A beautiful living room is a pleasure to come home to. But if your living room is looking a little dull and uninviting, don’t despair. With a few clever styling tricks you can add much needed warmth to the space and bring it right up to date. Utilising Dulux paint products it won’t take long or cost the earth.
This living room had lovely bones – high ceilings, plenty of natural light and a little nook with bay windows – but it felt cold and one-dimensional with bare, white-washed walls and furniture in various shades of grey. It was crying out for personality, layers and colour. The Dulux Wholeself palette – one of four palettes in the 2019 Dulux Colour Forecast – provided the inspiration. With its muted pinks, greens and mauve-greys, there’s something soothing and gentle about this palette. The colours feel fresh, modern and relaxing – an ideal choice for a living room. They also work beautifully with the greys of the sofa and rug; and the mid-tone timber coffee tables. It’s important to work with what you’ve got when making over a room, which can help keep costs down, particularly when you’re talking big-ticket items such as sofas and flooring. For smaller pieces, such as side tables and storage, you’ll often find that a lick of paint will bring them up-to-date.
To make a feature of the bay-window nook, the walls were painted a soft apricot shade – Dulux Wash&Wear in Pinkham; but the remaining walls were kept in their existing colour – Dulux Wash&Wear in Natural White™. Painting the walls in different colours is a great trick for creating individual zones in an open-plan room. An abstract artwork filled with soft shades of duck egg blue and deep pink was chosen; and these colours picked up in the smaller pieces of furniture and accessories to add depth and interest to the room. The coffee tables were refreshed by painting the top of the larger one with Dulux Aquanamel in New Life; and the legs of the smaller one in Gold Dust. The fig-leaf planter was repainted in Dulux Aquanamel in Italian Clay to create a tone-on-tone effect with the soft apricot wall behind it.
A cosy seating area is a must in a living area, so a pair of curved-arm rattan and velvet armchairs was introduced. They add textural interest to the room and their round shape helps soften the lines of the room’s architecture. The plain sofa was then livened up with a sumptuous throw; plus a medley of scatter cushions in different shapes and fabrics that pick up on the colours in the main artwork. The result is a living room that’s brimming with character and style. This makeover is a great example of the power of colour. The clever thing about working with a palette like this is that Dulux has done all the hard work for you in choosing the perfect combinations – all you have to do is find a palette you love; and you’ll be able to transform rooms in no time by working within these tonal boundaries.
Be aware that colours will look different throughout the day under different light conditions. To be sure it’s a colour you’ll love, hang an A4 swatch on the wall; or use sample pots to paint generous patches on the wall; and look at it at various times of the day and night.
Expert commentary by Interior Stylist Julia Green.
Credits: Dulux Australia. Stylist: Julia Green. Photographer: Armelle Habib.
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