent fabrics, large-scale pattern and decorative detail. In this living room, the fabulous paisley wallpaper creates a daring backdrop, whilst the bold turquoise sofa adds a striking focal point. Add luxurious flooring underfoot for the perfect finishing touch.
Sky blue living room
This living room has been decorated in cool blue and fresh white to create a calming, classic scheme. Smart furniture in fresh white looks great against the blue walls, and a striking check mat adds interest to the floor.
Eye-catching patterns, like the curtain and cushion prints, add depth by injecting different shades of blue. A large photo gallery is a striking feature on the side wall.