A living room is appropriately named because it’s one of the most lived-in rooms in most people’s homes. Whether your living room is a quiet spot to relax or a gathering space for your busy family, it should be comfortable and stylish.
While many people opt to keep their living room walls white, there are plenty of other paint colors to consider. Whether you have moved into a new home, just finished up a remodel on your living room, or just decided to rearrange the furniture, a fresh coat of colorful paint may be the perfect finishing touch.
Need help deciding which colors work best? Here are seven colors that are worth checking out and putting on your living room walls.
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Setting The Mood
Before we give you a list of colors, you might want to consider the purpose of your living room. Is it a formal setting? Will it be a place to kick back and relax? Do you want it to be a room for socializing or for solitude?
The color you choose will play a significant role in setting the mood of your living room. Keep in mind that colors traditionally represent certain feelings and have various meanings. If you are in love with a color and think that it’s perfect for your living room, go ahead and paint that color (even if it doesn’t necessarily “match” the mood of the room).
7 Paint Colors That Will Look Great In Any Living Room
Have you looked at dozens of color swatches and still can’t decide which color to paint your living room? Consider adding any of these colors to the favorite room of your house.
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Many homeowners think that dark colors in a living room are a great big “no,” but you can choose a dark color as an accent wall or for all the walls in the living room. If you prefer a darker shade for a smaller room, you might want to consider some lighter colored accents to help it appear bigger.
It’s not uncommon to see lighter shades of blue throughout a home, but darker shades of blue such as navy or a rich peacock blue are becoming more popular in living rooms. Darker shades of blue can be energetic but also calm. Blue also evokes strength and dependability.
While this versatile color works in a variety of design styles, it may look best in Victorian or Eclectic style homes (but remember, there really aren’t any strict rules when it comes to color).
When many people think of mauve, they might also associate it with dusty rose, beige, and any decor of the 1980’s or early ‘90s. While the purple shade often has a bad reputation for being a little outdated, if you use the color right it can make any room feel cozy and classy (think Victorian or even Industrial).
Mauve is also a good color to try out if you’re a little hesitant to go with something bold and prefer neutral tones on your walls.
Moss green and even Hunter green have been favorite colors for living rooms for years, but why not try something a little more vibrant and energetic? Whether you choose the color of green pear, a shade closer to green grass in the spring, or even split pea green, bright green can liven up a drab living room.
You don’t have to have a particular design style but a bright shade of green works well with Eclectic, Tropical, or even if you have a lot of built-in or exposed wood like in a Craftsman.
Like many bright colors, people either love or loathe yellow. For some, the sunny shade represents optimism while others see it as a cautionary color. If you opt for a bold shade of yellow in your living room, you’ll want to focus on accent colors that are complimentary tones like blue or coral.
If you’re a little bit color shy but want more than a light and neutral color on your wall, gray might be the perfect choice for you. Gray, whether you go light or a little dark, works well in a variety of designs from Industrial and Modern to Victorian.
When decorating with orange, many people may think of the good old days (think 1970’s) when shades of orange was a common sight to see in homes. Much like yellow, orange as fans and foes. While a true orange color isn’t the most popular pick, you might want to check out a lighter shade or something like cantaloupe.
If you’re not afraid to make a statement (whether you actually have one or not), a shade of red might be the perfect color for your living room. While many people associate conflicting feelings with the color red, such as romance and aggression, it’s safe to say that the color is bold and commands some attention.
Although a shade of red such as a wine color or bright cherry red may look best in a formal living room, red is versatile enough that it can work with nearly every design.
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A Few Tips Before You Paint
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Adding bold and bright color to a living room is a big step, and sometimes it’s an overwhelming process. Here are a few tips to consider before you paint your living room.
Samples and Swatches
If you’ve spent a lot of time collecting paint swatches, it can be a little disheartening when you tape them to the wall, and you still can’t get a good idea of what the big picture might look like. A better option is to buy some smaller cans of paint.
You can usually buy an eight-ounce can of sample paint (in the color of your choice) for under $5. This should be enough paint to put on the wall and determine if it’s the right color selection for your living room.
Don’t Get Caught Up On The “Do’s and Don’ts”
It’s also important not to get too caught up in the do’s and don’t of painting your living room. There are many interior design experts with varying opinions, and if you followed each one’s advice, you’d never get around to transforming your space.
Many people are hesitant to use color but don’t get too caught up in “color rules” because what matters most is that you are happy with how your living room looks and feels in the end; we’re just here to lead you in the right direction and give you some suggestions.
Not Committed To Full Color? Think Smaller
Sometimes the thought of painting all of your walls one color can be a little intimidating. If you don’t want to commit to full color, try painting just one or two walls as accent walls; you can always add more of the color with your artwork, pillows, or other accents throughout the living room.
Choosing The Right Type Of Paint For Your Living Room
Have you decided on a color, but don’t know what kind of paint to get? Three types are best suited for living rooms: flat, eggshell, or satin.
A paint with a flat sheen is ideal for touching up and for walls and other areas that are imperfect. If you live in an older home and there are few bumps on the walls, a flat paint may be your best choice.
Paint with an eggshell sheen is an excellent choice for living rooms that get quite a bit of use. The low-sheen finish makes the color look rich, but can also mask some imperfections.
If your living room is a “hot spot” for activity or if you have children, a paint with a satin finish is most likely your best option. The color still looks great, but it’s easy to keep clean.
Hire A Painter or DIY?
Some people love to paint while others would rather hire someone to do it for them; the choice is yours. You can expect to pay anywhere from $25 to $45 an hour to hire someone, but depending on the size of your room it might be worth the money.
If you decide to paint your living room yourself, it’s best to clear out your living room, cover everything with drop cloths, use painter’s tape to make clean lines, and make sure you have all the right painting tools.
While it may not take too long to paint your living room, you’ll need to factor in extra time to apply additional coats and do some touch-ups after the paint is dry.