Best Living Room Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams
Let’s keep talking about paint colors, shall we? I know these posts are some of your favorites. We all know how hard it is to pick the perfect paint color. It can stop you in your tracks. I remember in our first house, before Pinterest and before I even knew there were home decor blogs out there, I picked the worst paint color I could have ever picked to paint my own home.
I thought I picked a perfect beige color. It wasn’t beige at all….it was orange and it was awful. I paid painters to paint my large walls orange. It was such a disaster.
So I know what kind of decision this can be. One wrong decision and it could ruin everything.
There are a few good starting points. I always suggest waiting to paint your space. Live in your home for a while before committing to a paint color. I know that is easier said than done.
Regardless, do not rush the process. Ask yourself a few questions.
Do you like cool colors? Warm colors?
How much natural light does your space get?
Do you want to paint an accent wall?
Do you like gray colors or neutral shades?
I also suggest getting on Pinterest and checking out some popular choices for wall color.
There are plenty of opportunities for a starting point.
And you know, maybe this blog post will help you as well.
(PS….my family room is painted Silver Drop by Behr. I know this is a post about Sherwin Williams paint colors but whatever)
Popular Sherwin Williams Paint Colors
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray is one of Sherwin Williams most popular paint colors. I did a blog post just on Agreeable Gray if you want to read more about it. Agreeable Gray has an LRV of 60 which means it has a some meat to it’s bones. Agreeable Gray has the perfect gray/beige color combination.
It’s a great color for those that want to dip their toes in painting a room in their home a gray paint color but without it looking too cold.
Since Agreeable Gray is more of a greige paint color, you will want to make sure you take into consideration the lighting in your home. If your living room faces north, Agreeable Gray can look more of a cool gray with less taupe undertones. A living room that faces south and has lots of natural light, Agreeable gray can look more of a warm gray without any green undertones that some greige paint colors can have.
You can see more of Agreeable Gray in a living room here
A beige or gray sofa would look great with Agreeable Gray as well as dark and light warm tones. It really is a versatile paint color (that will be the trend with this blog post so I will sound like a broken record)
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
Repose Gray is a beautiful color and very popular with interior designers. It is a warm gray with a tiny hint of beige undertones. Just a tiny bit. It is definitely not a cool color so if you want some warmth on your walls this is a great gray to use. Repose Gray has an LRV of 58 so it has a tiny bit more depth to it than Agreeable Gray.
You can see Repose Gray in a living room here.
Once again, gray colors and beige colors would look great with Repose Gray
Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray
I guess I’m really into these greige paint colors because here’s another one for you. Mindful Gray is a warm gray but with certain lighting can come off a tad bit cool.
Mindful Gray does have a hint of blue undertones in it. Mindful Gray has a LRV of 48 which means there is plenty of meat on it’s bones and is more saturated in color than Repose Gray.
This is a gorgeous paint color for your living room. You can use this paint color with any furniture. Gray and Beige furniture look great with Mindful Gray
Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige
I fell in love with Accessible Beige years ago when I was looking at model homes with my mom. It is one of those paint colors that looks great in every room.
Accessible Beige is a warm paint color and another great paint color if you want to add some gray into your home without actually painting your whole house gray. Accessible Beige definitely has beige undertones to it.
It’s classified as another greige paint color but compared to the other greiges we talked about this one has a bit more beige to it than the others. I would even go so far in saying that Accessible Beige is a true beige with gray undertones to it.
You can see Accessible Beige in action here
Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Let’s move away from the greige paint colors and talk about something else.
But let’s not even go down the white paint color rabbit hole. It’s a large rabbit hole and I frequent it often. I have written a few blog posts about white paint colors
My parents have Alabaster on the walls in their house and it is such a perfect color. It’s a warm white with just a bit of creaminess to it. It really is a good white paint color but keep in mind it leans warmer. So if you have alot of cool colors in our home, Alabaster might read too yellow for your space.
(Alabaster is a great option for kitchen cabinets and trim color as well)
If you are using Alabaster on your walls, I would also use Alabaster as your trim color and just use a different sheen for each.
Since Alabaster has some warmth to it, beige furniture and wood tones look great paired with it.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
I think I saved the best for last. If you want to do something unexpected, then paint your living room a dark and moody color. The whole room…not just an accent wall.
(If the whole room scares you then yes, you can just do an accent wall)
Urbane Bronze was SW 2021 color of the year and people were painting it on everything…doors, bookshelves, accent walls etc. You can read more about Urbane Bronze here
Need some painting tips?
DIY Painting Supplies
I listed out some of my favorite items I use when painting…
(This post contains affiliate links.You can see my disclosure policy here)
Benjamin Moore Classic Colors Fan Deck: Just in case you want to be even more overwhelmed you can order all of the Benjamin Moore classic paint colors
Same goes for Sherwin Williams Paint Deck
Painter’s tape: I hate taping and I really try to avoid it but when I can’t I make sure I use a good tape
Drop Cloths: Yes, you need them and you need many. I have used trash bags and old shower liners before too.
Paint Cup: This paint cup is brilliant and has a magnetic strip so your paint brush stays safe from falling in your paint.
Multi Position Paint Brush tool: The best tool you will ever use if you have tall ceilings or just in general. I used something similar to this to paint my 15 foot ceilings in my family room and it was a life saver.
Paint Edger: This might get a bad rap but if you do it right, it has been a nice helper for me. Especially when trimming around windows and along baseboards.
Touch up cup: Nothing is worse than having to pull out the whole can of paint for a little touch up.
How to choose the right paint color
Start with inspiration:
I talked a little bit about this in this post but I’ll touch on it again. Picking your paint color for your walls should be one of the later things you do when designing a room. Find a large focal piece (rug, art, window treatments) and look for colors in those pieces that catch your attention. Get on Pinterest and look at magazines. Get some ideas of what you like. It is your house.
Decide on the mood of the room:
Do you want your room to be light and bright or dark and moody? If you home doesn’t get a whole lot of natural light, stark white walls might look dingy. I would consider a paint with some color to it.
Grab your swatches and bring home samples
Bring home some swatches and ideally some sample paints if you feel extra ambitious. Use large foam boards from the dollar store and paint sample boards. Test them in every room. Remember each room gets different natural light. See how they look in the morning and at night.
You can also order large free swatches from Benjamin Moore here
Consider everything in your home…your trim, your floors etc. My floors are Brazilian cherry (aka very red) and I knew I wanted a color just a tad cooler to play off the warm red tones of the floor.
Is your trim bright white, or creamy white? Very cool gray colors might not play well with very warm white trim.
Get what I am saying?
If you want to see the undertone of color, look at the darkest color on the paint color strip. If you love a paint color but fear it can be too dark, ask them to cut it with 25% or 50% white.
Keep a list of your home paint colors
It’s always a good idea to keep a list or spreadsheet of the paint colors you have used in your home. I can’t tell you know much it has helped me.
Good luck and happy painting!
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