Search: I Can Fix Up My Home
index sitemap advanced
search engine by freefind home page Read the blog Read electrical & appliances articles Read green building & energy efficiency articles Read home interior articles
Read home exterior articles Read drywall and framing articles Read plumbing articles Read painting and wallpaper articles Read tools and woodworking articles

Remake your Living Room with a Color Infusion:

Interior Decorating Focusing on Paint Color Options, Earthy Colors, Overall Color Scheme, Artwork

© 2010 by Jessica Ackerman all rights reserved

Painting Interior decorating tips

If you are redecorating your living room, consider adding some style and drama with bold splashes of vivid color. This style of decorating can give your living room a whole new look, and can make the whole room really “pop.”

It can also be an effective way to create focal points in the room, highlighting architectural details or decorating features that you wish to accentuate.

Dramatic Color Palettes

If you don’t have a lot of floor space in your bedroom, you need to find ways to maximize the space you have. One way of doing this is to select modestly sized pieces of furniture, to not only make the room seem bigger, but to get better use out of the space. If possible, use a queen or double size bed instead of a king size bed. But, don’t make the mistake of using numerous pieces of small furniture when one medium sized piece will do.

There are almost an unlimited number of paint color options available, which can help add richness and drama to a room. If you are looking to energize your living area, choose warm colors such as reds and oranges, complimented by shades of gold, tan, taupe or mocha. These earthy colors are perennial favorites that will create a warm glow in the room, giving it an inviting and friendly atmosphere.

On the other hand, choosing cool tones can be soothing, and you can select colors such as grays, blues and greens. If you have a lighter overall color scheme in the room based on these colors, painting one wall in a darker shade, or adding a piece of furniture, artwork or other decorating accessory in a bolder cool color can have a nice visual effect.

You can also choose a vibrant color such as blue, green, gold or red to add a bold color statement to the room. Whether you use these colors to paint the entire room or just one or two accent walls, you can add a lot of excitement to a room. White trim and accents often look crisp and clean next to these brighter colors.

Using Bold Colors to Accessorize

If you’d rather keep your walls and flooring in more neutral shades, you can use splashes of vibrant color to add a lot of visual interest without the need for dramatic wall color shades. This could include selecting one or two pieces of furniture in a dramatic shade, adding a bold area rug to the entryway, or adding art or accessories that feature a bold color palette.

One of the advantages of this method is that it offers a lot of flexibility for changes at any time, since you can alter the overall mood and look of the room simply by swapping out some of the bold accessories.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Bold Color Combinations

Bold color combinations on living room walls Although some people feel that you should restrict bold colors to one or two, if you look at nature you will see that multiple bold colors can actually accentuate each other and look good together. For instance, think of the beauty of a peacock’s feathers. One easy way of selecting a bold color that coordinate involves locating fabric that contains the colors you’d like to use.

Then, you can carry this color theme throughout the room, using the fabric as the glue that ties the rest of the colors together. Pick up various colors from the fabric in other areas, such as in the wall or carpeting color. This method can make decorating easy, even for the beginner.

Color and Design Tips

Small rooms usually benefit from lighter colors overall, and if you use patterns or prints, keep them small so you don’t overpower the room. However, you can definitely use colors other than white and off-whites. Sticking to a monochromatic palette is often a good approach. Go for one focal point within the room, such as a striking piece of wall art. This will add a dramatic and stylish effect to the small bedroom, without cluttering it with smaller decorating items.

About the author:

Jessica Ackerman, writes for and offers aspiring home designers the opportunity to decorate with wall sconce candle holder or metal wall art fish .

You Might Also be Interested in:

Try Angie's List!

Get 3 FREE Window Estimates Now!

Return to the Interior project page

Return to ICFUMH Homepage

Website © 2010 all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without author’s written permission.

Article © 2010 Jessica Ackerman All rights reserved.