When it comes to the interior design for our living room, we want our choices to create a comforting environment but to also reflect the personalities of those who use it every day. This keyspace in our homes serves as a place to rest, spend time with our families and to entertain our guests – making those design decisions crucial. And yet, choosing paint colours for surrounding walls can propose a dilemma. There has to be a consideration of the look and feel you are hoping to create but also for the style of the furniture, you may already own or looking to purchase. Then there is natural light to consider, is your living space a North or South facing room? Is there a permanent feature that can’t be removed and needs to be taken into consideration? We wouldn’t blame you if you were tempted just to paint all the walls white to get it over and done with – except, which shade of white is the right shade of white?
If you’re looking for a way to begin your journey into colour, follow along for our in-house team of design experts and their five essential tips that makes choosing a paint palette so much easier.
- CREATE A MOOD
Creating a mood for your living room has never been so important. Do you want your space to feel cool and calm, warm and homely, soft and charming or spacious? Knowing the answers to this question will help inform the colour decisions, as only certain shades will help enhance the living room’s atmosphere you intend to create. Understanding the colours’ connotations is a key step to choosing your paint palette.
- THE LIGHT TEST
When you know the route you want to take your room in, always consider the direction of natural light, the size of the room and how the contents will affect your desired shade. The easiest way to understand your shade is to take a tester and try it out at different times of the day to see how the results are affected by natural and artificial light.
- GLOSSY OR MATT?
When it comes to the finish you want to achieve with your paint choice, think about practicality and longevity for the home. The sumptuous matt finish of Optiva Matt 5 when used for interior wall paint offers a beautiful, smooth finish that is hard-wearing for the home with its high resistance to stains and dirt. For a silk-like quality to your room, look to Optiva Satin Matt 7, while Optiva Semi-Matt 20 will add a slight glistening effect.
- FINER DETAILS
A style that may work for someone, may not necessarily fit for everyone – and that’s ok. When the general design direction begins to come together, take your new skills to the next step by introducing textured elements to your living room, whether this is through a painted surface or soft-furnishings. If you are after specific paint textures, our Tikkurila painting ideas are here to help. These playful yet sophisticated design details can even make the most subdued colours feel lively. Visit our Tikkurila Unique page for more ideas.
- BE BRAVE, BE BOLD
Most importantly, choose a colour that reflects you and your families’ personalities, and not for others or because they are on-trend. Be playful with your colour decisions as the walls of your home don’t have to the same colour forever. Order as many samples colour samples as you can and eliminate them by trial and error until you are happy with your final palette. Our style and taste are always evolving, so choose colours that feel personal to you.
For more information on painting your living room, visit our Ideas & Advice page.