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Choosing the best wall paint color to coordinate with your living room furnishings can be difficult. This is a guide about living room wall paint color advice.


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Tip: Matching Paint To Existing Colors

I had a similar problem when I moved to my older condo 8 years ago. The counter tops were a unique laminate red color, which I absolutely loved. The wallpaper on the walls was horrible. I removed it and then thought about a wall color that would enhance my red counters.

My idea was a success! I went to a paint store and looked at red paints and brought home cards with the paint color samples on it that I thought were closest to my counter. From there, I picked one that was a match! Then I went back to the paint store and found the booklets they have with coordinating color schemes for paint colors . In my case, I was able to find a three-color coordinating scheme that included my red counter top color, and painted my walls with one of those three colors. It resulted in a perfectly harmonious color blend, and an accent to my counter top color! I then used the third color for accent decor ideas.

My suggestion would work if you were trying to coordinate with a piece of furniture too. Just find that color in a paint chip, and look for the coordinating colors offered. Almost every paint brand does this, so if one doesn't have it, you can use your color card to search the other brands, so you don't have to bring home samples from every company.

    By Denise Bolduc R. [1]

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    Here are questions related to Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice.

    Question: What Color Paint for my Living Room?

    I have an orange leather sofa and yellow leather loveseat. What color should I paint the walls?

    By Josef F.


    Best Answer

    By Sheilah Link [5]01/13/2014

    Yellow and orange - I would suggest a lighter yellow, or a soft green, but depending on the effect you want, you could even go with a fairly intense blue. What color is the floor/carpet, draperies, etc.? Rugs, pillows, and decorative items will be needed to pull all this together, but would be fun. By changing some accessories as pillows, vases, and such, you can have a new and exciting look several times a year.

    Question: Paint Color Advice for Living Room

    I have a burgundy, leather couch and a dark brown entertainment stand. My floor is wood, a light brown. It is an open concept room. What colour can I paint my walls?

    By CH


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    By Dena R. [3]09/27/2013

    Blues go well with burgundies and browns.

    Question: Need Decorating Ideas - Navy Carpet and Tan Furniture

    I just have a question. We have a navy blue berber carpet in our living room and our furniture is a tanish color and we'd like to paint our walls.. They are white and they join our dining room which has the hard wood floor.

    What would be a good color to go with the other colors? We can't afford to change anything except the paint, right now. Can you help? Thank you!
    Betsy Albright

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    By Gritz (Guest Post)01/16/2009

    I would try a cabin look since it goes well with navy and hard wood floors. I also have navy carpet throughout my house and had my walls painted a baby blue but the feeling was cold and the contrast was too sharp. Orange actually works well with blues, as well as khaki, some browns, reds and whites. Navy usually is a neutral color so you want something on the walls that won't make both the wall and carpet 'pop' which is usually lighter colors. I would try a mid tone and maybe keep your furniture the same, but add little things that draw the eye and try to create balance.

    Navy is hard to work with.

    Question: Living Room and Kitchen Paint Color Advice

    Does it matter if each room in my house is a different color? I want to paint my living room a Tiffany blue/chocolate brown, but I can't figure out what color to do the kitchen. I am thinking about a rustic fall red, but I don't want it to look crazy coming from the living room to the kitchen. The living room is closed off from the kitchen, but I'm just unsure if that makes a difference or not.

    By Tatirah G.

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    By Shirley Darby [7]09/23/2011

    How boring to have all rooms match or even coordinate! Paint it whatever color you want.

    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    I have a dark blue/gray couch and love seat, with a black TV stand and coffee table. I am looking to paint my walls, but I want to put up some black and white photos, too. I have an off white wall now and it seems to be too boring. What color wall would look great? I heard brown or beige would be good. Any ideas?

    By Nancy from Houston, TX,

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    By Lee [4]09/20/2010

    Most times you see b&w photos they are on white walls like NY loft type decor, but I do like mauve or brown behind b&w. Love your crown molding. May I suggest leaving your walls white in a flat paint, then paint 6" stripes using semi gloss. Makes the walls look rich. You might also try painting your lamp shades, make them pop. That's a great picture. I think it should stand alone.

    Question: Need Advice on Remodeling

    My future wife and I will be moving into a two family house after we are married owned by her grandparents. It is an older house but looks great. I would be living in the bottom floor. I was thinking of redoing the floor with a rosewood Pergo floor from Lowe's - Link to Floor

    Any suggestions about to do or not to do that? The house is set up that as soon as you walk down the stairs you are in a pretty large living room longer than it is wide with two support poles towards the left side and at the end a huge bar spanning the width of the room. My question is what color should I paint this room, if I stick with rosewood floor. It has to be a good living room color but also compliment the bar scene.

    Second what color should I paint the kitchen, which would have the same flooring? But the cabinets are a lighter yellow wood almost like this flooring - Cabinet Color Link

    Should I sand them down and restain them or just do the flooring in that color? but then what colors should I paint the walls with that floor? Also the bar's front side is like that wood paneling, can I paint on that?

    If you can also give some tips on the bedroom, which would have a carpet of my choice in it and the bathroom now is pink with pink tiles, sink, and toilet. Thanks for all your time and thoughts everyone. Please respond!

    Sal from Totowa, NJ

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    By Linda (Guest Post)07/29/2008

    Is your future wife going to live with you? If so, perhaps it would be considerate of you to consider her opinion, yes? Or does her vote not count?

    Question: Wall Colour Advice

    I have a plain beige carpet, a beige marble fireplace, and a black leather suite. Half way down my walls there is a white PVC dado rail. My curtains are bold with a beige flower and black background. There's also a black rug with a creamy flower. What colour paint should I do my walls in?

    By Trish S.

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    By Vickye Massey [2]02/21/2014

    Red would be beautiful.

    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    Brown couch.I'm still moving in and would like to paint my walls before adding any other furniture. My couches are a paper bag brown leather and my walls are white. I was thinking chocolate brown for the main wall or match all walls in the living room with the couches.

    By Tiara P

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    By Elizabeth Kent [9]12/23/2013

    Your chocolate couch will go with any color, so pick your favorite color. As a sample, mine is orchid, so we started with that color and cut the shade in half (at the store) and it turned out to be very pale orchid, not a shock to the system. In another room, we have another favorite color, aqua - did the same thing and all of it is very livable. We haven't changed the colors and still love them for 14 years. It's getting time to repaint and we are going for the same colors again. So, seriously consider what are the favorite colors in your family. The wall area closest to the kitty steps is the actual color I was discussing, we have black furniture.

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    Question: Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice

    My walls are blue, the drapes are cream with a hint of blue and sage and I wanted to purchase a sage sofa. Do blue gray walls go with a sage sofa?

    By Geno

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    By Kathy [59]12/15/2011

    I think it would go together very well also. I agree with the above post to add a splash of bright colors as a bit of surprise.

    Question: A Color Scheme for My Living Room and Dining Room

    My living room and dining room are one big room from the left side of the house to the right side. I want the living room to be a deep brick red and a light vanilla color, with 2 red walls and 2 vanilla walls. What do I do with the ceiling? Leave it white? The dining room I wanted to include the vanilla color and maybe a soft gold color. I need advice! I need these 2 rooms to flow together yet be separate!

    By Texas Scorpio from Orange, TX

    Most Recent Answer

    By Hallie [5]12/29/2010

    Try doing the ceiling the same vanilla color, because the lighter you go with the ceiling the more space you seem to have, it feels way bigger if you do a light color on the ceiling, and then it will match the walls.

    Question: Paint Color Advice for Living Room with Sage Carpet and Graphite Sofa

    I am updating my living room with a soft sage carpet and a graphite sofa. What colors would work well for the walls?

    By traveler233 from PA

    Most Recent Answer

    By susan [33]10/29/2010

    I would use a shade of the blue from the bedroom or a lighter sage color. Good luck.

    Question: Color Ideas for Brown and Light Blue Living Room

    I have black furniture in my living room. My decorations are chocolate brown and a light blue color. What colors would look good with my decorations?

    By Elizabeth from Berwyn, IL

    Most Recent Answer

    By Pam Griffis [4]01/15/2010

    I would say cream with either a tan or more yellow tint, light green, or coral.

    Question: Paint Color for Beige Sofas

    nice living roomI have beige couches and green countertops. What color should I paint my walls? These are the couches that I just bought. Please share your ideas.

    By mandi1234 from Phoenix, AZ

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    By Pat [11]10/02/2009

    Dark red or burgundy would be striking! Accent with brown and gold. Very warm and cheerful.

    Question: Paint to Coordinate with Navy Couch and Grey Carpet

    I need help. I have a navy couch and love seat with grey carpet. Any wall color suggestions? I have two days.

    By cab11 from Dearborn, MI

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    By merlene smith [4]05/22/2009

    A bright sunny yellow or golden color would warm up a the coolness of blue and gray.

    Question: Paint Colors to Coordinate with Blue/Gray Couch

    I need to know what color goes best with a blue/gray couch. I need wall colors. Thank you.

    Most Recent Answer

    By nicole (Guest Post)01/25/2009

    My son has a navy blue comforter with tan, red and light blue plaid. What color should I paint the wall?

    Question: Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice

    I have brown furniture and tan colored tile in my living room. Currently the walls are a very slight off white, but I'd like to paint them a different color. I just don't know what would look good. I would love some ideas.

    By A. J.

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    By Louise B. [5]04/09/2015

    Dark colours are very trendy. Maybe you could do one feature wall in a dark brown or a rusty red, and then the other walls in lighter shade. You could add colour with your paintings on the wall, throws and pillows. Or perhaps, if you have drapes, make them white with white accessories, so the room is dark brown and white. I think that would look quite nice.

    Question: Living Room Wall Color

    We just purchased a house in which the living and dining room are painted a really nice beige color. We just purchased a couch that is roughly the same color as the walls. Should we paint the walls a darker color than the couch? Or is it OK to have them roughly the same color?

    By Ashley

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    By Louise B. [5]01/09/2015

    The real question here is if you like the look of the couch in the room the way it is. If you do, fine. I agree with the other poster that a nice throw and accent pillows might be enough colour. Or, you could use a lot of pictures/paintings/artwork on your walls to liven things up.

    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    red couchMy girlfriend and I are moving in to our first apartment together and we are allowed to paint the walls. We have a red couch and a blue recliner. These obviously will change later on but we need something that will go with what we have right now and in the future. Also my girlfriend has black curtains if that affects anything. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you. blue recliner

    By Alec

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    By Louise B. [5]12/21/2014

    I would go with off-white (but not a greyed white - those can be depressing), grey, or ivory. With that as a neutral background, you can use the black curtains. If your budget stretches that far, you might consider a slipcover or large throw for the couch, as it makes a very powerful statement. If you covered it up with a neutral or with a blue cover, you could go with pale blue walls.

    Question: Living Room Wall Color Advice

    What colour walls go with dark chocolate brown leather furniture, wood trim, and early American wood floors?

    By Gloria

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    By Marty Dick [152]10/23/2014

    I have bright lemon yellow in my living room. It's really nice since it never gets gloomy even on cloudy winter days.

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    Question: Rust Colored Couch with Light Blue Walls

    I just painted my walls in the living room "morning breeze" which is a light blue. My friend just gave me a very nice sectional; the only problem is that the color is rust. Is there a way to make it work without having to repaint?

    By T.Carreno from LA, CA

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    By Nightsong [34]10/23/2013

    I like the pillow idea. You might also try small throw rugs or curtains with blue, white and rust in them.

    Question: Choosing Accent Colors for a Living Dining Room Combination

    I have a combo living/dining room. There are cream walls, a burgundy sectional, black end tables, black/dark wood dining set, and cream carpet. I am looking to put more color in this room but on a low budget. I was thinking turquoise and golden yellow as accents. I would like to paint the walls white, if we went with those accent colors. Any ideas, comments, or advice?

    By Jenn

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    By Elgie [4]07/11/2011

    Keep what you have, cream carpet, wall, and furnishings then find some patterned material (style you like) in several patterns that include some of the basic colors you already have plus your desired turquoise and gold. Make pillow shams, seat covers for dining room, lamp shades or whatever.. Also add color in prints on you walls and color in lamps on your end tables. Books and magazines can also add a zip to a room. Go to the thrift store and find hard cover books with the colors you like and stack or add to any bookshelf you may have. Paint old wicker baskets in your fun colors to hold "stuff". My daughter has found great pieces of fabric at thrift stores, and it doesn't always have to be straight yardage. Scarves and dresses, old drapes can give you some great material. Have fun and you do not have to spend much money and it should look smashing!

    Question: Paint Color Advice

    I need help with what colour to paint my walls and what accent to use. I recently bought a rust coloured couch with a chocolate brown piping and two mahogany chairs, one is rust/brick red and the other is chocolate brown.

    My walls are light blue with a capri blue top skirting. I would like to hear your views on which colour I should paint the walls with an accent wall in a different tone. And what colour rug and pillows should I get? I want the living room to look soft and relaxing. Thank you.

    By Medlin from Kenya, Nairobi

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    By Pam Griffis [4]07/20/2010

    I would paint the walls a nice deep cream color (that has a yellow undertone). Then paint an accent wall the same color as the piping on the sofas. Now you can experiment with with throw pillows, lamps, etc. to find an other accent (smaller) colors you like.

    Question: Paint Color to Match My Couch

    What color should I paint my living room with a sage colored couch?

    Daowens from Bronx, NY

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    By (Guest Post)12/02/2008

    We used a soft brown Sherwin Williams "down home" with our sage green sofa. I have a fun colorful rug and off-white drapes and we love it.

