Help me Paint my Living Room

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by 43% burnt, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. None, leave it alone.

    0 vote(s)
  2. Green

    2 vote(s)
  3. Tan

    6 vote(s)
  4. Blue

    4 vote(s)
  5. Purple

    3 vote(s)
  6. Other, please specify.

    7 vote(s)
  1. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    The misses and I are trying to decide on a color, so I decided to consult the incredibly helpfull TB members. Were looking to add some "life" and "warmth" to our Living room. Right now it is a silverish/gray color as seen in the 1st pic. We both don't like's too "sterile" so to speak. We're into more intense colors, for example our kitchen is primary red w/ black trim.

    In Bass terms we're looking for something less solid state/hi-fi, more tube warmth. :cool:

    So I did some quick photoshopping of our LR to get a rough idea what colors would actually look like. I'd like to leave the trim natural, so something to complement it would be good. Vote for what you like best.

    Our Living Room now:




  2. jackmurray

    jackmurray Guest

    Aug 19, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    You have to take into acount the most important aspect: which matches your basses?

    I think the purple goes best with them. Green and blue look good but not against your basses.
  3. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Have you considered painting only 1 or 2 walls, leaving the others white?
  4. Low E Louie

    Low E Louie Guest

    Jan 5, 2004
    Stockholm, Sweden
    You should paint it mellow yellow.
  5. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    IF you're planning to sell the house at any time in the next few years then go neutral like tan. Otherwise I like the blue personally.

    We went with kind of a tan (with white trim) in our living room and much of the rest of our house and it gets a lot of compliments. The shade we used was sandy cove from Valspar American Traditions paint (from Lowe's).

    Also, Vorago suggested one wall colored and the others white. That's viable too and we did that in our master bedroom. We have one big wall that's a great shade of deep red (cherry cobbler/Behr Premium Plus) and the other walls are white.

    brad cook

  6. exactly. I'd do the window wall in a color, and the opposing walls white, or an lighter accent color. It will add depth and contrast to the room.

    If you see the color you like on a paint strip of multiple, yet different colors, the rest of the colors are appropriate accent colors, and share the same color "temperature", so they won't look funky together.

    Behr does excellent color combo suggestions. I love their range of colors.
  7. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Yeah, an accent wall might be a better idea. We also did that in our bedroom. We painted the wall behind the bed a deep brown/burgundy and the other walls oyster. I wouldn't have to move everything in the room either.

    Green was my 1st choice, but I think We'll hate it once its really on the walls. I'm already getting sick of it in the photo alone.

    I personally like the tan best...but i'm starting to kinda like the purple :eek: I'm not sure about the natural trim on the purple though.
  8. Paint it in a yellowish/brownish/peachish colour, and add brown curtains and sofas.
  9. So far, I agree with Brad about painting the room tan.

    If you want "warmth," use a warm color.

    This applies more to artistic painting, but you may get an idea or two here. If not, it's just nice to look at. :cool:

    Good luck.

    Mike ;)

    And yes, you were right to consult the experts at TB before you administer one stroke of a brush! :D
  10. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Ahhh yes, the old color-wheel. Brings me back to my art school days.
  11. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    If warm is what you're after, go tan, out of what you've presented us, or try the following:

    I made a heluvan impression at my first house by doing the living room in a terra cotta orange up to a chair rail (so about 30-36" up, IIRC). That was really warm, and the upper half of the wall remained a natural white (not a stark white) which created a great contrast for artwork hanging thereon. Note: room had beige carpet.

    In my second house, I went the opposite and did the living/dining area in a steely blue, much like you have shown here. BUT, on the end walls (window wall, in your example) I used a lighter, sky blue. Subtle effect since my end walls were 90% window. But awesome. The room stayed warm-ish by having parquet floors and a mulberry-colored couch (warming up the blue with a little red-purple mixed in).

    My current house has a tan/beiuge living room and I'm trying to figure out a way to add some life to it, as well.

    Yeah, I'm a dork when it comes to this stuff, watch too much TLC/HGTV I'm sure.
  12. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    that purple's a bit dark... it'll really make your room look small... I'm in favor of the tan..
  13. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I'll take the tan. It goes with more other colors.

  14. Just get new basses to match the room! :rolleyes: I actually voted green(before looking at the pics)but the purple looks good to me. Yeah, purple. Or carrots.
  15. jackmurray

    jackmurray Guest

    Aug 19, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Carrots! Why didn't I think of that?