Selecting the Right Colors

In lots of houses, the living room is the hardest-working room in the house, a place for interacting socially, for family recreation, and often simply for quiet relaxation. So mindful idea needs to be taken into preparing the paint color pattern given that the room should meet the requirements of many different functions and several people. And it must do this in a way that’s less formal than is typically the case for a living-room, but more formal than might be discovered in a rec room or rumpus area.

So, whatever you call it, living room paint needs to match the function and feel of the space.

Let’s take a look at 9 various methods you might approach the color design in your family room.

Southwestern Plan

Here’s an unwinded, Southwestern-themed family room color design, utilizing paint from Ralph Lauren. The wall colors here is called Thunder Bay, and the ceiling is Stucco White.

A Southwestern plan will make use of the earth-tone colors typical to the Southwest U.S., and while beiges and sandstone colors will prevail, muted greens and blues can also become part of such a color scheme. In this example, though, it is soft beiges and soft browns that control, with rustic ceiling beams that finish the sensation.

IDEA: Keep in mind that paint makers alter their colors almost yearly. Do not expect to match paint colors by name, however rather by tone.

Two-Tone Color Design.

Recent years have seen making use of two-tone rooms, frequently in the form of one accent wall painted a color that either matches or contrasts with the other colors. This space uses colors called Yellowtail Dam and Go Blue, from Dutch Boy.

The choice of the two paint colors needs to be made thoroughly. Colors that are carefully related or frequently seen together in nature will provide a space a relaxed however alert feeling. However a color that sharply clashes with other colors can, if well picked, energize a space.

IDEA: Paint producers may offer product brochures that show examples of how different colors work together. This is a great source of information when you are thinking about paint combinations.

Neutral Scheme.

This is a living room paint scheme that’s neither here nor there. Most living room color pattern tend to fall under 2 camps: the dark browns and greens, and the light blues and yellows. However here’s a Behr paint (Pensive Sky) that straddles the line, an easy-going neutral that simply may please both camps.

TIP: A neutral paint scheme will work best if there is a little contrast used by the furnishings. In this space, the warm beige in the couch somewhat balanced out the cool colors of the walls.

Ocean Blue Scheme.

With this family room paint, you might quickly think of that your home was on Sea Island or Jekyll Island, Georgia– no matter if it happens to be land-locked 1,200 miles inland. The colors are from Ralph Laren House: Cloud Blue for the walls, and Deckhand White for the ceiling and trim.

SUGGESTION: A little pale green adds a lot to an ocean-blue plan, either in the form of plants (as revealed here) or in wall hangings, drapes or pillows.

Warm Oranges.

Pictured is an abundant, glowing, orangish living room paint that is still considerably soft and toned-down. The colors are from Dutch Boy: Amber Stone for the walls, and Almond Paste for the trim. Small variations in between wall colors and trim colors are a typical technique for creating a paint scheme.

SUGGESTION: It is rather real that warm colors make a space feel physically warm. Beware of utilizing warm colors in a climate that is already warm. But in a cooler environment where a living room is used mainly in the cooler months when outside recreation is difficult, a warm scheme like this one is really comfortable.

Sage Green Plan.

One of the regrettable features of viewing family room paint colors online is that the color doesn’t register as well as it would in real life. So, it takes a specific amount of creativity to see this lush, deep-green wall color from Behr: Painted Turtle, as it may search in your house.

SUGGESTION: Whenever utilizing an unusual color, specifically a dark one, it’s an excellent idea to test-paint one wall to see how you like the impact. Paint stores normally offer sample pints of paint for exactly this function.

Bright Green Plan.

Approved, it takes a particular amount of perseverance to apply this shade of green to your family room walls. However whoever stated that family rooms had to be quiet, reticent places? This green from Dutch Kid is called Olive Fringes, for those who feel like living life on the fringes.

POINTER: Note the trim molding installed to create the look of paneling on the walls. This is a remarkably simple DIY task.

Strong Yellow Scheme.

This living room has actually picked pale yellow– Chamois, from Ralph Lauren Home. It is used regularly on every surface, even inside the recessed shelving. There are not even contrasting base or crown moldings to break the plan; just the fireplace mantle in Design Studio White breaks the dominant yellow.

POINTER: This space is more carefully created than it might initially seem. Look at the cautious use of whites, blacks, and grays in the various devices and furnishings.

Tones of Blue Plan.

This light and airy color pattern is created by Behr’s Ionic Sky for the walls and a darker Bon Trip Blue for the trim.

IDEA: Blues are well accompanied by yellow tones, such as that seen in the pale yellow-white drapes and a little darker yellow furnishings.