    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    view of carpet and tableI have a big living room. I have new carpet which is dark brown and dark brown furniture. I'm going to paint my walls and I can't decide what color. Living Room Paint Color Advice

    By Amy from Lebanon, TN

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    By Louise B. [5]04/09/2015

    Are the walls white now? They appear to be, with white curtains. I like that look, but you could do brown walls with white trim, and keep the white curtains, add white throws and pillows. Perhaps one feature wall could be a very dark brown, and the others a lighter shade. Really, you have a very neutral pallet, and many colours would suit.

    Question: Paint Color Advice

    view of the living roomI have a green couch and rug and a red accent chair. I currently have a very dark green on the walls, but would like to change the wall color. What color should I paint? My kitchen is open to the family room and has white cabinets and a dark grey paint on walls.

    By Anne C

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    By Trudy Shallow [2]03/23/2015

    With all that color for the furniture, I would go with white walls and add splashes of color with your window treatments and wall art. From your image it looks like you could do with a little lightening of the area. The white walls will go with the gray of your kitchen and also the white cabinets.

    Question: Wall Paint Colour Advice

    My stairs have a red traditional pattern carpet, the doors are mahogany, and the floor ash. What colour should I paint the walls?

    By Ann from Northern Ireland

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    By Louise B. [5]01/09/2015

    Personally, I would go with an off white or cream colour. Your carpet and doors are pretty strong, dark colours, and light walls will lighten it up. I see on redecorating shows, that they often use dark colours - like a dark brown or grey.

    You might watch a few such programs on TV and see if you like these looks. Some paint stores have computer programs that will help you choose the colour; check out your local stores and see if they have this.

    Question: Living Room Paneling Paint Color Advice

    Our house is over 200 years old. At some point, someone put wood paneling in the living room. Replacing it is out of the question. It is way too much money and work. I'm going to paint it, but I can't decide what color. The wood floors are a honey oak shade, the furniture is beige, the ceiling and trim are off white (which will stay the same), and I have lots off red accents, such as pillows, throws, and valances. Any suggestions? I'm tired of all the brown/wood colors. Thanks.

    By clb

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    By Myrna [14]01/04/2015

    I've used TSP on wood paneling and follow direction on box. Then primed the walls twice over with Kilz before painting. This helps keep the color of wood from bleeding into the painted surface. For the right color combo, I think I'd go with one wall of the room with deep red and paint the other walls with beige or cream much lighter than the trim work.

    Question: Paint Color Advice for Family Room

    I have burgundy leather furniture with hardwood floors and a green area rug in my family room. What color paint would you recommend for the walls?

    By Anne

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    By Myrna [14]11/05/2014

    I would go with a tan; nothing really dark since you have burgundy sofa and not knowing how much light is in the room or the shade of green rug.

    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    I have a navy blue leather sofa and chair and also a blue recliner and a tan recliner. The rugs are a medium blue. I just tore down wallpaper--left with white walls. What color would look best against all this blue? I have a dark wood fireplace and dark wood furniture as well.

    By Marcia N.

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    By Sharon03/20/2014

    I have dark blue furniture too and a fireplace. My walls are a lighter color of yellow that brightens the room. I know it is not the in fashion coloring but it cheers the room up for me. I also have cream colored sheers with cream and dark blue print toile valances. I recommend that you get some paint chips or a small container of paint sample to help you decide. Good luck!

    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    I recently moved in a new place. The living room rug is dark green. What colors would go good with it? All I can come up with is a rain forest look. How do I make my living room have a natural outdoors type look? I know I can throw some plants in to feel like nature. Please anyone have any ideas?

    By Shay

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    By Sandi/Poor But Proud [424]02/03/2013

    Green goes well with tan. You can also have a lighter shade of green, like sea foam or moss. Yes, plants always make a room look more homey, plus it gives us more oxygen.

    You can get accents in nature like log cabins, moose, bears and such. I am sending you a sample of some really cool accents and if you can, keep all the white you can out of the room. It will look like a hard candy during the holidays.
    Good luck,
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    Question: Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice

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    By Karla S.

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    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

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    By Kathy G.

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    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

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    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    I have just moved into a home which has a grey/sage mix carpet like a fleck. I have cream sofas. There is a fireplace wall I want to paint or paper. Would grey stone paper or brick red look best or what colour would you advise? Also what colour cushions, etc. should I use to tie it all in together? I do not want it to look too masculine. Thanks.

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    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

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    Question: Living Room Paint Color Advice

    What color would look good on my living room walls? I have medium dark brown leather couches, a brown very large entertainment center, vaulted ceilings and orange/yellow terracotta tile. I'm trying to go with a Tuscan/Mediterranean style.

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    Question: Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice

    I have African mahogany floors by Mirage (Brass) in living room, dining room, and foyers. My furniture is traditional with rust colored sofas. The walls are now yellow/gold. Do I have to repaint the walls a different color?

    By Annette K.