What color to paint my open plan living and dining room?



Reader’s question

“My open concept living and dining room is 480 sq.ft. In front of the fireplace I have placed two white contemporary sofas and a large rectangular glass and walnut coffee table. A classic Nain rug in shades of blue and beige is laid under the coffee table. Against one side of one wall there is minimal style walnut cupboard furniture 3m long. At the other end a dining set with wenge minimal style beige chairs is placed. Under the dining table there is a thick contemporary carpet in shades of orange and yellow. Large paintings in bright yellow, red, and orange tones are hanging on the walls. Flimsy curtains in chocolate brown are hanging on silver rods. I would like to paint the walls because I feel that the space is a bit monotonous without any standing out element although all furniture of excellent quality is paired together. I need your help in adding some pops of accents to the space. Thanks in advance."

Our recommendation

From the description of your place and furnishings we realize that you have a modern style living space. We do not know the paint color of the walls, and the material and shade of the floor. If you like to tie all furniture together you need to add a dynamic element to create a well defined space.

For example, you can accent the fireplace by painting it a light tone and pick a darker tone for the wall behind or vice versa. If the wall with the fireplace is not appropriate, you can highlight another wall you think that it can be emphasized.

You can choose ivory or white paint color for the walls and dark taupe color to accent the element.

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Taupe color is a deep, rich color that creates a sense of warmth to the space without altering its simple style, and without competing with the existing colors.

Alternatively you can choose to apply wallpaper or decorative paints.


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