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Tips for Decorating a Living Room with Dark, Bold Paint Color

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Welcome to my friend Jen’s front sitting room. This is first room that greets you when you walk into their home. They just purchased this home this past summer and asked me to help them make it their own. We opted to start off with this bonus living room that gets lots amazing sunlight all day long and great started place to create a finished space as the rest of their main living room is open concept. Here’s a look at what it looked like before…

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Their whole house was painted in the brown color by the previous homeowner. They eventually want to paint all the rooms on the main level in the large open concept area a light gray or soft white, so we though painting the walls a bold color would be a good contrast to the rest of the spaces in the future. They wanted to make this space a fun, casual entertaining spot for friends when they have guests over. So, we opted for a casual tv-free living room situation.


  • Replacing the hanging light with a semi-flush mount.
  • Paint the walls in a bold color.
  • Find furniture that fit their combined style, while also fitting the scale of the space. They really wanted pretty modern furniture that was comfy.
  • Layout the space for entertaining, but also a spot to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and book.
  • Keep it kid-friendly as they have a little on the way.
  • Add some personality to the space.

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We replaced the lighting with a semi-flush mount light I had leftover from our bedroom after we installed a ceiling fan this last fall in there. It’s a simple modern schoolhouse vibe light with black accents that helps tie the space together.

I’m obsessed with the deep green color we painted the walls. It’s “vintage vogue” by Benjamin Moore. It’s the perfect moody, warm, bold green color that doesn’t look emerald. Just the perfect dark green in my opinion. We layered in a rug over their current carpet from Loloi (Layla LAY-06 in Taupe).

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We created a very classic living room layout with a standard size sofa paired with two matching accent chairs. The sofa is a soft gray color that helps keep the room feeling lighter but not too light that a kid could totally destroy it. The Nord Charme chairs from Article add the perfect amount of warmth and keep with that mid-century style my friend, Jen, loves. They’re also very comfy.

We floated the chairs off the wall by the window to prevent blocking light from the windows. The low profile back and arm design maximize the amount of light in the space. In the middle we added a small scale coffee table so that were was enough area to walk around the room. I love how the grid pattern balances off the grid of the gallery wall on the back wall. This was a thrifted find I had to alter (watch the video above to see me diy!).

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I also thrifted those wood carved plate looking things and hung them on the wall. I always like to have a room filled with 20% to 40% vintage or secondhand. This keeps it from looking too “off the shelf” and adds loads of personality.

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This gallery wall is my favorite moments in the space. We played with symmetry throughout the room. The grid layout of black frames with large white mats adds a focal point to the room. It also adds a personal moment as all the frames are filled with their travel photos and other special moments in their lives.

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Above the couch we hung an abstract canvas art painting I made for them and put it in a simple Ikea frame. Since the frame was on the smaller size I wanted to visually add more space to either side of it with those black, modern wall sconces. Bonus, it keeps from needing any floor or table lamps. I’m so happy with how this space came together and thankful to Article for partnering with me on this room makeover.


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  • Maria
    February 17, 2020

    This room looks so well thought out and put together without feeling too perfect or stuffy. It looks collected yet thoughtful. I love it!!!
    Thanks for sharing;)

  • Vanguard Painting
    June 10, 2020

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    July 2, 2020

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  • Lori Jo
    July 31, 2020

    HELP!! Where did you find rug????

    • Kitty
      > Lori Jo
      November 17, 2020

      It’s a Loloi rug. One of my favorite affordable rug brands!

  • Emma Barnes
    August 21, 2020

    I love this green paint. What shade and brand of paint is it please?

    • Kitty
      > Emma Barnes
      November 17, 2020

      It’s Vintage Vogue by Benjamin Moore

  • Nadia Ayoub
    August 24, 2020

    Beautiful done! The shade of green is so on point – very grown up yet full of life. The gallery wall makes a fantastic focal point. Thank you for sharing – I loved it.

  • mascons
    September 21, 2020

    We all want to make our house beautiful and yes it’s hard, it’s not like changing clothes. People must choose the most suitable paint colour and furniture must look good and match the paint colour. Nice work, your article will help many people to achieve their dream home.

