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Choosing the right paint color for your living room will set the tone and vibe for this much used space. While picking the right color can seem overwhelming, these living room paint color ideas and tips will get you in the right direction in no time!

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Picking the perfect living room paint color can seem like a daunting task, and one that you don’t want to get wrong. After all, besides the kitchen, many of us spend a lot of time in this one room!

If you’re starting from scratch decorating your living room, it’s easy enough to pick a paint color and then work your furnishings around it.

But if you’re repainting a room that’s already furnished and decorated, it’s important that you take into consideration the elements that will need to work with your new paint color.

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Know Your Room Exposure and Understand Undertones

For any room, it’s important to first understand how exposure can affect paint colors. If you have a north-facing room, the light can be grayish and cast a blue tint, potentially pulling unwanted undertones from the paint color you choose.

Southern exposure rooms are full of bright natural light so warmer paint colors may become too warm. Eastern exposure rooms have great morning light but poorer afternoon light, and vice versa for west-facing rooms.

Once you know what way your windows face, consider your furniture, flooring and other elements in the room that will be staying.

If you have a navy blue couch, for instance, you’re not going to want sunny yellow walls. If your couch is a cool gray, you’ll want a similarly toned paint color that will coordinate well.

Find Inspiration

One of my favorite ways to find some inspiration is by doing some research on Pinterest and saving the images that I love. Whether it’s as a simple as coffee table ideas or entire house paint colors, you can typically find some great examples on the platform.

Once I’m on Pinterest, I usually take note of the paint color and whether it’s a warm or cool color. I then narrow down my favorites and get some samples from Samplize to see how they look in my space.

Remember that paint colors will look different in difference spaces, depending on lighting and the color of the furnishings around it.

It’s also important to consider how you want the room to feel, as different colors evoke different moods. Neutral wall colors are a great blank canvas that allows your furniture and accessories to shine, while a darker, moodier color can create a cozy and inviting room.

If you like to accessorize with bright colors, keeping the walls lighter makes switching in and other accessories easier.

With that being said, here are some of my favorite and most popular paint colors for living rooms in 2024.

1. Sherwin Williams Shoji White

A living room filled with furniture and a large window
Benjamin Moore Shoji White via Hello Lovely Studio

Let’s face it – white paint is not all created equal and it makes finding a suitable white for your home a challenge to say the least.

Shoji White may be one of my favorite off-white paint colors – it is a warm, creamy white with a beautiful undertones of grey, beige and sometimes green.

Think your typical greige color only way lighter. This is a wonderful choice for a living room if you are looking to really add some light and brightness without taking away the warmth of the room.

2. Sherwin Williams Alabaster

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster walls via HomeBunch

Not white, not yet cream, Sherwin William’s Alabaster is a gorgeous choice for a living room seeking a light, bright color which is sophisticated and modern.

This is a wonderful choice of color for a living room which needs an injection of light – think especially north facing rooms.

However, be careful if you already have a well lit room – too much light may wash this beauty out just a little too much. Conversely, if you have a lot of bright white trim (like SW Pure White) pairing that with Alabaster walls may make your walls look a bit yellow.

3. Benjamin Moore Collingwood

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Benjamin Moore Collingwood via The Creativity Exchange

If you are in search of a dreamy soft warm gray then Collingwood may be right for you.

It’s a seriously versatile paint color and with its slight violet undertone it won’t appear blue or green. This is a great choice for keeping the mood light, airy and neutral.

Collingwood is just a touch warmer than Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, which is the number one paint color I’ve suggested over the years.

4. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

living room walls painted sherwin william repose gray with neutral color couch and round wood coffee table
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray lightened by 50%

Repose Gray is a wonderfully versatile warm toned gray. It’s a wonderful color that works well in any lighting condition, but will look grayer in cool light and warmer in sunnier rooms.

It’s certainly one of my favorite greige paint colors and creates a wonderful modern aesthetic to any living room.

5. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

agreeable gray painted living room

Agreeable Gray does as it says on the tin – it is one of the most popular Sherwin Williams colors for a reason – it is so versatile and looks great pretty much everywhere!

