Warm Red Colour Recommendation for Painting a Focal Wall?
by Cat Herbert
Living room focal wall
Another view of the fireplace wall
Dilemma: We would like to paint our living room red and cream: the main fireplace wall a nice warm red and the rest a nice cream colour.
We are struggling with a nice warm red colour though and would like some feedback.
We have 2 black leather settees and a wooden fireplace (we were also wondering whether to paint it white)?
We have a lot of wood in the living area, ie. big mahogany table with 6 chairs and also double door glass area into the living space.
Cat, whenever you have several colors already present
in the decor (and you do), it's better to re-use them for the walls
, rather than add yet another (often unrelated) hue to the mix.
So in your case it's pretty easy: if you want red, just match that red painting
on the wall. And the same goes for your cream paint color - just repeat the color of the flower painting
above the fireplace. That's how you'll get a cleaner, more coordinated look in the room.
But I wouldn't recommend an accent wall
here. Instead, my suggestion is to use red on the bottom part of the walls in the entire room.
Unlike an accent wall
, the red on the bottom part of the walls will envelop and connect the space with the common band of color, and balance out the heaviness
of your black
furniture and electronics. The cream on the upper walls will open up the space and set off your artwork.
Now, you can leave the fireplace and chairrail unpainted, but if you're feeling bold (you want red
in your living room - you must be feeling bold!) paint them both red
Why not white
for the chairrail and fireplace? Because white will visually chop up the room and add busyness, whereas using the same color as the walls
will let the eye flow.
And finally, it's clear you are trying to make a statement
and create a strong focal point with the red. But the truth is, with all the stuff in the room, you still won't know where to look even after you paint.
Soo... want the biggest bang for your redecorating efforts
And while you're at it, rethink your wall art arrangement (remove the small pictures from the walls, floor and mantle altogether, or group them all in one place somewhere, gallery-style).