Starting with a colour that dominates most of the living and entertaining areas in the house. We chose Red. It comes in all shades -right from the more somber, earthy maroon and terracotta to the most vivacious deep red. Is cheerful. Goes well with the dark, natural wood surfaces and textiles I was going to pair the walls with. Is very Indian- Think Wedding saree, think tilak, rangoli, sindoor, mauli- Above all because, most reds contrast wonderfully with Black -the other wall colour on my pallet for the area- so a no brainer really.
Here is the color pallet for the living dining and entertainment areas...
Posting the final look below.
(above): view of the Living room from the foyer. The wall sports a terracotta red.
In the family room, which is used for watching television or casual entertaining, the colours are a brighter red and black..This is the area I chose to paint myself... three coats of absolute fun and zen, which is befitting, because the area itself has a very calming feel to it , inspite of the loud red on the walls...
The dining area offset against a terracotta wall, has a more formal- earthy look.
A red lacquer shoe cabinet contrasts with a charcoal black wall at the entrance.