It is a beautiful warm stony color right in between beige and true grey and really brings a contemporary, timeless feel to a living room. It’s one of the top greige paint colors used in American homes.

6. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

living room walls painted revere pewter with brown couch and red printed rug

Arguably the most popular neutral paint color for living rooms over the past decade, Revere Pewter is a classic and timeless greige with a slight warm tone.

Revere Pewter will bring your living room up to date while keeping it fresh, modern and pleasing to the eye. You really cannot go wrong with such a perfect choice.

7. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

edgcomb gray walls in living room with neutral couch and white curtains

If you are on the search for a greige which is a tiny bit lighter than Revere Pewter then Edgecomb Gray may be the one for you!

It’s perfectly balanced between beige and grey and has a warm tone which will add some cosiness to your living room.

In a south exposed room expect this to feel slightly warmer, while this greige will look slightly more gray in a north exposed room.

8. Benjamin Moore Moonshine

contemporary living room with walls painted benjamin moore moonshine
via Charles Michael Frusterio

Can we talk about how beautiful and calming this green-gray shade is? What a wonderful color for a living room if you are looking to create an airy, serene yet neutral and warm space.

This is a wonderful shade if you are looking to dip your toe into a bit of color without having to commit too much.

9. Sherwin Williams Jasper

Dark green accent wall with photo gallery

Green living rooms will be having a moment in 2024 so what better way to modernize your space than to create an accent wall with a rich and intense color like Jasper?

This is the perfect choice is you are looking to bring nature into your living room and create an earthy, eco-inspired space.

Jasper would look fantastic paired with a crisp white trim, or one with a slightly warm base like Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Other stunning green living room colors include Sherwin Williams Retreat and Benjamin Moore Essex Green.

10. Sherwin Williams Naval

sherwin williams naval with white board and batten

Sherwin Williams Naval is another wonderful choice if you are looking for a majestic color for an accent wall.

This navy gives me all sorts of nautical vibes and works fantastic with a white trim. It can be such a great vocal point as part of your living room and is such a timeless choice of color.

Final Thought

Whether you opt for a neutral backdrop with suble warm tones, or go all in on a moody accent wall, choosing a paint color for your living room shouldn’t be done in isolation. Consider the overall color scheme of your home, and whether your living room is open to other spaces.

A open plan living room will look better with a neutral color that flows from space to space, while a closed room has the separation needed to do a bold accent wall or all-over moody wall color.

Don’t Forget…

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides real paint samples that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

Most importantly, before choosing any paint color, test samples in your room and consider the lighting conditions.

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  1. Allison Lewis says:

    In 2024, grey is out of date! It’s now beige, neutrals of beige or there will always be a place for whites. Moody dark colors too. Bad advice.

    1. Actually white is majorly out according to “trends”. But just because trend reports tell you something, it doesn’t mean that’s what the average homeowner wants. Many people still gravitate towards grays, and in particular warmer grays.

  2. Maisonedit says:

    The best living room paint colors are typically the most neutral tones. The main reason for this is that it allows you to change out your accessories and pillows on a regular basis.

  3. Hi Jenna, I moved into a new house three years ago. Before moving in, I wanted the whole house to be painted to have a clean and fresh feeling.
    I was very pleased to read your “ Best paint colours for living
    rooms for 2021.”
    I love Benjamin moor paints and have used them all of my life.
    Two of the colours that You have recommended are Collingwood and Revere Pewter. I’m so proud to tell you that I chose these two colours three years ago for my house. At the time I was overwhelmed with work and was afraid to choose too many colours so decided to get the whole ground floor which has the living room in it to be painted Collingwood and the whole upstairs was painted revere Pewter. I loved these colours but today I love them more because you have said it.
    I feel so good that I made the right choice !!
    I really liked the Sherwin Williams NAVAL colour. I like ONLY warm colours. Do you think this colour could go well with Collingwood?
    I don’t intend to do an accent wall( incase I wanted to-just want to know) but I’m thinking of painting a small wall going downstairs to the basement as this wall is visible from the family room which is Collingwood. Or do you think any Benjamin moor colour would be a better choice.
    I always enjoy reading your newsletter. Thanks.