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Ready to change things up for the new year? With all the restrictions on travel, you will probably be spending
more time at home. This makes it the perfect time to redecorate your living room.
Choosing the right colors for your living room is very important as it can make this room more inviting. The colors
in the room contribute to the overall look and feel of the room.
Here’s a look at what you need to bear in mind when decorating so that you can choose the perfect color palette.
Choosing a Color
One of the tricks that many interior architects use is to look at the color of the largest pattern in a living room. Maybe it’s
the color of a pattern from your sofa, or maybe even a large painting. Whatever it is, the color of the largest pattern is a
good place to start.
Creating this point of reference for your color selection will help you to make the right decisions about
all the other colors that you want to use in your living room.
Go from Dark to Light
Save all the dark colors you want to use for the floor. This means you should choose tiles and rugs
that are of a darker tone. For your walls, you can go with medium colors and use light values on your
Using this simple guide of going from dark to light will help you to choose the right colors and create a
Think About the Lighting
When choosing a paint color you have to think about how it interacts with lights. Paint interacts in
different ways with different types of lighting. Daylight, incandescent lighting, and fluorescent lighting
all have a different impact on how the color of your paint looks.
Natural daylight will show off the true tones in any paint color. While incandescent lighting will bring out more warm tones and
yellows in any color you choose. Florescent lighting on the other hand will bring out a lot of blue tones
in any color.
This means that when you are choosing a color you need to think about how it will look in daylight
and how it will look with the types of light that you use at night. Many paint stores have light boxes,
so before selecting a color make sure you check it under a lightbox. This will give you a better idea of
how the paint will interact with light.
Test Your Color
Before you fully commit to a color it is perfectly acceptable to test it. You can test it on a poster board,
or a large wall.
Doing a test beforehand will give you the confidence you may need to fully roll out the color on all of
the walls in your living room.
Now that you know exactly how to go about choosing a color scheme for your living room you are ready
to get started on the project.
When deciding on a color make sure that it reflects the mood you want to bring to the space. This will
make all the difference in how you feel about the finished look.