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Likeable Living Rooms

Painted living room with white columns
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Eggshell paints are particularly desirable when living room spaces are used for family relaxation, as they contain low angle sheen combined with durability. Depending upon the look you desire for your living room, matte paints are also available which possess good wash ability and stain resistance.
Living room with painted red accent wall
Painted brown living room with contrasting trim

More often used for family relaxation than formal entertainment, today’s living rooms reflect comfortable, stylish spaces. An ideal location to highlight a unique decorating "persona", color choices for living rooms can be as bold or relaxing as the individual preferences of the homeowner.

Decorative Paint Techniques: Techniques that are utilized in living room spaces demonstrate a homeowner’s preference for added texture, color and style (see Decorative Techniques).

  • Utilizing a "Combing" or "Dragging" technique, for instance on one representative accent wall that is within in a small, square living room area can lend the illusion of added length and space.

  • Consider decorative techniques that provide fabric like appearances such as leather, suede and silk to impart an elegant appearance for living rooms that portray a formal air.

  • Denim, chambray and chenille fabrications can also be achieved through the use of decorative paint techniques for the more casually styled living room space.

  • Consider adding distinctive flair to the living room space by incorporating color by means of painted picture frames used as decorative accents, painted "faux" fireplaces add ambiance and charm, or contrasting painted moldings and trim within the living room space.

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