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How to Choose a Paint Color for Your Living Room

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Your living room — a place for relaxing, hanging out with family and friends, and the overall center attraction of your home. When talking about painting such a prominent and commonly used space, it’s hard to decide on a color to display and the aesthetic you want to give off. Between different shades and designs to choose from, the options can become overwhelming.

Our interior painters are here with some tips to help you pick the right color to paint your living room:

Look for Inspiration

It’s hard to know where to begin when choosing the right color for your living room, but a good place to start is to look for inspiration from all your favorite places. This could be from a home decor or fashion magazine you enjoy reading or various online resources such as Pinterest or Instagram. You could look at art that may have a nice color palette or fabric on furniture. A table cloth, for example, may have a pattern you can draw inspiration from.

Other than research, visiting a few family and friends’ homes and seeing what color their living rooms are may help you get an idea of what you’re going for. You can also look around your own home and outside to see what colors you are already working with and what may look good with them.

Create a Color Scheme

If no inspiration has struck you, start at square one. Pick out the colors you for sure don’t want to use and eliminate those from the options. This way you can start narrowing down your choice and there aren’t so many to choose from at the start. From here, you could use a color wheel as a guide to see which ones you enjoy together and get a feel for how the color theory works to create the perfect living room color scheme.

Test Your Color

Once you think you’ve decided on the perfect color or design, it’s time to put the paintbrush in action. Paint a small portion of the wall and see how it looks with the rest of the room. To make it easier, once the paint has dried, temporarily move a chair or piece of furniture in the room near the paint sample patch to see if they complement one another.

Testing your paint color is so important so you don’t end up with a paint job you are unhappy with. After all, it could dry a bit differently than it looks wet or just not look how you were expecting. This way, you don’t waste your time painting the entire room and end up spending more money on paint.

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