Interior Paint Options for a Living Room

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    Color Choice

    • Most people have a certain style, be it bold and loud or quiet and sedate. Think about what mood you wish to foster in the room. Do you want to relax? Do you want to make people think? Is there a certain statement you want to make? Color creates a first impression and sets the mood in a room even when people do not consciously realize what color the room is. Each color creates a psychological mood. Greens and blues are calming, while reds and oranges are invigorating. Natural colors bring the outside in.

      When trying to decide on a color and scheme for your living room, look through magazines and design books for rooms that you like. If you are having trouble deciding, look further at your clothes, your car, and the things you enjoy doing. Are you a nature lover? Do you love the water? This is a room in which you spend a lot of time, and it should be painted for your enjoyment.

    One or Many Colors

    • Intensity of color is almost as important as the color chosen. If you wish to have a sedate room, choose a natural, calm shade of a color and paint the whole room. Add accents with a lighter, darker or contrasting color. In a more formal room, you may wish to paint the bottom half of the wall one color and the top half another, dividing it with a chair rail. When using two colors on one wall, you can use either different shades of the same color, or two totally different colors. A single "feature" wall can be painted a strikingly different color to draw the eye to a certain point of interest in the room. This allows you to add bold or bright colors without overpowering the room. If you want to highlight artwork or architectural details, use a feature wall painted in a contrasting color to draw the eye to that specific part of the room.

    Faux Finishes

    • Create further interest by adding stripes, designs or faux finishes using tape, textures or rag rolling. Most faux finishes entail painting a base coat, then using a variety of items to create special effects. Faux finishes can be difficult to keep consistent, so it is best to practice your technique before starting on a wall. Striping is easily done by painting the base color, then taping and painting the stripes. You can use highly contrasting colors, or shades that barely differ, or anything in between. Many other designs may be accomplished with tape or stencils. Create textures by adding joint compound or sand to paint, then using a roller or uneven brush to paint over it. You can also achieve a textured look by using a specialty roller or sponge. Crinkle just about anything, such as plastic bags, fabric or paper, into a ball and use it instead of a brush or roller to create a rag finish.

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