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Tried & True Paint Colors to Freshen Up a Space

Sometimes all it takes is a new shade to transform a room.

“I chose Valspar Indigo Cloth because the room is dark and south facing, so instead of trying to fight the light by painting it a light color, I decided to embrace it and make the room cozy, moody, and enveloping. The blue walls have a richness and depth to them, and the tone reads beautifully in the daylight or by lamplight when we are snuggled in there are night.” 
Melinda Hartwright Interiors, @melindahartwrightinteriors

Templeton Gray is a part of the Historic Color Collection from Benjamin Moore, which made it an obvious choice for our client’s traditional study. We love the blue and green undertones that come through against the buttery soft, custom cognac leather sofa. The soft textures and slate shade jute rug, from Dash & Albert by Annie Selke, bring the rich warm tones and the cooler gray shades of the room together flawlessly. This color is a staple because of its ability to create a versatile and tranquil ambiance.” 
Teri Pugh Studio, @teripughstudio 
Photo by: Colleen Scott Photography

Silvermist by Sherwin Williams is a great color because multiple colors are blended to create it (blue, green, and gray). Doing this adds depth and also changes its appearance throughout the day. I love paint colors that make you ask, ‘What color is this? It was blue an hour ago and now it’s green!’ This project is an oceanfront condo and the color palette of the living room involved various shades of blue and green, so a blend of the two colors was a perfect choice.”
J.P. Horton Interior Design, @jphorton

“The colors we used on walls were Benjamin Moore Pale Oak and Sandy Hook Gray at 50% for ceiling planks (we used Sandy Hook on the island so we tied in the tone with the ceiling). We chose BM Pale Oak as it’s a soft greige that flows with all the warm taupe repeated throughout the space.”
Harbour Home Interiors, @harbourhomeinteriors

“The paint color is Farrow & Ball De Nimes and I chose it because I wanted a darker color for our bedroom and wanted a blue-ish-green-ish color to match the color in the wallpaper I chose for the attached bathroom.”

“We wanted the space to feel monochromatic with the rug, chair, and accessories placed. Pure White by Sherwin Williams has no undertone and allows for the elements to carry the room.” 
–Kimberley Kay, Kimberley Kay Interiors

“I designed this space with a mix of neutrals, lots of texture, and pops of color. The Annie Selke rug helps modernize the space and add dimension. I chose the paint color Benjamin Moore’s Mountain Peak White as it pairs beautifully with creams and blacks. There’s a subtle warmth to it that works well against the many textures found throughout the space. Lastly, the color imbues a calming feeling which is something I always look for in a bedroom color.”
Jodi G Designs, @jodigdesigns

“When we first moved into our condo all of the walls were dark and dingy and we wanted the whitest white that we could find – and we found it! It is Behr Ultra Pure White in an eggshell finish. We love this paint! We’ve used it on every wall in our house and the ceilings. It was a huge transformation for our space and it’s perfect because it’s not tinted at all and you can grab it right off of the shelf. It’s not warm, and it’s not cold, it’s perfect!”
Stay by Cori Samuel, @staybycorisamuel 

 “I used Pointing by Farrow & Ball in my living room, and often in my projects. I love that it is a warmer white with a slightly red undertone.”
—Mark D Sikes, Mark D. Sikes

Benjamin Moore’s Ivory White is one of my go-to paint colors that always lands in a perfect sweet spot between white and ivory, just as the name implies.”
Anne Wagoner, Anne Wagoner Interiors @annewagonerinteriors
Photo by: Anna Routh @annarouth

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Kathy April 19, 2021 at 11:18 am

Looking for a warm gray color that is a true gray that
Dose not look blue or green for my living /dinning room.

Micayla May 17, 2021 at 2:18 pm

Hi Kathy! Check out this article of our Tried and True Go-To Neutral Shades, which includes some lovely gray colors: https://blog.annieselke.com/tried-true-paint-colors-designers-share-their-go-to-neutral-shades/


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