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Living Room Paint Ideas and Tips

Whether you’re considering a simple mood-lifting refresh or committing to a full renovation, painting your lounge is one of the most exciting parts of home décor. It’s also one of the easiest ways of transforming your living room into something completely new. However, it can be challenging to know where to start. If you’re new to home decoration, you might have some questions about painting your living room. From accent walls to statement wallpaper, we’ve put together some living room paint ideas, prepping tips and a guide to the different types of paint available, to help you to get started.
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Choosing your living room colour scheme:

Aside from seeing your newly painted living room finished, choosing your paint colours is one of the most fun parts of decorating your space – and it’s also one of the most important. The hues you choose help to define the overall look and feel of your living room, which is why it’s so essential to think about your colour scheme carefully.

Whatever colour palette you choose, be sure to test your living room paint ideas in a variety of lights. It’s usually a good idea to paint small swatches of your chosen shades on all four walls. Be sure to let the paint fully dry before making your decision and revisit the room at different times in the day (as well as at night with the lights on). That way, you’ll be able to see how your chosen shades look, as well as how they react to both natural and artificial light. It’s much better to take the time and be sure about your living room paint colours than to regret your choice once you’ve finished painting!

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Types of paint:

As well as thinking about living room paint colours, it’s also important to consider the type of paint you will need.

  • Primer: Primer is an undercoat paint that you typically use before you put on your chosen colours. It helps to protect the surface, ensures that your paint adheres and improves the durability of the topcoat. It can also help brighter shades look even more vibrant. Remember to let your primer fully dry before painting.

  • Matte emulsion: Matte emulsion (also known as Matt emulsion) is the most common type of paint used on walls. It has – as the name gives away – a matte finish and tends to give a bright vibrancy for darker colours. It’s also great for covering imperfections.

  • Satin: Satin paint has a slight sheen and is usually described as somewhere between matte and gloss paint. It offers soft light reflection, making it ideal for smaller rooms. It also tends to be quite hard-wearing and can be wiped clean, making it a good choice for living rooms that need a bit of extra durability. However, because of its soft sheen, it can highlight imperfections.

  • Silk: Similar to satin paint, silk offers a slight shine to your wall and ceiling colours. It is typically durable and works well in high-traffic areas (and well-used living rooms!). Like satin paint, it tends to show imperfections more than matte finishes, so it will be worth bearing this in mind when choosing your living room paint.

  • Eggshell: Eggshell is a hard-wearing paint with a very slight sheen. It tends to sit somewhere between silk and matte finishes, offering some light reflection. It’s often used on woodwork, however it can be used on walls and looks particularly exquisite for those looking for a classic finish.

  • Gloss: As the name suggests, gloss paint has a very shiny finish. It is very hard-wearing and is typically used on skirting boards, doorframes and other woodwork.

Preparing your living room to paint:

While choosing your colours and finishes is important when thinking about living room paint ideas, the practical side of redecorating is equally essential. To achieve a beautiful space, it’s important to put the time into preparing your living room for redecorating.

  • Move your furniture: Of course, the first step is to move your furniture. If possible, remove all items from your living room space before you begin painting. Otherwise, be sure to move everything to the centre of your room and protect it from any paint splatters.

  • Prep your walls: Prepping your walls is the most important way to ensure a beautiful finish. It’s a good idea to wash your walls, fill in any cracks or gaps and sand imperfections. Be sure to wipe away any dust before you begin painting.

  • Mask off doorframes and skirting boards: Use a painter’s tape to mask off the edges around the area you plan to paint. For example, place tape around the ceiling edges, skirting boards, light switches and door frames. Take this step slowly, as the painter’s tape will help to ensure a crisp edge when you paint.

  • Don’t forget about drop cloths: Tape drop cloths to your floor area to ensure that your flooring is protected (this is especially important if you’re using gloss paint, which doesn’t wipe away easily).

  • Prime your walls: Priming your walls is key: it helps to improve the durability of your paint and keeps your colours vibrant. While time consuming, don’t be tempted to skip this step! You’re sure to find that it makes all the difference.

We hope that these living room paint ideas have inspired you to start your project. For more home styling tips, visit our Home of Inspiration.

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