The living room is a primary gathering spot for relaxing and entertaining with family and friends. Create a contemporary and cozy space for lounging that is chic yet livable. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares three ways to create the ultimate space.
Create rhythm. Living rooms are often open to other areas of the home, which can make it challenging to select a colour palette that will work with adjacent rooms. Using different shades of the same colour is an effective way to define the area. “Deeper colours can bring coziness, which is ideal for the living room. Choose a stronger colour for living rooms paired with a neutral, or paler version for connecting spaces. A deep grey like Kendall Charcoal HC-166 pairs well with a lighter shade like Metropolitan AF-690.”
Think beyond the walls. Consider painting furniture, window trims or ceilings in a bolder colour if your walls are neutral. Opting for neutral hues throughout the space with bolder or deeper hues to emphasize millwork, ceilings and window framing will create a feeling of harmony throughout your home. “Be sure to use appropriate premium quality products when painting these surfaces,” says Grech. For example, premium paints like Benjamin Moore Regal Select would be ideal for painting ceilings.
Luxe layers. Nothing says cozy quite like a plush sofa with oversized pillows and throws. Play around with different textures to establish a chic and comforting look and feel. Layering luxe fabrics that are rich in texture, like velvet and faux fur, adds an instant dose of sophistication to your space.