How To Choose The Best Living Room Colors?

Want to learn how to paint your living room or get expert advice on how to choose living room colors? If you are looking for interior design ideas - you're in the right place. Get a living room makeover with our how-to painting guide and find the living room colors that work for you!

Step 1

Painting Ideas - Choosing Living Room Colors

Your living room may be formal, with subtle colors, or casual. Let it reflect the personality of your family through your selection of furnishings, fabrics, accessories and paint colors. Your living room may also connect or link to other areas in your home. Use your paint color to create continuity by extending wall or accent colors into adjoining spaces.

Painting Ideas - Cool & Relaxing Living Room Colors

Like a breath of fresh air, this aqua paired with a sandy white create a beach-like atmosphere. Try Catalina PPG1142-5 for a relaxing wall color, and Toasted Marshmallow PPG1019-1 for a trim color. Complete the look with Corn Silk PPG12-01 and Chestnut PPG15-23 as accent colors for your living room.

  • Catalina PPG1142-5
  • Toasted Marshmallow PPG1019-1
  • Corn Silk PPG12-01
  • Chestnut PPG15-23
Painting Ideas - Cool & Relaxing Living Room Colors

Painting Ideas - Warm & Inviting Living Room Colors

Choosing a bright paint color for your living room walls and pairing it with neutral living room colors can bring energy to  a space without being too overwhelming. Use Mango Margarita PPG1204-7 as your wall color and Silver Feather PPG1002-1 for your trim. Find decor in Leather PPG15-14 to bring stability to your space. Look for furniture and accents in Fossil Stone PPG1102-2 to really bright a touch of class to your living room colors scheme.

  • Mango Margarita PPG1204-7
  • Leather PPG15-14
  • Silver Feather PPG1002-1
  • Fossil Stone PPG1102-2
Interior Design Ideas - Classic Off-White Living Room Colors

Interior Design Ideas - Classic Off-White Living Room Colors

Layer on different sandy whites for a softened, comfortable look while adding darker, neutral accessories to bring depth and stability to the room. Use Casual Elegance PPG1075-3 as your wall color with Summer Suede PPG14-14 as your ceiling color. Find furniture and decor in Persuasion PPG1077-3 and Pumpernickel PPG15-22 to complete the look.

  • Casual Elegance PPG1075-3
  • Summer Suede PPG14-14
  • Persuasion PPG1077-3
  • Pumpernickel PPG15-22
Interior Design Ideas - Classic Off-White Living Room Colors

Painting Ideas - Use Our Online Color Visualizer

See colors from these collections on your very own walls by uploading a photo to our online visualizer and then using it to virtually paint your living room!

Step 2

How To Paint A Living Room - Start By Choosing The Right Paint

For a durable finish that will stand the test of time in a high traffic location like your family’s living space, choose from several of our premium PPG Pittsburgh Paints® products.

Regency<sup>®</sup> Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint
  • Paint + Primer In One
  • Resists Stains
  • MPI® Approved

Regency®

Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint

Our finest interior paint + primer in one with excellent durability that also repels stains.

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Wonder-Tones™ Interior Paint + Primer in One
  • Durable Finish
  • High-Hiding Finish
  • Scrub-Resistant

Wonder-Tones™

Interior Latex Paint

Versatile, all-purpose interior paint with excellent coverage & application.

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Kilstain<sup>®</sup> WB Interior/Exterior Acrylic Latex Primer
  • Seals Many Stains
  • Excellent Coverage
  • MPI® Approved

Kilstain® WB

Interior/Exterior Primer

Exceptional multi-purpose primer with excellent adhesion and coverage that also seals stains.

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Step 3

Choose the Right Sheen

Living rooms are highly trafficked areas. Your go-to sheen should be flat in this area, because it’s ideal for touch-ups and great for hiding surface imperfections. Consider a satin sheen as a highly-scrubbable option. Eggshell’s low-sheen finish is also ideal.

Flat - Great For Painting A Living Room

Flat - Great For Painting A Living Room

Choose a flat sheen as your go-to for dining and living rooms, bedrooms and ceilings. Flat paint is great for hiding surface imperfections and ideal for touch-ups.

Eggshell - Great For Painting A Living Room

Eggshell - Great For Painting A Living Room

Areas with medium traffic, such as dining and living rooms, bedrooms and hallways are great candidates for eggshell’s rich, low-sheen finish.

Satin/Lo-Lustre - Great For Painting A Living Room

Satin/Lo-Lustre - Great For Painting A Living Room

Use easy-to-clean satin paint in high-traffic areas like living rooms, kids’ bedrooms, hallways and entry ways. 

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for painting a living room.

Gloss

Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for painting a living room.

Step 4

Choose The Right Paint Supplies For Your Project!

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

The Basics

The Basics

  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Roller tray
Other Items You May Need

Other Items You May Need

  • Caulking & caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding paper
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Wiping rags
  • Poles
  • Step ladders

Step 5

Prepare To Paint Your Living Room

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

Prepare the Living Room For Painting

Prepare the Living Room For Painting

Remove draperies, pictures, rugs, and switch and outlet cover plates. Remove or reposition any living room furniture touching a wall. Arrange drop cloths to protect flooring, furniture, appliances and any areas not to be painted.

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fill holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk or spackle. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards. Use a mild detergent to remove any wall contaminants or problem stains.

Tape off Areas

Tape off Areas

Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.

Prime the Surface

Prime the Surface

Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas before you paint your living room. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter than the one you are painting over, then you should prime.

Step 6

Begin Painting Your Living Room

Congratulations on making it this far! You’re ready to begin painting your living space. Start painting from the top down, working from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas. Oil paints take longer to dry and allow you to brush across the surface several times for a smooth, even finish. Latex paints dry faster and only one or two strokes are needed. Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

How to Paint A Living Room with a Brush

How to Paint A Living Room with a Brush

For best results with a brush, dip half the length of the bristles into your paint. Tap the brush gently against the side of the can, but do not wipe it across the lip. Hold the handle near the base, applying light pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flex slightly.

How to Paint A Living Room with a Roller

How to Paint A Living Room with a Roller

For best results with a roller, slowly roll it back and forth in the lower end of your roller tray until it is well covered. Then use the ridges in the upper portion of the tray to remove excess paint. Roll on the paint using even strokes to ensure a uniform look and coverage.

Paint the Ceiling First

Paint the Ceiling First

Start with the ceiling first. Using a brush, paint a two-inch-wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall. Then, start in a corner and begin rolling across the short length of the ceiling, continuing to where it ends.

Painting the Living Room Walls

Painting the Living Room Walls

Tape off any woodwork, window frames, and door trim first. Paint a two-inch-wide strip along the areas near the trim with a brush. Then, using a roller, create the letter "M" on your wall. Fill in the area, rolling from left to right until the surface is completely painted. Remember to roll on the paint with even strokes to ensure a uniform coverage.