Is your living room outdated? Are you eager to buy some new furniture and want the paint to complement the new look? Or, maybe you are selling your home and are thinking about staging to sell. Whatever the reason, sometimes it is tough to choose what color is best for your living space with so many colors to choose from. The options are practically limitless, and for some, making this choice is a task far more difficult than getting the actual painting done.
Choosing living room colors
There is no concrete rule to choosing colors for your home, but here are some factors to think about to help you decide.
- Furnishings: Ideally, you need to select paint to complement your furnishings or furnishings to complement your paint.
- Lighting: Do you have natural lighting from windows? Is the room bright or dimly lit? You do not want to use dark colors in a dark room. Instead, opt for brighter colors to open up the space.
- Size of space: Dark colors make small spaces look even smaller; in smaller living rooms, use lighter colors to give the room a larger appearance.
- Dark colors: Keep dark colors as accents or confined to one wall so that they don't compromise the space and lighting.
- Research: Look at magazines and search the Internet for living room design ideas. Maybe you will find one that would fit your project goals.
- Personal taste: Last but not least--this is very important--you have to like your living room. Make sure you select colors that suit you and that you are comfortable with using. This is one of the most commonly used spaces in the house, and you will want to feel relaxed when you are in it. Further, you will want your guests to feel welcomed into an inviting space as well.
The five hottest living room colors
So, what's hot in Atlanta now? Topping the charts are neutral color schemes. Out with the bold, dark walls, and in with the cool relaxing and or warm inviting tones.
- Greys: Greys are very popular now, both for exterior and interior paint. Opt for a lighter to medium color grey to open up your space, and then pair it with a bright or bold color to really make a cultured and modern statement. Some color options that would look great for pairing would be yellows, reds and purples.
- Off-white: Off-white paints are always a good choice for a living room. This encompasses any number of shades of ivory, cream or beige. If you are looking for a color that will stand the test of time, this is it. It never goes out of style, and it is absolutely versatile. Off-whites make spaces look larger, brighter and classy. They will complement your decor and furnishings, regardless of the color.
- Browns: Browns are earthy warm tones that are inviting. Different shades of browns can complement one another, or they can be paired up with oranges, greens and reds for another flair to really pop.
- Blues: Light shades of blues give a living room a nice relaxed feel and set the mood for a place to unwind. Paired up with neutrals such as a brown or with other cool colors such as lighter greens makes the room earthy and serene.
- Greens: Green is also a nice cool color that helps set the mood for a living room. Using complementing greens, you can really give a living room a nice fresh, relaxing feel. Use lighter shades for walls, and darker/brighter for accents.
Colors are typically used in a color scheme depending on your choice of colors and your furnishings. If you follow a color scheme, you will be successful in choosing a harmonious color arrangement. Six of the most commonly used color schemes in interior design are found below. You should keep these in mind when making a color choice to help tie in your main paint colors, accent colors, furnishings and other decor.
1. Analogous: Use any three adjacent colors on the color wheel.
2. Complementary: Use two colors opposite each other on the color wheel.
3. Monochromatic: Use of one single color or several shades of the same color.
4. Neutral: Use colors not found on the color wheel. These include whites, ivory, grey, brown, tan and beige.
5. Split-complementary: Use a color and the two colors on each side of that color's complement on the color wheel.
6. Triad: Use three colors on the color wheel that form a triangle.
Still having trouble deciding on the perfect color? Don't worry, you can call a painting contractor and they will be able to help you with a color consultation. A color consultant will come to your home armed with a bunch of color samples to help you decide what color or colors are best for your living room, needs and most importantly, personal style.