Painting Living Rooms

Decorating and painting living rooms and other living spaces are a high priority in any home. Paints and faux finishes offer a great, low-cost option for adding style and punch.

Painting Living Rooms

Living rooms serve very important functions in the home. The name living room is very telling. When we are at home, we often do much of our living and relaxing in the living room.

The living room is also often the very first room a visitor sees and notices. It is a place to congregate during leisure time, holiday gatherings, and parties.

So decorating and painting living rooms is a top priority, and should reflect not only your personal taste but also the common uses of the room in question.

It should be decorated both as a testament to your personal taste and as a haven of leisure and relaxation.

We all know that the living room can also be one of the most expensive rooms in the home to decorate. Some of the most costly furnishings and décor belong in the living room. Recliners and couches, coffee tables and art, entertainment centers and big-screen televisions.

Painting living rooms offers one very high impact, low-cost way to add style. Even if you can’t afford a major renovation, with just a few dollars in paint and supplies (and a little bit of motivation) you can transform your living room into a stylish retreat.

This page refers almost entirely to decorating living rooms with paint. For more detailed information on decorating a living room, including help with choosing lighting and furnishings, check out Stylish Living Room Ideas.


Psychologists have proven that colors can have a definite impact upon our moods and state of mind. For more information on how certain colors are known to effect our moods, check out the Color and Mood page.

Since most of us spend such a great amount of time in our living rooms, we should at least take some account of the effect of colors.

Living rooms are generally places of leisure and relaxation, so a tranquil green or a cool blue can be very good choices.

Living rooms are also places of congregation and conversation, so perhaps something more lively and warm, such as a red, gold, or chocolaty brown. Quite a bit depends upon the use to which your living room is commonly put.

If your living room is small and you wish to convey a look of openness and airiness, you may want to consider a lighter palette of colors such as sage greens, khakis, and rich creams.

One other factor to take into account when painting living rooms is your current furnishings and décor. You may want to use the above mood/color guidelines as a starting point, then look at your current décor for further inspiration.

Take a color from your living room furniture, artwork, flooring, or other décor. This will help tie the room’s décor together and give the room a sense of coherence.


Faux finishes are a great option for painting living rooms. They can help create texture and visual interest in the space. A faux finish can also help create a more intimate, airy, or warm atmosphere.

A few great faux finishing options for bedrooms are: Parchment Faux Finish, with its warm golden and creamy tones can create a very intimate and inviting atmosphere. It also gives a rather aged and interesting appearance that goes well with any classical or country decorating style.

The Linen Faux Finish is a wonderful choice for painting living rooms. The Linen Faux Finish recreates the comfortable, summery look of linen. The color palette for faux linen is an open and warm mix of creams, khakis, and light browns.

Color Washing creates a very soft, mottled appearance with gentle shadings of light and dark. The color palette is very open to personal taste and selection.

Sponge Painting in its more subtle forms can create a very mellow, understated texture of mixed light and dark shades, with a very open color palette.


One final way to bring life and personality to your living room is to add some personal touches.

The use of stencils to add visual interest to a final paint job can add extra punch and personality to a finished technique.

Adding wallpaper borders and murals after you’ve finished painting living rooms is another way to add style and personality. Applying borders and murals are not difficult, and their final punch they add to a room is immense. They are a great way to draw a color from your furnishing or décor.

Lastly, what better way is there to finish off your newly painted living room than with framed wall art?

I always like to finish off these pages by suggesting the addition of wall art because I think it can help add so much character to a room, and can become a focal point in any space.

Take a look at our How To Faux Finish Art Store for a few suggestions.

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