The living room is the headquarters of the home. It’s likely the place where you spend most of your waking hours within your home. A space to gather with friends and family, as well as relax and watch your favorite shows, it’s no wonder that living rooms are often the space people invest the greatest amount of time and money into decorating!

Because of the importance of this space within your home, it’s worth taking the time to create a look and feel that’s reflective of your style and how you want to feel in your living room. One of the easiest but most impactful ways to create the mood you want in your space? Color! Specifically, paint colors.

Paint is a huge factor in interior design. It helps set the tone of a space and helps establish the living room color scheme. But it can be hard to choose the right color of paint for your living room. There are so many options out there!

To help you land on the right color for your living room, our designers rounded up the best living room paint colors. They’re dishing all the details of what vibes these colors can create in your living room. (Oh, and before you pull out the paint and rollers and start painting those living room walls, be sure to read our tips for painting a room, with do’s and don’ts from the experts!)

Read on for the 12 best living room paint colors, according to Modsy designers.

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1. Gray Owl, Benjamin Moore

Shades of gray are popular living room colors. And Gray Owl is a great choice if you want to lean toward the more subtle end of the gray color spectrum. A light gray color with cool undertones, it gives off a casual and cool vibe. It adds just enough color to your living room so it feels contemporary and crisp, and doesn’t cast warm, yellow shadows as some grays have a tendency to do.

This color works well with… 

Other cool tones, like the neutrals, greens, and other shades of gray—as seen in the design above! It’s part of Benjamin Moore’s Classic collection, so it pairs well with other classic tones and is made for bold and saturated spaces.

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2. Eider White, Sherwin-Williams

Eider White by Sherwin-Williams is an off-white, with a hint of warm gray undertones. Because of those undertones, it often casts a slightly purple or pink hue in bright light. But overall, it’s a soft and warm off-white color that adds coziness and warmth to any space.

This color works well with…  

Both warm and cool tones. (However, pairing it with warm hues will pull out the purple undertones.) It’s a great universal color for the whole home if you want a true off-white.

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3. Black Satin, Benjamin Moore

In fashion, the color black is synonymous with elegance and chic. And this is just as true with paint colors—especially with Benjamin Moore’s Black Satin. This soft but dramatic black gives off a very vogue, fashion-forward vibe. Bold and attention-grabbing, it’s an amazing accent wall color in living rooms. This is the best paint color if you want something super dramatic.

This color works well with… 

Bold patterns, materials and textures. (The dark wall color will only accentuate the other rich elements in the space.) Black is a universal color, so it can work for many styles—but in a living room, it works best with modern styles and spaces with a lot of lighting.

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4. Perfectly Pale, Pantone

Perfectly Pale is a warm, pale beige. It’s a soothing and inviting sandy hue that makes you feel relaxed and at home. Sounds pretty nice for a living room, huh?? It’s one of the best living room paint colors for those who like color palettes of warm neutrals.

This color works well with… 

A variety of color palettes—especially other warm tones like gold, rust, and warm woods. It’s a perfect wall color for a cozy family room, or a space where you want the decor to do the talking and the wall color to take the backseat while not just being an average, cold white.

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5. Laurel Woods, Sherwin-Williams

Laurel Woods is a dark, earthy green paint, with a slightly grey undertone. This keeps it out of the jewel tone camp and more in the realm of saturated earth tones. Organic and rustic, it’s a sophisticated green and one of those popular living room colors that is used just as often on the outside of homes as on the inside. It’s a little moody while still being a universally appealing shade of green.

This color works well with…  

Rustic decor, due to the earthy nature of this grey-green tone. You can make it look more crisp and bright in your living room by pairing it with neutrals, whites, and lots of natural light.

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6. Cloud White, Benjamin Moore

Cloud White is a lightweight, luminous shade of white that is reminiscent of puffy white clouds. (Hence the name!) It gives a glowing, light and airy feel to any space, making it a great choice for dark or small spaces, as it will help them appear larger and more radiant.

This color works well with… 

Almost any style. This color is very universal and works with both cool and warm color palettes—though it will slightly reflect the other colors of the space due to its luminous nature.

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7. Sulking Room Pink, Farrow & Ball

Sulking Room Pink is a warm and muted rose color, with a powdery soft hue. It has a soft and romantic vibe that’s easy to use with other tones. It especially looks pretty with creamy whites, greens, golds, and natural materials.

This color works well with…  

Classic, traditional, and even eclectic styles, because it’s a true rose hue. It adds warmth and a feminine soft touch to living room walls, while lending an air of sophistication.

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8. Dovetail, Sherwin-Williams

Dovetail is a warm gray paint color that looks softer and less traditional than a true cool gray. It’s a homey and welcoming color that is a little deeper and richer than just a beige or white, adding a cozy touch to living rooms.

This color works well with… 

A living room with other warm or neutral colors—like whites, tans, and even wood tones. It has an earthy feel, so rustic, modern rustic, eclectic, and even transitional styles work well with this paint color.

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9. Gentleman’s Gray, Benjamin Moore

Though it’s gray in name, Gentleman’s Gray is actually more a blackened blue that’s a close cousin of classic navy. It’s a stately and bold color that adds a lot of depth to any space. This classic shade is striking with other deep, rich colors.

This color works well with… 

Traditional and classic spaces. This formal, masculine color pairs well with most wood tones and pops against white detailing.

Designer Tip: Use Gentlemen’s Gray in a living room with layered or good natural light so it doesn’t create a cave-like feel in your space!

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10. Concord Ivory, Benjamin Moore

Concord Ivory is a golden-yellow with slight apricot undertones. This paint color was inspired by Moroccan pottery, so it’s a more global take on a yellow-gold. The bright hue adds energy to a living room while also being warm and welcoming.

This color works well with… 

Eclectic and global living rooms with a variety of natural textures. Concord Ivory is great for a natural-lit living room, as it’s a color that’s greatly enhanced by natural sunlight. It pairs well with bold, saturated colors since it’s a pretty pale paint color. (We especially love it with rich leathers and wood tones!)

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11. Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

At a glance, Wimborne White looks very close to a pure white tone—but it’s actually a subtle off-white, with slightly warm undertones. A clean and bright neutral, it adds a fresh and crisp yet warm feeling to a living room.

This color works well with…  

A variety of color palettes, especially those with warmer earth tones and other warm neutrals. It’s gorgeous in well-lit spaces, as it’s a luminous and warm shade of white.

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12. Gray Cashmere, Benjamin Moore

Gray Cashmere is a super light shade of gray-green, with blue-ish undertones. (In natural light it will appear more blue than green.) Cool and collected, it’s a very soothing pseudo-neutral that can go with warm or cool colors, and looks great with other neutrals that accentuate the green undertones.

This color works well with… 

Transitional, contemporary, and even coastal styles. It looks great against crisp white trim, which makes this color pop.

Looking for more color inspiration? Check out our designers’ picks for best bedroom paint colors and a round-up of the most popular Benjamin Moore paint colors!

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