Living Room Wall Paint Color Advice

July 29, 2013

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.


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January 13, 2014

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

By Josef F.


January 13, 20140 found this helpful
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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.

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March 8, 2017

I have cream walls in my living room, can I put up cream lace curtains. The furniture is red and cream and the dining table chairs and table and TV stand are black.

Would cream curtains go with a cream wall? It is a council flat, but it is my home. Any ideas?


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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Nothing wrong with cream lace curtains against cream wall. It is a nice minimalist clean look.

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April 23, 2005

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


By Sharon,Ky (Guest Post)
April 25, 20050 found this helpful

I have always loved nautical looks. Navy with the tan couch and walls painted with one of these pretty new shades of red would be pretty. Or if you're not a person who likes reds, my bathroom is painted with a paint from Walmart that is almost the color of a brown paper bag and I use navy blue rugs and Lighthouse decor.Another painting idea (don't know what it's actually called) is to paint using a method with which you use two colors and a certain type roller that paints on the two colors to make a SUEDE looking effect.I've seen that done and it's really pretty.

April 25, 20050 found this helpful

Since you have allot of solids already, I would go with some kind of textured look on the walls. Walmart sells the roller to make it look textured or you can do it yourself with sponges or even a crunched up Walmart bag.


Try to use color on the walls (big Pictures) and maybe some color on throw pillows to tie it all together.

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

I'd leave the walls white and add a bright color like red. or yellow for accents. Or paint one wall a barn red and use accents like pillows in that red and blue.

April 25, 20050 found this helpful

Try the cabin theme. I like neutral colors tans, khakis, browns (can always change theme w/these kind of colors). I'd go w/ an earth tone tan kind of color for my walls and buy a cabin theme throw - try wal mart or target. If you are into online shopping try lane bryant home or demestications they both have great prices. When you go w/ the cabin them you can add all kinds of colors mostly rustic and earth tone. Can go with any kind of wood accents or wroght iron.


Very versible idea. But also can paint walls tan or if you dare something bright go for a red wall and add an antiqued american flag them. buy an american flag themed throw and frame an old flag to go over your couch. this theme will be very easy to decorate with being that american flag items are easy to find and fun to shop for especially at flea markets and antique stores.

By Sara (Guest Post)
December 13, 20050 found this helpful

Depends on your lighting, but blues can be very cold, so I would probably opt for a light warm neutral - probably a linen white, with yellow undertones to keep it from felling chilly. Inexpensive accents you can change seasonally would be small area rugs or fun cushions in bright colours like red or orange. Window coverings are another inexpensive way to play with pattern and colour. I don't recommend patterned rollers or faux suede. Hard to do well, and a pain to repaint if you don't like it.

By Bev (Guest Post)
July 28, 20070 found this helpful

By Laura (Guest Post)
August 22, 20070 found this helpful

Consider a coordinating light blue paint with the navy carpet. It will coordinate with the tan couch. Blue and brown iare very popular right now. You could add some white accessories, as well.

By Gritz (Guest Post)
January 16, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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March 14, 2018

I have dark blue carpet in my living room. What color should I paint my walls and trim? I don't want it to be dark in here. Any suggestions?

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July 16, 2018

What is the best color for a small living room with a black sofa, gray area rug, nickel black sofa table, and dark gray bookcases? I like glam without a lot of glam.

Living Room Paint Color Advice - TV on shelves against white wall
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May 16, 2017

I just purchased a charcoal grey sectional for my condo. I am having light brown laminate floors put in. I don't know what color the walls should be from the entrance into the living room which will also include my dining area.

It is small with an open floor plan. The dining room furniture is dark brown with black specs as is the living room 3pc table set.

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June 28, 2015

I just lost my parents, my mom on Christmas Day 2014 and dad just a few weeks ago. Now have their furniture.

For the living room - I have a primarily white cloth sofa with tiny floral print in red and dark blue flowers with green stems and leaves, a white leather loveseat, and my mother's custom Louis XVI throne chairs (made for her design specs in the late 1950s) of pale "baby blue" (a.k.a "powder blue" or "sky blue") crushed velvet and slightly-lighter shade of same blue tinted wood. Their living room (in the house where I grew up) had wall-to-wall high pile carpeting that was was emerald green when I was a child in the 1960s-'70s, and a light mushroom color when I was an adult in the 1980s, '90s, and early 2000s - always with white walls. It also had a pair of pale yellow tinted wood bookcases, which I also have. The tables are brass with glass tops, and a pecan wood table. I think I also still have my parents' pale yellow throw pillows that used to sit on the patterned sofa. (The white leather love seat was newer, I didn't grow up with that.)

I am moving into a new house. It has golden oak hardwood floors. I own an antique late-1920s/early-1930s Art Deco console bar (a Prohibition-era "hideaway" bar) that is gilded emerald green leather and black lacquered wood, which I would like to put in the living room.

This sounds busy, but since the furniture is almost completely all white upholstery, it's really not so crazy with too many colors. But I am at a loss to figure out what color to paint the walls. The room is darker than either the living room I grew up with or the one in this house that I've lived in for 30 years, and it's smaller than either of the other rooms, too.

