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Tried & True Paint Colors to Show Off Antiques

Enhance your antique finds with a fresh coat of paint that will wow your guests.

“I painted this mantle black to tie in some of those dark elements in the lamps, chandelier, and pillows. Don’t be afraid to bring in some of that drama.”
—Sam Cram, Sam Cram Design

“This charming old sea captain’s home was known locally for its distinctive blue door and shutters, so when it came time to refresh them, we used Hamilton Blue from Benjamin Moore. The homeowners, building team, and we, the designers, were in agreement about honoring the design history of the home.”
— Kylie Bodiya and Mary Maloney of Bee’s Knees Interior Design

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is paint magic. The bottom of the clawfoot slipper tub (a Craigslist find) in my master bathroom is painted Hale Navy and it is a rich, deep grounding color. Using classic, rich colors like black, navy blue, or emerald green modernizes and elevates flea store finds in a snap.”
Margaret Shutze, Shutze Studio

“Benjamin Moore’s Pink Polka Dot!”
Chauncey Boothby, Chauncey Boothby Interiors

“We shopped all over for a large piece of furniture to go on the below wall and simply couldn’t find anything that was the right vibe… plus we were out of money. So Brady [Tolbert] put to use some of his savvy thrifting skills and found this guy on Craigslist for $80. It had good lines, but a bad finish – a weird red tone. So we painted it an almost black and installed the original hardware and BOY did it look good. It became such a beautiful, striking vignette.”
Emily Henderson, Style By Emily Henderson

“Our go-to is often black, but also a kind of Peacock-y blue. Benjamin Moore’s Caribbean Blue Water is different. There’s nothing neutral about it, but somehow it kind of goes with a lot of things and works with a lot of different schemes. If you are going to go to the trouble of revamping something, you want it to make a splash and be different,”
Killy Scheer, Scheer & Co. Interior Design

“Steven Drucker, my spirit guide, introduced me to an astrophysicist who sources and collects vintage Brown Jordan furniture that you can have powder-coated any color. My pattern is Brown Jordan’s Calcutta – the same one used at the White House. I love it – and it will last forever.”
—Annie Selke, The Annie Selke Companies

All house photos courtesy Southern Living, a division of TI Inc. Lifestyle Group, photograph by Robbie Caponetto. Southern Living is a registered trademark of TI Inc. Lifestyle Group and is used with permission.
“I love incorporating vintage and antique pieces for a sense of history—that collected feeling, the patina, the character. But I didn’t want to take it too old lady, I needed to wake it up and get a feel a little bit more fresh. It’s hard to tell from photos, but this color has a little bit of green in it which freshens up the natural space.”
—Lauren Liess, Lauren Liess Interiors

 “I thought mirrors would be a good way to add some interest to the wall to the kitchen. The mirrors, which are all thrifted, trick your eye to not understand that there’s a pass-through window on that wall. (It’s a dated thing, but it’s very functional.)”
—Gwen Hefner, The Makerista

“I find that mixing exciting contemporary art with antiques and modern furniture creates a room that will stand the test of time. A beautiful room should be a mix of old and new, and modern and traditional, and hard and soft, and high and low. There’s definitely a need for the past and the present.”
– Bunny Williams, Bunny Williams Interior Design

Looking for even more color inspiration? Check out the paint colors we used in our latest catalog!

1 Benjamin Moore Warm Comfort | 2 Benjamin Moore Tricycle Red | 3 Benjamin Moore Gypsy Pink | 4 Benjamin Moore Athens Blue | 5 Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray | 6 Benjamin Moore Spring Azalea | 7 Benjamin Moore Lake Tahoe | 8 Benjamin Moore Eccentric Lime | 9 Benjamin Moore Peony

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