10 Ways to Mix Up Your Living Room with Paint!

Ah, paint. It’s an easy way to transform your living room without breaking the bank. From eclectic to traditional, we’ve got you covered with these 10 great paint techniques.

1. Enlarge your living room with reflective, cool colors.

Perhaps one of the most common desires people have in regard to their living room is more space. Painting the room with cool shades that reflect light like deep and natural blues, greens, and purples can have a depth amplifying effect.

2. Make it pop with bright, fruity hues.

Take a cue from pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and brighten up your living room with a pop of colorful paint. Use complimentary brights for your decor with some neutrals interspersed so the room isn’t too loud. Try colors like Yellow Flash, Cerulean, and Grenadine by Behr.

3. Change it up with an ombre or color washing technique.

Surprise! An ombre treatment isn’t only meant for hair. Treat your walls to an ombre or color wash by creating a natural transition with monochromatic hues that flow into one another from the top to bottom of a wall. Learn how here.

4. Take advantage of your chair rail with a complimentary color scheme.

If you have a chair rail in your living room color schemes can be tricky, but with a little texture and by using shades that compliment one another, it can add major dimension to your space. We recommend using a deeper hue below the chair rail and a lighter tone on the above wall.

5. Breathe life into your wall with geometric shapes or patterns.

Geometric patterns like chevron or triangles have the potential to significantly liven up a bland room.

6. Take a ride on the dark side.

Dark walls aren’t always drab and depressing. If you have an open space with lots of natural light, a very rich blue or purple that almost looks black can be an opulent transformation for your living room.

7. Give typography a try.

Typography has been a huge trend in the art world in the last few years and if the script is neat, it can translate nicely to your walls as well.

8. Stay on trend with the Pantone color of the year.

If you like to change things up in the paint department often, why not give the Pantone color of the year a try? For 2015 it’s an earthy, wine red Marsala that works perfectly on walls, so chances are you’ll want to keep it through 2016.

9. Pull the room together with a neutral palette.

Incorporating all the elements of your living room into a neutral palette will help unify the space and appeal to a minimalist and modern taste.

10. Allow your creativity to flourish with a mural.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of fine artists who will hand paint a mural on your wall. A mural can take your living room just about anywhere, so get imaginative and make your space uniquely yours.

Xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

Still having some trouble getting your living room just right? The interior designers at Laurel & Wolf can help you achieve the living room of your dreams. Simply take a style quiz and launch your project!

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