How do you go about turning your home into a gorgeous gathering place? One foolproof way is to update your paint selection, which can completely transform the look and feel of a space without touching the furniture. The best place to start is the living room, where you host, rest, and above all else, live.
"It makes sense to keep the paint color fresh and on-trend," says Rob Hellander, color and design expert at Behr. Purples, grays, and blue-green hues are the colors Hellander predicts will be everywhere in 2018, along with eternally popular neutral shades. Make 2018 the year you give your home a trend-forward update with these living room paint colors.
"The wall color should be reflective of your lifestyle—it is called a living room, after all," says Hellander. He recommends choosing a "tranquil neutral" color if you typically use the space for rest and relaxation, because a cool neutral brings ease to the entire room. On the other hand, if you use your living room for hosting lively evenings in, Hellander suggests pairing a neutral with a bright accent wall to energize the space.
Behr Soft Focus T18-09, 1 Gal ($40)
"It's no secret that lilac and other purples will be popular in 2018—just look at Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet," says Hellander. Embrace this trending color by painting your living room with purple hues, but you don't have to commit to an entirely Ultra Violet space to get the look. Hellander suggests opting for subtler notes of purple with blush lilacs, or bring the drama with a darker shade. "The plum Nocturne Shade T18-04 creates a cocooning effect when layered with tonal shades, giving a more dramatic, monochromatic feel."
Benjamin Moore Ultra Violet, 1 Gal ($55)
If you can't bear to part with the crisp, clean blank canvas effect of an all-white wall, you can still make it "now" by letting the rest of your décor portray the mood you're after. "I've found it works best to match paint colors to design elements you've already fallen in love with like a piece of art, rug, cozy sofa, or statement coffee table. But if you're set on bringing a particular hue into a room, it can provide a great foundation to inspire your other design choices," says Hellander. He recommends a soft white for living rooms with bountiful natural light.
Behr Frost 57, 1 Gal ($32)
"Gray has become a classic hue and will continue to be popular," states Hellander. For an updated version, Hellander advises looking for a gray with hints of taupe. Let colorful décor stand out in front of a stark shade of slate or concrete with a hint of neutral to modernize the effect.
Portola Beachwood (price upon request)
Hellander says that Behr has named its own color year for 2018, but it's no violet. "It's a fresh spruce blue that evokes a sense of sanctuary and relation amid our busy, always-on lives and is a perfect pick for creating a calm living room space." Invite a little color into your home with this "new neutral" tone. Get the look by pairing understated furniture with a saturated blue-green shade of paint.
Behr In the Moment, 1 Gal ($30)