Painting my living room

Leaving one accent wall cedar red and wondering if I paint the other 3 walls grey would it look nice with a grey sofa and brown loveseat?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 25, 2015
    I would try a taupe gray color to blend between the sofa and brown love seat.
  • Laura Laura on Oct 25, 2015
    forget the accent wall Grey is great and use different shades if you want an accent wall or whiites
  • Linda OsborneMarvel Linda OsborneMarvel on Oct 25, 2015
    celedon green.
  • Janet chambers Janet chambers on Oct 25, 2015
    I like the color of the accent wall. I would paint the other walls in a light shade of gray to make the room appear larger.
  • Katie Lloyd Mansfield Katie Lloyd Mansfield on Oct 25, 2015
    I would paint the whole room. Grays are difficult to find. Often they appear blue or green once they are on the wall.
  • Shari Shari on Oct 25, 2015
    It's your house and of course, you can do anything you want. However, according to House Beautiful, Zillow, and many other home design-oriented sites, solid painted walls, (especially reds) are now out of style. Wallpapered and planked accent walls are the current *in* thing. If you are not interested in using wallpaper or planking on your accent wall, I would opt for painting all the walls the same color. If you want a gray, look for something in the *greige* tone--not quite gray but not quite beige either. As Katie mentioned, getting the perfect shade of gray for your room can be challenging as many grays have blue/lavender or green undertones. If your room does not receive a lot of natural light, grays with those undertones can make the room feel cold or gloomy. Some people have trouble seeing the undertones in paint colors and picking a paint color with the wrong undertone is one of the primary reasons people end up with a paint color they are unhappy with but can't really put their finger on why. If you have trouble seeing undertones, lay the paint chip on a white piece of paper. You should be able to better see the undertone color against stark white. If you still can't see it, ask a friend or relative who has a good eye for color to look at your prospective color choices, or sometimes some of the more experienced paint clerks are good at seeing undertones, especially at stores that deal exclusively in paint and paint supplies, like Sherwin Williams.
  • Mikkigirl Mikkigirl on Oct 25, 2015
    Paint the other walls Navajo white and use a shade of gray on the accent wall :-)
  • Candace Candace on Oct 25, 2015
    Paint the walls the same color as your couch/sofa. Pillows in accent wall color to bring it to that side of the room. Your room will look larger as the sofa will now blend in and the eye won't bounce around the room.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Oct 25, 2015
    Hi Wavey, just did what u are doing. Do a brick look inside fireplace. Have same l i redid shade and painted stem black to make it pop. My f p wall is a green/blue (True Teal) w/ mushroom colored walls. Your three walls would be nice in a lt green/grey , like your chesterfield. It will soften the look. I have antique sconces on either side of my fireplace. Choose the colors u like. Paint cardboard 4x4 with sample color and place it beside accent wall and live with it for a wk. Then you'll know what u like. To get gr/gray , buy a gray with a green base. The color will change with the light and time of day. Buy a sample , its worth it.
  • Donna Donna on Oct 25, 2015
    Love the color idea. I would paint the other walls the same color as sofa but a shade lighter so there's a contrast. U don't want the sofa to blend into the wall. Then some nice pops of the red wall color in throws and pillows.
  • Wavey Wavey on Oct 25, 2015
    yes thank you all.
  • Painting one accent wall works well and your colors are fine, make sure the sofas are across from each other not next to each other.
  • Janet chambers Janet chambers on Oct 26, 2015
    I have a range of color through out the downstairs of my home that range from peach to burnt orange to red. When you use bright colors like these, try to make it flow through the house if you have an open floor plan.
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Oct 26, 2015
    First off, do u like green or grey? Look to nature ie. fruit . Chose stem color or off color. ie . Sage. It will look green/gray. Tell the guy at paint store what u want the color to do. If at first site of color u don't like swatch; don't do. Follow your instincts no matter who disagrees. Do the board test, you'll be surprised. Good luck your doing fine; trust u.
  • on Oct 26, 2015
    I have one room tan with one grey wall. My kids room is forest green with the same tone of blue on one wall. Both rooms the odd colored wall is broke up with entrance/closet doors. Sounds odd to most people, but I like the different view from different angles.
  • Pat Pat on Oct 28, 2015
    Seems like a lot of color to me. Remember, you still have curtains or drapes and pillows
  • Lizzy L Lizzy L on Oct 28, 2015
    I would paint all the walls a light grey, and paint the fireplace white.
  • Carole Bisby Carole Bisby on Oct 29, 2015
    I would leave the wall where the grey sofa is Red and the rest Grey. If you put your sofa up to the grey wall it will be lost. I would also paint the fireplace black and that would tie in all the colors. Good luck!
  • Anne fenske Anne fenske on Oct 29, 2015
    Hi wavey, noticed u have a lot of colors going on. Before u can get a handle on it all; u have to change some stuff; like the chrome; or the white lampshade, 2 unmatching sofas, fireplace w/beige inside. Fireplace is feature work on it. Do in other wall color and brick look. Take your inspiration from fireplace wall. Right now FP doesn't pop, then look at other pieces u want to keep or change. Right now there is too much going on in there & it will drive u crazy. This was my problem too. TV & fireplace fought for feature. tv has to go out of first site, u can make it work, because when tv on , no one sees fireplace. G Luck.
  • Ellen Beener Ellen Beener on Nov 01, 2015
    I agree with Lizzy L I did our living room two shades of gray and it is the best thing I ever did in that room. Everyone loves it. While neutral, gray is not at all boring. You can brighten it up with accents such as blue green and orange. Or a bright white and black for contrast.
  • Linda Hornibrook Linda Hornibrook on Nov 03, 2015
    How about two shades of green ? I did that in my living room and it turned out great !! I was also told that if you paint two walls the same color it is much more flowing.
  • Have you tried uploading your photo and just playing with a visualizer? You can change the colors of any surface in YOUR room photo--and see what color works best with your furnishings. (You can even change the colors of your accents and pillows.) More info here: