7 Soothing Spaces: How to Use Color to Create Calm at Home
by Jennifer Ott Design This room features a brick wall, but you can get a similar look with reclaimed wood or, even easier, the right shade of paint. Contrast the hot hues with a soothing wash of light gray on the remaining three walls. Sample palette: Get a similar look with Hale Orange, Perspective and Coventry Gray, all from Benjamin Moore.
How NOT to Choose Paint Colours (But Everybody Does It)
Here's a living room with a dark blue/green behind a charcoal sofa. If you like this room it's because it's heavily styled. Take away everything except the sofa and the wall colour, and you would not give this space a second glance. The problem with choosing wall colours first, is now you have to run around trying to find accessories/carpets/furniture to match them. Decorate FIRST. Then choose paint colours.