Paint Color Ideas for Your Living Room

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BJ

Subject: Living room

My living room has no windows...no kidding. It's dark. Two windows in entrance and a back door. It is currently painted a peanut shell yellow color that I want to change and put down wood floors. It has wood paneling half way up the wall all around the living room. My furniture is brown leather. The house is about 35 years old. I appreciate any suggestions.

Ro Crumpler

Subject: Wall Color for Non-windows Living Room

Light gray is a pretty color but be careful. Some grays have green undertones and some have purple or blue undertones. I suggest you go to Sherwin Williams and pick out some grays and have samples made. Go home and paint these colors on your walls in about 1 ft. wide x 2 or 3 ft long areas. Don't put them too close to each other. Also put the same colors on each wall so you can see how they feel and reflect in your room. I like Unusual Gray the best because it's a true gray. Try mixing Unusual Gray with some white to lighten, otherwise it will be too dark a color for your living room. Try different shades of this mixture on your walls as well.
For the paneling: I would definitely paint that as well. What would look nice is to make a 50% lighter color for the upper half. In other words, whatever gray mixture you chose, use that for the paneling. Then mix that color with half white and half gray for the upper walls. Remember: don't go too dark for the gray!!
Once you decide on a gray, paint your room. Then really spruce up the room by adding yellow throw pillows on your brown leather. You'll be surprised what an uplift these small items will do for your room. You can even drape a throw over the leather to add brightness. Experiment with what you like and go from there!
You'll have so much fun, you'll want to paint and decorate more rooms. Just enjoy the experience! Best of luck!

Derethea Hoban

Subject: What color should I paint my kitcheb

2 story family room just painted pebble gray and white woodwork is next to kitchen. Just got new quartz countertops- white with slight marbling of gray- kitchen also flows iinto 2 story large entrance way which flows into stairway whose wall is exposed and viewed from gray family room.

Skaz

Subject: Living Area

Wanting to repaint our living room which is currently a beige/tan color. We have a large limestone fireplace and a med colored wood banister on our stairs. We cannot decide between a more cream colored pallet or a grey pallet. Please help. We are open to other color ideas too.

Kelly

Subject: painting ceiling

Should I paint the ceiling a lighter color or off white to add height to my bedroom. Also, the large wood beam going across the room on the ceiling, what color should that be?

Kate

Subject: painting ceiling

If you are painting the walls a darker color than the ceiling, this will add height automatically. Benjamin Moore has a color called "seashell" which I used on my bedroom ceilings and trim. It is white with a tinge of pink and provides a warm effect in contrast to the cool blue and green I chose for the walls (2 dif. bedrooms). This color was suggested by Roger, my super color choosing and mixing painter. Try it out and see.
As for the beam, is it of interest architecturally or does the wood match a wood floor? or is it already painted?
If the room is small in size, I would paint it the same color as the ceiling to make the room appear larger. If the bedroom is large, you need to decide if painting the beam a different color from the ceiling will enhance your total design plan for the room (furniture, bed linens, rugs, etc.). Which of these elements will tie in with the color of the beam, if different from the ceiling? Hope your project goes well!

GraceAnn simoni

Subject: Painting ceiling

the height of your ceiling will play into the decision to paint the beam or not . If you only have 8 ft ceilings I would paint the beam the same color as the ceiling. Sherwin Williams has a great ceiling paint product call Eminence (it is a white designed for ceilings) Has great reflective value. If you have 9 ft ceiling or higher you can add drama by adding color the the "fifth wall"

Sharon

Subject: Decorating problem

Hi, I have a living room with a beautiful, muted, and pastel pinky peach color on the wall I just love. We have dark oxblood red leather sofa and loveseat that we just bought. We also have two old Clayton Marcus wing chairs in a medium true blue. The tables are all wood and are brown. I am determined to make this palette work. What do you suggest I add to the room that is inexpensive (the sofa and loveseat weren't cheap), to bring this room together?

Shaz

Subject: Your Decorating problem

You love the walls, so don't mess with them...I think peach and red are beautiful together- look at nature.add some green...keep your blue chairs and just add green pillows to give them a pop, maybe beige patterened pillow or two on the deep red sofas with accents of green, blue, peach & red. Or a rug with your colors may tie things together for you.

kim

Subject: color

the wall in back of the sofa do a very pale yellow on that wall. the rest of the walls use a cream or pale tan. yellow and red print
pillows on the sofa. and the same for chairs

Jsnet

Subject: Hallway

What is the best color to paint up steps and door and small hall leading to kitchen. Please

Renee

Subject: Hallway colors

I've been tons of reading due to a screw up I made with the carbon filter of my air purifier. Consensus seems to be that a cheery yellow is a perfect choice for small hallways. When it comes to type of paint, I'm hooked on enamel (latex) in a satin finish. I live in a typical Riverwest bungalow with lots of stucco walls. I've found enamel goes on easy and looks great. I use a large brush, no roller and a gallon covers one room with touch up left over. Rollers really suck up paint.

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.