Picking the best colour for a living room: Expert tips on getting it right

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How to choose the best colour for a living room (Image credit: Snug Sofa)

Picking the best colour for a living room won't just come down to personal preference. As with most rooms in your self-build or newly renovated home, colour choice is also influenced by the overall living room design - including room size, aspect, the amount of natural light and just how you intend to use the space.

Add to this colour psychology - which suggests certain colours influence our mood in a positive or negative way - and the plethora of colour charts in the paint store may suddenly seem more problematic than you first thought.

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Emma Bestley

Homegrown eco paint brand, YesColours, was founded by friends, John Stubbs and Emma Bestley. Creative Director and Co-Founder Emma is perfectly placed to share her unique expertise on how to use colour in the home.

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Helen Shaw

Helen Shaw is part of Benjamin Moore's UK division. A colour expert and international marketing director, Helen is no stranger to the paint industry and benefits of colour, having also previously founded a paint company with her husband, Craig.

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Emma Deterding

Emma Deterding is a leading interior designer who has been named among the top 100 in the world. With over twenty-five years of experience, Emma has honed her ability to offer well thought-out schemes for private clients, embracing colour and pattern and using them to their maximum effect. 

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Anna Hill

Anna returned to head up the family business after gaining valuable experience in merchandising and now uses her skills to help the company produce its renowned range of pigment rich paints. 

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.