From pale blue to soft lavender, color gurus share their go-to hues for creating a warm, inviting space.

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Your family room is an important place of congregation, which means it should be as inviting as possible—something you can easily achieve with the correct paint color. "The family room is where people come together to cherish each other's company and is often the most frequently occupied room in a home," says Erika Woelfel, the Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr. "Considering the importance of color in creating an energetic, welcoming atmosphere, painting your family room is an investment that can bring joy to your home for years."

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However, picking the perfect paint color can be tricky. "Family rooms usually have a larger footprint, so its color scheme can set the tone for the rest of the home," explains Nivara Xaykao, Associate Manager of Color Marketing and Development at Benjamin Moore. "It's also typically the setting for a lot of activities, from watching TV to working, so the design and color have to accommodate a wide range of needs." Not sure which paint hue will work best in your family room? Read on.

Light Blue

A family room is one of the most-used rooms in the home, which is why Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams, suggests painting it a hue that can act as a backdrop for all of your activities, but won't overwhelm your senses. "I recommend a calming blue-gray, like Serenely SW 9632 from the new Emerald Designer Edition collection, that's soft rather than saturated, so it's refreshing and soothing," she says. "Blue is a classic color, but this muted version is an updated take that we're seeing everywhere in the home."

Warm White

If you're searching for a sleek, but versatile paint color, Wadden says to consider a warm and welcoming shade of white. "A creamy white, like Sanctuary SW 9583, is great for the family room because it pairs well with any type of décor and never goes out of style," she explains. "Whites can often be stark and clinical, but just a hint of yellow undertone warms up the hue and creates an inviting atmosphere."


According to Xaykao, a good shade of beige-gray paint can go a long way in this type of space. "Neutrals with a lot of versatility, like Revere Pewter HC-172, can create a welcoming vibe in a family room and also work with the mishmash of décor family rooms tend to have," she explains. She also recommends employing a paint color with an eggshell finish for a family room, because it can help mask imperfections and stand up to a little wear and tear.

Steel Blue

Dreaming of a dark paint color that won't make this room feel dim? Ashley Banbury, Senior Color Designer at Pratt & Lambert Paints, suggests an elegant shade of steel blue. "Wethers Field 415E is a beautiful and colorful neutral that generates a sophisticated, but calming environment that will help you unwind at the end of the day," she explains.

Pale Purple

If you're looking for a family room paint color with a little bit of pizzazz, Woelfel says lavender is the hue for you. "A shade of soft purple such as Fanciful M560-2 also has an uplifting, yet cozy effect that can simultaneously make a room feel larger," she explains. "Colors that spark positive emotions will draw people in and make the room everyone's favorite place to gather."


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