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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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Top 10 Bedroom Paint Colors For 2021

We all spent a lot more time at home last year. And we’ll likely be doing the same the year, too. While our living and dining rooms may have turned into action-packed offices and classrooms, our bedrooms became the ultimate sanctuary for rest and retreat.

So, to get set for the rest of 2021, now’s the time to give your bedroom a facelift and make it feel even more relaxing and special. Beyond having all the right bedroom essentials, consider sprucing up your wall color with a fresh coat of paint! It’s the easiest way to transform your bedroom into a serene and cozy haven—whether you’re painting an accent wall in a minty green or going for an earthy neutral all around.

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But with so many paint options, narrowing down your bedroom paint colors can be challenging. To help you with that, we’ve rounded up our top 10 bedroom paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, and Sherwin-Williams that are sure to change up the vibe in your space. Read on to see the colors and get our tips along the way!

If you’re just starting to think about paint colors for your bedroom, check out our guide for how to choose a color palette. Or get inspiration from the 2021 colors of the year and our gallery for bedroom design ideas.

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1. Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball

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Hague Blue is a deep, saturated blue and it makes for a bedroom paint color that feels traditional and stately. It has undertones of green, which give it a timeless, dramatic touch.

The vibe: Compared to other bedroom colors, Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue can make your bedroom feel like a cocoon—or a cave but in the most positive way! It’s a wall color that plays up an instant feeling of warmth and comfort, and it will add a calming and cozy look.

How to make it work: Hague Blue is great for updated traditional and modern rustic interiors. You’ll want to contrast it with pops of lighter colors in your decor for balance—think white linens, a vintage rusty-orange rug, a green ottoman or art. The color also works beautifully with Mid-Century Modern designs and jewel-tones for a more bold look.

It’s perfect if you… love bold wall colors but want something sophisticated and timeless.

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2. Pavilion Grey, Farrow & Ball

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Pavilion Grey is a cool and classic medium-toned grey. It has subtle blue undertones, which makes it the perfect neutral that still feels warm and cozy. It’s closest in color to earth tones.

The vibe: Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey can bring in a contemporary and spacious look that opens up a bedroom. It’s a paint color that mixes with most colors and it creates a soothing environment—especially when there’s nice ambient lighting or lots of natural light.

How to make it work: This shade is a true universal neutral, which means it goes with many different styles of furniture and decor. You can play up the color’s warmth by pairing it with other warm accents and furnishings, like beige upholstery and wood tones, or it can blend seamlessly with cool blue tones. Try contrasting this grey wall color with white trims for a crisp look.

It’s perfect if you… want color on the wall that’s not too bold and has just enough personality.

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3. Ripe Olive, Sherwin-Williams

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This rich and earthy olive-green by Sherwin Williams is the perfect hue for an elegant bedroom. It’s a paint color with cool yellow undertones, which makes it feel sumptuous and sophisticated.

The vibe: Sherwin-Williams’s Ripe Olive is one of those bedroom colors that immediately gives your space a rustic, updated traditional look and feel. It’s the perfect bedroom paint because it brings a grounded, inviting feel. And even though it’s on the bolder side, it still feels calming.

How to make it work: You can count on this Sherwin-Williams olive shade to work with other rich neutrals, such as darker wood tones, crisp black and white upholstery, or tan leathers. It will also stand out next to metal details, such as brass and gold tones, which will make it pop.

It’s perfect if you… like an earthy, saturated color that has a timeless yet trendy vibe, or if you love the look of green room color schemes.

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4. Saybrook Sage, Benjamin Moore

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Part of Benjamin Moore’s historic collection, this paint color exudes traditional elegance. It’s a tried-and-true classic green and yellow undertones, making it a warmer green shade.

The vibe: Benjamin Moore’s Saybrook Sage offers a springy vibe for a bedroom. It has a subtle presence, making it a shade that’s light and airy, like a breath of fresh air. It’s the perfect blend of energetic and calming.

How to make it work: While this Benjamin Moore sage can feel very traditional, it can also be eclectic depending on your bedroom furniture and decor. Try pairing the color with natural materials, like caning, rattan, natural woods, linen, and jute, for a layered and texture look.

It’s perfect if you… like classic colors or something earthy that’s not overly saturated or dark.

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5. Georgetown Pink, Benjamin Moore

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Also from the Benjamin Moore historic collection, Georgetown Pink is one of the best bedroom colors for an easy, elegant look. Its beige undertone makes it a warm pink that goes with lots of color schemes.

