How to choose a colour for a living room wall

Written by april sanders
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How to choose a colour for a living room wall
Take time to consider the right colour for your living room wall. (Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

There are many factors to consider when choosing a colour for a living room wall. Does the room flow into another room, or is it self-contained? What colour is your furniture? Will you be selling the house soon? Narrow your choices by following the tips below to help you decide on a colour for your living room wall.

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Things you need

  • Paint samples
  • Paint brushes and rollers
  • Masking tape
  • Old sheets

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    Determine the function of the living room. Is it formal? If so, you will want a more subdued, traditional colour, such as taupe or maroon. Is it a more causal gathering place? Then feel free to experiment with pale shades of yellow, brown or even purple.

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    Look at the neighbouring areas. If the living room is open to other rooms, choose a paint colour that will also complement those rooms. While a grey-blue colour might complement your sofa nicely, it might not look so good in the adjoining dining room. Find a colour that works in all of the rooms that flow into your living room.

  3. 3

    Match the colour of something special. While sofas tend to change, you might have one piece of artwork that you know you'll keep forever. If so, look for a colour in that artwork and paint the wall that colour.

  4. 4

    Check out the lighting, which can change the colour of a wall. Paint a few areas of the wall with your narrowed-down choices, then stand back and watch the colours change as the sunlight plays over the wall. Also look at the colour of the wall in lamplight during the evening.

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    Use more than one colour. If you can't narrow it down to a final colour, consider using two colours. Paint three of the walls one colour and an accent colour on the fourth wall. Or paint the bottom third of the wall one colour, install a dado rail above it and then paint the top of the wall another colour.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint colour is not permanent! Don't be afraid to experiment. You can always paint over it later.
  • Choose a neutral colour that will appeal to a broad audience if you are going to sell the house soon.

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