Color For North-Facing Living Room?

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Q: We could use some color ideas for the living room in our new home. The photos show the current blue color with seller's furnishings. The room has one very large window that faces north, as well as two good-size ones flanking the fireplace on the east wall (please excuse the stone facing currently covering the original plaster/clinker brick fireplace, which we plan to restore). It is a large room (16 x 20) with oak floors and mahogany trim.

The dining room and entry nook are adjacent, and we are keeping the original 1938 tile in the entry nook (photo included). I would like a fairly neutral color, even a white, in the living room but want to make sure it doesn't look dingy. I have heard warmer whites are good for north-facing rooms, but I don't usually like anything too creamy. We welcome all suggestions!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.