What Are Some Popular Paint Colours For Painting Living Room

living room with big window and furniture painted in neutral gray paint and white gives modern look by Ottawa House Painters PG PAINT & DESIGN
Modern Living Room Painted in Neutral Paint Colours

The living room is one of the rooms most used in any house, condo or apartment.  Just like the kitchen it is where everyone comes together, to unwind from a busy day, relax with a good book or watch T.V. and just hang out with family or friends. If guests come to visit or the neighbors drop in the living room is the hub of every home.

Painting the living room in a popular paint colour that is either trending or just feels right for your space is a good choice. Remember that trending paint colours change often. So what may be trending this year, may not be next year. But that’s OK cause if you stick to mostly neutral paint colours in either dark or light hues you’ll always be trending.

The following are just a few samples of some of the popular paint colours trending in Ottawa area homes for the past 2 years running, and guaranteed they’ll still look modern 5 years from now.

Popular Paint Colours For Painting Living Room

Benjamin Moore Escarpment Gray CC 518 Paint Colour sample


Gray  Modern, cozy and trending.  With 100’s of gray paint colours in different hues and tones the selection is endless.

Today’s gray paint colours have deep undertones of browns, pinks, blues, greens and purples too.  So it makes it easy for you to choose the paint colour to paint your living room.  It all depends on the look your wanting to achieve, and the undertone you are wanting to match your furnishings and accessories with.

For example as in the above 1st picture you will see the gray painted wall on the side that gives off a light brown (earthy) undertone.  It blends perfectly with some of the dark brown furniture, lamps and other accessories.  Note the wall with the huge window is also painted in a gray but it is in a blue undertone, therefore blending perfectly with the darker blue curtains, as well as the white furniture,  adding a touch of glamour with some of the silver in the accessories. The ideas are endless.

Here are a few samples of some gray paint colours we have painted in Ottawa area homes and continue painting as most homeowners are finding them modern yet cozy and really appealing.


As you can see the selection is huge. From the brown tones to blue or green each gray has it’s own characteristic and can beautify any living room or any other space in your house.

To see all the Gray Paint Colours in the Benjamin Moore Paints line visit there website, you will find a link is at the end of this article.

Blue  Painting a living room blue gives you a cozy feel and brings in a little bit of nature.  As the sky is blue, painting a blue colour on the walls of any room in your house brings tranquility.  It is also a very versatile paint colour and goes well with dark furniture, and accessories. Here again  are many different shades of blue paint colours, some with green undertones, blue or gray.  The link to all the blue paint colours for benjamin moore paints is at the end of this article

White  You may think that white is simply white, but oh no.  There are again tints and hues that make every white different from the other.  From Cloud White to Decorators White there’s blue, brown and green tints to every white.

Painting the living room in any white as shown in the samples below gives you the opportunity to have a neutral, soothing colour, giving you a fresh yet relaxing ambience.  You can decorate with dark furniture or light wood furniture, accessorize with any bold colours such as reds, oranges, dark blues, silver, just to mention a few.


Painting with white paint colours is very versatile, as you can decorate with different colours from the art to the throw pillows and rugs.  White paint colour also reflects lights well.  During the day with the sun and daylight it enhances the natural beauty of the lighting as well as the beauty of the backdrop this white paint colour creates in the room.   In the evening with the interior lights are on the white always provides more lighting than a darker colour would.   White is a colour that never goes out of style, yet never boring.  You can change the decor of any room painted in white by simply changing a few of the accessories.

These are just a few of the popular paint colours we’ve used in painting homes in the Ottawa area as a local painting company

Combining paint colours is also an enhancement to the living room.  Painting an accent wall in a darker shade than you choose for the other walls will create that little bit of drama as well as a featured wall to be considered like art.  It’ll stand out apart from the rest of the room giving depth and character to the space.

When choosing paint colours and your not feeling 100 percent sure as to what goes with what, you can certainly call on a professional painting company.

