Most people don’t have the luxury of repainting their living rooms every year. As a result, it’s essential that when a color is chosen it’s the right color. This can be a challenging process, which is why we’ve come up with four rules that will help you select the right paint color for your living room.
1. Be timid with bold colors
There’s nothing wrong with going bold but it’s best to stick to one wall. You do want your living room to reflect your personality but you don’t want visitors to take a step back or be intimidated and uncomfortable by your bold choice. Be sure to take everything into account: what’s your furniture like? What is the lighting situation? What’s the view out your window? What are the existing colors in your couch, window coverings, and accessories? These factors all need to be considered.
2. Avoid unflattering colors
Some colors are simply more flattering than others. For example, certain shades of green and gray can make people look washed out. On the other hand, pinks, peaches, and clear, bright blue colors can be flattering to the skin tone. Wall colors with warm undertones are the most likely to give a fantastic impression both of the room and the skin tone to those who are in it.
3. Don’t try to match your furniture or accessories
It’s exciting to find the perfect velvet drapes or a couch that’s completely your style. However, you want to avoid the urge to match your wall coverings to these items. When too many items match, a room won’t be as interesting and can feel overwhelming. Choosing neutral wall colors is always a popular choice. You can also pick a lighter shade of one of the colors in your other accessories. Remember you can always add a single accent wall that matches more closely with the items in the room you love.
4. There’s no such thing as the perfect white color
It may seem crazy to people who haven’t painted a room before but not all whites are created equal – and there is no perfect shade. Some whites have hints of yellow, pink, or gray. It’s true with every paint color – but even truer of white – that you should paint a small portion of your wall before doing the entire wall. See how it looks at different times of the day with different light levels.