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Regardless of whether you’re blessed with huge ceilings and bay windows, or a cosy space filled with children’s toys, deciding to decorate your living room aka the room where we spend most evenings, can be a daunting task.

Today we wanted to share our ultimate guide to painting your living room, from what colours to choose, to 2019 colour trends. But first…How should you decorate a north or south facing room?

With a south facing room, you’ll have strong clear natural light adding warmth to whatever scheme you decide. The key is to balance this with cooler tones such as blues, greens and violets. Warm tones will only make the room feel overpowering, so even if you’re considering greys or whites, be sure to pick ones with a cool undertone.

North facing rooms, however, work in the opposite way with generally little natural light coming through. Colours such as yellow, pink, and gold all work perfectly with in north facing spaces, adding a delicate warmth.

So what colours are on-trend for 2019?

This year we’ll see earthier shades, more commonly used in autumn, making their way into spring, including taupe, terracotta, greens, and deep charcoals. These are complemented by accents of dusky pink and peach.

Pantone’s colour of the year is Living Coral but as this is a fairly bold shade, perhaps carry this through on a statement wall, or even with soft furnishings and accessories. If blues are more your bag, then you’re in luck as shades from powder to navy will be spotted across living rooms – the key here is to team them with muted hues such as mushroom grey and greens for a modern finish.

Should I paint all four walls of my living room the same colour?

Not necessarily, although if you have a more traditional space, then having the room one colour can look incredibly chic. But if you’re looking for a change, here are some ideas of how to paint your living room.

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When we say paint the room one colour, we mean everything from the skirting boards to the fireplace to the ceiling. This is an incredible statement visually and works well in larger rooms to create a cosier feeling.

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We first discovered the power of a half-painted wall thanks to interior design master, Kate Watson-Smyth, who worked her magic in this stunning show flat in Wembley. By only painting half the wall in a darker shade, you’re able to create the illusion of higher ceilings, as well as camouflaging the TV as Kate cleverly points out.

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One thing to consider when painting your living room is what time of day will you spend the most time in it? If you’re only in there on an evening, snuggled up on the sofa, then painting the room in a deep, dark colour such as navy, forest green, charcoal or even plum, means that you won’t be sacrificing much light and you’ll have created a cosy snug to retreat into on an evening. There’s no better way to create ambiance on a winter’s evening than a fire going alongside cleverly placed lighting in a dark, moody space.

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If you want to be bold with your colour choices but you’re not brave enough to paint the full room, consider creating a statement with one bold wall. Create a cohesive look by adding your chosen shade in other smaller areas of the room, such as cushions, a rug or decorative accessories. Pick a large windowless wall and choose a colour that packs a punch.

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An interesting trend that has moved from those in the know to a more mainstream audience is the introduction of tonal rooms. The key is to create layers with your chosen colour palette and add plenty of texture to the room. Having varying shades of the same colours adds depth to the room and a mix of finishes such as matte, gloss, metalics and glass helps to add interest.

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Finally, having a white canvas can be the perfect backdrop to statement furniture. It also makes for a calming space when teamed with Scandinavian inspired décor. If you have good natural light, look for whites with a hint of green for a truly tranquil room, while poor daylight can be combatted by shades of white with yellow and gold hints. To stop a white room from looking flat, add natural textures such as rattan, jute, bamboo, linen, and plant life.

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We understand that choosing the right colour paint is something many people struggle with, so the biggest tip to take away from this post is to buy your sofa and carpet/wood floors and add the paint last. Paint is a slightly less expensive mistake to make than buying the wrong colour couch, so purchase your big-ticket items first and work the room around those. And remember, whatever the trend or design, follow your heart.

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