First things first – the title to this post alone is likely to prove highly divisive. This is because there is technically no such thing as the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ paint for any room of the home.
What one person considers perfect someone else could label downright hideous. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s entirely up to you to decide what works best in your home.
Still, narrowing things down when faced with a perplexing array of color choices can be tricky. It’s one thing to have a fairly clear idea in mind, but it can be altogether more difficult when you genuinely don’t know where to start.
Luckily, a few basic pointers can make it much easier to decide what will look good in your living room and work for you. If looking to give your lounge a makeover but still can’t decide which color to go with, here’s how to narrow things down to your perfect color palette:
- Seek Inspiration From Your Furniture
Coordinating (or even contrasting) the room’s color scheme with one of your favorite pieces of furniture can sometimes work wonders. It’s basically a case of selecting a piece of furniture in the room that you particularly like, which could be anything from a lamp to a piece of art to a throw rug. Then, think about how you could use the same colors to create an inviting color scheme for the room.
As mentioned, you can either take inspiration directly from the colors of the piece of furniture in question, or go for something that complements or even contrasts with them. Try to avoid looking at your walls and ceilings as if they exist in a vacuum – consider carefully how they will look with the rest of your furniture.
- Think About the Mood of Your Living Room
It’s also important to think about the kind of atmosphere and ambience you are looking to create. Ultimately, what matters most is choosing colors you like. But if you’re torn between a bunch of colors (or have no idea where to start), considering mood and atmosphere can help.
For example, if you want a living room that feels lively and full of energy, you’ll want to go for something relatively bold – perhaps orange, red or purple in your preferred hue. To create a more casual mood, calming colors like gentle blues and greens never fail to do the trick.
Considering color psychology (which isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds) is always a good idea when planning an interior makeover. The colors you choose can and will make a huge difference on the mood of the room in question, so it’s worth thinking carefully about what you want to achieve.
- If In Doubt, Go Neutral and Embellish
Contrary to popular belief, going with the safe option doesn’t have to be dull. You cannot go wrong with neutrals in a living room – the usual creams, latte hues and very gentle hints of color. One of the best things about going with neutrals is the way in which you then have something of a blank canvas to do anything you want with.
Paint an accent wall, add a burst of color to specific features around the room and let your furniture and fixtures be the stars of the show. Try not to look at neutrals as a ‘last resort’ option as they can often lay the foundation for a quite remarkable finish.
If you’re particularly proud of your furniture, fixtures, artwork and decorative accessories, this could actually be the best of the options available.
- Ask the Experts
Last but not least, the quickest and easiest way to make an informed decision is to organize an obligation-free color consultation with the experts.
At Homm CPS, we always go the extra mile to help our customers choose the perfect color schemes for their homes from a (literally) endless palette.
Whether you already have a vision in mind for your perfect living room or have no idea how you’d like your home to look, we can help. We’ll pay you a visit at a time and date of your choosing, run you through the available options and help you visualize your home’s true potential.
All part of our standard service package, with no obligation to go ahead at any time.
For more information or to arrange your professional color consultation with a member of our team, call or e-mail Homm CPS today.