I have a textured tall white pottery floor lamp, a few wooden floor lamps (darker woods), and pale yellow with blue ginger jar table lamps, as well as my grandparents' antique Stiffel brass table lamps. Also, we have hubby's family's antique piano - a mid-century dark black-brown lacquered Baldwin Acrosonic spinet - and my family's antique piano - a nearly 200-year old upright piano of red mahogany and hand carving all over it. We don't need two pianos and there isn't room for them at the new house. (We're downsizing, as we're now seniors.) It is likeliest that we'll be able to sell the Baldwin spinet piano faster and easier than my upright piano, so we expect to keep the red mahogany upright instrument.

I really hate white walls, having grown up in a house with nothing but white walls and little artwork hanging on those. My parents preferred other forms of art than paintings or prints. I'd like not to have to paint the walls in my own living room white, unless there's no other good option. I do, however, have plenty of oil paintings from hubby's family home, and a good number of prints, and a lot of original water color paintings, oil paintings, and sketches (hubby's sister was an artist).

Help! What color(s) would look best on the walls of my new living room?
Thank you.

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February 11, 2019

I have a small one bedroom apartment. The (small) kitchen and living room are one long rectangle with a small square closet separating them.

If I painted one or more of the walls around the closet that is dividing the kitchen from the living room moss green, would that make the kitchen look smaller or bigger? What effect would it have on appearance?Living Room Paint Color Advice - sketch of the living room and kitchen area


And if I painted some trim or stenciled moss green leaf motifs, would that make it look smaller?

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April 17, 2017

My living furniture is black. I have burgundy curtains and oak floors. What wall paint color would best fit?

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September 25, 2013

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?


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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.


September 21, 20110 found this helpful

It's your house, therefore you can do anything you like. You have to live with it, don't worry about what others think. People never used to worry about have one room match the one next to it. I'm kind of a free thinker.


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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

My dear, it is your home and you can paint it whatever color you want. Of course you can paint each room a different color, I do it all the time and so do most people I know. Don't let people tell you what to do in your own home.


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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

Agree with Lilac and Redhatterb. You don't even have to paint each wall the same colour, pretty often I don't. You'll soon learn what suits you. Go for it!
Marg from England.

September 22, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with the others; your home, your colors. Painting a 'home' you live in is so much different than painting a 'house' you are selling!

September 23, 20110 found this helpful

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

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December 18, 2017

I bought a seaform sofa and love seat. I do not know what color to paint the walls and what color rug to get. I do not want a very light color rug.

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July 20, 2015

I will eventually be getting a suede colored recliner and couch. I have a green recliner in the living room. Right now the walls are a tan color.

I want to brighten up the room. Do you think a red color would match? Please offer suggestions. Thank you!

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July 28, 2008

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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July 28, 20080 found this helpful

If that floor ever becomes soaking wet, you are in trouble. Find out about any new flooring and exposure to water before purchasing! I know someone who had a small flood from an overflowing sink which ended up costing thousands of dollars in replacement flooring. At first, I heard that it was not going to be able to be matched to the existing flooring. Didn't seem to work out to be a problem, but you always need to know all the ins and outs before investing in home decor!

Also, a friend has a drooling dog - whose trail wasn't obvious with carpet - but it is with the new flooring. Now she has to work extra hard just to keep the place looking nice.

If you are planning on having kids or pets think twice!


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July 28, 20080 found this helpful

PS Lovely flooring. How about restricting it to the master bedroom where it will get less traffic?

By Allison (Guest Post)
July 28, 20080 found this helpful

I love that color wood! You could go with almost any color, but if you want the floor to stand out, go subtle -- like a yellowish cream or a sage. In general, use 2 or 3 colors in varying intensities throughout the house. It will all flow together! Good luck!

By Linda (Guest Post)
July 29, 20080 found this helpful

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?

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April 2, 2019

I am moving to my new house soon. I have a dark grey couch with me which is of rough texture. I am thinking of beige colour carpet. So what wall colour co-ordinates with the dark grey couch and beige carpet? Can anyone please suggest something to me? I am very confused in this.

i have a grey carpet and white wall in existing house but not very happy with this shade so thinking of trying something different

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May 28, 2016

I have an olive green sofa with a recliner that has a green, gold, and burgundy checkerboard patterned upholstery. What color should I paint the walls in my new house?

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November 3, 2015

I have a brown carpet with caramel flecks in it plus steel grey furniture. What colours should I paint the walls? One wall is very long, but has a fireplace and TV on it.

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February 19, 2014

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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December 20, 2013

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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December 13, 2011

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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The colours will go together wonderfully but the look might be a little on the 'cold' side so warm things up with rust reds and browns in your accent pillows and knick-knacks.

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December 27, 2010

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


December 27, 20100 found this helpful

Continue the vanilla color across the ceiling in both rooms or use a vanilla/pale gold in both rooms; this would tie the two rooms together. You might consider using a sponge print of the red onto the ceiling edges above the red walls. If you don't think of corners and edges as end lines for color, you can create something very beautiful with these three colors. The red is a strong color and has more "weight" so no more than 1/3 of total surface should be red and the rest in vanilla and gold, but the areas should not be equal for each color. You don't say what you plan for window coverings, floor, furniture and this should also be considered in the areas of color. Have fun.


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I suggest all the ceilings done in the vanilla color.

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