House painters can help you choose with a consultation on what colours blend and mix well together to make the perfect match for any room in your house.

Paint Colour Samples from the Benjamin Moore website as mentioned in this article.

Gray Paint Colour Samples   Blue Paint Colour Samples   White Paint Colour Samples 

Related articles  The Power of Paint Colours  Neutral Paint Colours   Painting in Neutral    Advice on what mistakes not to make when choosing paint colours  Tips on Buying Paint


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How To Remove Mold From Ceiling

Stipple ceilings also known as popcorn ceilings are originally sprayed in newly built homes.  They are also referred to as textured ceilings.  There are two alternatives to remove mold from the ceiling.  One is to do it yourself with the suggestions and tips offered below, and second you can call in a painting company to relieve you of the stress.  Read on to find out more.

All the different names doesn’t ease the pain of maintaining them clean and free of mold.  With lots of nooks and crannies created by the textured sprayed ceiling that should be cleaned.

Elimination of mold on these textured ceilings can prove difficult but it can be done by a homeowner without calling in the professionals.  Equipping yourself with the right tools and materials you’ll be able to remove and even banish it.  We offer some tips on how to remove mold from ceiling.

Here is a List of Supplies You Will Need

  1. Bleach
  2. Safety Goggles (protective eyewear)
  3. Rubber Gloves
  4. Spray Bottle for water
  5. Sponge or cloth
  6. Pail or bucket
bottle of bleach to remove mold from ceilings or walls
Bottle or gallon of bleach
Pail to be filled with water and bleach to remove mold from ceiling or walls in house
Pail or Bucket to add water and bleach to wash away and disinfectant and remove mold
black pair of rubber gloves to be used to remove mold from ceiling or walls
Rubber gloves to be used to protect your hands and skin from the bleach
protective eyewear safety goggles
Protect your eyes with safety goggles
yellow sponge to clean the ceiling or walls
Sponge to wash or scrub away the mold
Spray bottle with water to be used to clean ceiling or walls
Water spray bottle



You don’t always need harsh chemicals to remove mold from ceiling or walls in your house.  Of course if you are concerned as to what type of mold it is you should seek professional advice, but your typical patch of greyish mold in damp places like bathrooms or basements are typical due to the high humidity levels.

One way to avoid any forming of mold is to make sure you install a humidifier in the house.  Humidifier is used in the winter months to keep the moisture levels normal through out the house.  It is beneficial for both your well being and health to keep a good moisture level through our cold Ottawa winters while the furnace is running full blast.  This avoids the dry skin, dry throats and other irritations.

During the summer months you should invest in a dehumidifier.  A dehumidifier in the basement will remove any extra build up of humidity from the air distributed throughout the house with the air conditioner running or even when it’s not.  The basement will be the dampest place in your house.

Steps to follow to remove mold from ceiling

Step 1  Get Prepared Ahead of time

Use a vacuum or duster to remove and spider webs and dust . Because you will use bleach make sure you are fully protected before starting.  Put on safety goggles (protective eyewear) and rubber gloves so that the bleach does not come into contact with you skin which can be irritating.

Step 2 –  Mix the Solution

Using the spray bottle, mix equal parts of water and bleach in a well ventilated area so that the fumes from the bleach do not irritate your nose, throat or breathing.  Make sure you leave a window or two open during the procedure to allow good clean fresh air exchange while you are working.

Reminder:  Make sure to wear your protective eyewear and rubber gloves to make sure your skin or eyes do not come in contact with the bleach as it does give off strong fumes.

Step 3 – Start to Clean the Mold from Ceiling

Fill a pail or bucket with warm water, and put the sponge in it.  Set it aside.

Using the premixed half water half bleach solution you mixed in the spray bottle, begin spraying the affected area with the mold.  Leave it for a few minutes or until it looks slightly dry.

Using the water soaked sponge in the pail begin to wash away the mold stain from the ceiling or walls.  Repeat the process if it does not come off completely in first attempt.

