10 Beautiful Paint Colors for Your Den

Dens and families go together like peanut butter and jelly. But every so often, even the family’s favorite room needs a decorating update. Try one of these beautiful paint colors or decorating ideas to bring the cozy back to the room where everyone gathers.

Go Dark

dark green walls in living room

Dens are traditionally smaller rooms, made for reading, watching TV, or doing a hobby. They lend themselves to cozy decorating schemes, like wood paneling and curl-up-able upholstery. This is the natural spot for piano or guitar practice, a great location to work a jigsaw puzzle and a room where everyone can binge on Netflix.

dark gray accent wall sitting

Painting the walls and ceiling the same color, especially a dark color like gray, makes the room feel intimate. But dark doesn’t need to mean gloomy — go for bright furniture and a coordinating graphic print rug to bring in a sense of fun. The plum undertones of Napoleon would shine in a space like this.

dark black gray wall with chair

In decorating, as it often happens in life, opposites attract. Dress up masculine gray walls (try Glazed Granite) with leggy furniture in feminine colors and patterns. The overall feel is balanced and comfortable.

Be Bold

dark green wall brown couch

If you have a home with an open floor plan, carve out a den in a corner. Use a sectional or two love seats in an el shape, then place a chair diagonally in front. Paint the walls behind the sofa a contrasting color from the rest of the room to create a space that feels like a niche.

pale yellow walls blue couch

Enliven a neutral backdrop with festive pillows and ottomans — the less matchy-matchy the better. If wallpaper isn’t your thing, but you love neutrals, try Notorious for the paint color.

70s style living room yellow accent

Storage in a den can be tricky, especially if this is where you read or listen to music. Purpose-built shelves can house albums, books, or any collection, really.

forest green home library

Speaking of built-ins, they’re a natural storage solution for a den, especially if you can flank them on either side of a fireplace. And we love this soothing wall color.

Stay Neutral

white living room green plant bookshelve

Since the den is where the family gathers, bring back happy memories by creating a gallery wall of special artwork and photos. Rotate them seasonally to keep things fresh. For the barest hint of gray on the walls, try Icy Bay.

coastal architecural nook

Give your den a touch of historical romance by using textured tiles or wallpaper on the ceiling that are made to look like antique pressed tin. When painted in the glossy version of your trim color, the ceiling will reflect light and draw the eye upward. Winter Wedding would be a good option for the walls.

creative desk corner

Crisp white walls get a boost of whimsy from delightfully colorful kids’ artwork. Framing each piece in white puts the drawings front and center.

Create a den or family room that your whole family will love. Sometimes all it takes is a new coat of paint. Discover our color tool and learn more about how we can help you take the guesswork (well, all the work) out of painting your home.