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Designer Picks: The 12 Best Living Room Paint Colors for Any Home

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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Designing a Yellow Room? Designers Want You to Know These Tips

Bold-colored rooms are making a major splash in the interior design world this year. More and more people are moving away from neutral color palettes and adding bold washes of color into their spaces, whether adding it to the whole room through a wall color or just pops of it in the decor. And one of the bold colors we’re seeing the most of? Yellow.

Yellow is traditionally thought of as a “happy color” and introduces warmth into a space. You can use yellow in a big way to anchor a room, or simply as an accent color if you prefer just a splash. But even one pop of yellow in a certain area can transform a space—which can’t be said of all colors. It’s a powerful and transformative color!

Some people veer away from yellow because it can be too dominating or polarizing. However, when creating a yellow room design, that doesn’t mean your room needs to be egg-yolk yellow head to toe! There are so many different shades of yellow to choose from. But yellow is definitely more challenging to design with than neutrals, blues, or earth tones. So you do have to be more intentional and considerate of the other colors and hues you use within a yellow room design.

Pro Tip: Yellow pairs best with really dark woods or really light woods. Veer away from yellow if you’re working with mid-tone woods that already have warm undertones, since yellow walls or decor will bring out the yellow in a mid-tone wood. And then you’ll end up with a head-to-toe yellow-on-yellow space!

Ready to incorporate some yellow into your room designs? Today, we’ll want to walk you through some yellow interior design ideas and give you some of our best tips for designing with yellow! Want an expert’s take on your space? Start an online interior design project and work with a designer to bring the yellow room of your dreams to life!

Rooms With Yellow Walls

Yellow walls—whether it’s all four walls of a room or just an accent wall—will add a bright, cheerful vibe to your space. But there are many different shades of yellow you can choose from, and each will add something a little different to a room. This is one of our favorite yellow wall colors to use. It’s earthy and veers more on the “mustard” side of yellow, and its gray undertones make it more forgiving to design around. But keep reading to see examples of other shades of yellow that we love!

An aside: Yellow is considered a “gender neutral” color. As a result, we see it widely used in children’s rooms and nurseries for its happy, cheerful, and calming nature.

Create Balance With Simple Furniture Forms

Sleek and streamlined furniture adds balance with bolder colors, as they don’t add more visual colors. So, when decorating a yellow room, balance the bold colors with simple furniture so your brain doesn’t have too much to process in one space!

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yellow roomIncorporate Natural Textures

When painting a room yellow, you can tone down its vibrancy by incorporating natural textures into the space. Since yellow is a color found in nature, there’s a natural cohesiveness to this combination—and it makes it so the yellow still feels cheery but not so aggressive and loud, especially in a smaller space like this breakfast nook.

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yellow roomPlay With A Primary Color Palette

Primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) make for a classic color palette. These three colors play well together and balance each other out. And opting for a primary color palette doesn’t mean using the brightest or most traditional shades of these colors. Here, we created a multicolor palette with dusty, moody pastel takes on this classic color combo. Fun fact: A multicolor palette is actually one of our most popular living room color schemes!

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yellow roomMix Subtle And Bold Shades

This room is subtle, and not. The subtle is found in the super light yellow that’s more of a neutral than a wash of color. But that is enhanced with accent pillows and wall art—both in bolder shades of yellow, as well as a mix of contrasting colors like blues, oranges, and greens! The result is a vibrant and cheery space!

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Paint An Accent Wall

If you’re not ready to go full-throttle with yellow, incorporate just a taste of it through an accent wall. It doesn’t overwhelm the space but definitely gives it a point of view. Pairing a yellow accent wall with a pink rug that’s equally bright and vibrant is another way to add balance, but in more of a bold manner.

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Make It Mustard!

Just because you’re painting a wall yellow doesn’t mean it has to be the traditional bright, sunshiney yellow. Mustard also counts! Mustard adds an earthy quality to a space and contrasts nicely with blues and greens. While we paired mustard with some brighter blues, you could also go for a moody, earth-tone look, which would pair perfectly with mustard.

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Incorporating Yellow into Furniture and Decor

If you don’t want to paint your walls yellow, you can still design a room where yellow is the predominant color. Consider using accents that are in the yellow spectrum to add cheer to your space—through pillows, vases, throws, hints in artwork, or even the flowers you choose for a space.

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Go Bold With Yellow Furniture

If you want to stick with white or neutral paint colors, decorating with big pops of yellow in furniture and decor is a great way to add contrast and warmth to the space. To establish yellow as the main color in the room, choose a piece of furniture that’s yellow. (In this case, a bedroom chair. It could also be a mustard sofa in a living room!) This will ground yellow as the primary color in the room. Then, layer in pops of yellow through pillows, art, and other decor to support the color scheme.

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yellow roomMix Yellow With High-Contrast Neutrals

We love a good high-contrast neutral space. But if you want to spice up a grayscale or black and white room, mix in pops of yellow. Here, two different shades of yellow adds a touch of contrast and brightness to the space without taking away from the edgy feel of this room.

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yellow roomEmbrace All The Colors

Instead of having yellow as the main color in your space, you could also opt for something like pink, peach, or blue, and then just have hints of different shades of yellow within the overall design. This will brighten the mood and overall color scheme of the space for a more dynamic look! This is great if you love color—another case of beautiful multicolor room designs! In this bedroom, yellow is a major supporting color without being the only color in the room.

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Balance With Blue

If you don’t want to go all-out multicolor, but don’t want yellow to be the only color in the room, balance it out with blue. Yellow and blue is an easy color scheme for beginners, and the combination results in a bright, high-contrast space. The coolness of blue helps counteract the energizing vibrancy of yellow and creates a really nice vibe. Incorporate natural wood throughout the space for an even more grounding effect. Pops of punchy patterns in blue also adds a vusal counterpoint that helps break up all the yellow!

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