If the mold stain is a little more stubborn than you thought and is looking harder to remove simply refill the spray bottle with more bleach rather than water, therefore making a stronger solution.  Repeat the process.

If all of the above are not successful you may have to repaint the ceiling.  First you must make sure you use a proper sealer like the Kilz products, and then re-paint the surface.  If you need help with any of the painting you can always call a local Ottawa House Painter who will ensure the proper primer, sealer and paint is used to repaint the ceiling or walls in your house.

In the end to avoid the stubborn build up, just make sure to keep up with the maintenance and cleaning of it more frequently.


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How To Repair Ceiling

cracked and peeling paint on ceiling can be repaired by painters
shows cracked and peeling paint on a ceiling

Cracked or peeling paint on the ceiling can be fixed.  We share the tips and supplies you will need to get it fixed before painting.

Supplies you will need for ceiling repairs

To get started you will need, a putty or drywall taping knife for small repair and possibly a trowel for bigger repairs.  You’ll need drywall compound mix to apply to the repair, sanding block and or sandpaper and fiberglass tape for bigger repairs.  Paint primer and paint for repainting the ceiling.  See the tips below.

Tips on How To Repair Small Cracks in Ceiling

Patching small cracks in ceiling are easy enough to fix with quick drying compound that’s used for drywall repairs as well.  Follow these steps to apply it.

  1. Using a taping knife, smooth it over the small crack in the ceiling.
  2. Let it dry
  3. Sand it lightly with a sanding block or 80 to 100 grit sandpaper
  4. Add a thin, final coat of the drywall compound
  5. Sand lightly again
  6. Apply paint primer
  7. Paint the ceiling

Tips on How To Repair Large Cracks in Ceiling

Repairing a larger crack in the ceiling is a little more work than the smaller ones.  Follow these steps to repair it.

  1. You may have to use a scraper knife or putty knife to peel back some of it. This will help the drywall compound adhere better
  2. Apply a thin layer of the compound then put a piece of fiberglass tape over the  crack where you just applied the compound.  The fiberglass tape helps prevent the crack from re-opening or spreading.
  3. With a little pressure on the trowel or putty knife you may be using (depending of the size of this large crack) apply another coat of compound over the fiberglass tape.
  4. Let it dry for a few hours or an entire day. The drying time will depend on how large the area is and the amount of compound needed.
  5. Sand it lightly with a sanding block or sander (80 to 100 grit sandpaper)
  6. Apply another thin layer of compound, let it dry and lightly sand again
  7. Apply primer paint
  8. Paint the ceiling
painting ceiling after repairs is the finishing touch by painters PG PAINT & DESIGN
Painting the Ceiling after repairs

The Finishing Touch for Ceiling Repairs

After you’ve completed the above outlined steps on repairing small or large cracks in the ceiling, you’ve allowed the necessary time to let it all dry, apply the paint primer and then paint the ceiling.

Painting the ceiling in it’s entirety will only be required if it’s the large patch you’ve repaired.  It also depends on how old the paint on the ceiling is.  If it’s been a few years it’s definitely a repaint of the whole ceiling.

For the smaller repair of the ceiling, the same painting advice applies.  Where you can simply paint the small patched area of the ceiling if it’s been a recent painting job.  If a few years have passed then if you don’t repaint the entire ceiling you’ll be able to see the difference in the paint colour.

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How To Know If You Are Getting Ripped Off By A Painting Company


shows painters who have not done painting the interior of house professionally overlapping paint on walls and trim, missed spots paint gaps between cutlines
not all painters do painting right

You’ll always find the cheaper price quote, but not all house painters do painting right.   Be wary and be informed of what to expect when you are hiring a painting company .  There is a huge difference between professional painters who will efficiently paint any room in your house and those that give you the lowest bid to get the job but then just cut corners.

