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The Best Neutral Paint Color for Your Living Room

Southern Living logo Southern Living 11-01-2019 Maggie Burch
a living room filled with furniture and a large window © Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Picking paint colors for your home can be an exciting but admittedly intimidating challenge. There are so many options to choose from and even once you’ve narrowed down your favorites, there’s a good chance the color won’t look the way you thought once it’s up on the wall. If you’ve found yourself swimming in paint chips with eight different samples you feel mediocre about on your bedroom wall, just know: You’re not alone.

If you’re like us, the room you probably feel the most pressure to get right is your living room. It’s where you and your family will spend the most time, but it’s also where you’ll entertain friends and family. Even if you are someone who loves and isn’t afraid of bright and bold colors, most of us feel safest going with a timeless neutral paint color in our living rooms. With neutral walls, you can easily switch up the other design elements in the room without having to redo absolutely everything.

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Now, if there’s anything we’ve learned in the last couple years, it’s that neutrals are anything but boring—and they don’t have to be the predictable gray, white, or beige. 2018 saw a big surge in popularity in sage-colored walls, and our current pick is not far off from a muted mossy green, but it’s firmly outside that box. The neutral paint color we suggest as a no-fail option for living rooms (or any other room in your house for that matter) is Aloof Gray by Sherwin Williams.

I know, I know, gray?! But hear us out—this is not 2011’s gray, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a lighter, cool gray with a green tint to it so it’s far from being icy or stone-like, and is not at all a greige. Depending on the light, walls can fluctuate between looking more green and more of a true but pale gray. Ever the chameleon, Aloof Gray is super versatile and works equally well in formal, traditional spaces and modern-leaning or casual rooms.

Now that we’ve convinced you Aloof Gray the perfect gray, here’s why it’s a great color for your living room. It is undoubtedly a neutral, but it has some life to it, so even if your furnishings and decor sway neutral, your room will be anything but flat. Aloof Gray pairs beautifully with white, truer grays, wood tones ranging from light to dark, and even black. But it also serves as a great backdrop for brighter colors: Greens and teals naturally work well with this paint, as do pinks, navy, and yellows.

So if you’re searching for that perfect neutral paint for your living room (or bedroom, dining room, bathroom…), grab a sample of Aloof Gray. You won’t regret it.

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