Any suggestions for wall paint color?

Hi everyone, I would like to paint my living room in a new color. I've been having sort of orange walls that look really great with the Indian sideboard in a slightly whitewashed teak and accessories in rusty metal and wood. I love natural wood, driftwood, especially in greyish-washed colors and also have a few decoration things in beachy colors that I would like to use, if possible.
However, I would like to change the wall color after more than 15 years and I'd like to create a very calm looking room, but I do want the Indian sideboard to stand out in the room. Depending on the light, it changes color a bit from grey washed to a more yellowish color (see photos).
I've already tried several colors on sheets of wallpaper that I pinned onto the existing wallpaper, but haven't been happy with any of them. The room gets a lot of bright light in the afternoon and evening.
I like SW Sea Salt or Gris color, but I'm not sure if they would go with my sideboard.
Any suggestions (e.g. Sherwood Williams colors)? Or a nice chalkpaint for walls?
q any suggestions for wall paint color, chalk paint, living room ideas, paint colors, painting
q any suggestions for wall paint color, chalk paint, living room ideas, paint colors, painting
q any suggestions for wall paint color, chalk paint, living room ideas, paint colors, painting
q any suggestions for wall paint color, chalk paint, living room ideas, paint colors, painting
q any suggestions for wall paint color, chalk paint, living room ideas, paint colors, painting
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  • Julie Uhl Julie Uhl on Apr 19, 2015
    Check out the Benjamin Moore grays. You can see them on Pinterest, they range from gray to blue to brown tones and all are very neutral.
  • Margaret Margaret on Apr 19, 2015
    It seems to me, shades of light brown are the new neutral. Lots to chose from many with coffee colors. Mine is called onion skin. Its very pale tan with orange tones. I love it. Im sorry I dont remember the brand name buts at Lowes or Home depot.
  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 19, 2015
    For me nothing seems as calming and restful as soft dusty blue. You can color match a blue or bluish-green from the art pieces you hav. Benhamin Moore will color match for you or you can take a photo with you and color match at Lowes or Home Depot.
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    • Barbara Barbara on Apr 20, 2015
      @Kathleen You can find the dusty blue you like and take it to Home Depot. They will color match it for you. The name of the paint is either Behr or Martha Stewart depending on the tone from light dusty blue to the deeper tones. Hope this helps. Here is a link that might help you to decide on color and shade:
  • Glenice hanna Glenice hanna on Apr 19, 2015
    What is your favorite color? You will love it and make it work if it's something you love.
  • Kenneth Shaw Kenneth Shaw on Apr 19, 2015
    Kelley Green, - Check out the very formal Kelley Green with gold accents & board & batton wains coating or whatever they call that crisp white bottom half of that couple's walls that Monica & Jess did for only $80 on their show, - Knock It Off! on the Live Well Network at its website, - &, also check out the other living rooms & dens that Monica & Jess did over their last season. Monica & Jess will even show you how to gold leaf some Dollar General Store glass.
  • Susan Susan on Apr 19, 2015
    Take the bright shade of turquoise that is in the fabric!! It will make the fabric and furniture pop. Since you get a lot of sun, this will make it a cheerful, fun room saturated in color.
  • Bst615473 Bst615473 on Apr 19, 2015
    Shades of lime greens..then a touch of turquoise accents! Awesome!
  • Lisa House Lisa House on Apr 19, 2015
    I went with a color I loved instead of a color that was popular to use this season...I used a soft teal in my living room (sea foam), my woodwork is all very dark and this color lightened my room and made it feel bigger, is 15'x15'. I have off white distressed picture frames, a lot of seashells, and pops of coral in the room. Once I was done I received the ultimate compliment from my hubby, " it feels very comfortable, relaxing, and beachy"... Exactly what I was going for!
  • Shirley Midgett Shirley Midgett on Apr 19, 2015
    I watch a lot of HGTV type shows and gray seems to be really popular right now altho it is not a favorite of mine. I like a really pale sunny yellow, brightens everything, or a sea glass blue, so soothing, but might not stand up to your more colorful things. Be sure to post pictures of what you decide.
  • Michelle R Michelle R on Apr 19, 2015
    It seems to me you've answered your question " especially in greyish-washed colors." :D Follow your instincts and don't forget to post your pick! Remember it's just paint.
  • Audrey Hasson Audrey Hasson on Apr 19, 2015
    Check out Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. Gorgeous backdrop color that does with everything! After much trial and error, we found this color and love it! Especially if you were leaning towards a beautiful greyish...
  • S. S. on Apr 25, 2015
    Thank you very much everyone for your input, which was very helpful. I have checked out a lot of your suggestions and digged more into different color worlds. It's a little problematic because I live in Germany and we do not have e.g. Sherwin Williams colors here, so I need to try to find something with similar colors here. Anyway...I went to another store today to check out their paints. I asked for something like a very light beachy/minty green or a warm grey. I took a sample pot (1 Liter is not really just a little sample and it really costs, but oh well...) of a color called Coffee; it comes in different shades. I think it took the fourth lightest. It looks slightly muddy when you first paint it onto the wallpaper and I was a little worried that my sideboard, candle holders etc. would sort of disappear in front of that it, but I think it looks pretty nice. I might have found the color for my living room. Maybe, just maybe I'll try one of those slight beachy green colors just to make sure I really got the effect that I wanted. I'm pretty sure though that I'll stick with that warm grey tone. Again, thank you everyone! The photos were taken in different lights and/or different camera settings.
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