Top 12 Amazing Living Room Paint Color

Amazing Living Room Paint Scheme Design Ideas

The first question while redecorating your living room is ‘Which color should we apply?”. It is a very important question, as living room paint colors can really ‘make or break’ the most important area of your home.

Whatever your choice is, remember that you will spend most of your time there; and you will perform almost every important activity.

Choosing living room colors is never easy. They need to be impressive, but yet simple and calm. They need to comply with the size and style of your space, and to respond to many requirements.

What we recommend you is to analyze your space properly and to go through our recommendations for a perfect color scheme.

1. Look for a color that will reflect the mood

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In terms of shades and nuances, we could say there are more than 10 million colors worldwide. So, how do you choose the ideal one for your living room? A good way to start is to think of one that can actually reflect the space’s mood.

If you want your space to be calm and intimate, go for soothing palettes of neutral colors, or lighter hues of grey, lavender, or blue.

Warm colors, on the other hand, add a playful, social, and cheerful spirit. Both extremes (too dark or too light) should be avoided, as they can make occupants either moody or restless. You should especially avoid them in places often frequented by children.

2. Think of a theme

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Each of the atmospheres you may want to introduce can be associated with a particular theme. It can be either something general or a specific and unique solution.

For those looking for elegant and sophisticated décor, deep red and rich brown can be excellent choices. On the other hand, airy and light living rooms could benefit from softer colors, ideally, a pastel, nautical scheme combined with dark blue or green.

3. Let plenty of sunshine inside

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Many architectural features can help you bring daylight inside: it can be a large window, a skylight, or even elegant French doors enabling a view on your magnificent garden.

Once your space is so bright and airy, we recommend colors that can support that ‘freshness’, ideally earthy tones, or jewel shades of peacock blue and olive green. A well-lighted room can tolerate even darker palettes.

A solution that should be avoided is specific yellow tones: with proper daylight, you’ll already have plenty of golden shine, and you won’t need a particular palette to obtain the very same effect.

4. Create your own light

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What if the room doesn’t have large windows or skylights to let the sun inside? In such a case, you’ll definitely need a light palette.

Creating your own light doesn’t take too much effort: choose smooth shades, such as pumpkin, or ivory; or even livelier details to make the place cozy and welcoming.

5. Take size into consideration

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Dark colors have the visual effect of making rooms appear smaller, which is something you should use in your advantage: add light and flexibility to your small living space (combine no more than two colors), or choose a darker scheme for your large room to make it warmer and cozier.

Still, if you’re an absolute fan of dark colors, but you have a small living room that doesn’t allow them, ‘add’ dimensions by painting a single accent wall.

6. Color also refers to furniture

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Upholstery colors can really guide your selection of paints. You can either apply matching schemes or use something completely different to obtain an interesting contrast. Upholstery will also guide your choice of floors and curtains.

Then, what should you do? We recommend you to either let colors blend in the room, or to make a slight difference with a single accentuated object.

Unless you opted for a completely ‘blocking theme’, choose something smoother (different shades of the same color, for instance). A pale blue wall can be an excellent choice for a navy blue sofa, especially if your curtains have also a specific blue nuance.

7. Compliance with the function of the room

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When choosing the ideal color for your living room, you should definitely consider its function. Is it a place where you want to relax and read a good book?

Pale hues are a perfect choice! Is it supposed to be an entertaining area, where you and your friends gather? Bold tones are the best it can get! However you observe it, palettes are great camouflage for function!

8. Which are your preferences?

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At the end of the day, it is your room! Choose colors that have something to do with your personality, such that you like and value.

The same counts for their intensity: Would you prefer a light or a dark environment? Between red and pink, which one would you choose?

Adventurous people make brave choices, even if they know that the room can become overwhelming. If you’re not exactly that adventurous, choose an accent wall/element, and apply that bold violet nuance that you like so much.

9. Use graduation

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Living rooms look excellent when you employ creativity, and move slowly from the darkest to the lightest tone. If your floors are dark, make the walls medium, and the ceilings light.

This approach is known as the ‘cookbook setting’, and it is extremely successful when it comes to replicating nature. Think about a standard nature landscape: the dark hue of soul, the colorful flowers, and the sky…would can't it be simply wonderful to have that at home?

10. Feel free to experiment

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The first decision you need to make is whether you want a monochromatic scheme (a single color) or a polychromatic one that contains all of the colors you like.

You’re absolutely free to choose your favorite shades and to combine them excitingly and uniquely. Rich combinations will always bring excitement in your place since they look really personal and contemporary.

Another good idea is to go for feature walls. It means that you would paint a single wall differently than all the others, or paint a portion of every wall with a specific color.

You are also invited to make a strong contrast between your walls and your furniture, such that will make your room memorable for everyone that comes to visit.

11. Compliance with your wood/brick elements

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You are always welcomed to introduce colors that match your wooden elements, or exposed brick surfaces. An excellent idea would be to use matching colors for the walls or the trim.

Turn around and check the wooden/brick surfaces. Do you own wooden furniture? Do you have an accent brick wall in the living room? We bet you’ll have a tone of color ideas in few seconds!

The group of colors that match wood and bricks is quite big: it goes all the way from bright orange to cool whitewashed tones.

To choose the right one, think about the feelings you want the room to inspire. Better yet, paint a bit of the room and compare colors to see which one of them actually fits.

12. Trim Connections

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Rooms that enable direct transfer from each other deserve also a visual connection; something like a single ‘hue cord’ that will indicate they belong to the same place.

The fastest and easiest way to obtain this result is to paint the entire trim (molding, doors, windows, or even cabinets) with a single color. Neutral tones, such as white, are an excellent choice to do that.

Blind-following of magazines is not always good

Magazines have a strong influence on what we like or expect from our living space. They advise us on the newest trends and suggest marvelous solutions that ‘stick to the heart’ from the moment we see them.

However, as awesome as they seem, these solutions may not be the right choice for us.

Don’t be a blind follower of trends: to start with, many people spent the precious amount of money and time to obtain a magazine result but ended up having something unpredicted which they don’t like.

Your living room requires your attention and ideas since it is going to fulfill your needs. That’s exactly why the best approach is to choose the color yourself, instead of following Photoshop-made role designs.

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