When they cut corners we don’t necessarily mean they do it professionally and of value to you the homeowner, they do it because it is more profitable to them and their absolute lack of knowledge and experience in the house painting and repainting industry.  When the results are substandard why pay someone when you can paint it yourself.

House Painters Advice on knowing when a Painting Company is scamming you out of a Professional Paint Job

We want to share a few tips to make you aware and informed on how to know if you are getting ripped off or scammed by a painting company.  Be aware of the following list of common short cuts, painting estimates over or under, and cutting corners by painters who are not in it for the craftsmanship, they just think it’s easy money, where all that’s needed is a paint brush, paint roller, paint pan and a vehicle and they instantly claim to be professional painters, yet they lack the skills.

The following is a list of some of the ways we have seen and heard from homeowners who have unfortunately hired the inexperienced painters and then left completely unsatisfied with the end painting result.

Drywall Repairs

Some interior painters will not do any pre painting preparation work which is key to a professional end result, therefore not all painters do painting right.

a painter repairing drywall before painting wall
a painter applying drywall compound before painting a wall

Dishonest and unskilled painters will most likely cut the corners on this.  When they bid on the painting job they will conveniently leave out the repairs required to attain a smooth surface before painting.  There are steps on how to prepare a room before painting to be followed in order to ensure the best interior painting result.

Some painting contractors will omit the pre painting scope of work in their bid/quote and once they’ve obtained the job you the homeowner may assume that it’s included, but when you start to notice that certain things are not being done, like patching, sanding, caulking you question the painter.  The answer you will get is …. that will cost you extra.  Then they will give you another estimate that includes the drywall repairs and other pre painting prep work and now all of a sudden that great cheapest quote the homeowner obtained is jacked up a few extra hundred dollars.  Kind of leaves a little bitter taste for a homeowner who entrusted this painting company in their home.

Price of Buying Paint

The cost of buying paint changes when you choose different brands to start with.  Each paint manufacturer charges different prices. From the more bargain brands to the higher end paint products the difference is in the texture and the look of the end interior house painting result.

man with debit card paying for paint that painters in ottawa will use for house painting

We recently had one of our clients tell us that she came home to her freshly painted house and instantly noticed the difference with the builder’s paint that was used when the new house was built with the quality paint product we used in painting the entire interior of her home.  She noticed it was smoother to the touch (of course our drywall repairs and sanding helped bring the smoother finish).  She recalls running her hands through the builder’s paint and it felt grainy almost as if it was sanded but never repainted.  She now notices how smooth the quality paint product we used feels and just simply looks brighter and better because of the quality in paint and the painter.

Cost of Paint

The differences in the prices of paint will vary by a few factors.

  1. The brand of paint you buy
  2. The cost of upgrading from flat paint finish to a higher paint sheen will vary per gallon. The least expensive paint finish is the Flat.  Next comes the middle line which is usually matte flat or eggshell, then Satin, Semigloss and highest in price is the Gloss Paint finish.
  3. The paint colour you choose will affect the price as well.  The price of a white paint or neutral paint colour to the cost of buying a darker paint colour such as a deep blue, gray or red  will be a little more expensive due to the amount of tint to be used to get the deep dark rich colour.
  4. The line of paint product you choose will affect the cost.  Every paint brand has it’s lower end (least expensive) to their top of the line paint (most expensive). Your choice depends of course on your budget.  We always include the middle line in all of our house painting estimates.

When you are hiring a painting contractor, ensure both you the homeowner as well as the painter are all clear when discussing your home painting project at the meeting for the estimate and consultation .

Don’t be surprised if you hire a painter that tells you your $500.00 will cover painting 2 coats of paint on your walls.