The vibe: This is a classic Benjamin Moore hue that still feels somewhat youthful. With this soft pink, you can bring a warm, peachy vibe to the bedroom. and it adds a cozy-cottage-like ambience, so your space will always feel homey.

How to make it work: Perfect for classic, coastal, and traditional-style interiors, this shade can sway more pink or beige depending on the lighting and accent pieces in your bedroom. Try pairing it with bright blue-and-white pieces and natural textures—preppy pillows, a patterned rug, colorful art, woven seating—to keep this pink bedroom look from looking flat or muddy.

It’s perfect if you… want a timeless paint color with a hint of bright warmth.

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6. Simply White, Benjamin Moore

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Simply white is fresh, clean and crisp Benjamin Moore classic. It’s neither cool nor warm, which makes it a universal go-to paint color for a bedroom, no matter the style.

The vibe: The best thing about Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is that it has universal appeal, meaning it can work across all interior styles, from modern to traditional to rustic. It also always sets a crisp tone while providing a backdrop that’s simple and serene.

How to make it work: The best way to work in this Benjamin Moore white, without it feeling stark or cold, is to add in lots of textures, like a carved-wood bed and a sheepskin rug. And layer in art and bright lighting for pops of color and pattern. You can also get more ideas for furnishing a white room in our guide to decorating with white.

It’s perfect if you… want a tried-and-true bedroom color that’s a blank canvas to build on.

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7. Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore

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A light gray with warm undertones, Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter is a classic shade of grey that’s the perfect, unifying neutral.

The vibe: Revere Pewter has a way of instilling a warm, calming, restorative feeling in the bedroom. It’s also an anchoring neutral, meaning it can easily work with multiple color schemes because it has a bit of weight to it visually.

How to make it work: This soothing Benjamin Moore grey is the kind of bedroom paint color that’s great in transitional, rustic, and minimalist interiors. Pair it with other warm neutral furnishings and accents, such as textured gray bedding, light-toned and white-painted woods, and natural fiber pieces. It will all work with this pewter grey shade to add an earthy, restful feeling to your bedroom.

It’s perfect if you… want a neutral paint color that’s more saturated and cozy. Also check out our tips for decorating with neutral paint colors.

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8. Moody Blue, Sherwin-Williams

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Almost like a turquoise blue but a bit more unsaturated and sophisticated, Sherwin-Williams’ Moody Blue has green undertones and brings both lightness and energy into a bedroom.

The vibe: Soft and easy on the eyes, this Sherwin-Williams blue is both calming and uplifting. It has effortlessness to it’s one of the best bedroom colors if you want a space that’s serene, soothing, and stimulating all at once.

How to make it work: Although it’s a relatively light shade, this Sherwin-Williams blue is still very saturated, so pair it with neutrals or even lighter tones to offset it. This will help add lightness to your space and open it up. It’s a great pick for coastal and boho interiors. Mix it with other pastels, eclectic furnishings, and woven accents for a chic and whimsical look.

It’s perfect if you… love blue room color schemes or simply want a space that’s bright without being overwhelming or too bold.

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9. Dimity, Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball’s Dimity is similar to a very pale taupe because it has red undertones. It also means this a great color for adding warmth and depth without feeling intrusive in the bedroom.

The vibe: Dimity is an elegant and soft neutral shade that gives a room a sumptuous feeling without coming off as overly dainty. It’s the perfect paint color if you want something that’s slightly warmer than white but not as saturated as beige.

How to make it work: It’s a paint color that’s super versatile, so it works with classic, rustic, traditional, or eclectic interiors. Contrast it with other neutrals, such as bright whites and warm grays, and natural wood tones. The key is to play on both the cool and warm sides of Dimity, so mix it with beige and pink accent seating as well as crisp white bedding and sheepskins.

It’s perfect if you… like neutral colors but want warmth, depth and something that adds a bit of coziness to a space.

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10. Sea Salt, Sherwin Williams

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A light shade of green, Sherwin Williams’s Sea Salt has a freshness and airiness to it. It feels instinctively coastal, and it’s the paint color you want for a bedroom that feels light and breezy.

The vibe: Sea Salt brings the ease of oceanside style and coastal homes to any bedroom. So it’s a perfect relaxing shade to lean into for coastal, transitional, and minimal interiors.

