9 Paint Color Schemes for Your Family Room

Open plan living room with blue furniture and working fireplace
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In many households, the family room is the hardest-working room in the home. This area is a place for socializing, family recreation, and often for quiet relaxation. When choosing between different family room color ideas to upgrade your space, plenty of thought and planning can be necessary to find the right scheme to suit your design. The family room must meet the needs of various purposes and multiple people, all while feeling more comfortable than a formal living room. Often, it also needs design aspects that feel more elevated than a recreational room.

Whether you're opting for modern color schemes, two-color combinations, or anything in between, your family room paint color can match the function and feel of your space. We've gathered nine different ideas to help you choose the best color for your family room walls. The Spruce's Paint Calculator can help you determine how much paint you'll need to get started.

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    Southwestern Scheme

    Family Room Paint Colors
    Ralph Lauren Home

    Here's a relaxed, Southwestern-themed family room color scheme using paint from Ralph Lauren. The wall color here is called Thunder Bay, and the ceiling is Stucco White.

    A Southwestern scheme will make use of the earthy colors found in this region. While beige hues and sandstone colors are common, muted greens and blues can also complement these natural tones. In this example, soft beiges and muted browns dominate, while rustic ceiling beams complete the feeling with architectural contrast.

    • TIP: Paint manufacturers typically change their colors each year. When matching new paint to older shades in your home, match by tone rather than name.
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    Two-Tone Color Scheme

    Family Room Paint Design
    Dutch Boy

    Two-color combinations are a great option for family rooms, often in the form of one accent wall painted with a color that either complements or contrasts the others. This room uses colors from Dutch Boy called Yellowtail Dam and Go Blue.

    The selection of the two paint colors needs to be made carefully. Colors that are closely related or commonly seen together in nature will lend a room a relaxed, but alert feeling. However, a color that sharply clashes with other colors energizes a room if well-chosen. When painting a room in two colors, it's helpful to save your dark color for walls with windows or large statement artwork to keep the rest of the space feeling bright.

    • TIP: Paint manufacturers may offer product brochures that show examples of how different colors work together. This is a helpful way to choose the right colors when working with paint combinations.
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    Neutral Scheme

    Family Room Paint Schemes
    Behr

    This design feels soft and welcoming with a few bold accents for contrast. While many family room color ideas use bold, definite hues, this space straddles the line using Behr's Pensive Sky paint. Rather than dark browns and greens or light blues and yellows, this room's combination of wall paint and furniture just might please both camps. If you're looking for a family room color scheme with gray, this hue offers a mixture of gray and light green tones that feel classic with a hint of color.

    • TIP:  A neutral paint scheme will work best if there is a bit of contrast offered by the furnishings. In this room, the warm beige in the sofa slightly offset the cool colors of the walls.
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    Ocean Blue Scheme

    Family Room Paints
    Ralph Lauren Home

    With this family room paint, you could easily imagine that your house is right on the ocean—even if it's far from the sea. The colors are from Ralph Lauren Home: Cloud Blue is used on the walls, while Deckhand White coats the ceiling and trim. The use of bright white on the vaulted ceilings with a contrasting light blue wall color helps this room look bigger and brighter.

    • TIP: A bit of pale green adds a lot to an ocean-blue scheme, either in the form of plants (as shown here) or wall hangings, draperies, or pillows.
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    Warm Oranges

    Family Room Paint Ideas
    Dutch Boy

    This rich, vibrant orange family room paint color is still considerably soft and toned-down. The colors are from Dutch Boy: Amber Stone is used for the walls, and Almond Paste for the trim. This color combination works great in family rooms, as slight variations between the wall color and trim color help details stand out while creating a blended, neutral feeling.

    • TIP: Warm colors may make the room feel physically warmer in hot climates. In colder climates, family rooms with warm color schemes work well for a cozy vibe if the room is mostly used during the winter when outdoor recreation is limited.
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    Sage Green Scheme

    Family Room Colors
    Behr

    Choosing paint colors online can be challenging, as the paint doesn't always register as well once it's on your wall. This can be especially true for bold colors. In this space, a lush, deep green wall color from Behr called Painted Turtle makes a striking statement. Many dark colors are trending for family rooms, and this hue offers a hint of green to liven up the space.

    • TIP: Whenever using an unusual color (especially a dark one), it's a good idea to test-paint one wall to see how you like the effect. Paint stores usually sell sample pints of paint for this purpose.
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    Bright Green Scheme

    Family Room Color Ideas
    Dutch Boy

    Granted, it takes a certain amount of fortitude to apply a bright shade of green to your family room walls—but family rooms don't have to be neutral. This green hue from Dutch Boy is called Olive Fringes for those who want to show off their vibrant side at home.

    • TIP: Note the trim molding installed to create the look of paneling on the walls. This easy DIY project can instantly elevate your space.
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    Solid Yellow Scheme

    Family Room Paint Yellow
    Ralph Lauren Home

    This family room design uses a pale yellow paint color called Chamois from Ralph Lauren Home. Using your statement color on every surface (like inside the recessed shelving here) allows the room to feel modern with a pop of personality. Choosing certain accents to serve as focal points brings visual interest to the space. Here, the fireplace mantle adds a break from the dominant yellow hue.

    • TIP: Use white furniture and décor to make colorful rooms feel airy while keeping to a consistent monochromatic theme.
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    Shades of Blue Scheme

    Family Room Paint Blue
    Behr

    This light and airy color scheme is created by Behr's Ionic Sky on the walls and a darker Bon Voyage Blue on the trim. When choosing the best light paint color for your family room, opt for a shade that naturally works with your décor, either complementing or contrasting the statement color of your furnishings.

    • TIP: Blue colors work well when accompanied by yellow tones, such as the pale yellow-white drapes and slightly darker yellow furniture in this space.