If you want to completely change the look of your living room, one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do so is by painting the walls. Many people do not understand the power of paint, but in just a couple of days you can transform a room. The key to having your living room painted is to choose the right paint and the right color palette. Use the following tips to help you choose paint for your living room walls.
Type of Paint
When you go to the paint store to look at paint, you will see oil-based paint and latex paint. For projects like painting interior walls, latex is typically the preferred type of paint to use. Latex paint provides smooth, consistent coats of paint, is easy to clean up, dries quickly, and is durable and long-lasting. However, if you will also be painting real wood molding or baseboards, you may want to consider using an oil based primer, as it does a great job at sealing stains and knots on wood pieces.
Paint is typically available in flat/matte, semi-gloss, and high-gloss sheens. The best type of paint sheen for your living room will depend on how you use it and your lifestyle. A good rule of thumb is that the glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean. If you have small children who make messes on your wall, choose a high-gloss paint so you can easily clean smudges, fingerprints, and other messes with a damp sponge.
If you're dealing with a wall that has some imperfections but you don't expect it to get dirty, choose a flat/matte paint sheen. Paint with a flat/matte sheen is great at hiding minor imperfections in a wall, and in many cases your walls will only need one coat of paint if you're using one with a flat/matte sheen.
If you're planning to sell your house in the near future, it is in your best interest to stick with neutral colors for your living room walls since these colors tend to be more attractive to buyers. In the event that you'll be living in your home for a long time, don't hesitate to use color. However, avoid painting all of the wall in your living room a bright or bold color-- it is better to have one brightly painted accent wall as a focal point, with the other walls painted a more unassuming, but still complementary, color.