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NewlywedKristin 07-13-2009 11:09 AM

Red living room
so, I've *always* wanted to have a red living room. I love the classic modern feel of it, and I need some advice.

We bought our house a few years back, and at that time I was too chicken to do a red living room. Our house is not very big, only 1000 sq ft, and so space is an issue everywhere.

I read so many articles online that were both pro and anti Red paint. We ended up doing a beigey taupey color with a glaze that I quickly grew tired of.

Now, I think I want to bite the bullet and try red walls. I've already picked out my color by Glidden, "Red Delicious" and primed with gray primer.

I have yet to actually paint the walls because I'm scared it'll close up the room. We have a very large window that takes up nearly the entire front facing wall, and another side window, so I feel like that could add enough natural light to not make it feel so closed in. We're doing white trim.

I'm at the crossroads ... should I just paint all 4 walls red, or just do an accent wall in red and paint the rest a complimentary beige? Our furniture has taupey/beige slipcovers that I plan to put colored throw pillows on to coordinate with the paint, and our carpet is also a light tan.

any thoughts are extremely helpful. :-D

diy mike 07-13-2009 11:26 AM

I say go for it. You've already primed and picked out the color, so you must be dying to do it. :)

If you want to play it safe, start with the wall you would paint red if you were just going with the one wall accent. Then you can better judge how red would look throughout the room.

Tsal 08-29-2009 11:43 PM

On the decorating shows the red walls end up receeding into the background as they use pictures, and furniture etc. You end up seeing very little wall...therefore... if you're good at accessorising I say go for the red.... all four walls. All of your artwork will pop and will look lovely!

Rose Duffy 08-30-2009 10:45 AM

I agree with Tsal, if you have been wanting to do it for a while then paint all four walls red, once everything is put back in place you may end up seeing very little wall. If it feels too closed in you could hang a large mirror opposite the window which will reflect more light and cover some of the wall.

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