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What is the best type of paint to use on my living room walls? Do I use latex or enamel? What is the difference? And should I use flat or semi gloss?
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
Most people choose flat, but if I was painting I would check and see what types of finishes are available in paint. I would stick with latex.
Always use semi gloss even on the ceilings! This is because the "light" reflects making it look so much brighter and you can always wash them easily! Enamel is extremely messy and smelly; difficult to work with; stick with semi gloss for all things, including ceilings! you will be amazed at what a difference it makes! Plus it's super easy to clean up; if you are still painting, and going to finish the next day; wrap your brushes, or rollers in plastic well; stick in the freezer; and they will be good to go in a little bit the next day! (Can you tell I have done this a time or two?)
I would not use semigloss on the ceiling, as it will show any cracks and you want the attention to be on the walls. Semigloss is usually used in bathrooms. For a living room I would go one sheen down and use a pearl or eggshell--easy to wash, but has more depth than flat.
Thank you Allison. I will go with the egg shell on the walls. My ceilings don't need it right now but when they do they certaiinly won't be done in semi gloss!
Our living room has different sized and shaped walls. I would like to paint one wall a different color but am not sure if this will work. Is this only good for square shaped rooms?
Becky O from AZ
I think it can look great with an odd shaped room, just pick the one wall you'd like to stand out!
I don't think the size of the individual walls would matter. My granddaughter painted one of her walls dark purple with the other three walls white - she used the wall opposite the outside windows for the dark color.
I have a room that has an over hanging loft with those walls being standard height
I also have a wall that is 28 feet tall-A frame in the same room...
I have painted the walls differnt colors-very nice outcomes
stay in the same familyof colors
for example: I used sage green and the complementary color that was 2-3 shades lighter
I'm moving into a small home. The living room has 1 wall with all windows. I've painted that wall and the opposite wall light willow green and want to paint the adjacent wall a cream or beige. (Those 2 walls have the cathedral ceiling, also.) The carpet is a light beige.
should I paint both walls beige or just one of them?
I'm not sure at this point which way to go with this.
I'd go with one wall.
I agree; paint only one wall beige.
Have you considered having the ceiling match one of the walls? I would suggest the ceiling and wall opposite the French doors. This would make the room appear larger as would having the window coverings match the wall. I could see what appeared to be red brick, probably a fireplace. The brick color could also be used as an accent or a wall/ceiling color.