The Best Living Room Paint Colors for 2023
7 of the best paint colors for your family room for 2023 and tips to pick to the right paint color for your space.
I’m back at it.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the best Sherwin Williams paint colors for your living room. After I wrote the post I realized I was being exclusive and leaving out some really great paint colors that were not from Sherwin Williams.
You should all know by now that I have a soft spot in my heart for Behr paint. And if I had to admit it, I suppose Benjamin Moore paint isn’t too bad either.
Here’s the catch though about this post and with any post talking about paint color. There isn’t the perfect paint color for any home or any room. Every room is unique and every paint color has it’s own personality. Some paint colors are feistier than others and some have sneakier undertones than others.
A particular paint color might look great in your friend’s house and then you paint your family room the same color and it looks like a completely different color in your space. The same goes for your own home. One color will look gray in your family room and the same color can look green in your dining room.
It all depends on the lighting in your home…. and possibly a few other things that we will talk about.
Undertones can be a tricky thing to figure out but the best way to tell what the undertones of your paint color is to 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.
Before you walk into a paint store (or in my case Home Depot), let’s discuss some prerequisites as this might help prevent you from running out of the store screaming.
Take a good look at your space and take note of these next few things.
Do you get lots of natural light?
White walls are very pretty in a family room but if you do not get natural light in your space, white might not be the best paint color for your living room walls. Your walls might look dingy and make your space feel blah instead of white and bright.
The same goes for dark colors. Sometimes those rooms without natural light might look great with a dark and moody paint color.
Which direction does your living room face?
I am sure I can write a whole blog post just about the direction of your room and what it does to your paint color but it is very confusing. So while it is important to take note of, knowing how much natural light your space gets is just easier.
Do you have alot of trees outside?
Yes, this is a real question you should ask yourself. If you pick a paint color with green undertones and if you have trees outside of your family room window, there is a really good chance the green undertones in that paint color will show on your wall.
What color furniture do you have in your space?
I try not to stress out too much with every tiny detail but taking a quick mental note of your furniture can help you decide if you want warm colors or cool colors on your walls. A beige couch with yellow undertones might not work with a cool gray paint color. But it can look great with a warm gray or greige paint color
I cannot stress enough how important it is to bring home paint samples. An easy way to do this is by purchasing samples from Samplize. As of right now they only carry Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams colors. You can also just paint a sample on foam board and carry that around your house.
Make sure to test your paint colors in your space throughout the whole day. Each paint color will look different depending on the time of day.
Living Room Paint Color Ideas
I will start with one of my absolute favorite paint colors, Silver Drop by Behr. I painted my whole house Silver Drop. The only rooms not Silver Drop are the kids bedrooms.
I really cannot recommend this paint color enough. I would consider this more of a warm gray but will read a tad bit cool in some rooms. In a room with natural light it will look almost white and in a room without a ton of natural light it will look like a warm gray.
Silver Drop looks great in small spaces too since it’s a light color but has just a tiny amount of depth to it. Here it is in my office that is somewhat of a small room.
Benjamin Moore October Mist
I talked about this paint color a little bit in my kitchen paint color post. Green walls are trending big right now and October Mist is Benjamin Moore’s color of the year. This is your modern day sage color with gray undertones.
This color looks so good with natural elements…wicker and leather. Earthy colors would look great as accent colors with October Mist.
Farrow and Ball Pigeon
I just wrote a whole blog post about Farrow and Ball Pigeon. It’s a very popular color and trending like crazy right now. It’s very similar to October Mist where it is a pretty green/gray paint color.
Chris Loves Julia just painted their family room Pigeon by Farrow and Ball and it’s gorgeous
Benjamin Moore White Dove
White Dove is one of the most popular white paint colors and a fan favorite of most interior designers. White Dove is a warm white with a slight gray undertone. I love using white as a wall color. It’s the perfect backdrop to let your other decor shine and allows you to get creative with your living room color schemes
White Dove is a great white but like I said before, be careful with white paints as it might not be the best color for your space.
If you check out Pinterest you will see many white living rooms painted White Dove as it is so popular.
Behr Swiss Coffee
I just did a whole post about Behr Swiss Coffee. This is a very popular color for many reasons. I love Swiss Coffee for it’s warmth.
Behr Swiss Coffee is a soft warm creamy white. Swiss Coffee would look good on walls, but also trim and cabinetry. I usually recommend with white paint to paint your walls and trim the same color and just use a different sheen for each.
Swiss Coffee definitely has some yellow undertones. This undertone can come out more in rooms without natural light.
If your room gets a good amount of natural light, you might not even notice Swiss Coffee’s undertones.
Gray Owl is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular gray paint colors. It is a very versatile light warm gray.
Gray Owl has just the right balance of warm /cool undertones that makes it a perfect color for most rooms especially if you are afraid to go white on your walls and want something with a hint of color.
If you want your living space to feel bright but are afraid to go white this is a great choice for you.
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Beige walls are back! Yes, I said what I said. Modern day beige is coming back with a hint of gray in it and we have named him greige.
Revere Pewter is a very popular greige paint color and can very likely be Benjamin Moore’s most popular color It’s a light gray with warm undertones.
This is a perfect color for those that want a modern/traditional look in their home. It pairs nicely with most decor and makes a great base if you are stuck with decorating your home.
It’s also a popular color to use when trying to sell your house. You really cannot go wrong with this color.
If you are feeling that Revere Pewter has too much depth to it, check out Edgecomb Gray which is just a tad lighter than Revere Pewter but still has all of the great qualities.
Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray
Now let’s talk about a bold color. This color would also be perfect if you want an accent wall and would even look great on a fireplace wall. Dark walls are trending right now and it’s really hard to not jump on this bandwagon.
Yes, I love a white and bright room but there is something about a dark and moody family room. It instantly makes any room feel cozy. And despite what most people might think, if your living space is small then a dark paint color can actually make your space feel bigger and can be the perfect living room paint color .
I really love this paint color and I have for quite some time. I actually painted my daughter’s nursery Chelsea Gray many, many years ago in our old house.
This is a hard color to describe in a blog post but let’s try. Chelsea Gray is a gray paint with lots of depth and can come off as looking almost charcoal in color. It actually leans more to the warmer side and can really soften a room.
I am actually considering painting my office Chelsea Gray very shortly so stay tuned!
DIY Painting Supplies
I listed out some of my favorite items I use when painting…
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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.
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The Best Paint Colors For Your Family Room for 2022
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