I personally like colors that make you feel lifted, happy, and free, especially with punch of a nice color(s) here and there. I originally wanted to have very simple neutral wall color and have red accents through foyer and family room (as my front door is red: SW 6054 Canyon clay).
This helpful tutorial from Design*Sponge details how to lightly sand your piece, oil it with Teak Oil, and finish it off with a coat of furniture wax.
This method will greatly improve the look of your piece but will require additional maintenance over time.
It still doesn’t land for so many people because you move into a new house, look around at your blank walls and think that’s the place where you should start when choosing a colour scheme.
Especially if you’re not a decorator so it might not occur to you that your living room needs to be decorated first. I can’t do what you can do but I can definitely help you chose a starting point that will then immediately provide you with a colour scheme that is more than just beige or grey. Our walls are either covered in the previous homeowners choices or they are blank, waiting for our personality.
The next time you visit a thrift store, yard sale or anywhere that you may find furnishings, pay close attention to the price of old furniture. Now, start looking at pieces that you may want to redo.