Many homeowners want neutral-colored living rooms because, except for the foyer, it's the first room that guests see upon entering. The thinking is that one can have vibrant, goofy colors and exotic accent walls in the back of the house, but the front had better present a sober face. I suppose it's the same as they say about mullets: party in the back, business in front.
If that's you, then here are some attractive but non-offensive colors for your quasi-public area. But just remember that neutral paint colors aren't just three shades of gray. Instead, they run the gamut, from warm to cool neutrals. Warm neutrals get warmer by the addition of yellow, orange, or red. Cool neutrals cool down by adding green, blue, or violet
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Neutral Behr Colors
Taupe is often derided as being "mousy" (indeed, one variation of taupe is referred to as a mouse). But taupe can have accents, ranging from brown to sandy to pale to purple.
This Behr color is called Tyler Taupe (HC-43). A nice, strong counterpoint is the Warmed Cognac below the windows.
This is by far the strongest neutral in the photo gallery and it shows that neutrals can have some grit. The other photos fall in the "let's start with gray" category, some not straying too far at all from pure gray.
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A Paler Shade of White
Dutch Boy's Head for the Hills (C14-4) is paired with Off-White for a living room of different shades of cream and white. It's an elegant color scheme that infuses the room with radiant light.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Living Room: Feelin' Neutral?
Dutch Boy's Eco-Gray (DW 36) is about the most neutral living room color I've seen. Just when you think you've got its color figured out and defined, it seemingly turns around becomes another color. Is this a light tan? Or is it a tanned-up gray, as the name of the paint suggests? In any case, this paint color has enough dark shade that the white trim pops out very nicely.
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