How to choose inviting colours for your living room

The living room is absolutely the heart of every home.

It’s a place to relax, unwind, gather, and bond with friends and family.

Thus, it is imperative to furnish and decorate your living room with a certain style and design that speaks for your home. Choosing a colour for it is one crucial step to ensuring this.

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It is never easy to pick a colour for your living room. You want to impress, but still want to keep it simple. You have to understand the characteristics of the space before selecting a colour for it. This article will help you in knowing how to go about it. Whether you are a first time home owner or you just want to spruce your home to your liking.

If your living room receives loads of sunshine, you have a lot of freedom to play around with colours.  Having windows that make the room bright and airy, allows you to go for saturated jewel tones like periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room, but go for softer shades. Dark blue has the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness. Refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme.

Alternatively you can go for earthy hues to reflect a calm and serene feeling. You should however avoid yellow and orange shades. The bright room will amplify the shade and make the room seem too bright. You need a tone of colour that will reflect the light without having a clashing effect.

Sometimes, you may have a living room with little or no windows and open doors that allow light to it. When dealing with such a room, you need to go for brighter and lighter tones. This will allow to create your own light in the room with little effort.  Shades such as ivory and pumpkin will work well in this case. The soft and welcoming hues of the colours will make the room seem brighter than they really are.

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Another determinant of what colour you’ll paint the walls of your living room, is the type of furniture you have.  Look at the colours of the upholstery and let that guide you in your paint selection. You can choose to have the colours matching up or colour block them. This will also guide you in the colours to use on your curtains and flooring. Let the colours be something that will blend in and highlight the room. Go for colours in different shades to create a colour blocking theme without using different colours. For instance if you’re sofa is navy grey, paint the walls pale blue and maybe have the curtains in a different shade as well.

A question to ask yourself is what will the room be used for? This is something you should always keep in mind when choosing your desired colour. If you use the living room as a private space off-limits to others, you can feel free to go for pale hues of colour. If you use the room to entertain, the obscure tones will work perfectly for you.  Shades of brown and cream will work well for this on your walls and sofas. They hide dirt and can go longer before you need to repaint or clean.

These are just a few suggestions to help you in selecting a colour for your living room. At the end of the day it all boils down to your personal taste. Have fun when selecting your living room colours and let it be a shade of colour that resonates with you and that you are comfortable with.

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