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How To Paint A Living Room

Key Steps to a Beautiful Living Room Painting Project

Once you've decided that your living room needs a fresh coat of paint, there are several key steps to take. Follow this living room painting guide for best results.

Step 1: Choose your colors.

Painting a living room starts with the right colors. First, decide what you want your room to feel like: casual, fun, or formal? Casual colors are more neutral - like Scroll Beige, Silver Birch, & Aged Stucco Grey and fit well with any decor. Fun colors pop: Think bright hues that bring energy like Terracotta Rose, French Lemon, or Crystal Blue Waters. Formal colors lean toward jewel tones: deep reds, blues, or even rich browns, even blacks. Use tones like Rusty Red, Royal Navy, and Deep Onyx . For bright or formal hues, know they're best used as accents alongside neutrals to keep the room from becoming overwhelming.

Step 2: Choose the paint.

We recommend PPG Timeless Interior Paint + Primer In One for the best results. PPG Timeless Interior Paint is both beautiful and durable and available in 1,000 one coat *colors.

Step 3: Decide on a sheen.

Determine if you want a flat, eggshell, satin or semi-gloss sheen to your walls. Flat paint is great at hiding surface imperfections and is easy to touch-up; satin offers a nice gloss and is easier to clean than a flat. Eggshell is somewhere in between these two. And semi-gloss provides the greatest washability. Semi-gloss paints aren't recommended for livings rooms because the shine enhances any wall imperfections (e.g. bumps, patches, or unevenness in drywall). Stick to eggshell and satin for the living room.

Step 4: Get your supplies.

Before going to the next living room painting steps, collect the supplies you'll need to take you from start to finish.
The basics:
  • paint brush
  • paint roller
  • paint roller tray
  • sandpaper
  • drop cloths
  • painter's tape
  • rags
  • step ladder(s)

Step 5: Prep the room.

Remove wall hangings, curtains, and switch and outlet covers. Put drop cloths down to protect floors and furniture, use caulk to fill nail holes, then wipe walls clean of dust and dirt.

Apply painter's tape to straight edges -- like over baseboards and around windows and door frames.

Step 6: Paint!

The final step in this living room painting guide is to, well, paint! If you'll be painting your ceiling, start there and work your way toward the floor. First trim the ceiling and walls in a 2" paint line using a brush. Then switch to a roller to cover the main portions of the walls.
So that's how to paint a living room. Taking these easy living room painting steps will ensure your room turns out just the way you want it to. To find the right paint for your project please click the link below.
*One coat coverage only when tinted to colors specified for PPG Timeless Interior Paints.