Painting a living room with periodic features? You’re in luck: mantels, built-in bookcases, windows, curved doorways and decoration all present a wonderful opportunity to add another layer of interest to your room using colour. As a general rule, the retro features found in classic Victorian homes suit soft natural colours like dusty greens, powder pinks and creams or deep comfortable shades of purple, chocolate brown and charcoal.
If you are looking for a mode modern look, paint your edging boards, architraves and decoration a clean, crisp white. If you have high ceilings, choose a colour a couple of shades darker than your walls. This will draw the eye downwards and give the space a comfortable welcoming feel. This will allow the beautiful, sculptural details in your living room to take centre stage.