Living Room Colours For Those Who Don’t Know

living room with blue paint colour

Living rooms are tricky places when it comes to painting because, unlike sitting rooms or bedrooms, they are communal spaces used for a variety of functions everyday. A living room in the course of a single day could be used for watching television, playing with toys on the floor, and hosting a party in the evening, so picking the right colours that look great while offering some flexibility can be very difficult, especially if you have furniture that you need to match. But have no fear, today we’ll go through some living room colours that will look great, giving some advice for those who don’t know what works and what doesn’t.

living room with blue paint colour
Colour: Blue
When to use it: Calming, welcoming spaces
Blue is a generally calming colour, it gives a relaxing feel to any room, but especially living rooms, where guests and inhabitants will frequently go to chill out and relax. it works especially well in small spaces. As far as colours go, as in not-neutrals like greys and whites, blue is a popular choice for very good reasons.

grey paint colour in living room
Colour: Grey
When to use it: Rooms with great art
Grey is often thought of as a cold choice, distant and detached, but there are great greys out there that have warm undertones. Greys are especially great in rooms where you have a lot of art on the walls because it blends into the background so easily. If you have a room where the stuff on the walls, not the walls themselves, are what you want to showcase, then a grey may just be your best choice.

living room with brown paint colours
Colour: Browns
When to use it: Rooms with lots of wood furniture or textiles
Browns are the most overlooked colour choice for living rooms because people simply don’t think about it. What’s great about this colour, though, is it becomes a great choice while not being too flashy. Deep browns are great for rooms with lots of texture, like wood furniture or textiles, because it highlights the feel of these rooms. But browns are fundamentally unobtrusive because they are a support colour rather than a colour that draws attention to itself.

den area painted with red paint colours
Colour: Red
When to use it: With traditional furniture, to highlight a “masculine” feel
Reds are a great choice for dens because they are a bold choice while staying familiar. They are especially great for rooms with old style furniture because it highlights these choices and gives a room a classic feel over trying to be dynamic in itself. Deep reds are also great for more “masculines” rooms. Not bars or where you watch the game, but where you would smoke a cigar. Living rooms in particular can benefit from reds if they are used less for TV and more for entertaining.

Choosing living room colours can be a scary choice for anyone who doesn’t keep up with the interior decorating world, but it isn’t nearly as hard as most think. When choosing colours for your living room, think about the furniture that you have and what you do in the room. With that information, picking the right paint colour can actually be really easy.

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How To Choose The Right Kitchen Paint Colours

kitchen in need of a paint job

Everyone knows the phenomenon: people at parties always end up in the kitchen. This may be because that’s where the food is, it may be because there’s always lots of activity, or it may simply be the best smelling room in the house. Whatever the reason, kitchens offer a great space to gather and hang out, so choosing the right kitchen paint colours are essential for anyone considering a new coat of paint in the room that attracts guests. But every kitchen is a little different and so are the people who use the, but here are some tips we have on how to choose the right kitchen paint colours.

Kitchens are unlike any other room in our homes not only because of their function, but from a painter’s perspective, they offer less wall space but just as much painting space. Actual walls in kitchens, on average, only take up about half of the kitchen wallspace. The rest is dedicated to cabinets, trim, and other spaces. This makes kitchens especially exciting and also a little daunting.

When thinking about kitchen colours, you have to consider each of the things you are painting. Cupboards, trim, and walls are rarely painted the same colour, so kitchens can be a fun place to experiment with multiple colours. So when you are painting a kitchen, don’t think just one colour, but an entire design.

Colour palettes in 2014 are moving towards natural, seaside-inspired hues, so look for blues and yellows that remind guests of the oceanfront. Brighter colours and softer hues go well together and make for a welcoming space to guests and family members.

Always consider the furniture you have or plan to have as well. Lighter furniture, especially at breakfast bars, benefits from more welcoming and lighter colours. Just be careful not to wash out a space, always look for brighter colours against very light, weathered, or faded furniture.

When picking kitchen colours, it’s also important to think about the connecting rooms as well. A dining room right next to the kitchen, for example, should complement the colours in the kitchen to avoid harsh transitions. While use of what I like to call ‘statement colours,’ colours that people notice when they enter a room (they make a statement), try not to make every colour in your kitchen a statement colour. Instead, just like cuisine these days, stick with a couple of basics and a deciding flavour to bring out the natural beauty of your selections. Simple is always better than complicated, both with cooking in the kitchen and the paint on the walls. Luckily, with the huge selection of colours from Benjamin Moore finding the ideal scheme should be pretty simple.

Finally, don’t forget about your kitchen’s “fifth wall,” the ceiling! Painted ceilings can make a statement or really tie a room together. Whatever your choices, just make sure your kitchen paint colours offer a casual, welcoming, and comforting feel. Your guests will all gather there, so they should feel welcome right down to the walls.