After you have selected your paint colours and paint finish, the painter will go ahead and purchase the paint in the colours you have selected.  An inexperienced painter will only find out how expensive the deep base colours you have chosen are once he places the order at the paint store and it not what they quoted for. In order to have better coverage and ensure that the 2 coats of finish paint cover all the walls properly, it should have a good base.  Using a dark gray primer paint coat before painting in a deep blue, red or gray for example will add additional costs.  The deep base paint primer is expensive and now the original $500.00 quote you received to paint that room you received from the painting contractor has increased because the painter is not making as much money he originally though and will almost be out of pocket by the time they are finished painting.  After purchasing the paint and any other materials needed their end profit is dwindled, so expect to be asked for more money.

unfinished painting of wall in blue paint with painters roller

Not Enough Paint To Cover Painting The Walls

Sometimes issues such as the painter didn’t purchase enough paint to ensure complete and proper coverage of final paint coat, will increase that initial painting estimate.  Do Not be surprised if an inexperienced painter who didn’t calculate the condition of the walls and the paint colours you have chosen tells you that the 2 coats you were quoted did not complete the job and the third coat is going to cost extra.  That third coat of painting will be more expensive to what you originally budgeted for.

Ensure everything is discussed and covered in your painting estimate / quote with the painter and that there are no additional surprises.  Everything the painter will do should be quoted on the house painting estimate where both the homeowner and the painter accept the quoted price.  The only time the painters should add on additional costs is if you the homeowner make changes to anything that was pre-discussed and not in the painting quote.

How to Hire the Right Painting Contractor
When hiring a painter, follow these tips to ensure you choose the right one.

Tip 1.  How Many Coats of Paint are included in the painting quote

Ask the painter if they don”t already tell you up front how many coats of finished paint will be applied to the walls.  Some painters will never say it not verbally and not in writing anywhere, so therefore you are safe to assume it will only be 1 coat.

If the new paint colour is the same or very close to the one that is already on the walls then it’s easy for some painting companies to get away with just one coat.  Read the estimate/quote the painters give you.  Some will simply state they will paint the walls, never specifying how many coats of paint they will apply.  As well make sure that it is stated whether the ceilings, trim, baseboards and frames are or are not included.  If you did want the ceilings etc painted but it was not specified in the painting contract than assume they will be charged extra.

One coat of paint never gives you a perfect end result.  No matter how you try to walk past it or pretend not to see it.  There will be tiny air holes, you’ll see the paint strokes and roller marks from just the one coat.  A completed painting project should always include 2 coats of finish, for a smooth look and complete coverage.

Tip 2.  Not The Paint You Paid For

Sadly there are some dishonest house painters, who ruin it for the reputable and trusted ones who have been around for years or for those who are in it with their hearts and it shows in their craftsmanship.

The cheating painters will try to pull these scams over the eyes of homeowners who are not informed or who are over trusting.  Here’s what you need to be aware of from some painting companies who scam you on the materials they use.

  •  At the painting estimate/consultation meeting with the homeowners the painter will up-sell the project by telling you they will use the premium paint. Top of the line it’s called on the industry.  They will of course charge you the premium price in the quote as well.  Sadly what some of them do is pull a bait and switch trick, meaning they charged you the premium paint price to get the job.   Then they purchase only one or two gallons of the premium paint cans and 1 or two or more (depending on the size of the interior painting to be done)  of the cheapest and lowest quality grade of paint they can find in the five gallon pails.  Where they scam you is the two premium quality paint cans are always visible to you the homeowner, but the bigger 5 gallon pails they will secretly use to refill the better paint cans.  So to you the homeowner it seems like they are using the paint you paid for (the higher end paint), but they are not.
  • Paint manufacturers already allow for approximately a 25 to 50 percent water amount mixed into the paint before it’s even purchased.  It’s just the way paint is made to make it more environmentally friendly and No VOC hence the name water based paints.  Keep an eye on the painters, who will add more water in order to double up the coverage at lesser cost to them but it’s not what you paid them for.  When more than the manufacturer’s amount of water is added to the paint it will be very susceptible and prone to easily chip, peel and crack.

