Would violet be a good paint color choice for the living room??


Readers’ questions: 

"The furniture in my living room is brown. I would like to paint my walls in bright colors. What colors would you recommend? Would violet be a good choice?"

Our recommendations: 

Sure, you can use bright wall colors–as long as you take into account the room’s style and its lighting, i.e. whether there is sufficient natural light. You mentioned violet so we assume that it is a color you like. If that is the case, we would suggest some color palettes inspired by heather (the plant official known as erica carnea).


One-tone color combinations

Not all shades of violet, mauve and purple are created equal. Some are warmer and others are cooler and we would suggest a warm violet. You could create contrast by having some of the walls painted a deeper shade of violet and the others a lighter shade.

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Two-tone color combinations

You could combine purple with a light shade of blue. Violet and blue is not a very popular or common combination as these colors are not complementary. Nevertheless, we think that they are a good combination that result in a harmonious, fresh and youthful look.

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