The Best Living Room Paint Colors, According To Designers

Stormy Blue

In House Beautiful's 2023 Whole Home, Arianne Bellizaire used two colours of blue paint (Farrow & Ball Hague Blue and Oval Room Blue) to ground the damask wallcovering and modernise the entrance.

Barbie Pink

Isabel Ladd energised the 2023 Whole Home owner's suite in Farrow & Ball Shallot by spraying the walls. Ladd adds "pink and red can get a little preppy". "The olive trim balances with a touch of weird, which I love."

Bridgerton Pink

Caitlin Wilson used feminine Farrow & Ball Pink Ground (walls) and Wimborne White (trim) to match the living room's moulding and highlight this home's historic architecture. Room is pink over pink with blue and green accents.

Moody Mahogany

Sagrada Studios CEO Hema Persad covered this salon with Farrow & Ball Brinjal, 'split apart' a fire-pit-style circular sofa to promote discussion, and added brass inside shutters for wanderlust.

Sunshine Yellow

In our 2023 Whole Home sunroom, Claire Staszak of Centred by Design wanted to bring the outside inside. She removed, painted, and replaced the trellises in Farrow & Ball Dayroom Yellow.

Poppy Red

In British tastemaker Lucinda Chambers' London house, even the boldest decisions succeed. She recalls painting her sitting room primary red and yellow to match her youngest son's Lego blocks. Clare Sriracha is a vibrant red.


Lauren Nelson used Farrow & Ball Dove Tale, a soft grey with purple overtones, to paint the living room walls in a Cape Cod house for empty nesters. Keeps the environment neutral but friendly.


A gentle white paint with a hint of grey might make your living room a perfect daytime hangout. Take it from Sharon Rembaum, who added cosiness to her living space with textured items in neutral colours.