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The living room is designed for friends and family to gather and spend time. For this public space, the best paint colour is one that fits the mood or atmosphere you want to create.

The main living area of your house is where you establish your signature style. Relaxed and casual? Modern and polished? Steeped in comforting tradition? No matter what your look, the perfect paint colour will underscore it. For help in choosing the best colours for your living room, use our designer-selected colour combinations that appear on every colour page to find one that fits your decorating personality.

Our tips for choosing a living scheme

Shifting into Neutral

Neutral colours are natural colour choices for a living area. Often living rooms and family rooms are open to other areas of the house so a great neutral can enable the use of colour in adjoining spaces. Picking the best neutral paint colour is a matter of style: warm shades tend to be inviting and cozy while hues with cool undertones have a chic, modern vibe. And don’t consider white a colour cop-out—selecting from the vast variety of white hues creates a blank canvas for favourite art and furnishings.

A Case for Colour

If most of the big-ticket elements in your living area are neutral—carpet, flooring and fabrics—the right paint colour can add dimension and interest. It helps to use our US pint size Colour Samples to see how the colour looks on different walls and also throughout the day.

Beyond the Pale

When you want to add design drama with bold colour but don’t want the hue to overpower your space, paint an accent wall. Choose a wall in the room that makes sense as a focal point, such a fireplace wall. Select a colour that can be tied to the overall space with fabrics, area rugs, and accessories. The remaining walls can be painted in a lighter version of the accent colour, or select a neutral with an undertone that complements the accent wall.

See the Light

The amount of light your living room gets impacts colour. A room flooded with sunlight can handle more saturated colour, but pale shades tend to get washed out. Cool colours counter strong sunlight, but north-facing rooms feel cosier when wrapped in a warm colour. Choose Benjamin Moore Aura® paint in a matte finish to ease the reflections in a room with strong natural light, or for a soft effect in rooms where natural light is minimal.

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Walls
2132-10
Ebony King
Walls
HC-172
Revere Pewter
Woodwork
OC-25
Cloud Cover
Back Wall
2063-10
Old Navy
Ceiling
OC-25
Cloud Cover
Walls
OC-117
Simply White
Doors
2127-40
Wolf Gray
Upper Wall
2120-70
Stone White
Lower Wall
2133-40
Dior Gray
Woodwork
OC-68
Distant Gray
Walls
HC-170
Stonington Gray
Woodwork
HC-170
Stonington Gray
Ceiling
2009-70
Powder Pink
Walls
CW-590
Williamsburg Wythe Blue
Walls
CW-335
Kings Red
Panelling
CW-170
Tarpley Brown
Ceiling
CW-5
Harwood Putty
Wall
2126-70
Chalk White
Woodwork
2126-70
Chalk White
Wall
2112-50
Stormy Monday
Wall
Shadow
2117-30
Woodwork
2126-70
Chalk White
Mantle
2132-20
Ebony King
Front wall
CSP-1195
Flamenco
Far wall
CSP-90
Coachman's Cape
Woodwork
CSP-245
Stoneware
Wall
CSP-955
Hannah Banana
Inset shelf
CSP-195
Porcini
Walls
2137-40
Desert Twilight
Mantel
2137-50
Sea Haze
Ceiling
2008-70
A Touch Of Pink
Walls
OC-51
Intense White
Woodwork
996
Ashen Tan
Ceiling
2146-70
Bavarian Cream
Walls
OC-106
Man on the Moon
Alcove
OC-46
Halo
Walls
CW-355
Carter Plum
Woodwork
OC-65
Chantilly Lace
Ceiling
OC-65
Chantilly Lace
Walls
AF-455
Croquet
Walls
OC-11
Clay Beige
Walls
2083-20
Cranberry Cocktail 2093-20
Woodwork
AF-680
Wish
Coving
AF-100
Pashmina
Walls
AF-720
Sparrow
Woodwork
OC-65
Chantilly Lace
Walls
AF-650
Caponata
Woodwork
OC-65
Chantilly Lace
Walls
OC-72
Pink Damask
Woodwork
OC-65
Chantilly Lace
Walls
HC-143
Wythe Blue
Woodwork
2131-70
Gray Sky
Table
2090-30
Terra Cota Tile
Walls
OC-117
Simply White
Ceiling
OC-117
Simply White
Walls
OC-117
Simply White
Woodwork
OC-117
Simply White
Walls
OC-117
Simply White
Floor
OC-67
Ice Mist
Walls
2088-60
Fruit Shake
Hallway Wall
2076-20
Royal Flush
Woodwork
OC-9
Ballet White
Living Room Wall
AF-20
Mascarpone
Please note, on-screen and printer colour representations vary from actual paint colours
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