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Three steps to pick the right color for your living room

by DrPrem Jagyasi


A fresh coat of paint can make a boring old living room feel completely different. More often than not, just changing the color on the walls in living room is enough to refresh it and you don’t need to change your existing furniture to get a whole new feel. Here are a few ideas that can help simplify the process of picking a color for your living room.

Begin the color hunt by seeing what colors are on your furniture

It is very important to remember the colors, shades and tones that your existing living room furniture has before you paint the walls in the space. Most people believe that picking a color and repeating it is enough to make interior décor work. And that is a trick that can work wonders if you are looking to refresh your living room paint. Just remember to pick a color that is used a lot in the furniture and use it for accent walls.

See if the color you want is complementary to the flooring you have

One mistake that people make when picking a color for living room walls is ignoring the color and tone of the flooring in the room. For example, using a dark, deep and cold hued paint for living room walls when the flooring too is a dark and warm in tone could create a conflicted look for the overall scheme. Here, it becomes crucial to note down the tone of the color of the flooring and whether it is on the lighter or darker side. When combined with the colors you have available on your existing furniture pieces, you would get a nice idea of what palettes and tone shades would look better in your living room.

The amount of natural light your living room gets would also influence your paint pick

The third most crucial consideration aspect of picking a color for your living room walls is the amount of natural light the room gets. If a room gets very little natural light, you should refrain from using dark colors in the room as darker hues look best in room that get a lot of light. For such a room, a mixed palette is recommended if you want to have at least one wall with a dark color. Rooms that get less light through the day ideally should use colors that enhance the feeling of space and light to avoid a claustrophobic feel.

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