This Living Room Color “Trend” is as Classic as Ever

published Mar 11, 2020
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Choosing a color to paint your living room walls is a pretty big decision, especially since most people spend lots of time relaxing on the couch or entertaining with loved ones in the space. You might want a paint color that is both unique and eye-catching but that you’ll love even if you change your mind about your furniture or decor choices a few years down the road, which is why you’ll probably be surprised by the top living room color trend of 2020.

According to a survey of 200 design experts done by the home improvement site Fixr, 45 percent of experts noted white as the most popular living room color trend of the year. Yep, even though white walls have traditionally been considered a bit, well, boring, it seems that white is favored among design gurus because it works with a wide range of decor and furniture styles, so you never have to worry about your walls clashing with your home accessories.

As Lauren Noel of Love Remodeled told, “The stark, modern look that white paint imparts is perfect for a living room, and allows furniture and accents to stand out while giving a clean look.”

Trailing just behind at 40 percent is warm gray, which makes sense given that gray has been a hugely popular pick for years now. But it turns out that the experts feel the “all gray everything” trend might be waning soon, with only 20 percent picking it as an overall popular color choice for 2020. 

Rounding out the top five colors for living rooms, specifically, are mushroom, hazelnut, and mint green. It seems that cool neutrals are still reigning supreme overall, with 57 percent of participants noting them as the most popular choice for the entire house.

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And for those looking to buy or sell their homes this year, cool neutrals are also the top picks for exterior paint colors. Both gray and white are tied for 52 percent when it comes to curb appeal.

Still, if you love a vibrant hue on your walls, fear not: Bold colors always have fans: 20 percent of participants cited jewel tones as their preferred pick for interior walls.