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Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.
Fill holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk or spackle. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards. Use a mild detergent to remove any wall contaminants or problem stains.
It helps to understand the terminology used to describe color.
Designer Suellen Gregory gave this Virginia townhouse a feminine update by painting the center parlor a custom high-gloss pink from Fine Paints of Europe. The patterned chairs add even more playfulness to the space.
See how a color palette combining a rich navy blue with pure white accents makes this master bedroom an ideal space for resting and relaxing.
Located in an iconic Manhattan apartment building, Sarah Bengur’s studio has a personality all of its own. The warm coral walls, painted Colorhouse Clay .07, set off the neutral and colorful decor brilliantly.
In a Connecticut house designed by Philip Gorrivan, living room walls painted in Farrow & Ball’s Tanner’s Brown — with trim in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove — set off an eclectic art collection and a classic Bridgewater sofa, covered in Josef Frank’s Windows.
The custom yellow paint job in this New Jersey living room is warm and offset by blue, coral, and ocher accents. “You’ve really got to sell your client on a yellow-lacquered living room,” designer Michael Maher says.
Troy Beasley designed this cozy yellow and brown living room. This space is open for relaxing or dining.
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To get started, select a favorite color drawn from artwork, a rug, dishes and an accessory or furniture piece as a main color or accent.
Start with the ceiling first. Using a brush, paint a two-inch-wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall. Then, start in a corner and begin rolling across the short length of the ceiling, continuing to where it ends.
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In this oceanfront Palm Beach house, designer Allison Paladino glazed the living room walls bright green to capture the light and painted the woodwork white to calm it down. “The bright green in the sunroom is gutsy, but the room is actually quite relaxing because I restricted the palette to green and white to create calm,” she says. “If I’d added another color the room would be jarring.”
Choosing a bright paint color for your living room walls and pairing it with neutral living room colors can bring energy to a space without being too overwhelming. Use Mango Margarita PPG1204-7 as your wall color and Silver Feather PPG1002-1 for your trim. Find decor in Leather PPG15-14 to bring stability to your space. Look for furniture and accents in Fossil Stone PPG1102-2 to really bright a touch of class to your living room colors scheme.
For an accent color, select a warmer (more toward reds) or cooler (more toward blues) color to complement your main color group. For a quieter ambience, make sure your colors are not extremely bright. White or an off-white tint can be a striking accent when used as trim with a monochromatic color group.
Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.
Think one color is boring? Create bold or subtle variations within one color group with contrasting paint finishes. For example, use closely related colors, or try a single color in different finishes, for walls and trim in one space.
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Use color as a mood-lifting design tool that evokes calm, drama, cheer or comfort.
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Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas before you paint your living room. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter than the one you are painting over, then you should prime.
Living rooms are highly trafficked areas. Your go-to sheen should be flat in this area, because it’s ideal for touch-ups and great for hiding surface imperfections. Consider a satin sheen as a highly-scrubbable option. Eggshell’s low-sheen finish is also ideal.
Natural daylight shows the truest color; Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows; Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.
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Your living room may be formal, with subtle colors, or casual. Let it reflect the personality of your family through your selection of furnishings, fabrics, accessories and paint colors. Your living room may also connect or link to other areas in your home. Use your paint color to create continuity by extending wall or accent colors into adjoining spaces.
Areas with medium traffic, such as dining and living rooms, bedrooms and hallways are great candidates for eggshell’s rich, low-sheen finish.
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So, a strong color might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.
A small color wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colors. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colors, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations function beautifully together, and you may even become attracted to entirely new color palettes. The color wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a color. Draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the color wheel all the way down to the red-violet; you’ll see that all the colors on the left are warm and the colors on the right are cool.
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A new house on Alabama’s Lake Martin takes on the look of an old cabin with soft, washed-out colors and ebony wood walls. Designer Susan Ferrier chose a chandelier by Phillips Metal Works to make a lofty living room feel more intimate.
Transform flat, dull walls into interesting and personal spaces with subtle or dramatic visual texture and broken color. Burnished mineral/metal finishes and layered colored glazes add depth. Some examples of softly reflective metals are mica, copper, pewter, bronze and, of course, antiqued silver and gold.
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In a North Carolina house designed by Lindsey Coral Harper, the celestial airiness of walls lacquered in Benjamin Moore’s Antiguan Sky is grounded by a pair of Addison corner chairs from O. Henry House upholstered in Neptune-blue velvet — and covered in a Kravet fabric.
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When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama.
Just because a rental might be short-term, doesn’t mean it has to lack style. In her historic Charleston rental, stylist Jill Sharp Weeks painted the entire interior a sophisticated gray that felt period-appropriate — Sherwin-Williams Pussywillow, to be exact.
When designer Justine Cushing moved into her New York apartment in 1970, she had the living room walls painted a custom orange — a color she has never considered changing. It’s a dynamic backdrop for artworks by her grandfather, Howard Gardiner Cushing, and a red lacquer chinoiserie desk that is a family heirloom.
Congratulations on making it this far! You’re ready to begin painting your living space. Start painting from the top down, working from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas. Oil paints take longer to dry and allow you to brush across the surface several times for a smooth, even finish. Latex paints dry faster and only one or two strokes are needed. Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.
For best results with a roller, slowly roll it back and forth in the lower end of your roller tray until it is well covered. Then use the ridges in the upper portion of the tray to remove excess paint. Roll on the paint using even strokes to ensure a uniform look and coverage.
Number one color rule for a small space? There are no rules! Mixing colors can help bring a personal touch to your space.
