Your living room is the first place people see when they enter your house. Naturally, you would want it to create a good impression on your guests. There are a number of ways in which you can enhance its look. The easiest way to achieve this is by opting for interesting interior color schemes. Well chosen colors can add a unique feeling to your room. If you are confused as to what kind of colors to opt for, given below are some useful living room painting tips, which are sure to help you out.
If you are aware of color psychology, you would know that colors have a great influence on our state of mind. For example, looking at cool colors like blue and green can relax our mind, while surrounded by warm colors such as red, brown, maroon, and orange can make us feel very active and energetic. Since, the living room is the place where we entertain our guests, socialize, watch TV, and spend time together as a family, it makes sense to use warm colors, which add lots of vibrancy to the surroundings.
Complement with Surroundings
Decide on the colors in accordance to the color of the furniture, furnishings, fabric, and accessories, already placed in the room. If it faces a garden, you can extend the outside natural atmosphere to your room by painting it in green and earthy colors like terracotta, amber, and brown.
Room Size and Ceiling Height
While painting, there are two things that you should always keep in mind. Firstly, the size of the room and secondly the height of the ceiling. If the size of your room is small, warm colors like red and maroon, can make it appear even smaller. If this is the case, then use lighter colors such as blue, pink, lavender, light green, etc. Also, if the ceiling height is less, coloring it in dark colors can make it appear nearer than it actually is, thus, giving the illusion that the room size is small. So, keep the ceiling color white, especially if the room is small in size.
Accent Walls and Ceilings
If you are willing to experiment with different colors, then one of the most creative ideas is to have an accent wall. Paint one of the walls with a bright color such as red and the rest in lighter shades. Or you can create a number of geometric shapes such as triangles, circles, and squares in a bold color on one of the walls. If you want to give a dramatic effect, paint the walls in light shade and the ceiling in a dark color. Or have some designs such as horizontal lines or polka dots in a dark color on the ceiling.
Besides the colors for the walls, you need to decide on the colors for the doors, trims, shelves, or cabinets in the room as well. To highlight the doors, trims, and other accessories, opt for glossy finishes. For the walls, you can go in for matte techniques as they hide the imperfections on the surface of the walls very well.
Here's hoping that these ideas will come handy when you set out for choosing colors. By being a bit creative with the wall colors, you can completely alter your home decor. One last tip before I sign off - The colors should be in harmony with the colors used at other places in the house, especially if certain rooms are visible from the living room!