Slide 1: Beige Living Room Walls


To focus attention on a pair of blue sofas in one client's home, Joni Spear chose a tried-and-true beige for the walls—Benjamin Moore's Simple Pleasures (#1097). On the ceiling she added a subtle gray, Sherwin-Williams's Samovar Silver (SW6233) to balance the beige and enhance the blue. "The colors play well off each other," Spear points out.

Living Room Paint Colors: 9 Top Picks from the Pros

Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the living room. It's a space that is both an intimate setting for your family and a gathering place for your friends. To find your favorite hue among a sea of swatches, St. Louis, Missouri, interior designer Joni Spear advises staying true to the colors you love most. "When it comes to paint colors, I always rule by my heart," says Spear, principal of Joni Spear Interior Design. "You have to be happy in your surroundings." Draw color inspiration from a cherished possession, Spear suggests, like a painting, pillow, rug, or vase. Be sure to view paint samples at different times of day to see how sunlight and ambient light will affect them. Here, Spear, along with other interior designers and paint professionals, offers nine colors that are worth your consideration.


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