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  • Michelle
    September 28, 2020

    Hi, please could you tell me which green pain this is, I LOVE it, thank you

  • Michelle
    September 28, 2020

    I found the colour vintage vogue, please can you share the finish?
    Thank you!

    • Kitty
      > Michelle
      November 17, 2020

      I believe it’s an eggshell finish on the walls.

    • Jenna
      > Michelle
      January 23, 2021

      Where are the curtains from?
      Doing the same colour in our living room and love these curtains!

  • Cynthia Walker
    October 1, 2020

    Excellent makeover…! Awesome decoration and tips here. Your home looks great. I love your tips and ideas. You are so creative. I am impressed to see your decor. I wanna do this job. Thanks for sharing your post.

  • Lauren Schmidt
    October 14, 2020

    Hi! I was wondering where the rug in this room is from?

  • Debbie
    November 10, 2020

    i love this room, im stealing all of your ideas, although being in the UK will have to hope that Farrow and Ball or Dulux have a similar colour, your tips on how to style the room were really good, will take onboard what you have said about rug sizes and curtains.

    • Kitty
      > Debbie
      November 17, 2020

      Farrow and Ball have the most beautiful colors!!

  • Kendall
    November 15, 2020

    Where is this beautiful rug from?

    • Kitty
      > Kendall
      November 17, 2020

      It’s a Loloi rug!

  • Liz
    December 14, 2020

    hi, Beautifully done! i am so in love with it!! what color is the ceiling? thank you

  • Jessica
    January 6, 2021

    Hi Kitty what style Loloi Rug is this? Would love to order a swatch. Thank you so much, the room is beautiful!

  • Jessica McCarthy
    January 13, 2021

    I love this design! I just bought a house and keep coming back to these pictures for inspiration. Thank you for the helpful tips. My living room is a similar size and darker wood trim. I’m curious about what paint color choices you would recommend for an adjacent dining room.

  • Shelley Swan
    January 24, 2021

    Where did you get the side table??

    • Kitty
      > Shelley Swan
      May 12, 2021

      Was an old Target one that we painted black.

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  • Theresa Morrison
    February 12, 2021

    Beautiful room, I’d like to use that colour in an attic bedroom. What colour have you used for the ceiling? I can’t tell if it’s a light grey or cream.

    • Kitty
      > Theresa Morrison
      May 12, 2021

      We didn’t paint the ceiling so I don’t know the specific color but its a pretty standard white ceiling color.

  • Karas
    March 2, 2021

    Your living room is probably the most popular room in the house, so decorating it to make sure it’s a place you actually look forward to spending time in a must. And that brings us to color, since coming up with a palette will likely drive the design process and set the mood for years to come. Whether you want something bold and bright, neutral, or moody, we’ve got tons of living room paint color ideas for you to get inspired by ahead. All you have to do is put on your overalls and grab a roller (the hardest part will be deciding between all these designer-approved living room colors).

  • Hayleigh
    March 10, 2021

    Brightening up a dark space is a common challenge when designing a room. While a major renovation can certainly correct the issue, knocking down walls or adding windows are thankfully not the only options. In fact, there are foolproof tricks that the pros use to add light through design details. From painting the ceiling to layering in accessories, we rounded up our favorite tips to help you let the light in.

  • Leigh Ann
    March 15, 2021

    Designer Kristin Kong hid a door to the basement behind millwork painted in Sherwin-Williams’ Black Fox in her home near Atlanta. The trick “makes the room look less choppy,” she says, since the dark color helps everything blend together. And never underestimate the power of a beautiful flower arrangement on the coffee table!

  • Benigna
    March 20, 2021

    Blue walls give this stylish cabin-like living room in a Heidi Caillier designed home a surge of mystery. The down-to-earth materials and classic prints ensure a cozy cocoon-like atmosphere. The lesson? Dark walls will make any space extra cozy and intimate.

    • Kitty
      > Benigna
      May 12, 2021

      Thank you! That’s a huge compliment!

  • Vanessa
    April 3, 2021

    Hi Kitty! I LOVE what you’ve done with this room. I’d like to use it as inspiration in our master. I saw you said the rug was from loloi, but I’ve looked and can’t find any that match this! Do you know the color or style name? Thanks so much!

  • Alexandria
    September 7, 2021

    I’m trying to find this rug and can’t seem to find it! Do you know the Loloi style?