How to make it work: It’s one of those bedroom colors where a little can go a long way, so consider using it as an accent wall color. It’s a great way to play up this green, as it can easily feel overwhelming on all four walls—which can be the case with greens that appear soft at first. (You find out more in our tips for accent wall designs.) Pair this Sea Salt shade with other neutrals, shades of blues, and light wood tones for that elegant seaside look.

It’s perfect if you… want a bright and light paint color without it being a neutral.

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Cozy Color Pairings That Instantly Warm Up Your Home

There are endless ways to infuse your space with color, but right now we’re liking warm palettes that create a welcoming vibe in your home.

Here, we explore 5 color pairings that are a little unexpected, but have a way of infusing your home with comfort and coziness all year round.

 

Rustic and Warm: Beige and Wood Tones

Contrary to what some designers might say, beige is anything but boring, especially when it combined with wood tones for a warm and inviting palette.

Furnishings in beige, creams and off-whites are not only wonderfully versatile, they also exude a sense of relaxed warmth. Look for pieces with major tactile appeal— woven rugs and poufs, cushy sofas, and pillows with textural details—as these accents perfectly complement brown wood tones.

Pairing beige with brown is also a foolproof color formula that conjures up a simple, rustic vibe. Grainy wood pieces, like the credenza, the chair frame and table base in this living area, help to warm up the beige tones of the sofa and rug but also lend the space a slightly rough-hewn but still refined look and feel.

 

Bold and Inviting: Yellow and Black

If it’s drama you’re going for, yellow and black make for an invigorating color palette that’s eclectic, enveloping, and thoroughly modern.

The brightness of yellow means that a little can go a long way, so try adding accents in the cheery color all around the room to create focal points that invite the eye to travel. And don’t be afraid to add patterned pieces, which will add to the eye-catching effect.

Yellow can also extend to gold tones, so consider metallic table lamps and small details that are sure to add sparkle.

To offset the strong impact of yellow, explore furnishings in a range of black shades—think charcoal, inky, or smoky hues, like the sofa in this living area.

Varying the shades of black will help soften the contrast between the two colors and bring a little depth to your room, as the black frames and the geometric inlay design on the side table do in this comfy living space.

 

Casual and Welcoming: Green and Brown

This is a natural color pairing that’s easy and soothing, as these hues bring to mind calming landscapes and blue skies of the outdoors.

When mixing green with natural wood tones, be sure to explore the full spectrum of green shades for your furnishings. Here, a strong leafy green sofa sets the stage for the rest of the space, but the hue is beautifully carried through to the teal and turquoise found in the art and the wallpaper.

Varying vivid and quiet shades of green will help create a balanced and inviting look. Consider expanding to blue-green accents, like the pillow and artwork, which can be soft visual counterpoints that are in keeping with the overall palette and are easy on the eyes.  

To round out green furnishings, opt for accents in all variations of brown, like tan leather and dark wood. Green and brown together, which nod to the natural world, have a way of opening up a space and infusing it with a relaxed atmosphere.

Try small brown accents, like a leather pouf or a carved wood side table, for touches that accentuate green rather than compete with it.  

 

Glamorous and Alluring: Purple and Gray

When you combine regal purple shades with gray hues, the result is a space that’s irresistibly chic.

There’s a Parisian feel to this color pairing, which has a way of feeling effortless yet inviting. Because purple is a statement color by default, use it as your anchor, like the sofa in this living room scenario. Then layer in gray accents, be it a shiny silver side table, a stone-hued ottoman, or pillows, art, and a rug with touches of gray.

If you’re unsure about committing to a large piece in purple, like your sofa, try reversing the color formula. Use gray as the anchoring color and add in touches of purple, ranging from violet to lavender, mixed with silver finishes to achieve a similarly elegant look.

 

Bright and Cozy: White on White

As simple as this color approach sounds, white on white rooms can feel incredibly cozy with the right furnishings.

Choose pieces in white and pile on lots of rich textures, such as woven poufs and ottomans, fluffy and faux-fur pillows, a deep plush sofa, and soft cowhides. Similarly, a large piece of art with an elaborate design will provide both sculptural and textural appeal.

To bring out these textures in a big way, balance them with furnishings in natural materials, like rattan, basket weaving, and natural fibers, which will draw focus to the intricate textures of your white accents. To further play up the cozy atmosphere, try foregoing curtains to let in ample daylight, which will allow these textures shine.

 

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