If you’re not sure where to begin with color, experiment in a powder room or bathroom, a small hall or area between rooms, or an accent wall. If you’re doing your own painting, pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see your results sooner, and be happy with it or change it. Look at the process as an adventure.
Designer Kristin Kong hid a door to the basement behind millwork painted in Sherwin-Williams Black Fox in her home near Atlanta. The trick “makes the room look less choppy,” she says, since the dark color helps everything blend together.
Tape off any woodwork, window frames, and door trim first. Paint a two-inch-wide strip along the areas near the trim with a brush. Then, using a roller, create the letter “M” on your wall. Fill in the area, rolling from left to right until the surface is completely painted. Remember to roll on the paint with even strokes to ensure a uniform coverage.
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This headboard is so easy to make it doesn’t need instructions. Designer Vanessa De Vargas placed a stark white decal to contrast with the bold pink wall in this playful dorm room. The decal’s pattern is carried through to the geometric bed pillows for a cohesive look.
To open up floor space in his New York City living room, designer David Kaihoi built a corner banquette, with hidden storage beneath the seats. “Everything has to have more than one purpose,” he says. The walls are painted in Purple Haze by Benjamin Moore to distract from the small size.
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Boost your confidence by testing colors on poster board or large areas of a wall. Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone: Consider strong, vivid colors or soft, deep neutrals like chocolate brown or olive green as main or accent colors. Or add drama with a stronger color on the ceiling. Tinted ceilings can dramatically change the whole look of a room.
To bring a feeling of nature into a New York living room, designer Fawn Galli used a custom minty green: “I don’t think a color should be too saturated or strong on a wall.”
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If you want a more active space, consider introducing stronger, more intense color. Even if you want a light-colored room, choose colors that are slightly more saturated than off-white or light pastel. Very light color can feel bright and stark when it appears on all surfaces in a room. However, two or more medium-light, closely related pastel colors can create a luminous effect when used in the same room.
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Hue is what we call a color. Red is the hue; blue is the hue. The value of the hue is how light or dark it is. Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is. As we go from red to pink, the red hue becomes less dominant.
Intensity is the brilliance of the color. The pure colors such as red are more intense than the combined colors such as yellow-green. A stronger intense color usually has a more dominant hue.
In a colorful Park Avenue apartment by Mark D. Sikes, walls in Benjamin Moore’s Misty Lilac help ground the lively patterns used throughout. In a way, the soft purple shade almost acts like a neutral.
“Strongly hued colors, like exotic chinoiserie red, give homes a sense of impactful design,” designer Scot Meacham Wood says. And this is proven by the book shelves in this living room, designed by Marshall Watson.
The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.
Use easy-to-clean satin paint in high-traffic areas like living rooms, kids’ bedrooms, hallways and entry ways.
Like a breath of fresh air, this aqua paired with a sandy white create a beach-like atmosphere. Try Catalina PPG1142-5 for a relaxing wall color, and Toasted Marshmallow PPG1019-1 for a trim color. Complete the look with Corn Silk PPG12-01 and Chestnut PPG15-23 as accent colors for your living room.
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Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.
Remove draperies, pictures, rugs, and switch and outlet cover plates. Remove or reposition any living room furniture touching a wall. Arrange drop cloths to protect flooring, furniture, appliances and any areas not to be painted.
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To warm up the new Sheetrock interior in a Palm Beach house, the expansive living room is glazed a “juicy cantaloupe color that makes everyone smile,” designer Ashley Sharpe says. Even the coffered ceiling subtly picks up the tropical punch.
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Choose a flat sheen as your go-to for dining and living rooms, bedrooms and ceilings. Flat paint is great for hiding surface imperfections and ideal for touch-ups.
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The walls are painted a subtle shade of blue, Benjamin Moore’s Lookout Point, in a New York living room designed by Christopher Maya.
A single color used on walls and trim takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For example, wall and trim colors can remain the same hue, but use an eggshell (matte and less reflective) finish on walls and a satin or semigloss on trim. The color will appear slightly different on each surface. It’s a good way to create a cohesive look in rooms with many windows and doors, and relatively little wall area.
Designer Sam Allen transformed the main room in his Connecticut apartment by painting it in Benjamin Moore’s Split Pea. “I love green and purple together,” he says. “It’s very Palm Beach.”
In a San Francisco house designed by Stephen Shubel, the living room walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Bridal Pink, a soft color balanced by the deep browns and the earth textures in the room.
For best results with a brush, dip half the length of the bristles into your paint. Tap the brush gently against the side of the can, but do not wipe it across the lip. Hold the handle near the base, applying light pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flex slightly.
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In a Manhattan apartment designed for a couple in the fashion world, designer Miles Redd lacquered walls in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, “a great way to do a moody color because of the way it reflects light. It doesn’t look dark so much as rich.”
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Do you want kid’s rooms to create an active and exciting energy or an orderly and restful feeling? Be careful not to overstimulate your children with intensely bright hues. You may not know it, but some brighter colors can lead to unrest and irritability.
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Consider walls as planes of color, and see how they interact when viewing one next to the other in adjacent rooms. Approach it like a composition: You’re in one room, but you’re going to see a piece of another room through it. So as you’re choosing colors, consider how they will flow from room to room to create your picture.
Layer on different sandy whites for a softened, comfortable look while adding darker, neutral accessories to bring depth and stability to the room. Use Casual Elegance PPG1075-3 as your wall color with Summer Suede PPG14-14 as your ceiling color. Find furniture and decor in Persuasion PPG1077-3 and Pumpernickel PPG15-22 to complete the look.
Designer Sara Story lacquered the walls in a custom ocean blue color in the family room of this pre-war New York City apartment. The shiny walls help bounce light across the space, giving a bright and open feel.