The only time that it is forgiven to add extra water to paint is when you are painting with a very deep base colour of paint.  Because the deep dark paint colours are entirely composed of tint which makes the paint thicker than normal and hard to work with if a little additional water is not mixed in. This helps reduce its stickiness, although today’s paint technology corrects this issue with most higher end paint brands.

Painter’s tip:  Look at the new cans being used.  If they have paint on the rim then they’ve been reused.  The five gallon pails are being poured into the smaller one making it seem they are using the paint you ordered and are paying the extra for.  If they are using the ones you did pay for in the five gallon pails just take a peek at the 5gallon bucket and make sure that the lid is sealed.  You can easily notice if that big bucket has already been used and reused.  There will not only be paint prints on it from other uses but a new 5 gallon pail of paint has a secure seal and sometimes even a plastic wrap around it.

Tip 3.  No Details of What is Included in the Painting Estimate

Be informed before you agree on any painting estimate.  Know what kind of paint will be used.  Ask what paint brand will be used by the painters.  If you do not agree to it then you ask for the paint brand/product you want the painting of your house done with, after all you are the buyer.

Ask if included in the price of painting that there will be the pre-painting preparations included such as drywall repairs, patching, sanding, caulking.

Make sure that if you want the ceilings, baseboards, trim, frames, doors, cove, crown molding or any other type of wood work is included in the price of the painting quote.  Of course if you just want the walls painted then make sure they are not over charging you.

Some disreputable painters will not include the aforementioned steps, yet they will provide you with the lowest bid to get the painting contract.  So you think you have everything you were looking for covered but in the end when the painters are painting in your house and you ask them why did they not patch or repair that drywall, fill that nail pop/hole, caulk around any seam of baseboard, trim or window frames they will flat out tell you it’s not included.

What do you do at that point pay the extra?  You can, but if they’ve already painted the primer, or one or 2 coats of paint finish, then they can either repair the small drywall patch and a touch up painting or they’ll have to start that area of wall or entire room by repainting it over again after patching repair, sanding is completed.  Of course they will be charging you more again and in the end you are getting more and more frustrated again.

We hope you never run into or have to deal with cheating and disreputable painters as there are more of the ones who are professional from start to finish,  do it with heart and craftsmanship than there are of them.

Related articles:  What to Look for in Hiring The Right Painting Contractor,  Estimating How Much Paint You Will Need,   Solutions and Fixes to Paint Problems,  Buying Paint Tips,  Repainting or Touch Up Paint, Drywall Repair prep before painting


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Ottawa Painters PG PAINT & DESIGN In The News


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We support Local Ottawa business and are proud to be featured in the listing for professional painters in the Ottawa At Home Magazine each year.

We are featured in the online pages  (page 42) of their magazine available to subscribers, at newsstands and online every Spring, Fall, Winter and a special issue for Summer.

Each Ottawa At Home issue is unique and filled with great ideas for home decor, interior decorating, painting and paint colour inspiration, along with recipes from local Ottawa chefs, local restaurants, tips from interior designers and so many activities to enjoy in our beautiful City, and many other great articles and information.

If you are renovating and looking for ideas on choosing paint colours, updating your home with an interior house painting refresh, or looking to give that “curb appeal” to your home’s exterior,  visit the pages of the magazine for more inspiration.

Great information on getting your outdoors ready for the summer from owner and editor in Chief of Ottawa At Home Magazine – Mary Taggart as aired on CTV Morning Live, Thursday May 12th 2016

Invest in your home – if you are making home improvements with renovations, room additions or you are downsizing to a condo,and are  looking for ideas on choosing accessories and furniture for your space(s) look to the professional interior designers and decorators, renovators and trades(painter) in each Ottawa at Home issue.

Looking to get ideas on home trends in design and decor?  Find out what your favorite paint colour says about you and the power behind the paint colours we are drawn too.  Take a look at the many pages of the magazine by visiting the website.  Find Interior  Designers tips and ideas on what’s trending in Ottawa homes whether it’s furniture, accessories or painting colours.

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